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Why Cities Are Banning Facial Recognition Technology | WIRED

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Why Cities Are Banning Facial Recognition Technology | WIRED

A handful of US cities have banned government use of facial recognition technology due to concerns over its accuracy and privacy. WIRED’s Tom Simonite talks with computer vision scientist and lawyer Gretchen Greene about the controversy surrounding the use of this technology. Still haven’t subscribed to WIRED on YouTube? ►► http://wrd.cm/15fP7B7 Also, check out the free WIRED channel on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. Here you can find your favorite WIRED shows and new episodes of our latest hit series Tradecraft. ABOUT WIRED WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Through thought-provoking stories and videos, WIRED explores the future of business, innovation, and culture. Why Cities Are Banning Facial Recognition Technology | WIRED

The FBI’s Secret Facial Surveillance Program Now Faces Lawsuit

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Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

Countries around the world, including the United States, are in the midst of a facial recognition technology race. The closer that our world gets to sustainable, impactful facial recognition, the more privacy the general public loses. We’ve already seen evidence of how nefarious facial recognition technology can become. Just take Hong Kong’s recent protests, as an example of how such “innovation” can cater to authoritarian regimes.

While you may feel this type of things “only happen in places like Hong Kong,” you’re naivety to the United States technology race may end up crippling you.

That’s because the FBI most certainly partakes in facial data collection. They also collect information on how you walk and your voice. The FBI, according to a new lawsuit filed by the ACLU, can match 640 million images of United States adults. And worse more, the FBI is helping Amazon further develop recognition surveillance technology.

The FBI working with Big Tech could yield dire consequences for citizens not only in the United States but around the world.

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Memorial Day Honoring Those who died for Freedom.

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Author, Chuck Frank

 

 

As a former Marine who served from 1960 to 1964 and also during the Cuban Missile Crises, I am here today to encourage all people in America to give honor to all of those where honor is do. Through, the centuries there have been millions of Americans who went to war and lost their lives for the cause of freedom while the very word freedom, in this case, is a term that most likely fits into the understanding of what is reflected in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights that traditionally refers to the first 10 amendments of the Constitution. When followed by law enforcement and the courts correctly, this document represents American’s core values which also points to the popular phrase that was written in the Declaration of Independence, which is “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

For the record, there is not one country in the world that has these basic constitutional protections for its people which was bestowed upon us by those great founders of our first government. One of the basic reasons why the Bill of Rights was so important is that it was meant to protect the people from any and all injustices and from their own government.  However, in spite of these protections, many corrupt agencies, courts and judges in the past and today have dishonored the people’s rights and those magnificent protections within the Bill of Rights and thereby dishonored those millions of persons who fought for freedom through the ages.

Today, nations such as China is a perfect example of a lost country which has no protections for its people to where minimal freedoms are delegated to only those who fulfill the mandates and requirements of the totalitarian Communist State, which is, by the way, being ruled by the present Emperor, Xi Jinping, appointed for life and was not voted in by the people through a democratic process.

While the sad plight of the Chinese people is obvious because of its government’s massive electronic web of surveillance, there are other countries to where freedom now lies in the balance, and yes, this includes America, the UK, Russia, Belgium, the entire European Union and more. The intrusion of the people’s privacy is well known, as is the massive web of surveillance and the data that is being collected and archived by various corporations and governments, which should stand as a dire warning to all people who seek basic unalienable rights and freedoms. The world has rapidly drifted into a high tech behemoth where monumental trials and tribulations are already here and will continue as great governmental injustices mount while citizens, regardless of legal statutes, will be tracked while being under suspicion with no probable cause. In terms of overall privacy protections and the surveillance factor, the US today has the worst ranking in the democratic world. This is truly heartbreaking.

This goes to say that America’s freedoms are now being lost at light speed as documented here by Privacy International with a map of the surveillance Societies around the world and showing the UK, US, Russia, China and others in black as designating “endemic surveillance.”

These facts should leave liberty loving advocates speechless when considering the blood and precious freedoms that our heroic American’s fought for while freedom is now vanishing into a black hole. It is urgent that “we the people” begin to make a move for the sake of righteousness and natural rights in order to set the captives free.  Let us work now while there is light, for the darkness comes when no one can work.

Social Networking: An Undeclared Mission

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Chuck Frank

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In order to truly be aware of the mission of a social networking site, one needs to understand that privacy and loyalty to the user needs to be first and foremost. Filtering and censorship that is done by a few sites for the purpose of promoting a specific and biased agenda characterized by a certain political stance such as Marxism, or any another rogue ideology, places far reaching limits upon freedoms, nor, is it consistent with the Bill of Rights and becomes a strike at the very heart of America’s constitutional fabric and republic. With that said, America’s core values such as love and liberty that was endowed upon its people was no accident and it came with a cost, and to this day, that mission still requires that its people continue to seek that higher ground and strive for even more justice for all. However. even so, there is another mission that has showed its hand and has already become a clear and present danger, not only to America but also to the rest of the world. Case in point. Facebook’s recent blocking of a post of the Declaration of Independence as “hate speech” is quite over the top by any sense of the word. Suppressing viewpoints and important historical events is clearly an infringement of the First Amendment with regard to freedom of speech and of the press.

