Will Iphones Eventually Become Personal Spy Phones?

Copyright 12.16.2010 – 3010 by Chase Kyla Hunter, Re-posts permitted leaving, author, content, and links intact only.

Patriot ALERT: DHS Designed Smart Phone App for Snitching on Friends, Neighbors, Attempting to Market App to Patriots By Naming it “PatriotAPP”

I have been wondering for at least 2 or 3 years why the big heated rush is on by BIG RETAIL to make sure every American owns a Smart Phone. Every night while I work online I watch the TV blast “smart phone ads” in my face nonstop every 12 minutes. It’s not just annoying, it’s another mass marketing tsunami of “buy this. use these, make sure you have one, you MUST own an iphone…”blah blah blah overkill.

I just saw something on Twitter, and now I finally get it. It was in my face the whole time. It’s NOT about giving you the apparent cool convenience of making a Youtube video and posting it every time your hinky neighbors fight in their front yard at 2 am. Nope, but they want you to think it is. What it’s about is:

Surveillance, surveillance, surveillance.

DHS wants to know two things:

WHO are the people in America who consider themselves to be patriots? DHS wants them on a specific list.

And… WHERE will these “patriotic” people be at any given moment, 24-7 in America, on planet earth?

Well now DHS has an APP for that. You won’t believe what they named it, and how they are trying to market this ugly little thing:

Introducing the “PATRIOT APP” [ Note to self: Observe how DHS named this app to try to get patriots to out themselves by purchasing, or downloading and using this app to SNOOP ON THEIR OWN FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. Like any true patriot would do that. We would only do that to warn each other about the radical Muslim building bombs in his basement next door, or the DHS employee living next door to make sure NOT to confide in. ]

A new iPhone App with the misleading name ‘PatriotApp’ attempts to draw on the power of the patriot movement, turning smartphone users into a gigantic snitch network. You might think an app with such a patriotic name might have useful functions like a pocket constitution or quotes from our forefathers. But contrary to the services one might expect, this app allows users to report any ‘suspicious’ behavior directly linking them with top government agencies.

Much like the new DHS program ‘If you see something, say something’ this app is meant to turn average citizens into a network of spies feeding information back to the federal government.

Citizen Concepts, a company formed by insiders from DHS, defines the use of such an app on their homepage:

Citizen Concepts announces the launch of PatriotAppTM, the world’s first iPhone application that empowers citizens to assist government agencies in creating safer, cleaner, and more efficient communities via social networking and mobile technology. This app was founded on the belief that citizens can provide the most sophisticated and broad network of eyes and ears necessary to prevent terrorism, crime, environmental negligence, or other malicious behavior.

Simply download, report (including pictures) and submit information to relevant government agencies, employers, or publish incident data to social network tools.

Every REAL patriot needs to understand what this evil little app is about. It is about two things:

1) OUTING PEOPLE who identify themselves as patriots so their Iphone’s GPS location can be tagged, therefore giving DHS a nonstop 24-7 feed on where they are, and what they are doing. This is all easily done using the backside of the Iphone or other smart phone architecture, and by accessing records kept by the phone service provider.

2) Getting people to begin to think it’s “patriotic” to snoop on their neighbors. More social engineering to re-train the American mind for the many dark uses that DHS thinks it should be used.

My opinion is this: Unless my neighbor is killing his wife, beating his kids, building bombs, planning to blow up bridges, or in general is actively plotting real and genuine evil against other Americans, I pretty much don’t want to know, or care what he is doing, In essence, I would like to grant my neighbor the same modicum of privacy that I would expect for myself. It’s the civilized way to live when you can reach out of your window, and practically scratch the glass of your next door neighbor’s window. I really do not trust or appreciate DHS, who is funded by the taxes that I pay, trying to name a “spy and report” app for an Iphone in such a way that it sounds “patriotic” to snitch. That is the essence of the dark side of new world order social engineering, which is designed to change human behavior, and to change the way people feel about their changing human behavior.

