Category Archives: Big Brother

Obama administration floats draft plan to tax cars by the mile

Pete Kasperowicz
The Hill
May 5, 2011

The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.

The plan is a part of the administration’s Transportation Opportunities Act, an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.

The White House, however, said the bill is only an early draft that was not formally circulated within the administration.

“This is not an administration proposal,” White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. “This is not a bill supported by the administration. This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not taken into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”

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Airport-Style Scanner Sizes Up Shoppers

CNN
May 1, 2011

Are you a size 12 at one store, but a size 10 at another? A new scanner will print out your size shop to shop.

This scanner works in much the same way as an airport scanner, and is being publicized by the media as a helpful tool for consumers concerned about their dress size.

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EPA, Army Corps draft guidelines that threaten to seize control of water supplies

Jonathan Benson
Natural News
May 4, 2011

On Wednesday, April 27, the Obama administration’s US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) jointly released a new draft guidance for the federal Clean Water Act that aims to dramatically expand both the scope of what constitutes a “water source,” as well as the legal power federal agencies can exert over those water sources.

If enacted, the proposal will basically allow the EPA and ACE to control any stream, pond, or even puddle that they determine “has a physical, chemical or biological connection” to any larger body of water, which includes even privately-owned water sources.

One of the biggest impacts of the guidance will be to reverse previous Supreme Court decisions that have established the proper constitutional limits on the scope of federal government regulatory authority over not only water, but other natural resources.

By undoing these decisions, the EPA and ACE will essentially be giving themselves a free pass to arbitrarily develop and establish their own rules, and they will be able to do so without proper congressional approval.

“Under this new guidance, a bureaucrat at the EPA will be able to dictate radical new rules,” said US Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ). “This is just another example of the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to circumvent Congress and develop rules and regulations that far exceed the authority granted to the agency under existing public law.”

The EPA and ACE, of course, claim that expanded jurisdiction is needed to protect water from pollution and other contaminants. But given how the EPA has already given pollution exemptions to companies like Monsanto in the past, as well as allowed millions of gallons of toxic COREXIT to be dumped into the Gulf of Mexico during the BP disaster, it is clear that protecting water is not necessarily the EPA’s primary agenda. Instead, the draft actually takes more control away from individual citizens, and gives it to corrupt bureaucrats — all in the name of protecting water quality and promoting public health.

“Through vague definitions and broad interpretations laid out in this draft guidance, EPA and the Corps have once again shown little regard for the practical implications of their actions or Congress’ intentions under the CWA,” said Ashley Lyon, Deputy Environmental Counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Despite a letter from 170 members of Congress opposing the guidance, EPA and the Corps have crowned themselves kings of every drop of water in the country – except maybe a backyard swimming pool.”

The agencies are accepting public comment on the proposal for 60 days:
http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guida…

You can also read the entire proposal for yourself here:
http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guida…

Sources for this story include:

http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle…

http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guida…

Feds mine Facebook for info

Robert Snell
The Detroit News
April 25, 2011

Federal investigators in Detroit have taken the rare step of obtaining search warrants that give them access to Facebook accounts of suspected criminals.

The warrants let investigators view photographs, email addresses, cell phone numbers, lists of friends who might double as partners in crime, and see GPS locations that could help disprove alibis.

There have been a few dozen search warrants for Facebook accounts nationwide since May 2009, including three approved recently by a federal magistrate judge in Detroit, according to a Detroit News analysis of publicly available federal court records.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Apple Has Brainwashed The Whole Country — How Else To Explain The Lack Of Outrage Over Apple’s Secret Location Tracking?

Henry Blodget
Business Insider
April 23, 2011

Your iPhone has been secretly tracking and recording everywhere you go for the past several years.

Read that again.

Your iPhone has been secretly tracking and recording everywhere you go for the past several years.
That’s right. Apple built this feature into your iPhone and hid it from you. By doing so, Apple made it possible for anyone who gets ahold of your iPhone or Mac (or any other device synced with either) to figure out exactly where you were when.

That is absolutely outrageous.

If any other company had done this, America’s privacy zealots would be demanding the CEO’s resignation. There would be threats. There would be lawsuits. There would, at the very least, be incessant demands for the company to acknowledge the behavior, explain it, and apologize for it.

And yet, because the company is Apple, there have been none of those things.

Instead, Apple fans like John Gruber have suggested that the secret feature is a “bug.“ And there have been mainstream media stories suggesting that it must be some kind of “mistake.”

Bug?

Mistake?

Apple built a system into your iPhone that secretly tracks and records everywhere you go. This system records your exact location and the exact time you were there–down to the second.

Anyone who gets ahold of your phone or computer can tell exactly where you were when: Police, people suing you, your husband/wife, your employer, private investigators, the government–anyone. And Apple didn’t tell you that!