I may add that the Washington Times on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 brought to the reader’s attention that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that Silicon Valley is an “extremely left-leaning place” but said he tries to make sure his firm doesn’t “have bias in the work that we do.” So there was no bias in blocking the recent post of the Declaration of Independence, right? This is called “doublespeak” to the max. I find it very hard to even imagine that a social network site would go to these extremes, but then again when I was in my last year of college I was astounded that our Sociology Professor assigned the book Karl Marx. But that wasn’t my first encounter with far left professors during my 4 year college stint in the great late state of California.social networks

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5 Privacies you didn’t know you lost

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 Published on Mar 22, 2018
We all know that privacy is a thing of the past, right? Pfff.
The government spying on everyone? That’s yesterday’s news.
But if you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to the obtrusive police state panopticon,
you’ve got another thing coming.
Here are five privacies you didn’t even realize you lost.

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THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BLACKOUT: MAINSTREAM MEDIA SPINS THE REAL ISSUES INTO THE OUTER ABYSS

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clubThe facilitators who led the St. Louis Presidential debate along with others who were people that had questions for the candidates, actually missed their mark by a million miles.There was no talk of what the candidates had in mind with regard to an ongoing agenda,that is:

 

  • the shredding of the U.S. Constitution and personal freedom,
  • the attack on liberty,
  • gun rights and
  • privacy issues, as well as,
  • massive intrusion through surveillance,
  • mainstream media control of the news,
  • nationalized education, (i.e. Common Core and the failings of it),
  • the internet giveaway,
  • the police state,
  • the U.N. Presence already in America,
  • FEMA camps,
  • the continuing loss of national sovereignty, and finally,
  • the danger of open borders that would combine Mexico, the U.S. and Canada into one large, but not so glorious North American Union.

    That scene would be a further expression of an already lost populace totally drenched in:

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‘We the Prisoners’: The Demise of the Fourth Amendment

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By John W. Whitehead

June 28, 2016

“Our carceral state banishes American citizens to a gray wasteland far beyond the promises and protections the government grants its other citizens… When the doors finally close and one finds oneself facing banishment to the carceral state—the years, the walls, the rules, the guards, the inmates—reactions vary. Some experience an intense sickening feeling. Others, a strong desire to sleep. Visions of suicide. A deep shame. A rage directed toward guards and other inmates. Utter disbelief. The incarcerated attempt to hold on to family and old social ties through phone calls and visitations. At first, friends and family do their best to keep up. But phone calls to prison are expensive, and many prisons are located far from one’s hometown… As the visits and phone calls diminish, the incarcerated begins to adjust to the fact that he or she is, indeed, a prisoner. New social ties are cultivated. New rules must be understood.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

In a carceral state—a.k.a. a prison state or a police state—there is no Fourth Amendment to protect you from the overreaches, abuses, searches and probing eyes of government overlords.

In a carceral state, there is no difference between the treatment meted out to a law-abiding citizen and a convicted felon: both are equally suspect and treated as criminals, without any of the special rights and privileges reserved for the governing elite.

In a carceral state, there are only two kinds of people: the prisoners and the prison guards.

With every new law enacted by federal and state legislatures, every new ruling handed down by government courts, and every new military weapon, invasive tactic and egregious protocol employed by government agents, “we the people”—the prisoners of the American police state—are being pushed that much further into a corner, our backs against the prison wall.

This concept of a carceral state in which we possess no rights except for that which the government grants on an as-needed basis is the only way I can begin to comprehend, let alone articulate, the irrational, surreal, topsy-turvy, through-the-looking-glass state of affairs that is being imposed upon us in America today.

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we who pretend we are free are no different from those who spend their lives behind bars.

Indeed, we are experiencing much the same phenomenon that journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates ascribes to those who are banished to a “gray wasteland far beyond the promises and protections the government grants its other citizens” : a sickening feeling, a desire to sleep, hopelessness, shame, rage, disbelief, clinginess to the past and that which is familiar, and then eventually resignation and acceptance of our new “normal.”

All that we are experiencing—the sense of dread at what is coming down the pike, the desperation, the apathy about government corruption, the deeply divided partisanship, the carnivalesque political spectacles, the public displays of violence, the nostalgia for the past—are part of the dying refrain of an America that is fading fast.

No longer must the government obey the law.

Likewise, “we the people” are no longer shielded by the rule of law.

While the First Amendment—which gives us a voice—is being muzzled, the Fourth Amendment—which protects us from being bullied, badgered, beaten, broken and spied on by government agents—is being disemboweled. More

e-Meters or e-Hackers?

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In the 2001 remake of Ocean’s 11, a troupe of con artists use an over-sized green tube, “the pinch,” to black out all of Las Vegas using an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). Unfortunate as it may be for the film industry, the only such EMP catalyst that exists is a nuclear explosion.

Nevertheless, U.S. citizens worry that criminals no longer have to resort toninini nuclear weapons or other science-fiction worthy tactics to overtake the grid. In every home there will be a soft underbelly, allowing hackers to steal private data, remotely disconnect appliances, and even black out the neighborhood. The chink in the armor: the smart meter, head honcho of The Internet of Things.

A smart meter is an online utility meter that measures the consumption of water, natural gas and electricity in a home. Through wireless transmission via radio frequency (RF) wave signals, the usage data is provided to the utility company, which supposedly uses the data to “optimize” electricity rates and schedule power generation. More

THE POLITICS OF HATE: SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

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“SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
Intelligence Report, Spring 2013, Issue Number:  149
Active ‘Patriot’ Groups in the United States in 2012

The Intelligence Project identified 1,360 anti-government “Patriot” groups that were active in 2012.

Generally, Patriot groups define themselves as opposed to the “New World Order,” engage in groundless conspiracy theorizing, or advocate or adhere to extreme antigovernment doctrines. Listing here does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist.

