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US code #7 Agriculture: Still not within the powers granted to the federal government

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PLEASE NOTE THE EDITED PARGRAPHS AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE DEALING WITH “CONSENT”.  THIS WAS A POINT I MISSED WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT.

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The agricultural surveys are being sent out once again with a note on the front of the envelope stating “YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW”.  Actually not.  This statement is mis-leading, meant to intimidate and is completely false.  Title 7 Agriculture, is non-positive code & title.  This means the activities described and mandated under this code can only being cited as prima facie evidence, meaning homeland-poster-414421the wording can be cited as existing but cannot be used to bring criminal charges or used as the basis for declaring any right as illegal. It cannot be used or cited as an underlying authority for, as in this instance, declaring an unlawful survey  disguised as a “census” to be mandatory.   Prima facie is the assumption that something exist as other than what it actually is.  It takes little to determine that Title 7 is not lawful or constitutional.

The USDA nor any of the other alphabet agencies that exist as a result of non-positive code & title have no underlying authority except in the District of Criminals, insular possessions and territories occupied.  In the sovereign states, they have no force of law……..because they are NOT law.  These codes and titles exist as a wish list that has been foisted on the states with the help of your governors and state legislators who enabled them to contract with similar agencies in your state.  If you were not party to those contracts, (and you were not),if they were never revealed to you as existing (and they were not) and if you never signed your name agreeing to what is essentially the business plan of private corporations, you cannot be compelled to comply with the contract.  No state agency, regardless of whom it contracts with, can force those who were not party to the contract, to comply.

But don’t let this make you think a van load of jack-booted thugs from USDA won’t show up at your door, seize your assets and intimidate your family after unlawfully trespassing your property, most likely with the help of your local sheriff who is supposed to protect you from such incidences.  The law means absolutely nothing to these people.

Ultimately, Title 7 Agriculture, as with numerous other non-positive codes and titles, remains out of the lawful, constitutional reach of the federal corporation no matter how many egregious laws congress passes.  Agriculture is not in the powers enumerated for the federal government.

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USDA Gearing Up to Conduct 2012 Census of Agriculture

National Agricultural Classification Survey is an Important Step toward a Complete Count
Washington, February 10, 2012 – Surveys are now arriving in mailboxes around the nation to help identify all active farms in the United States. The National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS), which asks landowners whether or not they are farming and for basic farm information, is one of the most important early steps used to determine who should receive a 2012 Census of Agriculture report form. The Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them.

FROM THE USDA SITE.

http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Newsroo…02_10_2012.php

We are asking everyone who receives the NACS to respond even if they are not farming so that we build the most accurate and comprehensive mailing list to account for all of U.S. agriculture in the Census,” said NASS’s Census and Survey Director, Renee Picanso. “The Census is the leading source of facts about American agriculture and the only source of agricultural statistics that is comparable for each county in the nation. Farm organizations, businesses, government decision-makers, commodity market analysts, news media, researchers and others use Census data to inform their work.”

NACS is required by law as part of the U.S. Census of Agriculture. By this same law, all information reported by individuals is kept confidential. NASS will mail the 2012 Census of Agriculture later this year and data will be collected into early 2013.

“The NACS survey is the first step in getting a complete count, so we ask everyone who receives a survey to complete and return it,” said Picanso. “The Census is a valuable way for producers and rural America to show their strength – in numbers.”

The 2012 Census of Agriculture is your voice, your future, your responsibility. For more information about NACS, the Census of Agriculture, or to add your name to the Census mail list, visit

www.agcensus.usda.gov.

NASS provides accurate, timely, useful and objective statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. We invite you to provide feedback on our products and services. Sign up at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/subscriptions and look for “NASS Data User Community.”

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This Census is a valuable way for the USDA to manipulate markets, to map out who and where food is being produced that might interfere with global producers, say for instance, Monsanto.

