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The Rutherford Institute: Constitutional Q&A: American Community Survey

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Also available, The Rutherford Institute has developed a form letter that you may use in standing up against the government’s attempt to force you to disclose personal information

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In an age when the government has significant technological resources at its disposal to not only carry out warrantless surveillance on American citizens but also to harvest and mine that data for its own dubious purposes, whether it be crime-mapping or profiling based on race or religion, the potential for abuse is grave. As such, any attempt by the government to encroach upon the citizenry’s privacy rights or establish a system by which the populace can be targeted, tracked and singled out must be met with extreme caution.

The American Community Survey (ACS) qualifies as a government program whose purpose, while seemingly benign, raises significant constitutional concerns.

Empowered by Congress with greater powers to amass information about citizens, the Census Bureau introduced the ACS in 2005. Unlike the traditional census, which is limited to a simple head count every ten years for the purpose of establishing representation in Congress, the ACS is sent on an ongoing basis to about 3 million homes every year at a reported cost of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.[2]

Individuals who receive the ACS must complete it or be subject to monetary penalties. Although no reports have surfaced of individuals actually being penalized for refusing to answer the survey, the potential fines that can be levied for refusing to participate in the ACS are staggering. For every question not answered, there is a $100 fine. And for every intentionally false response to a question, the fine is $500. Therefore, if a person representing a two-person household refused to fill out any questions or simply answered nonsensically, the total fines could range from upwards of $10,000 and $50,000 for noncompliance. More

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Why is it so hard to find the truth today?  It is because the mainstream media has been controlled by major corporate players for years and years.  Day by day their reports are loaded with deception which is so massive that a locomotive barreling down the track is losing steam because it can barely pull the load.  More

ENDGAME: CASH IS BANNED AND YOUR CHIP CARD STOPPED WORKING MEGA MELTDOWN

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Did you know that many retailers have not met THE DEADLINE for CHIP CARD READERS? I didn’t ether. In fact, I just noticed that the chip readers have chip-card-reader-photo1been popping up in various places. What’s the deal? Are they more secure? Not necessarily. Besides that, if retailers didn’t gear up for the chip cards fast enough, which has now passed, fraudulent use of the old magnetic strip card for a purchase would end up costing the retailer but not the card company.

But get this, the “certification process” which MasterCard, Visa and others use is purposely a slow process which causes the smaller, uncertified retailers to eat any fraudulent charges and then accept the liability. The new RFID chip reader deadline is a clever ploy for the card companies to make more profit. Thus, there has been a liability shift with regard to card issuers which places the extra debt accrued because of fraudulent money on the backs of the retailers.

In addition, let’s not forget that all credit card transactions are electronic and end up in Brussels, Belgium. But who, may I ask is looking at all of that personal and private data? Is your privacy protected? Well, here’s the rest of the story. Are you sitting down?
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THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER is OUT of CONTROL

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But something went wrong. Today the SPLC is no longer a poverty law center. They are trying to smear and silence dissidents who dare to stand for the Constitution, question the hero worship of Lincoln, and who support national sovereignty against the UN. They have turned into something not unlike the Klan they sought so brilliantly to stop except without overt violence. Tom DeWeese is doing a great job fighitng Agenda 21 and ICLEI. He does not deserve this kind of treatment:

Click here to demand a congressional investigation of the SPLC

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I need your help by signing the “Citizen’s Demand for Congressional Investigation of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).”

Let me explain.

The American Policy Center (APC) and I have been openly attacked by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

To date, there have been FOUR separate “special reports” released by SPLC against me personally – painting me as a hate-driven domestic terrorist!

Of course, SPLC has a long history of attacking organizations and individuals who defend the Constitution and oppose big government programs.

They regularly accuse us of racism and hate because we want to stop the massive growth of government and the wasteful spending programs that are bankrupting our country.

I get used to such attacks. It’s what they do to try to discredit us.

But this time the attack is different. It truly frightens me because the outcome of this new SPLC attack against APC and me could result in government investigations, the banning of my ability to travel, or even the destruction of APC.

Here’s why I’m concerned.

The Southern Poverty Law Center issued a new report titled “Agenda 21, The UN, Sustainability and Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory.” That report targeted me personally as a leader in the “anti-government Patriot movement.” And the SPLC report said I am part of a network of radicals peddling hysterical conspiracy theories against our Government.

Worse than just the SPLC report – is the fact that it was used as the bases of even more attacks from two national magazines – Fortune Magazine and Newsweek Magazine.

Newsweek’s attack was a cover story called “The Plots To Destroy America.” The article quoted SPLC’s Mark Potok, saying, “These kinds of theories…(are) completely distorting any rational discussion we can have in this country.” More

In Defense of the Constitution

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new-logo25 Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter.
Email: mvwsr@aol.com
Website: http://www.lagunajournal.com

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There is a web site called Liberty Zone were they say the U.S. Constitution is defended. According to the web site a liberty zone is a concept to engage, local county citizens in defense of their freedoms and rights, their true constitutional liberties and rights from encroachment by lawless, unconstitutional powers of federal, state, or local governments and courts.

They go on to say that “everyone knows there is something terribly wrong with our governments, and that the problem is getting worse by the day. Many true patriots, and even many who haven’t even thought of themselves as “patriots,” are sick at heart at the unconstitutional lawlessness, greed and corruption taking place in our Republic, but are frustrated at what to do about it. Many join 33049_1thmvarious groups created to help educate people, and to begin to resist the growth of tyranny, which is a great thing to do, but this doesn’t address the real place change must take place… at out local, County level, and with the People. What can be done to unite citizens in towns, cities and counties across our great Republic”.

The site points out that the various Federal, State and Local governments have strayed far outside their authority and are unconstitutional in many actions. Unless The People stand up for the laws of the land and for the Constitution of the U.S.A., as it was intended and as “The People” expect it to be, our way of life is threatened and will cease to exist. There are millions of people across the country that belong to various groups that hold to these beliefs as well, but are so diluted at the local level that nothing can be done to effect grass root, local efforts.

They claim the solution is creating your local county, city or town as a “Liberty Zone” and is the start to bringing like-minded people together. Liberty Zones locally will be that focal point for individuals, irrespective of group affiliation, and allow our County citizens to support the varied missions of the many allies we all have in our varied groups. The ONLY way the People will secure their liberties is to stand together to defend the Constitution, both federal and state. More

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