The list was compiled from field reports, Patriot publications, the Internet, law enforcement sources and news reports.”

Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 and the Post Sustainability Institute are on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of Patriot groups.  The criteria for making this list are quite interesting.  The SPLC purports to identify hate groups and to advocate for those who are being discriminated against or targeted for violence.  The SPLC mainly focuses on skinhead groups and anti-gay groups but they’re branching out and including us in their scope.  Why?

If you look at what they say above, the criteria for list selection include opposing the New World Order (does SPLC support it?), ‘groundless’ conspiracy theorizing (SPLC refuses to acknowledge objective reality), and advocating or adhering to ‘extreme anti-government doctrines’ (like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?).

There was a time in the past when, as gay people, we might have donated to SPLC.  About 25% of their website is devoted to fundraising for themselves.  They engage in spreading misinformation about UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and are themselves representing the New World Order by targeting groups who would re-erect the guarantees of the US Constitution.  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness extends beyond racial and social lines.  Our government exists to protect the individual.  Our rights to free speech, to our property, to our privacy—guaranteed by the Constitution.  The term ‘Patriots,’ according to the SPLC, is now under suspicion, and those who question government tactics and object to subversion, manipulation, privacy invasion, and ‘transformation’ are targeted on their list.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a fraud and a sham.  Although they have a disclaimer that they don’t imply that we advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist they are fully aware that targeting us on their list may serve to chill our civil rights or turn people against us.  They are engaging in their own brand of hate speech.  It might help their fundraising but it also shines a light on their bias and willingness to go along to get along with liberty-destroying regimes.  The Southern Poverty Law Center purports to have some familiarity with Nazi tactics.  Perhaps too much.
Rosa Koire, ASA Executive Director Post Sustainability Institute

— Rosa Koire, ASA Executive Director Post Sustainability Institute

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Google: Enough with the surveillance

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Google has announced that as of March 1, 2012, they will have full integration of more than 60 Apps that cover all aspects of Google on the net. Marketing their email service as being more “intuitive” might give some of us the warm fuzzies but too many of us know that intuitive is simply another of those handy-dandy word swaps used to manipulate your thinking about an issue or item. “Intuitive” simply means that Google is surreptitiously scanning and recording your mail which turns out to be “surveillance” and not intuition.

To participate in a poll asking if you will cancel your google accounts conducted by the Washington Post go HERE!

Google is not the only internet service that is using or moving to these applications, but they are by far the most malignant. To deactivate any gmail accounts go HERE!

As it is, we do not use Google search or homepage. We will be shutting down all gmail accounts by the middle of February, 2012.

The intuitiveness that gmail refers to is the scanning of your incoming and outgoing communications to determine what your interests are, where you might be going, where you might be located, what your schedule might be and who all you are communicating with. This information is not only used to direct advertising to you whether you want it or not, (and who does?) but also is recorded and handed over to government spy agencies. Political interests and beliefs, religious interests, social groups you belong to, all of your contacts and of course all those “friends” on Facebook are handed over right along with your personal communications. More

Why criminal governments spy on citizens

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by: Brandon Smith

At the very foundation of perhaps every modern day conflict between the expansive powers of unchecked bureaucracy and the dwindling freedoms of the ordinary citizen dwells the vital issue of privacy. Privacy and the right to hold personal and political views without being singled out and scrutinized by government is absolutely essential to any society which dares to deem itself “fair and just”. Ultimately, without the presence of these two liberties, and without people to defend them, a nation is ill equipped to circumvent the growth of tyranny, and anyone claiming to be “free” in the midst of such a culture is living a delusion of the highest order. More

Your Body Is Your ID – Book & DVD Set

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Live Link:  Constitutional Alliance

$20.00 includes book and DVD. 

A person cannot live in a surveillance society while at the same time living in a free society. All citizens want accountability from our elected leaders regardless of what political party they represent. We are accountable as well to future generations and to honor those that have defended our freedom. It is said that ignorance is not an excuse for breaking the law. Ignorance is no excuse for losing our freedom. For yourself, for our children and for those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, read this short book and decide if freedom still lives. The author has written legislation, testified about that legislation and worked with groups/organizations at the state/national level to protect your freedom.

This includes the book and a DVD. >>>>>GO HERE TO ORDER

 

SWEEPING NEW POWERS B.C. GOVERNMENT THREATEN PRIVACY

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Canadian Correspondent: Sandra Finley sabest1@sasktel.net

SWEEPING NEW POWERS B.C. GOVERNMENT THREATEN PRIVACY

We all need to help people in B.C. stop the legislation.   Please send this far and wide.
Sweeping New Powers Would Threaten Privacy: Watchdog

BC Government wants to amend law to allow much more collection and sharing of personal data.

By Andrew MacLeod, 25 Mar 2010, TheTyee.ca

Public bodies would collect, share your personal information without consent.

The British Columbia government wants sweeping new powers to collect and share citizens’ private information and store it outside of Canada. Officials argue the powers would help them better serve the public, but a privacy advocate says British Columbians should be worried about the government’s plans. 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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“Why We Americans Do Not Want This Healthcare Bill”

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By: Donna Garner (c)copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED by author.

 

Summary of Obama/Reid healthcare bill by Michael Connelly:

It places control of our personal health care decisions in the hands of unnamed Federal Bureaucrats who care nothing about us or our individual needs. It provides instant access for these same bureaucrats to see our medical and financial information, it massively increases our taxes and ultimately our insurance premiums, and it reduces our access to the health care that we need. It takes away our choices and our personal freedoms and it increases the Federal deficit that will eventually land on the backs of our children and grandchildren. (Michael Connelly is a U.S. Army veteran, a retired attorney, a published author, freelance writer, and teaches law courses online worldwide — (http://michaelconnelly.viviti.com .) 

