Dispatches From the Front Lines of the War on Privacy

Government Computer To Decide Who is a Terrorist The Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA) has announced that is will implement a new computer system called Computer Assisted Passenger Screening (CAPS) to profile and evaluate airline passengers before they get on planes. The computer will be trying to determine if a passenger is a terrorist by analyzing "suspicious" characteristics. Although bureaucrats won’t reveal the specific "suspicious" profiles they’re looking for, experts speculate that traveling alone, buying your ticket at the last minute, visiting unapproved foreign countries, or frequent travel could get you tagged as a possible terrorist. Passengers could also be picked at random. If you fit the "terrorist profile," security agents could pull you out of line, search your luggage, interrogate you about your travel plans, tag your luggage with bright orange labels, or escort you onto the plane. In a worst-case scenario, you could be x-rayed, or subjected to ...
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Is it Patriotic to Surrender Freedom?

January 3, 2002 Many Americans who have helped to fight the battle for limited government and Constitutionally-guaranteed individual liberty now feel puzzled and confused since the September 11th terrorist attacks. Is it patriotic to unite behind a massive government buildup in the name of fighting terrorism? Should we all cease to protest the carrying of national ID cards or domestic passports? Do we build massive government data banks on every American in the name of freedom? Is it wrong to question our nation’s leaders about such policies in such times? Should we support calls to launch attacks in more than 60 countries in order to eradicate the terrorist threat? Must we now give up our ideals of an American nation of unlimited freedoms as we move into a new world of fear and security? Will any of these drastic actions protect us from terrorists? There is no one better than ...
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America is Helping to Build a New Terrorist Nation

December 10, 2001 By Tom DeWeese Many times the question has been asked, "how could the world have stood by and allowed Adolph Hitler to build his massive Nazi war machine that would eventually throw the world into chaos?" Answer: the same way we are today allowing it to happen in communist China. In fact, today’s example may even be worse than that of Nazi Germany because, in the case of Red China, the United States is taking an active part in helping to build an avowed enemy, which openly states its hatred of the United States. We know the Chinese are preparing for world domination, yet we continue to build their treasury by importing goods and supplying them with vital tools needed to build weapons and defense systems that they intend to use against us. Why do we do this? The official government explanation is a confused strategy aimed ...
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Update On Federal ID System

In the June issue of the DeWeese Report, I told you that federal law now requires all states to issue driver’s licenses with fingerprint IDs by October 2000. Though the conclusion of my report was accurate, one major point was not. Contrary to my report, Section 656 of the federal law does not mandate fingerprinting. To find the hidden regulations that lead to mandatory fingerprinting one must go on a legislative scavenger hunt. Here’s the whole story. Finding the Hidden Fingerprint Regulations STEP A: In 1996 Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act. Section 656b of that Act, titled "State-issued Driver’s Licenses and Comparable Documents," requires Federal Agencies to prohibit the use of state driver’s licenses unless they conform to standards authorized by the Secretary of Transportation. The Act ordered the Department of Transportation to provide those regulations within one year of passage of the Act. The ...
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Firestorm Hits Capitol Hill As Americans Protest 2000 Census

By Tom DeWeese Phone lines are ringing off the wall in Congressional Offices as Americans express their outrage over the intrusive questions on the 2000 Census form. Even the short form’s "eight simple questions" invade personal privacy as it asks if the home is owned or rented, who owns it and what is the telephone number. All of this information is already available to the government through federal, state and local records. What does such information have to do with assuring an official count of the nation, as called for in the Constitution? The truth can be found in the barrage of government ads flooding the airways to pressure Americans to fill out the form. It’s all about money and political power. The ads provide a colossal guilt trip specifically targeting various groups of citizens with the message that failing to fill out the census form is tantamount to treason ...
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April 22, 2000: Government Seizes Child at Gunpoint Loudly Proclaiming We Should “Obey the law”

Our Eyes Tell Us the Truth! By Alan Caruba, Founder of the National Anxiety Center The Clinton’s and Janet Reno may tell us we must obey the law, but our eyes tell us all we need to know. Our eyes tell us that armed agents of the Clinton’s and the so-called Justice Department run by Reno seized Elian Gonzalez for the purpose of returning him to the custody of his father, a faithful Communist supporter of Fidel Castro. This event comes five months after the child’s mother died fleeing that police state to give the boy a chance at growing up in a land where freedom and the rule of law are taken for granted. The Clinton’s who have proclaimed that "it takes a village to raise a child" and that everything they do is "for the children" of America cannot make us believe their lies when our eyes tell ...
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Does Anyone Doubt The Republic Is Safe?

Senate Republicans have certainly proved themselves to be tough negotiators in dealing with the "Majority" Democrats (well, the Republicans seem to think the Dems are the Majority). The Republicans spent most of the impeachment trial trying to find some way to end it with some aura of dignity. Tough job, considering how they have handled it. Talk about snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. THE GOOD NEWS: CNN reports (with a straight face) that the President has promised "not to gloat." THE BAD NEWS: Well, you know the bad news. The 106th is going to be a long congressional season for the good guys ...
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No Wonder We’re Losing the War On Drugs

A new threat has reached our shores. It's clear, odorless, and can slip past police dogs and customs inspectors. It has a street value twice that of cocaine. There are an estimated 80 million users in the United States alone. And smuggling it into the country is second only to illegal drugs. To stop its proliferation on the black market, the feds have set up an emergency task force made up of combined agency enforcers - spending millions to protect us from this threat. Feel safer? Well protected? Wait until your air conditioner runs out of freon on a hot day. Legal U.S. freon reserves will run out in about a year. But the estimated 80 million older cars that use it will probably be on the road for at least another ten years. That doesn't count the millions of refrigerators and air conditioners still in home and business use ...
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