The Census is a valuable way for producers and rural America to show their strength – in numbers.”  The first question here would have to be, “In what possible way?”  It is the numbers they are after.  Just how big is the remaining, dwindling independent and family ranching and farming community and what is it likely to take to put them out of business? More

The USDA Agricultural survey: Voluntary not mandatory

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Marti Oakley (c) copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

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The USDA is busy sending out its Agricultural Survey attempting to elicit from unwary property owners, information regarding any agricultural production or livestock or poultry (this can be virtually ANY crop, animal or bird) that you may own and goes on to ask how much monetary value is placed on produce or the sale of animal/poultry products.  The [survey] also mentions that any one who produces and sells more than $1,000 per year is asked to voluntarily supply this information to the government.  $1,000 a year is such a paltry amount and is significant in the fact that this amount is so low as to encompass virtually anything you might wish to grow and produce even for your own use.  It would be virtually impossible for the federal government to confiscate food sources in the event they decide they must, unless they know first hand where that source is located and how much of it is there. 

This is a voluntary survey and is not a [census].  Survey’s are voluntary, the census taken every ten years to do a head count of our population is not. 

In a cleverly worded promotion on the USDA website: More

Another Bureaucratic Bungle:Apparently, the U.S. Census Bureau did not get the memo.

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by: Dan Martin  (c)copyright 2010

Apparently, the U.S. Census Bureau did not get the memo.

Everyone in our hometown has a Post Office Box. We do not pay anything for them. Our only choice in the matter is a) P.O. Box or b) no mail. There is no house-to-house delivery in our town.

We are not unique in this. There are at least eleven other towns within 12.5 miles of where I sit that have the same arrangement for getting their mail.

Today I learned from our Agent In Charge (read: Postmaster) that all of the Census forms were returned because they bore addresses that, technically, do not exist. The Census Bureau, according to the Agent, does not send Census forms to P.O. Boxes. The Post Office is not at liberty to “box” the mail, even if the box number is a part of the address or the zip code.

The Agent will mercifully remain unnamed. That person does not make policy; their responsibility is merely to carry it out.

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Owning The ‘United States®’

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rense.com 

http://www.rense.com/general90/own.htm

UNITED STATES CENSUS 2010

The Census envelope arrived yesterday and with it came some very interesting new information. On the face of the envelope under the line: U. S. Census Form Enclosed is the very large and very bold STATEMENT:

YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW

Then centered at the top of the Envelope was this ‘creative’ Logo from the U. S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, U. S. Census Bureau

Under a magnifying glass, you can easily read the “R” inside the circle directly to the right of the “s” in ‘United States’. This symbol “®” stands for “registered” as in a commercial registration of this image; indicating that the phrase it follows is privately owned and that any use of it (in this case the two words ‘United States’) beyond the ‘owners’ specific authorization is prohibited!

THE QUESTION IS:

“Who OWNS the registration of the words ‘United States’ when these two words are being used together to define not just an aspect of this Republic; but the entirety of the nation as a state and as a country? And: If those two words can be privately owned and then used in the process that counts the people, to determine how much money each district will receive, based on population-numbers: What does this say about the “nation” that has now obviously become privately owned; not to mention the people within what has become a privately held corporation? Have the people of what was the United States without the®, been purchased; along with the actual former name of this country?

So – WHO OWNS US! – NOW”

kirwanstudios@sbcglobal.net

Census U.S. Lockheed Martin/IBM: video

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 Census U.S. Lockheed Martin/IBM:  The US census is only allowed to ask how many people in your home.  Nothing allows it to gps coordinate your door with information or to conduct community surveys.  This is a must watch video

       Matrix News.

The following questions were asked of the American Census Bureau.  They backed down from an initial agreement to go on the Matrix show:

EXCERPTS TRANSCRIBED FROM THE MATRIX NEWS YOUTUBE: More

The US Cencus: From enumeration to intrusion

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CCHC Health Care News

Citizens’ Council on Health Care
www.healthcarefreedom.us
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Click here to read the full document: http://www.cchconline.org/pdf/CENSUS_PAPER_2010_FINAL.pdf

 by Twila Brase and Jenna Minegar*

Starting March 15, 2010, the 2010 U.S. Census forms will be sent out nationwide.
Since the first census in 1790, the U.S. Constitution has upheld the U.S. Census as a means of counting citizens to properly apportion Representatives and direct taxes among the 50 states. While enumeration continues to be one portion of the Census, the overall purpose of the Census has shifted as the nation has developed and grown.
The U.S. Census and the American Community Survey now collect additional private data on Americans, including information on health status and medical conditions. The shift from enumeration to data collection has raised significant privacy concerns for Americans.  Some citizens have opted out of the Census or limited their responses despite the risk of financial penalties.
The U.S. Census Bureau has acknowledged the public’s concern, but failed to recognize the unconstitutional nature of these intrusions. Furthermore, federal officials have failed to acknowledge the shift from enumeration to intrusion as the source of higher costs and poor compliance. The problem, however, is not the American people.
The problem is the intrusiveness nature of the Census. One renowned financial leader offers a better way.

