A recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) reveals that the agency is seeking a "massive" online database capable of pulling up individuals´ personal information, connections and associates. On March 28, ATF posted the notice on FedBizOpps.gov, entitled "Investigative System." The solicitation was updated on April 5 with a few minor changes. The document says that the system will be utilized by staff "to provide rapid searches on various entities for example; names, telephone numbers, utility data and reverse phone look-ups, as a means to assist with investigations, and background research
Remember how much flak G. Gordon Liddy took a few years ago for advocating head shots on Feds breaking into your homes, to avoid body armor? Maybe he was on to something. One way or another, we´re probably going to find out before too long.
This report is disturbing, but consistent with the oppressive expansion of big government. It´s also disturbing that the GOP rarely males a squeak about the relentless attacks from the left on privacy and individual liberties. With freedoms at stake, the Republican leadership doesn´t seem to care.
When is enough enough ! there going to go after the top and bottom then go after us in the middle . we must stop the incremental take over by the fascist advancement in our government aimed at us know of freedom . let them read this so once some of us get detained and our rights taken from us by force there is some who can fight and make our sacrifice worth it . My oath is to the Constitution and so is my life so help me God .
Nothing to see. ATF just wants to be able to Protect and Serve us law-abiding citizens as efficiently as humanly possible. Yep.
Seriously -- our challenge, friends, will be to root out the many anti-liberty Leftists who are embedding in the agency, just as they do, and have done, in probably all Federal agencies and private foundations [they love those foundations because taking over other peoples´ money is ever-so-much easier than earning your own.
Never mind that major intrusion, I hate it when you call or email a company and they have your data in front of them and know when you clicked on their email and if you used a coupon or ever called them before.
it is already to late. We live in Washington state. Wife and I were in a store, decided to buy fishing licenses. Advised the clerk I wanted to buy a fishing license and he asked what are the last four digits of your Social Security number. He did not ask any other questions. He just printed the license, showed it to me, then requested my wife´s last four digits digits and printed hers out. We paid him cash and went on our way. We are so screwed.
That database will only be for Catholics and other Christian religions--the ones Janet Nap-a-long and Hagel deem terrorists. No card carrying demonrat will be allowed to show up on that database. They´ll have a separate one as a list for potential donors to the DNC.
Every one of the societal changes leading to the NWO will be done under the guise of public safety and convenience. Agree with a comment an Ldotter made yesterday when they said America will be clamoring for a dictator to solve the mess we´ll be in when it all collapses. Antichrist, anyone?
Lets make a counter-proposal. We´ll create such a database but implement it first for all government expenditures that are not specifically covered by the US Constitution. So all teachers, welfare recipients, Medicaid recipients, EPA employees, welfare case workers, disability recipients, etc. If after 1 year of implementation for all government expenditure not covered by the US Constitution, we can then apply it for a year to those that are covered by the Constitution such as Post Office and our military. If still there are no complaints, we´ll consider amending the Constitution.
The saddest fact is that all this info is readily available from a number of private sources. We give our privacy away for free every day. And that info to download some app or free offer is sold, aggregated and sold again, re-aggregated with other public information, and pretty soon becomes a very detailed dossier documenting your life and habits. Who ever thought authorities would ever use this to monitor average citizens?
Gee, where have all the posters gone saying, "I don´t care if they monitor me. I´m not doing anything wrong." Look! Up in the sky!...it ain´t Superman.