Step back and think this over, before you run out the door with your fully loaded, amped up, apped out smart phone. Everywhere you go  and everything you do, DHS can access those activities remotely and monitor you, if you put that app on your phone. They most likely can monitor you without the added app, but I can guarantee there is a “secret back end” on that so called “patriot app” that will help DHS to monitor the person who downloaded it.  DHS wants to know at all times what us PATRIOTS are doing, just in case we really do decide to just stop paying our taxes en masse and shut the federal government down in 6 months flat. Yeah, I guess they would want a heads up on that.

OK folks you are forewarned. Beware of “patriotic sounding smart phone apps” designed by DHS to fool you into thinking that snooping on Fred and Wilma is ok, and therefore allowing DHS to snoop on you in the process. DHS is Busted! And before we close this subject you might want to have a look at Defective by Design’s pdf report.

FYI: The smartest phone I own is an inexpensive throw away cell, which I toss about every 6 months for a new one. My cell phone bill is about $25 per month, perfect. I use an actual real digital camera for taking photos and videos, and I do not “text.” I enjoy speaking to people in real time, you know in actuality, “live”… what we used to call “face time.”

When you have spent a lifetime holding a camera in your hands, you know, a real one, with a great 400 millimeter super zoom that can focus in on the feathers of a bird at 800 yards, or catch a hummingbird in mid flight, then you feel kind of foolish standing there trying to actually take good photographs with a little techno-wafer that looks more like something you should dip in coffee than a camera. So I guess I’m old school. And I’m glad.

Chase Kyla Hunter

Special thanks to @Carold501 on Twitter for the heads up on this. I think you all might want to follow her. Smart lady.

See: “Want to Destroy Your Neighbor’s Life Forever? There’s an APP for That!”

Tags: iphone snooping apps, smart phones, DHS, surveillance, spy on your neighbor, department of homeland security, secret uses for iphones, secret uses for smart phones, big brother in america, privacy, american civil liberties

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Super Sleuth

Copyright 11.29.2010 By CK Hunter, Re-post courtesy of the Daily Beck

See also http://athensboy.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/wikileaks-hillary-clinton-and-the-smoking-gun/

TMI! Too much information. Coming to the end of “Wikileaks Monday” I am chuckling. Today was supposed to be “cyber-Monday” for internet holiday shopping, but for me it became cyber-Monday for absorbing the shock waves rolling through digital media about Julian Assange and his global document disclosure stunt. Glenn Beck weighed in with some VERY illuminating deep pockets within the far left wing connections behind Julian Assange, famously flailing in front of his chalkboard. Beck revealed the murky “connect the dots” chain of command leading to Julian, which runs the gamut from “Code Pink” all the way to “The Open Society Institute.” The video link is right here.

Meanwhile in New York, GOP congressman Peter King lifted eyelids when he asked Hillary Clinton to label Wikileaks as a “terrorist organization”. Wasn’t that a bit of an over-reaction? I may not agree with what Julian Assange  did, which appears more than anything to be a worldwide publicity stunt guaranteed to establish him as the ultimate “weberati rock star” of defying US presidents, in effect saying “fuck you” to the US federal government over the weekend by refusing to back down.

But when you begin legally attempting to redefine one man’s expression of US first amendment rights, [Assange is an Aussie ] and his right to publish factual documents online as a “terrorist organization,” then it begins to smack of those horrible ten warning signs of approaching fascism that Naomi Wolfe has warned us about. In essence the congressman was asking Mrs. Clinton to redefine freedom of speech online as a potential act of terror. This bothered me deeply.

If this was allowed to take place, then the legal precedent would be in place that any time an inconvenient truth is published anywhere about the US federal government and it’s activities, they would have the legal impetus and backing to go after the publisher as a terrorist organization. Gee, it seems like it was just last summer that the USA big media was calling ma and pa America, who dared to raise their voices in urgent town hall meetings, as “domestic terrorists.” It’s becoming rather a tired old ploy of the FED to try to silence dissent, or to plug holes in the international intelligence data stream when it ruptures.