 

 

 

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Census: penalties for failing to comply

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US Code & Title are rules and regulations for the corporate federal government. They do not recognize or pretend to adhere to constitutional provisions, protections or requirements.   You’ll note this was enacted citing the Department of Commerce and using commerce as the basis of authority ……putting you into Maritime/Admiralty law and out of common law. 

TITLE 13 > CHAPTER 7 > SUBCHAPTER II > § 221

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NANO chips in needles? Chipping humans with vaccine needles?

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By Dr Ryke Geerd Hamer (New GermanMedicine)

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Yesterday, 27 August 2009, I was giving an introductory talk about German New Medicine (GNM) near Vienna, Austria. My wife was with me and about 40 listeners. At the end as part of the discussion the swine flu was mentioned and a lady got up and declared the following:

A friend of hers works for a pharmaceutical company in Vienna and told her that the swine flu injection needles indeed contain nano particles in their very tip, which cannot be detected with the naked eye but are clearly visible with as little as a 12 times magnifying microscope like children’s toy microscopes. The staff of the pharmaceutical company was advised that these nano particles work in the human body like a motherboard in the computer and lots of data can be stored on it, which will make cash cards obsolete. This measure was also intended to do an accurate census and to protect babies, as many mothers would simply “discard” their newborn, without knowledge of the authorities.

This lady further disclosed that she was working in the medical field. She had asked a lawyer who came to her as a patient, how it was possible to avoid being chipped. He told her that he was aware of the planned chipping of the population; in fact most upper class members of society were aware of this plan. For this year no forced vaccinations were planned but to rather encourage people through the media to volunteer for the jab.

In case too few would come forward, forced vaccination was planned for next year. Exempt from those were certain professional groups like the police, medical personal, politicians etc. Being a lawyer, he knew ways for himself to avoid the jab, but for the majority of the population there was no escape.

Interview with Dr Gert Hamer (GNM) by Helmut Pilhar (Engineer) ,

Wednesday, 26. August 2009

Hamer: Within a few days our worst fears were indeed superseded by this cruel reality.

Pilhar: Geerd, are you talking about the $1000 fine and 30 day arrest threats for refusal to take the vaccination in the U.S.?

Hamer: Yes, but the objectors (death chip opposers are traitors) are not going to be put into normal prisons but in especially prepared concentration camps of which 100s have been prepared all over the country. And you can leave those only by getting chipped. And once you are outside it is open season through the death chip. By chance these people are then going to drop dead like flies after their release.

Pilhar: Are you talking about the beginning of the great population cull?

Hamer: It can only mean that. Otherwise it does not make any sense to get the military and the police involved, threaten with such draconian penalties, all just to get the people to participate in a simple seasonal flu shot campaign. It just does not make any other sense. Apart from the fact that there cannot even be a vaccination like that. You vaccinate in October (northern autumn) for the next summer. That is totally laughable. With Tamiflu you can maybe suppress typical healing phase symptoms for 2-3 weeks and even that is totally brainless in the light of GNM.

Pilhar: It is noteworthy that in the U.S. there are literally many 500K plastic coffins stock piled. What for? And apart from that the population has been systematically stripped of weapons and protective dogs. More

Canadians Face Jail Time for Refusing to Take Census

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For those new to our network, Todd Stelmach from Kingston ON is one of the two who “face jail time” in the following newspaper article. Media attention is focusing on the court cases at this early, pre-trial stage which is just great. Chelsea Stelmach (Todd is her husband) sent in a partial list of the newspapers that carried the article written by Joshua Clipperton from Canadian Press.

