Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Governments turn to hacking techniques for surveillance of citizens

Sec. Napolitano Faces Tough Questions from House Judiciary Committee

c/o (would you believe it?) Numbers USA
"When it was Rep. Sensenbrenner’s (the former Judiciary Committee Chairman and author of the REAL ID Act) turn to ask questions he wanted to know if the Secretary planned to extend the REAL ID compliance deadline, which is January 15, 2013.

The Secretary admitted that she opposed REAL ID, but was not the only one standing in opposition, citing numerous state governors. She said "We advocated for the PASS ID Act as a replacement" and that only 22 states would currently meet REAL ID standards. Though not currently introduced in the 112th Congress, the PASS ID Act would repeal the REAL ID Act’s provisions implementing secure driver’s license/personal identification card standards.

Mr. Sensenbrenner then asked when the Secretary would "drop the boom," referring to penalties such as individuals not being able to use their state issued ID to enter a federal building or pass through airport security.

However, the Secretary simply responded, "It’s tough to say. We are a year away."

Monday, October 31, 2011

[Why] U.S. Halts Inspection Of Buses And Trains Entering The U.S. From Canada

c/o NAU Resistance

"This recent CTV/AP article on halting inspections on buses, trains and airports does seem to give some clues that reinforces this conclusion, and is actually very insightful when taking all of this into account (the big picture). It states in the article that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency ... mentioned, “Conducting intelligence-based transportation checks allows the Border Patrol to use their technology and personnel resources more effectively, especially in areas with limited resources.” 
Could RFID, Biometric/ Facial Recognition be classified as “intelligence-based”? Could a new ID system that is now fully integrated with the United States, complete with your own personal “threat assessment profile” be classified as “intelligence-based”? Could the tracking in REAL-TIME ALL travelers in North America be considered “intelligence based”?"

Obama, Harper and Calderon convene North American leaders summit Nov.13

The meeting comes as Canadians await the outcome of negotiations between Ottawa and Washington on a perimeter-security pact, which Harper and Obama first announced last February. The two countries are working on a deal to better co-ordinate intelligence-sharing at the border and to streamline cross-border trade.

U.S.-Canada retains Beyond the Border initiative, unveiling 30 pt plan