There is a distinct vein of legal and fascist sounding creepiness here that keeps me writing to call attention to what just doesn’t “feel right.”  Why the next thing you know, they might be calling me out as a domestic terrorist just for writing about it. We are really not sure anymore just how low our own federal government will go. Trust is eroding away.

Celebrity politico Sarah Palin and Michelle Malkin, { I am a fan of both } both vehemently condemned what Julian did. But I wondered how they felt as the day wore on, and the press began reporting what the GOP congressman wanted Secretary of State Clinton to do. I also wondered how such sensitive materials could have been handled with such carelessness that a soldier in the intelligence dept. could datamine the whole lot of this stuff and then send it on. Is it possible this stuff was never that highly classified in the first place, as much as just deeply embarrassing to the Obama White House? I sense that Mrs. Clinton had the most to lose in it’s revelations.

How embarrassing are the WikiLeaks cables? A secret cable from April 2009 that went out under Clinton’s name instructed State Department officials to collect the “biometric data,” including “fingerprints, facial images, DNA, and iris scans,” of African leaders. Another secret cable directed American diplomats posted around the world, including the United Nations, to obtain passwords, personal encryption keys, credit card numbers, frequent flyer account numbers, and other data connected to diplomats. As the Guardian puts it, the cables “reveal how the US uses its embassies as part of a global espionage network.”
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How Big Should Facebook Be Allowed to Grow 20 Years From Now?

Copyright 2010-3010 By Chase Kyla Hunter, Re-posts permitted leaving content and links intact.

Next month will mark the 20th anniversary of the day that the very first web page appeared on fledgling global computer networks, soon to be christened the “world wide web.” Our planet has been completely transformed by the invention of computer scientist and CERN technician Tim Berners-Lee in 1990.

The world wide web went live, on my physical desktop in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 1990. It consisted of one Web site and one browser, which happened to be on the same computer. The simple setup demonstrated a profound concept: that any person could share information with anyone else, anywhere. In this spirit, the Web spread quickly from the grassroots up. Today, at its 20th anniversary, the Web is thoroughly integrated into our daily lives. We take it for granted, expecting it to “be there” at any instant, like electricity. – Tim Berners-Lee

[ See “long Live the Web” by Berners-Lee ]

Today, however the global democratic and egalitarian nature of the world wide web is threatened by social networking behemoths like Facebook, which in effect, walls off the collected member data which is entered into the site, prohibiting this data from being made accessible by other portals online. Try to imagine if 90% of every city and town in America became some sort of “members only” gated community practically overnight. People who were not “members” suddenly would be unable to drive the roads which were now “owned” by these 5 or 6 gated communities, thus forcing people who needed to drive to get somewhere to join these communities, and divulge their private information, whether they wanted to or not.

That, in the digital sense of the word, is exactly what Facebook is now forcing onto the rest of the internet. If I want to see what Facebook user has linked to my blog from their page on Facebook, I am forced to join Facebook, which I refuse to do for about a hundred good sensible reasons. Here’s what Tim Berners-Lee has to say about the troubling issue that sites like Facebook present to the freedom of the internet:

The Web as we know it, however, is being threatened in different ways. Some of its most successful inhabitants have begun to chip away at its principles. Large social-networking sites are walling off information posted by their users from the rest of the Web. Wireless Internet providers are being tempted to slow traffic to sites with which they have not made deals. Governments—totalitarian and democratic alike—are monitoring people’s online habits, endangering important human rights.