Index of topics by section:

1.  OBAMA’S PROPOSAL RELEASED ON 2.22.10
2.  SENATOR REID’S HEALTHCARE BILL
3.  NEW TAXES TO BE PAID BY EVERYONE
4.  CONFIRMATION OF HIGHER PREMIUM COSTS
5.  ABORTION
6.  MEDICARE — COSTS COUNTED TWICE
7.  MEDICARE — HOME HEALTH CARE AGENCIES TARGETED
8.  OTHER PROBLEMS WITH MEDICARE PROVISIONS
9.. MEDICARE — DR. SCOTT GOTTLIEB SPEAKS OUT
10. MEDICARE VS. SPECIALISTS
11. CLASS ACT
12. HOW THE UNSCRUPULOUS SEN. REID INSERTED HIS “FIX”
13. MEDICAID INCREASES
14. MEDICARE ADVANTAGE
15. “SWEET DEALS” 
16. CONSTITUTIONALITY

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Roll back the Patriot Act

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Quote of the Day: “The JUSTICE Act will allow intelligence agents to monitor terrorism suspects while putting checks in place to ensure that law-abiding Americans’ privacy and civil liberties are protected.” – Sen. Daniel Akaka
SUBJECT: Rolling Back the Patriot Act

Following 9/11, Congress passed the gargantuan USA PATRIOT Act, without reading it. The PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act were written to protect Americans from terrorism, but they’ve left people unprotected from their own government.

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The PREP Act……mandatory vaccinations law

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by Stephan Lendman
“The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act slipped under the radar when George Bush signed it into law as part of the 2006 Defense Appropriations Act (HR 2863). It lets the HHS Secretary declare any disease an epidemic or national emergency requiring mandatory vaccinations. Nothing in the Act lists criteria that warrant a threat. Also potential penalties aren’t specified for those who balk, but very likely they’d include quarantine and possible fines.
 
“The HHS web site also says the Secretary may “issue a declaration….that provides immunity from tort liability (except for willful misconduct) for claims of loss caused, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from administration or use of (vaccine or other pharmaceutical) countermeasures to diseases, threats and conditions determined by the Secretary to constitute a present, or credible risk of a future public health emergency….” …
“At least one other measure is also worrisome – The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA). So far it’s just a proposal by the Center for Law and the Public’s Health – “A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities (as) a primary, international, national, state, and local resource on public health law (and) policy for public health practitioners, judges, academics, policymakers, and others.” More

A Gathering for Freedom and Liberty by John Wallace

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http://www.libertynewsonline.com/article_301_28007.php

From Campaign for Liberty/Liberty news online

Speech: A Gathering for Freedom and Liberty
06-17-2009 7:31 pm – Wallace
Text of Speech by John Wallace – delivered at the Albany Tea Party’s “March on Albany” Rally, at the State Capitol in Albany, New York on June 16, 2009

I want to thank the members of the Albany Tea Party for giving me the opportunity to say a few words at this great gathering for Freedom and Liberty. Our country’s Founders told us that Governments get their just powers from the consent of the governed and whenever the government becomes destructive of these ends, it is not only the people’s Right, but it is their Sacred Duty to change the government, and that includes the dysfunctional New York State Government.

My fellow citizens, although some foreign countries and terrorists groups do indeed pose serious threats to our country and our state, in 2009 the greatest threats to our freedoms and liberties are not coming from them, but rather, they are coming from within our own country; from our federal government and from our New York State government, because they no longer represent us. That is why we have come here today from all parts of the state, from all walks of life and from all political parties and views: TO RECLAIM OUR FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES.

The America people, including those of us who live here in New York State, are losing our freedoms and liberties because of corrupt politicians, political correctness, a lack of basic common sense by our leaders, as well as the negative influence of special interest groups who are pushing their questionable agendas upon New Yorkers and the rest of the American people from a hundred different directions at once.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln, described our nation as “a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. I’m afraid that is no longer true. In 2009, we now have federal government and a New York State government of the special interest groups, by the special interests groups, and for the special interest groups.

To those New York State and federal elected officials who may be listening out there today, “We The People” have some demands to present to you today:

We demand FREEDOM FROM CORRUPT ELECTED OFFICIALS who accept millions of dollars in bribes from Special Interest groups every year. More

The Battle In The States: Freedom Vs Protection

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Mark Lerner and Tom DeWeese put together this piece; which can be found at Tom DeWeese, President of American Policy Center  www.americanpolicy.org <  

 

Mark Lerner, Director, Stop Real ID Coalition   www.stoprealidcoalition.com <   http://www.stoprealidcoalition.com

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Across the nation, state legislatures are struggling to take back their Constitutional rights as they also seek ways to protect us from outside threats. This has led to some near schizophrenic legislative sessions with laws swinging widely from left to right.

Making it more difficult to get a handle on the situation is the fact that there has been an outgrowth of near “rabid”

anti-immigration groups that have sprung up demanding near-Hitler-style tactics to “fix” the problem. While the situation is certainly serious and demands action, these groups openly admit that they are willing to surrender their liberties if that is what it takes to end illegal immigration. They may deeply regret that cavalier dismissal of liberty. Once lost, it is rarely regained.

To address these issues, three very distinct, but widely variant legislative actions have appeared in the states.

