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BTC – The following video was produced in Tennessee of  Sen. Fred Nicely of Knoxville. Thanks to the Tennessee Sons Of Liberty.

BTC – In this Homeland Security Today piece, Big Data states their case for evaluating pre-crime, threat levels, Suspicious Activity Reporting (SARs) and protective policy towards government officials after the Tuscon shootings.  [Probable cause is mentioned…once.]

“The Federal Court Security Improvement Act of 2007 specifically directed the US Attorney General to make grants available to each state. One of the main purposes of the Act is to provide funding for states to establish and maintain a threat assessment database that includes threats against institutions and officials at the state and local level. Even though this law is several years old, progress in creating these “databases” seems slow. At the same time, other information sharing initiatives – Fusion Centers and Real Time Crime Centers – that have sprung up since September 11, have been slow to acknowledge that this type of threat information is relevant to their mission.”  :::MORE HERE:::

About the Author

Director of law enforcement solutions on the Memex Solutions Team at SAS, Stephen Serrao is a former New Jersey State Police Counterterrorism Bureau Chief. SAS is the leading worldwide provider of intelligence management and data analytics solutions for law enforcement, military intelligence and commercial organizations. Steve can be reached at steve.serrao(at)sas.com.

“From checkpoints and electronic strip searches at airports… to your banker being forced to report suspicious deposits to being locked up for not disclosing all of your assets to the IRS… the signs are clear: 1984 is here. Whether it’s a War on Drugs, Illegal Immigration, or Terrorist… it is all a war on individual sovereignty.” 

– John Pugsley, a man who woke up Orwell  

:::MORE HERE::: 

Here is second life for news that matters.

Failed UK ID Card project racks up another £400,000 in expenses

No plans for Aussie online ID (Y’know… in case you’re an Aussie freaked out about NSTIC, right?)

Please check out Dana Priest’s newest work on domestic surveillance, on PBS’ Frontline featuring the history of DHS and US Fusion Centers in Are We Safer?

D.C. expanding public surveillance camera net

TSA is definitely not in favorable light with US public. We are looking for follow up stories on the Phil Mocek trial. 

Technology can scan fingerprints from 6 feet away 

GAO: “E-Verify better, but still flawed”

DIY Government: Challenge FBI Abuses

***Comments are due December 15, 2010.*** 

If you actually want to make a difference; MAKE YOUR OPINION KNOWN & YOUR VOICE HEARD!! Public input and your comments are being considered by those considering your 4th Amendment. Continue to “Plead the 4th”.. by sending your solutions, opinions, remarks and comments by following the directions.


c/o EPIC :::Public Comments Sought on Federal Fusion CentersFor More Information, see EPIC: Information Fusion Centers and Privacy, EPIC: Total Information Awareness, and EPIC v. Virginia Department of State Police (Fusion Center Secrecy Bill).

SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security is giving concurrent notice of an updated and reissued system of records pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974 for the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General–002 Investigative Records System of Records and this proposed rulemaking. In this proposed rulemaking, the Department proposes to exempt portions of this system of records from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement requirements.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 15, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number DHS-
2009-0095, by one of the following methods:

Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Fax: 703-483-2999.

Mail: Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy
Office, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this notice. All comments received will be posted and docket number for this notice. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personalinformation provided. [ BE POLITE!!]

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For general questions please contact:

Doris A. Wojnarowski (202-254-4211),  

Department of Homeland Security,

Office of Inspector General, 

Mail Stop 2600, 245 Murray Drive, SW., Building 410, Washington, DC 20528; or by facsimile (202) 254-4299. 

For privacy issues please contact: Mary Ellen Callahan (703-235-0780),

Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, Department of Homeland Security,

245 Murray Drive, SW., Building 410, Washington, DC 20528.

Here’s second life for op-ed news that matters:

WSJ: Watchdog Planned for Online Privacy

Surveillance State USA; Wholesale War on Dissent In America
— Rob Kall, Editor in chief at OpEd news dumps on “right wing” think tanks for playing an intelligence   role in PA activist surveillance.  I just wished he named names.

MORE Penn State drama: Big Brother caught surveilling tweets
[Ok. But is it still surveillance when your frenemies do it?]

POST MORTEM: Using RFID to honor the dead?
Whatever – if it’s really RFID and bluetooth it will track the living making visits to the gravesite.
It’s sad… so sad.

Operation Defuse featured on Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory on TruTV
*check your local listings!*

“Police State” – NEW!

Premieres Fri, November 12 at 10 PM

It’s been said the government has a plan to declare martial law and round up millions of United State citizens into concentration camps. Jesse may have found a conspiracy in plain sight as he investigates the proliferation of law enforcement Fusion Centers around the country. And they may be connected to hundreds of detention centers ready to accept prisoners at the stroke of a Presidential pen. TV-PG-L

HHS says patient database centered on “Public choice”

BTC – Digital Privacy, like most things over 35 years of age,  is in need of a little in need of shaping up around the middle as Senators push to update to electronic privacy law in spite of elections.

Almost on cue, Washington domestic intelligence agencies are expressing resistance to this new regimen of reduced budget diet and political exercise to cut the fat.

To start, DHS is asking to be exempted from the dated provisions in the 1974 Privacy Act in a new National Proposed Rule or NPRM concerning “electronic records”.  Yes, that would include e-mail, phone calls and anything else that creates a record from an electronic pulse. This is possibly so they won’t have to pass an additional appropriations bill or comply with the development of more stringent Privacy codes designed to protect citizens from non-criminal surveillance.

“The Department of Homeland Security is giving concurrent notice of a newly established system of records pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974 [EPCA] for the “Department of Homeland Security/ALL-031 Information Sharing Environment Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative System of Records” and this proposed rulemaking. In this proposed rulemaking, the Department proposes to exempt portions of the system of records from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement requirements.”

[They are seeking public input on this for the next 19 days.]

NPRM’s are a chronic source of irritation for electronic privacy advocates seeking ways to cut funding to bureacratic tech adoptions in local and national governance; which are later used for broad public surveillance.  Domestic federal intelligence agencies, like the FBI, are trying to hang onto the vagueries which allow them to veer into places they have no right to go.  However, in all fairness, the government is only one aspect of our society where upgrades to the EPCA will face resistance.

Wireless, social networking, and cloud computing companies, like Google, have been compromising the public cache, divesting analytics, or information gained by use of their technology, for profit or for leverage in a tough economy.  Strange concessions from these companies have started to emerge, maybe to demonstrate how they can change their evil ways.  Perhaps more so they won’t get the heavy legal hit expected if the EPCA gets the legal upgrade necessary to constrict the private tap of consumer information being abused today.

One thing is clear ; as the EPCA is updated it should end the festive looting of your private digital records at the convenience of the US government and private information brokers.

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