I am the other one of the two names in the article. My surname is spelt incorrectly.

Today I spoke with a reporter from the Canwest group. If the reporter receives clearance, Canwest papers will also carry a story about the Census boycott because of Lockheed Martin’s involvement.

I have submitted an Op-Ed piece to the Globe & Mail. I want to bridge from the story of the Census trials over to the Canada First Defence Strategy so that Canadians understand the mechanics of the process. The military-industrial complex is and has been tunnelling into Canada. Lockheed Martin is the perfect vehicle through which to explain HOW it is done.

More accurate than “military-industrial complex” is “government-military-industrial complex”. (From email 1 of X, re Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell speech: “…Eisenhower initially used the term military-industrial-congressional complex, and thus indicated the essential role that the United States Congress plays in the propagation of the military industry. But, it is said, that the president chose to strike the word “congressional” in order to placate members of the legislative branch of the federal government.”

The new Canada First Defence Strategy spells out very clearly that it is a “government-military-industrial complex”:

1. “A Military in Partnership with Canadian Industry The Canada First Defence Strategy will also have significant benefits for Canadian industry.”

2. “It will also allow the Government to develop a stronger, mutually beneficial relation-ship with industry.”

Cheers! (maybe)

Sandra

 

An Absurd Bureaucracy

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This was forwarded to us today.  If this letter, whether real or not, does not point out the the ridiculousness of what we allow ourselves to endure to stay safe from those “terrorists”……I don’t what does.  

 The Man has a point!!

Actual letter or not, this points up the absurd bureaucracy that has been put up in lieu of significant steps to actually protect us from terrorism.  As a diversionary tactic, it has been monumentally successful.

For diversions, how about ginning up the same-sex “marriage” issue again, just in time for another national election?

Do they really think we are that stupid?  Are we really that stupid?  Will there be an election?  Stay tuned!

An actual letter to the passport office

 

Dear Sir,  
I’m in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this.  How is it that Radio Shack has my address and telephone number and knows that I bought a t.v. cable from them back in 1997, and yet, the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born and on what date.
 
For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand? My birth date you have on my social security card, and it is on all the income tax forms I’ve filed for the past 30 years. It is on my health insurance card, my driver’s license, on the last eight @#$&# passports I’ve had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I’ve had to fill out before being allowed off the planes over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable census forms that are done at election times.

Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother’s name is Maryanne, my father’s name is Robert and I’d be absolutely astounded if that ever changed between now and when I die!!! !!!
!@#*!

I apologize, I’m really pissed off this morning. Between you and me, I’ve had enough of this bs.! You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my #$&@ing address. What is going on? You have a gang of Neanderthal #@@holes working there??? Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I don’t want to dig up Yasser Arafat, for *#@* sakes. I just want to go and park my ass on a sandy beach.  

And would someone please tell me, why would you give a @#*@ whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got the urge to do something weird to a chicken or a goat, believe you me, I’d sure as hell not want to tell anyone!  
 
Well, I have to go now, ’cause I have to go to the other end of the city and get another @#*#ing copy of my birth certificate, to the tune of $60. Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot to assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day??  Nooooo, that’d be too damn easy and maybe makes sense. You’d rather have us running all over the @#!@#’ place like chickens with our heads cut off, then find some @##hole to confirm that it’s really me on the @#!!#!* picture – you know, the one where we’re not allowed to smile?! (@#!%@’ morons)

Hey, you know why we can’t smile? We’re totally pissed off!  Signed – An Irate @#!*#!@ Citizen.

P.S. Remember what I said above about the picture and getting someone to confirm that it’s me? Well, my family has been in this country since 1776. I have served in the military for something over 30 years and have had security clearances up the yingyang. However, I have to get someone ‘important’ to verify who I am — you know, someone like my doctor WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN COMMUNIST @#!#@&@#@ CHINA !

 

 

None of Your Business! News from Ron Paul

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None of Your Business!

You may not have heard of the American Community Survey, but you will.  The national census, which historically is taken every ten years, has expanded to quench the federal bureaucracy’s ever-growing thirst to govern every aspect of American life.  The new survey, unlike the traditional census, is taken each and every year at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.  And it’s not brief.  It contains 24 pages of intrusive questions concerning matters that simply are none of the government’s business, including your job, your income, your physical and emotional heath, your family status, your dwelling, and your intimate personal habits.