First, legislation dealing with protecting the integrity of the Tenth Amendment and state sovereignty has been introduced across the nation, passing in at least 21 states. The states are reacting to the frightening growth of the federal government through anti-terrorist legislation such as the Patriot Act and Real ID, as well as the outrageous spending included in the bailout and stimulus bills.

Second, to address the illegal immigration issue, legislation in many states would provide state law enforcement with the ability to share information through direct electronic access. Many law-enforcement agencies are eagerly supporting such legislation. Yet, this type of legislation clearly contradicts the intent of the states sovereignty effort.

Third, again racing back to the other side to protect personal privacy from federal surveillance, there is legislation introduced to prohibit the collection of biometric samples/data, social security numbers and the use of RFID chips in state driver’s licenses.

One might ask, what do these pieces of legislation have to do with one another? They each go to the heart of a battle being waged across our country to decide how much Constitutional power the federal government has to collect, retain and share the personal information of each citizen, and how much power it has to force states to provide it?

Tenth Amendment legislation is exactly what the name implies

that states have Constitutionally-guaranteed rights and powers. It puts the federal government on notice that states will not act as its surrogates. The legislation unequivocally tells the federal government that its power comes from the citizens and the states and that federal powers are limited and defined rather than unlimited and arbitrary.*Fusion Centers*

As for those patriots who believe the illegal immigration is so dire that liberty should be thrown on the bonfire, perhaps they need to better understand what they are demanding.

Legislation introduced in several state legislatures, and currently in debate, allows state and local law-enforcement agencies to have direct access to one another’s databases. Some of the anti-immigration patriots might see it is as prudent legislation until one takes a closer look.

Most states now have Fusion Centers. Fusion Centers were originally intended to allow local and state law-enforcement to work alongside federal officers so that activity suspected of being terrorist related could be identified and responded to by all three law enforcement entities in a coordinated manner. Fusion Centers have representatives of all three working side-by-side in one office.

Fusion Centers are funded primarily by the federal government. Some believe them to be an effective tool to fight terrorism with little that one could find objectionable. The problem is, Fusion Centers have overstepped their intended purpose. This is typical when dealing with the issue of technology and invasive databases. Mission creep is just too easy.

In state after state we see Fusion Centers focusing on /all /suspected criminal activity, including misdemeanors. Some would ask you to believe that the mountain of information about citizens being accumulated actually stays within the borders of a state unless a citizen is suspected of terrorist activity. However, the Fusion Center in Oklahoma has been directed to develop procedures for the sharing of information with the FBI and DHS.

This means that direct electronic access is not limited to just state law enforcement agencies and departments. Since local, state and federal authorities are working together, there is no plausible reason to believe federal law enforcement will not gain access to all information a state law enforcement or local law enforcement authority would have.

*The Missouri Outrage*     

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Feds Cut Nevadans Some Slack on Real ID Application, But This is Still an Infringement of Their 4th Amendment Rights

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This article makes it seem as if Nevadans are getting some sort of lucky break or that they’ve won some sort of concession, but the truth is that this Real ID program is still a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protections against invasion of privacy.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The real issue with Real ID is that it is not merely an identification card, but an RFID Chip, which can (and will be) used to track an individual’s every move. So, not only is Real ID in violation of the provisions of the Constitution that protect us from having to divulge sensitive information about ourselves to whatever authority demands it, but it is also an Orwellian technology that will make it impossible for anyone to go about their daily lives without being tracked, traced and monitored everywhere they go. That – not the expense to the states of implementing such a program – is the central issue in the fight against Real ID.


Air marshall’s told to ignore illegal aliens boarding planes

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Responding to this alert from Minnsir here in Minnesota, I was angered to learn that while I cannot fly without documenting repeatedly who I am and suffering the indignity of public pat downs and searches of body, known illegal immigrants can board a plane without even having any legal identification, or even being challenged about their citizen status and some are even held in special holding areas to make sure they board safely.  In fact, according to the air marshalss, they are specifically told to [ignore] illegal flyers.

Before I can even enter the main terminal in any airport, I must show legal ID.  Because I have a back fusion and knee implant, I must carry what are known as [hardware cards], issued by the surgeons who performed the implants and designating what implants I have and where they are located.  I must have these cards in hand as I pass through security.  Why? I have no idea…..NO ONE ever looks at them.

As I pass through the security gate the alarms go off.  No one says anything to me and I’m  pushed into a glass cage.  When I try to present my [hardware cards] again,  these are brushed aside and I am told harshly to “get in the cage!.  When I am alone in my flight to Georgia this is simply a great irritation.  When I am flying home with my very young grand daughters this is a different matter.

I am immediately separated from the kids.  I am in the glass cage and they are standing outside it without anyone tending to them in the midst of the hundreds of people passing through security: they were 5 and 6 the first time this happened.   They are terrified regardless of how many times they go through this same process which results from our annual trips each year. 

Next, my grand daughters along with hundreds of total strangers get to watch as I am humiliated by having to stand spread eagle, arms out, as a female agent feels every area of my body.  Because I am well endowed, I have been asked twice what I had in my bra?  Two years ago the youngest grand daughter said loudly, “She don’t got nothing in her bra!  She just gots big boobers!”  The laughter could be heard all around us.  I suppose under other circumstances I would have found this funny.  As it was, I was so humiliated I could hardly stand it.  Still, no one, including the agent patting me down, would look at my hardware cards.

