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June 26, 2012 06:46 PM PDT

OR When the SCOTUS greenlights totalitarian citizen selection in the State of Arizona 

BTC - One of the biggest problems we have in the world today is the ability to single someone out for pre-crime or for fault of doing nothing wrong at all. That can be achieved in Arizona for not presenting the proper citizenship papers on cue.  In the old country and now in Arizona, the local police may initiate you into the criminal justice system, automatically, for being present without proper identification.  Joe Arpaio's prison system in Arizona is one of the least humane in the nation, famous for dressing inmates in pink boxers to encourage sexual assaults amid prisoners.  More people will be introduced to this criminal justice system based on appearances only.  As caucasians enter the minority demographic, no one is really immune to crossing America's miliarized police systems. 

Sit down and listen to this because it no longer really matters who you think you are in America, this precedent affects everyone. 


The Stasi 

Video about the Stasi regime 

Supreme Court Upholds "Show Me Your Papers" in S.B. 1070, Strikes Down 3 Provisions http://bit.ly/MRw9BH 

The U.S. v. Joe Arpaio: Justice Department Sues Arizona Sheriff for Racial Profiling of Latinos http://bit.ly/MRwvZ0 

Arizona Immigration Law Ruling May Mean Boon For Private Prison Business http://huff.to/LMtZUg 

Prisons, Privatization, Patronage http://nyti.ms/KoIvyW

Asylum for Julian Assange -- Former Awardee for Integrity - http://www.opednews.com/articles/Asylum-for-Julian-Assange-by-Ray-McGovern-120625-997.html

Small-Town Cops Pile Up on Useless Military Gear  http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06/cops-military-gear/

May 28, 2012 12:47 AM PDT

Last week the Governor of New Hampshire vetoed a data privacy bill which successfully passed both houses.  We asked Rep. Seth Cohn, the bill's author what could have possibly went wrong at the eleventh hour.


NH Gov.Lynch's Veto Statement 

Copious fealty to one Cato Instute Scholar on E-Verify and other important notes here.

UC Prefessor, Chalmers Johnson on US Hegemony and why Keynesian Economics is unsustainable.









May 15, 2012 04:32 PM PDT

A BTC Special Podcast

Jim Compton, a state coordinator for the Natnl. Veterans Committee for Constitutional Affairs discusses a historic legal win to limit the negative federal impact of Real ID. He also discusses the litmus test as to whether or not this a phyrric victory.

The NVCCA was instrumental in a Pennsylvania State coalition to usher a bill allowing state residents to Opt-out of federal requirements to attain a drivers license or to fly. It was signed as law May 7th, 2012.

March 21, 2012 04:27 PM PDT


IN OBSERVANCE OF A JANUARY 2013 DEADLINE, a House Judiciary Subcommittee reviewed REAL ID policies and benchmark compliance for States issuing drivers licenses and ID cards.  DHS has "kicked the can" twice on deadlines to implement the national identity program. Many wonder if this is still an issue the federal government takes seriously.  AAMVA, the NCSL, the NGA and others have released some updated opinions on how to proceed with continued compliance for State drivers license rules. Some believe some lobbys are overlooking a legal contest with State laws banning compliance to Real ID's federal requirements. 

ACLU's privacy and technology counsel, Chris Calabrese, adds his insights on the relevance of todays hearing and how Real ID, national ID and other related database initiatives will impact the ability to vote and travel in the near future. 

FEATURED PETITIONhttp://www.change.org/petitions/the-power-to-end-real-id-and-national-id-mandates-use-it-or-lose-it



August 24, 2011 07:45 PM PDT

Antiwar.com, a news organization featuring overseas war coverage and anti-war opinion news, discovered over the weekend they have been an FBI surveillance target after a blogger sent them a redacted PDF file in the course of a Freedom of Information Act  or FOIA document request for research.  

We interviewed Jason Ditz, news editor at Antiwar.com, for details on recent events.


FOIA shows Bush admin. spied on Antiwar.com 

April 25, 2011 07:15 PM PDT

Maine has tread a rocky road to success and compromise towards resolving Real ID compliance and State boundaries.  Rep. Ben Chipman, a freshman elected on an Independent ticket, used Maine's legislative history and his experience on a local People's Veto initiative to gain support and sponsorship for An Act To Protect the Privacy of Maine Residents under the Driver's license Laws [LD-1068].   The bill has been recently re-worked to include an Amendment; which united partisan interests and gained a nod from the Governor.

Rep. Chipman discusses the bill, the Amendment, the  legislative priorities for LD-1068 and Maine's conflicted history with Real ID. 

April 05, 2011 04:08 PM PDT

BTC - On March 30th Sen. Anitre Flores submitted an amendment with high ambitions for Floridian driver identity. The amendment was passed out of the local Transporation Committee in SB 1150 and is now headed for Florida State's Budget Committee. The Committee Substitute now contains language, reasonably defined and considered may allow for RFID tags to be added to Florida drivers licenses. However, that's not worst of what's ahead. Online authentication of drivers license information is being added as an alternative to another Big Database DHS program E-Verify.

Our guest, Paul Henry of Floridians against Real ID, discussed more about meeting the challenges ahead for driver identity in Florida.

December 02, 2010 10:27 AM PST

BTC - Florida's wintery grounds become heated over the DMV's handling of driver information.  The West Palm Beach Post reported the DMV had sold license records to 3rd party marketing firms, some including very private information, including Social Security Numbers.

According to Paul Henry with Floridians Against Real ID, this is the 2nd class action State based lawsuit against the DMV's mishandling of driver records.  The lawsuit is the first of it's kind since the Florida adopted State laws compliant with the Real ID Act.  Privacy and data brokerage concerns have been a strong argument against moving towards centralized ID card systems for Americans.

Mr. Henry updates us on legislative reform towards driver privacy, enlightens us on Florida's move to nullify the Real ID Act by invoking a classic 10th Amendment move.





June 23, 2010 04:05 PM PDT

It's called National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace or NSTIC.  It is a policy "blueprint"for the incorporation of a national online identity number.  NSTIC will be available for public evaluation Friday via WhiteHouse.gov.  Public comments concerning the new centralized identity number will be taken for 3 weeks. Interaction is expected to take place online using Open Government crowdsourcing tools from IdeaScale.

More about NSTIC here:



June 21, 2010 05:04 PM PDT

SPECIAL COVERAGE BeatTheChip  Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference

Privacy Enhancing Tech Fair

Featuring web inventions and solution providers for digital privacy dilemmas.

Accelion: Protecting the transfer of intellectual property, ensuring compliance, improving business productivity and reducing costs are the reasons companies around the world select Accellion secure managed file transfer. 
Website: http://www.accellion.com 

Reputation Defender and author of Wild West 2.0, David Thompson

Reputation Defender the world's first comprehensive online reputation management and privacy company. We help everyday people take back control of their image and privacy by giving them powerful tools and professional guidance. David Thompson is General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of ReputationDefender. 
Website: http://www.reputationdefender.com 


Greasemonkey Code which obfuscates search queries with machine-generated queries that are designed to be as close to indistinguishable from the human generated ones as possible. David Huerta is the founder of the Haystack Project. 
Website: http://www.haystackproject.com 


A lightweight browser extension that helps protect web searchers from surveillance and data-profiling by search engines. It does so not by means of concealment or encryption (i.e. covering one's tracks), but instead, paradoxically, by the opposite strategy: noise and obfuscation. 
Website: http://cs.nyu.edu/trackmenot/

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