Please explain, with a straight face, how that could possibly be a “bug” or “mistake.”

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Napolitano backs 6-year old’s pat-down: ‘Done professionally according to the protocols’

COMMENT: Napolitano’s own statements indicate how the TSA nightmare at airports is itself being used as a Hegelian pretext or “created problem” to move us into a new nightmare or “created solution” where biometric IDs are required to travel (despite the fact that our right to travel is guaranteed under the Constitution, natural law and common law for millennia).

Daily Caller
April 21, 2011

The shock of a video of a Transportation Security Administration screener patting down a 6-year-old child has drawn anger and even a subsequent potential legislative response. But the TSA’s actions were not improper, says Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“Nobody likes to see those kinds of things […] even though it was done professionally according to the protocols,” she said. “But, what TSA is doing is reexamining those protocols all the time. It’s all in relation to threat – what is the threat? And one of the things we do see is if you categorically remove a group from any type of screening, well those who seek to do us harm will then exploit that group. So you have to be very careful on how you do it.”

However, Napolitano told “Morning Joe” that she and her colleagues are working a number of things to streamline the airport screening process, including expediting the process for frequent travelers.

“So here’s a couple of things we’re working on,” she said. “Number one is expanding trust and traveler programs, programs where people will get biometric cards. They’ve already supplied information. We know they are safe to travel. We can move them through the system. That’s going to be expanded this year. That allows us to remove a number of people I think from the screening process.”

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Fox Guest Says TSA Groping 6 Year-Old OK, It’s ‘For a New World Order’

Infowars.com
April 14, 2011

Comedian Paul Mecurio, who works with John Stewart’s Daily Show, appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program, defending the groping of 6 year-old girl at the hands of TSA. Mecurio said, “Adjustments Have To Be Made For A New World Order,” joking about the violation of the little girl. First the system denied these practices were going on, now they laugh about it, say it’s necessary and expect us to get used to it.

COMMENT FROM ALEX JONES: This is very sick. Remember that John Stewart’s brother runs the New York Stock Exchange. This is about crushing our will and flaunting it in our face.

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Chilling Effect: TSA security looks at people who complain about … TSA security.

CNN
April 14, 2011

COMMENT: It seems quite “arrogant” that TSA would assume the authority to grope passengers, ignore the 4th Amendment and castigate those warning that body scanners pose radiation risks or that terrorism is a hoax for social control. Arrogance is government usurpation of undue powers, not ordinary people expressing common sense opposition to TSA practices.

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Washington (CNN) — Don’t like the way airport screeners are doing their job? You might not want to complain too much while standing in line.

Arrogant complaining about airport security is one indicator Transportation Security Administration officers consider when looking for possible criminals and terrorists, CNN has learned exclusively. And, when combined with other behavioral indicators, it could result in a traveler facing additional scrutiny.

CNN has obtained a list of roughly 70 “behavioral indicators” that TSA behavior detection officers use to identify potentially “high risk” passengers at the nation’s airports.

Many of the indicators, as characterized in open government reports, are behaviors and appearances that may be indicative of stress, fear or deception. None of them, as the TSA has long said, refer to or suggest race, religion or ethnicity.

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CPS Workers Protest Against Indictment

The Chief Leader
April 15, 2011

District Council 37 Local 371 rallied at the doorstep of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes’s headquarters April 6 to protest his charging two former Administration for Children’s Services workers with criminally negligent homicide in the murder of Marchella Brett-Pierce, a 4-year-old who was found malnourished and allegedly beaten to death by her mother.

“Caseloads are high! Stop the lies!” cried the crowd of hundreds that marched in circles outside 350 Jay St. The union has pushed back against the charges, lodged against Marchella’s Caseworker, Damon Adams, and his supervisor, Chereece Bell, saying that budget cuts and high caseloads, along with Marchella’s mother’s actions, are to blame for the death.

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Wells Fargo Tests Microchip Credit Cards

Elizabeth Ody
Bloomberg
April 14, 2011

Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), the U.S. bank with the most branches, is testing microchip-embedded credit cards with frequent travelers to address complaints of customers who have trouble using their cards abroad.

The pilot program announced today marks the first effort by a major U.S. bank to deploy Visa Inc. (V) credit cards with so-called EMV-chip technology, which has become a standard in Europe and much of the rest of the world, according to San Francisco-based Wells Fargo.

“It’s not an infrequent message from our customers of the acceptance challenges they have when they go overseas,” Eric Schindewolf, vice president of product development for Wells Fargo’s consumer credit-card unit, said yesterday in a phone interview. “We want to remain top-of-wallet, wherever our customers are.”

The lender is preparing to notify 15,000 customers it identified as frequent travelers, including college students and clients of its private bank, that they’ve been invited to participate in the pilot. The cardholders will receive the EMV cards in the middle of the year.

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