On another trip, an agent actually pulled my shirt up and the back of my pants out, to see if I actually had any evidence of a back fusion.  Maybe the large scar that runs up to the middle of my back could have convinced her.  I guess not.  She repeatedly wanded me in that area and every time it signaled, she pressed and poked me in the back until I said that she had poked me enough.  She nastily informed me that SHE would decide what was enough.

While all this is happening, my purse is gone through [again], my shoes are examined, the bottoms of my feet are checked, and anything the kids are carrying is also gone through along with any carry on I might have.  By this time I feel as if I have been publicly raped, the kids are in shock and terrified that I am going to be taken away from them.

I find it odd that I can enter the local hospital and pass through security and the guard will say, “Oh! You have a lumbar fusion and a knee implant!”.    Needless to say the security at our airports is probably more state of the art than that at the hospital.  Which makes me ask…..Why can’t the airport guards detect the same things? And why is it so necessary to humiliate me and others in this manner? 

The fact is we are being carefully trained to accept surveillance, inspection and routine questioning for no other reason than…..they can.  These overblown and invasive procedures are not meant to protect us from anyone, they are meant to condition us to submitting to government authority: also to condition us to the idea of a national ID.  The promise will be that if we accept the REAL ID, and are tagged and tracked like animals……we won’t have to endure these humliating scenarios….we’ll be cleared before hand…….if we aren’t actually guilty of something, even if its only imaginary.

I have to wonder, what with all the lists Homeland Security maintains on US citizens…….the Black list, the NO-FLY list, the SUSPECT list, the WATCH list, and several other lists that now contain more than three million names of legal US citizens who wrote or said something HSD didn’t like, including the names of  a few babies who apparently weren’t wearing government approved diapers……..I have to wonder……how is it that known illegal immigrants can be shuttling around inside our country on planes that I can’t board without being accosted by airport guards?  How does that happen?  Who approved that plan? 

Watch the video sent to us by Ruthie at Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform, and then ask yourself, “Who is it the government  is actually  protecting?  And who do they view as a threat?”

This alert from:
Ruthie
Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform
Independent Minnesota Minutemen
FIRE Coalition State Chapter
http://www.mnsirproject.com
minnsir@yahoo.com

 

Totally UNACCEPTABLE and really Unbelievable!
I am so angry with this report – I can barely stand it

If this is not proof that our Government sees you and I as human collateral – nothing will.
 
SECURE THE BORDERS NOW and start on our SOUTHERN BORDERS.
 
What are we paying Air Marshalls for – to find a bottle of perfume on or in  luggage of an innocent American or legal passenger?
Where in the Hell is HOMELAND SECURITY????
 
We should mass email the airlines – those who provide true security are the ones we will use – PERIOD!
 
Although the Air Marshall speaking here may not have a problem with those seeking a better life – I DO!!!!!!
ALL entering the US illegally must be stopped – detained – arrested and deported.
 
Please click the link below to raise your blood pressure and determination.
Ruthie
Federal Air Marshals Expose Alien Smuggling on Airlines

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKN3m9qQKKA

 

 


 

A new partner to fight REAL ID….beat-the-chip

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The PPJ is happy to announce a new partner in the battle against REAL ID in any form. 

 

Beat-the-chip is accessible by clicking the live link in our blogroll, taking you directly to their site.  Or, after accessing [btc], add to your favorites or bookmarks. 

We’re all in this together.  This is no time to remain uninvolved. 

Marti oakley

http://beatthechip.blogspot.com

States Claiming Ownership of Newborn’s DNA

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Unknown to most new parents, or those who became parents in the last ten or so years, DNA of newborns has been harvested, tested, stored and experimented with by all 50 states.  And all 50 states are now routinely providing these results to the Homeland Security Department. 

No doubt we can all see the benefits in testing for genetic disorders or genetic traits and tendencies that could be more adequately dealt with, in some cases actually deterring the onset of life-time illness, but that seems not to be the real thrust of these programs.  It may have been initially….but not now.

As with all good things, there are always those who seek the more evil path, in essence turning what should have been a life saving tool, a preventative measure into something insidious and inhumane.  This is what has happened to this national effort.

Here in Minnesota the state tests for 56 various genetic disorders and variants.  At least 1/3 of these tests produce a false positive meaning that a flaw was identified that actually did not exist.  Regardless, that false positive becomes part of the permanent record of the child and follows them for the rest of their lives as does any true positives.  This means that the child will eventually and most likely face discrimination in employment and the ability to gain health insurance at any cost.

There are other nagging problems with this system.  Although the national website

http://genes-r-us.uthscsa.edu/  insists that this harvesting of DNA is a highly visible program, my own polling of parents of newborns, or the grand parents had no idea that this was being done to their children and grand children.  Further, not one knew that they had the right to demand the blood and tissue samples be destroyed after 45 days per written request.  Even had they known, and the samples were destroyed (you would have no way of knowing if they really were) the information gleaned from them would still be available and on file…..in perpetuity. 

Also unknown to at least the new parents in Minnesota, is that once that 45 days has lapsed, the state now claims that they “own” the DNA of that child.  This claimed ownership now allows the state health agency to test, tamper, alter, sell, farm out, and utilize in any way they see fit, the DNA of your newborn.  It can be manipulated, spliced with other DNA, and used in ways never intended under the screening program.

Now, there are forms that have to be signed that agree to this invasion of privacy, but the problem seems to be that this is not done during pre-natal care, but rather, at the time of delivery of the infant.  These forms are produced when the mother is ready to deliver and is being admitted to the hospital.  That’s when these “informed consent” forms are dragged out to be signed.  This is no accident.  Expectant parents simply sign what is put in front of them and are told they must sign to complete admission.  Nice, huh?  And none of them seems to be aware that what they are signing allows this right to have those additional blood and tissue samples destroyed.  No matter, the damage is done and the results of those three extra blood drops are forever recorded and along with it, a lot of genetic information about the parents.

