Wednesday, March 4, 2009

San Marcos Animal Chipping Update


Melissa Millecam, the public press contact for City of San Marcos, said today there was NO formal action to stop animal chipping, only discussion.

The City Council will hold another meeting to address the issue again March 31, 2009. The changes to city ordinance are expected to overturn mandated pet chipping to voluntary or delay implementation of microchipping until April 1, 2009. The City Council is sending this issue back to the Animal Services Advisory Board to discuss the issue again and report back.

City Hall plans to notify the public when they will hold the next public hearings on animal chipping. Melissa also stated the public/citizen voices were heard loud and clear. She mentioned that a lot of people spoke at the meeting and voiced their opinions contributing to an ongoing dialogue with the Mayor, council members and staff.

More From Dr. Albrecht on the issue here:

San Marcos Beats The Chip

San Marcos, TX - Last night Mayor Susan Nervais made good on a promise to overturn the mandatory pet chipping city ordinance in San Marcos. After several meetings with CETI, an anti-animal chipping group based in Central Texas, Nervais was joined in support of her decision to overturn by two other councilmembers during last nights City Council meeting.

Lisa Cappoletta of CETI, after organizing a potent coalition of anti-RFID groups in the area, turned up at the meeting to Collect on Delivery of Mayor Nervais' promise. Approximately 100 protestors equipped with colorful signs, sang songs, chanted and cheered in favor of the decision. San Marcos struggle with the chipping mandate recruited efforts of National consumer privacy expert, Katherine Albrecht from Boston, MA.

"All we are sayyying, are give [pet] tags a chaaance..." - Daniel Cioper, protest minstrel of Castro's Beard, Austin
To Lisa Cappoletta, Judith McGeary, Ms. Albrecht and the workers against the animal RFID experiments on the taxpayer's dime, we here at BeatTheChip solute you.

NSA + FISA = New Cybersecurity Powers

RawStory Reports

The spy shop that brought you the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program wants to expand its power under President Barack Obama, the nation's top intelligence chief told Congress Wednesday, in a little-noticed intelligence grab.

While acknowledging that many distrust the agency for its role in eavesdropping, Obama Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair said he believed the agency should expand into a permanent role in handling government cybersecurity efforts. [MORE]

Monday, March 2, 2009

Napolitano on "Immigration" & Border Wall Fence

BTC Commentary: Preview of 3/2 Speech @ Brave New Books

Before I get too far in, I like Janet Napolitano better than Michael Chertoff. As odious and fascist as DHS can get, the lack of cash in our States is humanizing this agency. I appreciate that Napolitano is capitalizing on the pragmatics of managing the DHS budget. Especially when she says things like this:

"Look, you cannot build a fence from San Diego to Brownsville, Texas, and call that an immigration policy." - Janet Napolitano on NPR.

We are so "haters" on any part of the Real ID Act, including the ineptitude of a border wall fence. To the admission of Minutemen border watchers, the fence only keeps out 11% of those who intend to cross. Our translation: the border wall fence keeps out the handicapped. Thus, pounds nails into the coffin of the very dead argument that Duncan Hunter's border fence WORKS.

You cannot argue with Janet on this. She governed in a state where people die every year in extreme desert conditions to enter this country. She knows a simpleminded fence vs. desperate people will lose the battle. We don't need the Real ID Act to enforce immigration in Texas or anywhere else in the U.S.

It's time to face the Elephant in the living room. Ask yourselves why the U.S. has maintained policy of NOT enforcing it's immigration and then overlegislating around the issue and co-opting the immigration debacle as argument to muddy the political waters. One such case would be the case with getting too attached to the Real ID Act's rubber crutch immigration policy.

They can build the fence and then NOT enforce the Amnesty clause just like they maintain policy of NOT enforcing current immigration laws. Looks like we are left holding Le Bag with a new handy dandy big brother license as a reward. How does that make you feel?