The questions are both ludicrous and insulting.  The survey asks, for instance, how many bathrooms you have in your house, how many miles you drive to work, how many days you were sick last year, and whether you have trouble getting up stairs.  It goes on and on, mixing inane questions with highly detailed inquiries about your financial affairs.  One can only imagine the countless malevolent ways our federal bureaucrats could use this information.  At the very least the survey will be used to dole out pork, which is reason enough to oppose it.

Keep in mind the survey is not voluntary, nor is the Census Bureau asking politely.  Americans are legally obligated to answer, and can be fined up to $1,000 per question if they refuse!

I introduced an amendment last week that would have eliminated funds for this intrusive survey in a spending bill, explaining on the House floor that perhaps the American people don’t appreciate being threatened by Big Brother.  The amendment was met by either indifference or hostility, as most members of Congress either don’t care about or actively support government snooping into the private affairs of citizens.

One of the worst aspects of the census is its focus on classifying people by race.  When government tells us it wants information to “help” any given group, it assumes every individual who shares certain physical characteristics has the same interests, or wants the same things from government.  This is an inherently racist and offensive assumption.  The census, like so many federal policies and programs, inflames racism by encouraging Americans to see themselves as members of racial groups fighting each other for a share of the federal pie.

The census also represents a form of corporate welfare, since the personal data collected on hundred of millions of Americans can be sold to private businesses.  Surely business enjoys having such extensive information available from one source, but it’s hardly the duty of taxpayers to subsidize the cost of market research.

At least the national census has its origins in the Constitution, which is more than one can say about the vast majority of programs funded by Congress.  Still, Article I makes it clear that the census should be taken every ten years for the sole purpose of congressional redistricting (and apportionment of taxes, prior to the disastrous 16th amendment).  This means a simple count of the number of people living in a given area, so that numerically equal congressional districts can be maintained.  The founders never authorized the federal government to continuously survey the American people.

More importantly, they never envisioned a nation where the people would roll over and submit to every government demand.  The American Community Survey is patently offensive to all Americans who still embody that fundamental American virtue, namely a healthy mistrust of government.  The information demanded in the new survey is none of the government’s business, and the American people should insist that Congress reject it now before it becomes entrenched.

Representative, Ron Paul

 http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2004/tst071204.htm

Media Silence on Events in Canada

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One of the major reasons I began this website is the lack of reporting of substance by what is supposed to be our national and even local news.  For three years I have published my own email gazette trying to expose issues that never see the light of day no matter how much cable or Dish TV you purchase.  What I find appalling is the substitution of celebrity and non-news, rather than actual informative journalism.

A case in point is news from Canada.  Unkown to a majority of Americans, Canadians are waging their own battle against the New World Order, the Security & Prosperity Partnership, the NAFTA highway, the North American Union and the outsourcing of vital contracts related to infrastructure and data mining.

In protest over the outsourcing of census taking to Lockheed/Martin, Canadians by the hundreds of thousands have refused to comply and submit information to L&M.  About 63 are being agressively pusued and prosecuted for refusing to provide L&M with information, saying that this particular company is part of the American War Machine and citing the fact that the census was more than adequately handled by the government prior to this.

We will be posting regular updates to this situation.  In the meantime……

If you are one of those who are being prosecuted by the government in connection to refusing to participate in the census in Canada, please either send an email to:

CONTACT AT:
306-373-8078  Saskatoon, SK

OR:

fireflyari@meltel.net

You can also post a repsonse on this website. 

 

 

Canadians Fighting Lockheed/Martin & Loss of Confidence in Government: Part 3

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SUBJECT: Census Data

 

October 13, 2006

 

TO:

Ivan Felligi

Chief Statistician of Canada

Ivan.P.Fellegi@statcan.ca

 

CC:

Industry Canada

Minister Responsible for Statistics Canada Maxime Bernier minister.industry@ic.gc.ca

613-995-9001

 

Cc: Jacques.Morin@a.statcan.ca; Lyne.St.John@a.statcan.ca

 

CC: Lockheed-Martin

President (Canadian operations)

Martin Munro

martin.munro@lmco.ca

613-599-3270 ext 3498 (Martin’s exec asst, Diane Grandy)

 

Dear Ivan,

 

I am in receipt of your registered letter dated October 3, 2006.