Although this is supposed to be an opt-in program, rather than an “opt-out”, Minnesota has decided to interpret the law differently.  Our legislators have decided that opting out is the way it should be…..regardless of the law.  With that in mind they have gone one step further and declared that if the parent doesn’t specifically opt out….they are presumed to have “informed consent” and have opted in. 

I have to give the special interests in Minnesota their dues.  Federal law and the courts have upheld the concept that human DNA cannot be patented.  But these fine folks, representing insurance companies, medical institutions, and big pharma have found a way around that bothersome ruling.  Using a compliant legislature they have made sure a system has been put in place that allows them to indirectly access what should be the most private of all information, the most identifiable information concerning an individual and in the case of medical and pharmaceuticals, to use it in any way they see fit once the state claims ownership. 

In January 2007, a lady named Twila Brase president of the Citizens Council on Healthcare, issued a written testimony to the Minnesota legislature on the unethical and hidden uses of harvested DNA by the state.  The 18 page document can be located at

http://www.oah.state.mn.us/cases/health4615/nbs-pc8.pdf    

It is an eloquent treatise on the misuse of the DNA testing and the right of parents to be fully informed of what is really afoot in these programs. 

Currently, we have a monumental effort under way by Sue Jeffers to petition the state to;

Oppose illegal State government ownership of the blood, DNA and genetic test results of newborn citizens in Minnesota.  http://www.cchconline.org/petition/babyDNA2007.php  

In July 1997, solely by an executive decision of health officials-no lawthe MN Department of Health began retaining the DNA-filled blood specimens of all newborn babies.

The State now claims ownership rights to the DNA of more than 670,000 children (approx.70,000 births/yr).

In July 1986, MDH began cataloging the genetic test results of all Minnesota children. Approximately 1.4 million children are in the database.   

Oppose the dissemination of newborn blood and DNA to genetic researchers

Oppose the Minnesota Department of Health’s refusal to fully inform parents

Calls on Governor Tim Pawlenty to direct the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to comply with Minnesota state privacy law, to fully inform parents of the genetic testing process and their legal rights–and to dismantle MDH’s illegal warehouse of newborn citizen DNA. (Contact Sue Jeffers directly at: S1U2E3@aol.com )

I might suggest that each of you check the national website to determine how extensive the DNA testing is in your state, especially if you have children 10 years or younger.  What you find may sicken you.    

The idea of the state, any state, claiming ownership of the DNA of anyone, most especially newborn babies is so repugnant to me that I cannot find the words to express how offensive this is; what an unconscionable breach of humanity this comprises.  This issue is not one of party affiliation or a right vs. left drama being played out.  This is the groundwork for future discrimination that will most likely surpass employment and insurance targeting but eventually could be used to decide who lives or dies, or who can reproduce. 

There is however a level of humor in all the debating going on……insurance company reps along with those of the business sector assured everyone that these genetic tests will never be used to discriminate in employment or insurance coverage.  Now if that didn’t make you laugh, nothing will. 

But, all of us need to ask ourselves why this information would be of any use to Homeland Security?  What possible reason could they have for cataloging and storing the genetic code of any newborn child? 

In the end I find myself wondering where all these big religious fomenters are that railed against gay marriage, stem cell research, the right to choose for women and a host of other issues that would supposedly destroy the traditional American family.   Wouldn’t losing ownership of your child’s or your own DNA be far more devastating than these issues?  And yet, not one rock star preacher has spoken one word that I can find condemning this practice.  Not a peep!  It’s probably just a case of a lost message in all the speaking God does to them when he puts a “word of knowledge in their hearts” about the woes of society. 

My advice?  Find out what is happening in your own state and to what extent your state is testing and participating in this program that is so loaded with secret agendas and obviously in opposition to many state and federal laws.  Maybe what is needed is a class action lawsuit brought in each state by parents who were unaware that they or their children no longer own their own DNA.

     Marti Oakley  copyright 2008 

Demand REAL ID be Repealed!

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 Send a letter, email or get on the phone.  Links are provided below to access your representatives, and one is provided for those of you outside of Minnesota.   Speak up now while you still can!  We need to make the politicians in Minnesota understand that WE THE PEOPLE oppose this breach of Constitutional rights. 
_____________________________________________________________________________PLEASE HELP  –  PLEASE ACT NOW

NOT FOR ME BUT FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN 

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MN STATE HOUSE AND SENATE REPRESENTATIVES AND DEMAND THEY OPT MN OUT OF THE FEDERAL REAL ID ACT SCHEDULED TO GO INTO EFFECT IN 2009. MN NEEDS TO JOIN MONTANA, SOUTH CAROLINA, MAINE, GEORGIA AND POSSIBLY NEW HAMPSHIRE IN OPPOSING THIS LAW. FREEDOM IS AT STAKE!! 

Passed in 2005 on the shirttails of a military appropriations bill, the Real ID act requires all states to establish a federally directed driver’s license to include a laundry list of personal information in electronic form that will be shared across states. Without the license, there will be no driving, no entry to public buildings, no flying – nothing the federal government cannot control.

BUT – that’s just the tip of the iceberg. President Bush has, through Presidential Executive Orders and Signing Statements and using the Patriot Act, Real ID, Military Commissions Act, Department of Homeland Security and similar tools, positioned himself at the dictorial level over US citizens and the US constitution. Simply by declaring he is responding to a crisis, which could be actual or contrived, these directives give him the power to:

* Declare martial law.