If you can let go of the LEAST effective plan for immigration policy you can start dealing with the beefier issues: employment, labor and what real enforcement of immigration law will look like. However, that is not our chief concern. Our concern is our American Identity.

Don't make immigration the licenseholders problem. Napolitano is not out of the woods with us by any stretch. Her cattle call to the tech trough for RFID Enhanced Drivers licenses seeks to kick us back to square one.

Our biggest hurdle yet, past Napolitano & DHS, are people who believe that Real ID's immigration policy is needed. We have all the law and immigration policy we need- we just don't enforce it.

Again - don't make it the licenseholder's problem. We do not need biometrified licenses with Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative gridding so the tech contractors can sleep in comfort at night while our physical attributes are sifted by narcissists like it's their Intellectual Property. That is not what America is about.

We draw the line. We don't run our country like the Eastern block of Europe circa 1940. It's time to remind our leaders of America's real identity. The plan to catalogue you, sift and create a product identity for you is not your idea. It's not an American idea. It's a globalist idea.

Please don't concede to a place in your conciousness where you believe the policy generators who put Real ID in place aren't looking for a way to save it. Napolitano's re-branding of Real ID as Enhanced Drivers Licenses is an attempt to save it. You must resolve that this is not your life BEFORE there is an RFID reader on every shopping center corner in your neighborhood.

Brave New Books Appearance with K. Albrecht

Katherine Albrecht,
Reception, Panel & Book Signing


Brave New Bookstore
1904 Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78751

A Central Texas Public Advocacy Forum on RFID Awareness

Featuring privacy expert and author, Katherine Albrecht

Sposored in part by Brave New Bookstore, The 5-11 Campaign, CETI, Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance, Truth Seekers South Austin, Freedom School Alliance

6:00 PM - Doors on Event
7:00 PM - Introductions &
Central Texas Public Advocacy Panel

Emcee: Randall Mach, Truth Seekers South Austin

Brief advocacy speeches on the dangerous proliferation of RFID microchip technologies as identity, followed by public input
question & answer.

8:30 PM - SPYCHIPS Book signing with Author K. Albrecht.

Special Thanks Catherine Allen of CETI for sponsoring travel accomodations for Ms. Albrecht.

LIVE REMOTE WITH DJ Debra Stevens, Charlotte Brown & George Butler

Broadcast Sponsored by 
90.1 FM, Freedom Underground Radio,
Rule of Law Radio &
GCN Communications


Katherine Albrecht ; Director of CASPIAN Consumer Privacy
(Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering), an 18,000-member grass-roots organization she founded in 1999 to oppose consumer surveillance informing decision makers, universities, civic leaders, and trade groups across the U.S. about technological threats to our freedoms.

Sheila Dean : Grassroots Advocate for the 5-11 Campaign, Texans Against Real IDs - A public policy, legal reform, and media advocate leading Texas opposition against the Real ID Act. Read her blog: Visit

Judith McGeary: Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance - An attorney and advocate against the use of microchipping mandated for farm animals. She and her husband also run a small organic farm, with horses, cow, sheep, and poultry, based on the principles of holistic resource management.

Lisa Cappoletta: CETI, San Marcos - Leader in the fight to restore sanity to animal indentification without the mandatory use of microchip technologies in pets in the City of San Marcos, TX.

EDL's "More Insidious" according to Privacy Experts

OPINION :Eleanor Duckwall on Incrementalism & Purpose of Real ID

BTC -Continued news from privacy expert, Katherine Albrecht about Napolitano's re-branding of Real ID.

Radio chip coming soon to your driver's license?
Homeland Security seeks next-generation REAL ID
By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Washington state's enhanced driver's license

Privacy advocates are issuing warnings about a new radio chip plan that ultimately could provide electronic identification for every adult in the U.S. and allow agents to compile attendance lists at anti-government rallies simply by walking through the assembly.

The proposal, which has earned the support of Janet Napolitano, the newly chosen chief of the Department of Homeland Security, would embed radio chips in driver's licenses, or "enhanced driver's licenses." [MORE]