 

It does not address my reason for non-compliance with the census, communicated to you consistently and beginning back in 2003.

 

The reason you provide for the necessity of compliance with the census is not truth. I presume that if your reason is an untruth, it is because you do not have a truthful reason to offer.

 

I would be failing my responsibilities as a citizen were I to bow in cowardice to anyone, civil servant or otherwise, who attempts to intimidate me with the threat of the judicial system – jail time and fines – when there is no reasonable basis.

 

Lockheed-Martin is a large part of the American war machine. I will not, through complicity, add to their financial profits. I communicated this to you more than two years before the census, as did many other Canadians.

 

If I am to be treated equally before the Law, then you must equally refer the thousands of other Canadians who have not complied with the census to the Judicial system. I presume you are doing this.

 

The reason you have provided for the necessity of my compliance, quoting from your letter of October 3, 2006 is: “A compulsory response is required of all respondents because the census is essential for providing the information needed by governments, businesses, researchers and individual Canadians to shed light on issues that are critical to virtually every sector of society. If respondents were to arbitrarily choose whether or not they would answer the census questions, the result would not accurately reflect the characteristics of the population and would therefore not be considered useful or reliable.”

 

I am sorry to say, but that is a load of bull. Most people off the street know it’s not the way statistics work. I find it offensive that citizens are treated as though they are ignorant. In my particular case, I am a graduate of the College of Commerce, University of Saskatchewan. I majored in Quantitative Analysis (Statistics) and graduated with Honours. Every day we are provided with reliable statistical information not based on 100% sampling.

 

I repeat my point: if you must resort to blatant untruths I presume it is because you don’t have a valid argument to offer.

 

Another point I would like to make: you chose to define the Canadian census in a way that necessitated the out-sourcing.

 

On your website you record that the first census in Canada was conducted in 1666, the first national census in 1871. For centuries and decades the Government has defined the census in a way that civil servants had the capability of doing the work. To me, quite frankly, it is prudent to keep one’s work within the limits you are capable of managing.

 

If the Government is not capable of doing that which has been successfully managed by civil servants for decades and centuries, then the answer is to fire those responsible for the mismanagement. The answer is not to knowingly create some over-sized census monster which weakens one’s capabilities and then dictates an attitude of “I am so weakened I must rely on Big Daddy LM to help me out.”

 

Statistics Canada and its employees are to serve the interests of the citizens of Canada. Previous administrations have done that very well. If not, there would have been problems in the past. I am not aware of any. So I suggest that you need to re-think what you are doing.

 

Third and final point: in the last paragraph of your letter you say, “I would like to assure you that the information you provide on your census questionnaire will be kept strictly confidential, …”.

 

I reassure children so they may feel safe and secure. I think you mis-read the situation: I am secure, I am an adult. I do not need to be reassured by you. I will arrive at my own conclusions by observing your actions and by reading what you write.

 

Furthermore, not once in my communications with the Government have I mentioned concerns about the confidentiality of information. I have been clear and explicit in the reason for my non-compliance. You repeat this mantra about confidentiality. Not once have you addressed or attempted to address my explicitly-stated reason for non-compliance: the Statistics Canada contract with Lockheed-Martin enriches a corporation that plays a very large role in the American killing machine.

 

I am not being snooty. I am not “radical”. I come from rural Saskatchewan which is small “c” conservative country. I am “mature”, a Mother of 2 children. I do not believe in increasing the hatred in the world through killing other people and their children. Lockheed-Martin profits from the killing.

 

I don’t know into which pigeon hole you have slotted me. I am able to think.

I can connect the dots between my actions and wider outcomes. I was a member of and benefited from the Girl Guides of Canada for many years. I learned service to community. That community and sisterhood extends to women in all countries of the world. I had the privilege of attending an international camp. I slept in the same tent, cooked, laughed and danced with these women when they and I were young. I really don’t like seeing them killed, as in Iraq. That’s killed, as in dead. Why would I participate in, or be a collaborator with Lockheed-Martin? Perhaps you have not read the Washington Post, October 11? 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred (research overseen by epidemiologists at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health). The killing, once started, does not stop.