* Arrest any citizen accused of terrorist activity/connection or threats against government (including peaceful resistance.)

* Incarcerate an arrested person without legal representation. (Hundreds of camps have been prepared, are ready        and waiting.)           

* Incarceration can be indefinite.

* Deny allowing the arrested person the right to face his accuser.           

* Place state/local military and police under federal control.           

* Allow troops from countries outside of the US to be used to “keep the peace.” 

Homeland Security is strictly prohibited in its charter from ever establishing any form of domestic passport or NATIONAL ID.  Nothing in the REAL ID act is intended to, or will prevent acts of terrorism. 

Threatening the legal citizens of the USA with forfeiture of the right to travel freely without interference, to cause them to lose the right to enter into Federal buildings or to access Social Security or other programs is nothing short of governmental blackmail.  NO ONE has the right to tell legal citizens that they may not access public buildings, airports, train stations or to collect their Social Security unless they comply with this illegal and unconstitutional mandate.

It seems to me that if HSD doesn’t know who we are by now, if they can’t identify us without tagging us like cattle…..then surely they cannot provide information to the IRS identifying us when we don’t pay our taxes.  If we are “non-citizens” as REAL ID says we will be if we don’t comply…..then by the same token….we are NON-TAXABLE.  You cannot tax a person you refuse to admit exists to begin with.

By national acceptance of the ID card, all the people of this country are placed under the command and control of the Homeland Security Agency.  

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/hmem.asp     Use this page to find your representative in Minnesota.

http://www.governor.state.mn.us/           Use this page to contact Governor Pawlenty

 http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml     Use this page to find federal and state congressman.

 

See:   Police State America – A Look Back and Ahead
         
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7622 

 Real ID California      http://libertygunrights.com/IDCardCalifAssembly.html

  NOW CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL HOUSE AND SENATE REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM TO REPEAL THE  REAL ID ACT.  

Homeland Security’s Data Vacuum Cleaner In Action

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An Investigation by the Identity Project

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has quietly perfected and begun to implement their scheme that will require Americans to seek and get permission from DHS in order to travel both domestically and abroad.

The results of an investigation by the Identity Project show that DHS is actively collecting information on what Americans read, with whom they associate, and the ethnicity of individual American travelers. DHS is also actively acquiring the travel records of Americans that document non-US travel, e.g., intra-European flights.

Almost one hundred pages of travel records were turned over by DHS to the Identity Project in response to Privacy Act requests. These documents – many heavily redacted – make clear that DHS is not being honest and forthright with the American public.

>> Read More…

http://www.unsecureflight.com/index.html

Everyone needs to get on this site and check this out.  The Identity Project has done some stellar work here.  Sites like these need our support.

Marti

FAQ: How will Real ID affect you?

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By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
February 7, 2008 4:00 AM PST

Editor’s note: A May deadline looms as just one flash point in a political showdown between Homeland Security and states that oppose Real ID demands. This is the last in a four-part series examining the confrontation. Today’s installment is a set of frequently asked questions, or FAQ, that we hope explains how the Real ID law affects you.

The Real ID law is touted by Homeland Security officials as an anticrime and antiterror measure, but is steadfastly opposed by some state governments on privacy and sovereignty grounds. Computer scientists also have raised concerns about how its creation of a national interlinked database would work in practice. Keep reading for more on Real ID.

Q: When does the Real ID Act take effect?

On May 11, a little more than three months from now. But states like California that have agreed to comply and ones like Pennsylvania that have requested a deadline extension are not affected–driver’s licenses from those states will continue to work for entering federal buildings and flying commercially.

Some states seem to have requested an extension as a tactical maneuver with little intention of ever complying. Washington and Idaho may fall into this category. A spokesman for Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter told us: “We’ve asked for an extension, but we still have serious concerns and reservations about it and its future here is to be determined.”

Q: Who’s going to have trouble flying or entering federal buildings starting May 11?

Residents of the five states–Maine, South Carolina, Montana, Oklahoma, and New Hampshire–that have firmly rejected Real ID. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have not decided yet, meaning they could fall into this category too.

Q: So if I live in Maine, South Carolina, Montana, Oklahoma, or New Hampshire, and I want to fly out of any U.S. airport starting May 11, what happens?

The Bush administration has not answered that question. The Transportation Security Administration referred our questions to the Department of Homeland Security. A Homeland Security spokesman told us: “That’s an operational, ongoing issue at this point in time. We’ll need to be a bit closer in.”

One likely situation is that starting May 11, security checkpoints at all U.S. airports will have a Real ID and a non-Real ID line. Non-Real ID would be in the slow line, which Homeland Security predicts will involve “delays” and “enhanced security screening.” (One official with the Portland International Airport even joked about a mandatory “full body cavity search.”)

Q: Can I use a U.S. passport instead to get in the fast line?

Yes. If you don’t have one, you’d better apply soon. The State Department estimates four to six weeks for processing.

Q: Will I be able to fly after May 11?

Starting May 11, unless your home state agrees to comply with the federal Real ID Act or unless it asks for an extension, you should expect problems going through security at airports. Click a state below to see what that state has told us about whether or not its ID cards will meet Real ID requirements.

Real ID

What that state has told us about whether or not it’s going along with the federal Real ID Act. http://www.news.com/How-will-Real-ID-affect-you/2009-1028_3-6229517.html?tag=st.nl

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