I´m sorry, too, Mr. President. I´m sorry you couldn´t finesse a single Republican vote for health insurance reform in 2010. I´m sorry Republicans decided to re-litigate the law rather than help implement it, offering no serious alternative of their own for the nearly 50 million uninsured Americans. I´m sorry you campaigned for reelection on the famous false promise: "If you like your health care plan, you´ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period." I´m sorry your aides debated whether to tell the full truth (that people could keep their insurance only if it hadn´t changed and if it
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There has been much speculation about what the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial race in Virginia mean for the future of American politics, but one thing we do know for sure is that Democrat Terry McAuliffe emerged victorious. Or did he? As the National Review’s Jonah Goldberg put it in on Fox News Thursday afternoon, McAuliffe’s narrow win amounted to a loss for Democrats and a repudiation of the Affordable Care Act. Goldberg joined Gretchen Carlson on The Real Story to discuss the current state of the Obamacare website. “Look, at the end of the day, the only way this works out
It may be 47 days away, but online shopping giants Amazon are already getting ready for Christmas by employing thousands of seasonal workers in their enormous warehouses. The temporary recruits have been brought in to prepare for Cyber Monday, the day where millions of British shoppers are expected to flock online and purchase hundreds of products every minute in time for the festive season. One enormous storage facility in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, will process a huge number of yuletide gifts in the next month while another in Swansea, South Wales, will package and ship hundreds of presents ranging from dog biscuits
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The Senate passed historic gay rights legislation Thursday to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace, another victory for the gay rights movement that has been gaining favor in the courts and electoral politics. Senators voted 64 to 32 to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The vote marked the first time lawmakers had approved legislation to advance gay rights since repealing the military’s ban on gay men and lesbians in uniform in late 2010 and came two days after Illinois became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Just four months ago the U.S. Supreme
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Watching the Obama administration at work this week, a friend offered this judgment: Under Obama, Iran keeps its nuclear program and Americans lose their health insurance. Historians and political scientists will have much to say, after its collapse, about contemporary liberalism’s propensity to be at once tough on American citizens and soft on Iranian mullahs. Today’s liberals are pleased to use the power of the state to nudge—not to say bully—their fellow Americans, while shunning the exercise of power abroad, preferring to accommodate—not to say appease—the nation’s enemies. It would seem to be a paradox. Or perhaps not. Aren’t the
While millions of Americans deal with the fallout of ObamaCare in the form of increased premiums prices and cancellations, the New York Post reports that President Obama has already moved to protect his Big Labor allies from paying their "fair share." After publicly refusing to do so, the Administration has quietly "sneaked in a rule that would let some labor unions off the hook for an ObamaCare tax." The tax, known as the reinsurance fee, requires self-insured organizations, such as unions and some large companies, to pay $63 for each covered member and an additional $63 for each additional family
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a rule change that would eliminate trans fat from all processed foods in a move the agency said would prevent heart attacks and other heart disease. "While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concerns," said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg. The agency has issued a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not "generally recognized as safe." That assessment is based on a
Though voter turnout in Tuesday´s municipal election was low and the Democratic party took most of the races in the traditionally liberal stronghold, at least one ticket saw a notable outcome. Robert Bucholz, who Rhawnhurst voters chose as Judge of Election for the 5th Division in the 56th Ward, became the first Whig elected in Philadelphia in 157 years. He beat out Democratic candidate Loretta Probasco, who received 24 votes to Bucholz´s 36. "As neither a Republican nor Democrat, in a city with a reputation for electoral dishonesty, I am an honest broker in administering elections," Bucholz said Wednesday in
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It was, I think, the most brazenly mendacious claim an American president has told since Bill Clinton’s finger-wagging insistence that “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” I have in mind Barack Obama’s statement, made earlier this week, in which he said this: “Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” (Emphasis added.) That is not, in fact, what the president said. Not by a country
President Obama said Thursday that he is "sorry" that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked. "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House. "We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them, and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this," he added.
How the heck did that happen? Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points. The much-closer-than-expected outcome blunts the narrative that this was a clean win for Democrats going into 2014 and guarantees an intense blame game among Republicans about what might have put Cuccinelli over the top.
They said he was “unelectable.” The RNC put only $3 million into this race. Ken was outspent by a margin of something between 4:1 and 10:1, if you believe the Associated Press. The Democrats poured everything into trying to lie to voters and portray Cuccinelli as an extremist — and they barely pulled this one out. Would another $3 million have swung 50,000 votes? The Republicans, starting with Bill Bolling, who undercut Cuccinelli as unelectable have egg all over their faces. This was a winnable election. How did we give this away to Terry McAuliffe? Some serious soul-searching should be
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