Thursday, November 15, 2012

Legal defense filed against NISD over student consent infringement,RFID badges

BTC -  From the We-Don't-Need-No-Stinking-Badges Dept. c/o The Rutherford Institute

"SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a San Antonio high school student who was told that she must wear a name badge containing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip as part of her school district's new “Student Locator Project.” So small that they are barely detectable to the human eye, RFID tags produce a radio signal by which the wearer’s precise movements can be constantly monitored, raising serious privacy concerns. For Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore at Jay High School, the badges also pose a significant religious freedom concern. In coming to Andrea’s defense, constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead is demanding that school officials accommodate students’ requests to opt out of the surveillance program."


RELATED: RFID Program Could Help the Elderly Be Independent, Is Also Creepy

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

REDUX: Petraeus, Petraeus..CIA, FBI, surveillance state betrayed us

Here is second life for news that matters.

Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how

@ZDnet "Petraeus-gate," some U.S. pundits are calling it. How significant is it that even the head of the CIA can have his emails read by an albeit friendly domestic intelligence agency, which can lead to his resignation and global, and very public humiliation? Here's how."
FBI's abuse of the surveillance state is the real scandal needing investigation - Glenn Greenwald

More at 50 Shades of CIA 


Shifting Mood May End Blank Check for U.S. Security Efforts

ABOVE THE FOLD @FreedomsPhoenix - Kantara floats voluntary-compulsory authentication for social safety nets

MINORITY REPORT at NYtimes "When a Palm Reader Knows More than Your Life Line"

GPS jamming, spoofing pose dilemmas for criminal justice system and beyond

WATCHER WATCHING "It Isn’t a Crime When the Government Does It"

PAPER: The Foucaldian War on the Citizen : The Nature of the Execution of Political Power in the Post-Democratic Era. 

After Decade Long Campaign, Federal Whistleblower Bill Sent to President’s Desk

US PIRG calls out "mandatory practices" in use of federal branded debit cards in Student disbursements

The Places Where Obama’s Drones Are Striking

DIY Government - Ban Weaponized Drones from the World

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kantara floats voluntary-compulsory authentication for social saftey nets

NSTIC policy experiment applied to government dependents

BTC --  The Kantara Initiative paved a name and a place for themselves by bringing bank card infrastructure to US food stamp programs and general relief banking options.  Kantara's work centers on social safety nets and frameworks of anyone completely dependent on the US government for food, shelter or money.  The user population for their services has dramatically increased due to Iraq and Afghanistan war homecomings and the 2008 economic crash.  Slow job growth and unemployment has pushed many Americans into US social service systems in larger numbers.

NSTIC, the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, is working with Kantara to bring an authentication credential system online for US social service recipients.  Kantara's involvement would make transactional monitoring between recipients and guarantors more convenient.  FICAM, the Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management, moved ahead in 2009 is a model for Kantara going forward, cites a recent report at Secure ID News.

"In the case of credentials, that accreditation comes from the Kantara Initiative. Kantara’s Identity Assurance Accreditation and Approval Program aims to grow identity credential services based on the four levels of assurance that are measured and validated in the U.S. Federal Identity Credential and Access Management (ICAM) trust framework.

Monday, November 12, 2012

When Washington State legalizes it all by themself

Why legalizing recreational marijuana improves my opinion of Washington State

BTC Commentary  --  Washington State recently approved I-502, a measure to legalise an ounce of marijuana November 6th, dismissing 175 misdemeanor cases almost immediately after.  The measure had its critics and its proponents in mortal combat to do something new.  Washington State intends to makes hay from abolishing drug prohibition.

Every American locale has their version of freedom. 60% of Washington State voted in a new AFIS tax for biometric captures.  The same population approved what is considered a libertarian measure to legalize marijuana.  Washington State still leans statist regardless of party along with their budget ledgers.