 

You were told by thousands of Canadians that Lockheed-Martin is a large part of the American war machine. You made a bad decision to “out-source”.

 

Your letter of October 3 is an attempt to coerce me through the threat of jail time and fines. Were my plate not full at the moment, did I not have more important priorities, I would be researching the avenues through which to lay charges, to “turn the matter over to the Department of Justice”, as you say. So that you might be tried for your tactics vis-a-vis me.

 

Yours truly,

Sandra Finley

Saskatoon, SK S7N 0L1

306-373-8078

Canadians Fighting Lockheed/Martin & Loss of Confidence in Government: PART 2

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HALIFAX MONTHLY MEETING
of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

comprising Halifax Friends Meeting, Antigonish Worship Group, Dartmouth Worship Group and South Shore Worship Group

Lucienne Robillard

Minister of Industry

House of Commons

Ottawa ON K1A 0A6

February 15, 2004

Dear Lucienne Robillard,

The Halifax Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is very concerned about the Canadian government’s decision to award a $20.5 million dollar contract to a unit of the U.S. weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT).

The $20.5 million dollars is the amount to be spent to contract out work of Statistics Canada on the 2006 National Census. Lockheed Martin Canada Inc.

is to lead a consortium that includes IBM Canada, Transcontinental Printing Inc. Canada and ADECCO Employment Services Ltd. Canada.

In February 2003, Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. was also awarded a multi-year contract by the Canadian Department of National Defence to provide a health care information system on Canadian Forces personnel. That contract is worth approximately $17 million and covers only the first 14 months of the project. The contract has the potential to exceed an estimated value of $56 million, however, if all four phases are delivered over the anticipated 10-year period.

These decisions were made while Alan Rock was serving on Jean Chrétien’s Cabinet as Minister of Industry. We are writing to you, the new Minister of Industry, to make you aware of our continuing objections.

While Quakers realize that, under the North American Free Trade Agreement

(NAFTA) and World Trade Organization Agreement regulations, non-Canadian firms are eligible to bid on contracts to provide essential public services, we are loathe to see the Canadian public’s tax dollars flow to a military contractor that benefits richly from the development (and deployment) of weapons of mass destruction.

We are also loathe to assist a principal member of the U.S.

military-industrial complex to further develop its capacity to collect, store, analyze, and retrieve sensitive information on citizens of any country.

We have read that a spokesperson for former Public Works Minister Ralph Goodale has stated that under the obligations of the NAFTA, Canada cannot alter contracts with Lockheed Martin and if we were to do so we could be sued for millions of dollars. (Toronto Star, October 15, 2003)

We ask you, in your capacity as Industry Minister and in conjunction with other members of Cabinet, to find a way forward that would best extricate our country from these contracts.

While many would welcome an outcome in which Statistics Canada would be allotted the funding and capacity to fully carry out an activity as important as the Canadian census, it is of particular importance to Quakers

– because of our Peace Testimony* – that contracts not be let to a subsidiary of a trans-national corporation that sold almost $27 billion dollars worth of weapons in 2002.

We therefore ask:

1. that your government cancel all its contracts with Lockheed Martin and 2.

that you pledge not to grant millions more to Lockheed Martin in the future.

We would appreciate hearing from you soon in regards to this important matter.

 

Sylvia Mangalam

Clerk of the Halifax Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

1388 Bedford Highway Bedford NS B4A 1E2

* George Fox’s declaration of 1661 to Charles II is referred to as the Friends Historic Peace Testimony: “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any ends or under any pretence whatsoever. And this is our testimony to the whole world.”

cc: Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada; Stephen Owen, Minister of Public Works; Jim Peterson, Minister of International Trade; Bill Graham, Minister of Foreign Affairs; David Pratt, Minister of National Defence; Ivan P.

Fellegi, Chief Statistician of Canada

Our Monthly Meeting will also be sharing this letter with other Friends’

Meetings, as well as the general public.

 

 

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