If we, the Web’s users, allow these and other trends to proceed unchecked, the Web could be broken into fragmented islands. We could lose the freedom to connect with whichever Web sites we want. The ill effects could extend to smartphones and pads, which are also portals to the extensive information that the Web provides. Tim Berners-Lee

It is of the utmost importance that intelligent and farseeing discussions begin to examine now, what the ultimate outcome and consequences may be in another 20 years for the overall health, freedom, democracy and well being of the internet, as mega-sites like Facebook continue to grow and dominate the web landscape. I can actually foresee a strange new “first internet” twenty years from now which is nothing more than a gigantic digital continent, which is walled off from the rest of the web, called , and I am being facetious here, oh, let’s say: “Facebook Fantasy Island.” This digital monarchy now sits squarely in the middle of world cyberspace with 4 billion users, relegating the rest of the internet to an inferior and secondary tier of status, bandwidth, and information access. Those digital outsiders who have valued their privacy, refusing to join the behemoth, now use a second tier smaller “internet” that is excluded from the gargantuan ongoing “big brother supervised digital block party” which will have finally become Facebook by the year 2030.

Readers may think I am exaggerating wildly, but I do so to make a point. When there is ultimately, 20 years from now, one privately owned internet mega-portal that has culled the vital data and personal statistics, lifestyle habits, interests, hobbies, book and music lists, movies, family stats, and every other imaginable snippet of personal information that could ever be datamined from 2/3rds of the world’s online population, with their own naive consent, and is holding that data in private digital vaults, dispensing it at will to governments, corporations, and whomever else is willing to pay the asking price for it, then don’t we have the equivalent of global digital socialism?

Those familiar with George Orwell‘s “1984” most likely never imagined that Big Brother might not originate so much with the federal government as it would those firms which learned how to dominate the landscape of the world’s computer networks during the first twenty years of the world wide web. But that is exactly the landscape which I see shaping up in front of me. I am not exactly sure what the solution is at this time.

As long as there are millions of young people who want to date and mate, there will be Facebook. But just exactly how large and overpowering in scope should we allow Facebook to become? When I was still quite young, the federal government broke up the national telephone monopoly known formerly as “Southern Bell Company.” The FED has done the same thing with gas companies and other huge growing monopolies that eventually threatened fair and equitable business practice. Will it eventually come to the same thing with Facebook?

I ask these questions, and pose these scenarios because these questions need to be asked, and the possible eventual scenarios need to be examined. Just exactly how big do we want to allow mega-portals like Facebook to get before the global minds and thinkers of the digital world intervene to keep one internet firm from eventually “owning” the personal data of the majority of worldwide internet users?

The time to study the possible problems, scenarios and outcomes for the internet is now, not twenty years from now, when it may be too little, too late.

Chase Kyla Hunter

Berners-Lee: “Facebook Is A Threat to the Web

A Brief History of the Internet

5 Solid Reasons to Run Like Hell From Facebook’s New Email Messaging

See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/20/berners_lee_says_facebook_a_thret_to_web/

44 Essays on Alternative News Forum That Discuss Facebook

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If Hackers Can Steal Your Facebook Email Address List, Assume the CIA Will Datamine the Entire Account at Will

Copyright 2010-3010 By CK Hunter. Re-posts granted leaving essay intact only.

I written before about the creepy CIA and NCS [National Clandestine Service] connections to Mark Zuckerberg‘s neo-Orwellian Facebook empire. But just in case you have not been made aware, have a look at these historical items before you read on:

Facebook Messages: The Worst Thing That Ever Happened

Facebook Gone Bad:


Why You Should Run Like Hell from Facebook Messaging:

1. You cannot delete Facebook messages. Stop and ponder the horrific consequences just for one moment. Drunken opinionated thought orgies, changing your politics, irate rants about your spouse, boss, about religion, atheism, about ANYTHING are archived forever in the Orwellian bowels of Facebook and may be used in some future that we have not yet imagined to socially typecast, identify, prosecute, or otherwise harm or legally call you out, when 3, 5, or 10 years have passed and yiou havce long since left those obsolete opinions behind. This one fact should stop every intelligent Facebook user dead in their tracks, and make them genuinely take pause. It’s just exactly like being pulled over by the police when you were sure you were doing nothing wrong. Suddenly anything you do or say might just be used against you later in a court of law. You won’t know until you regretably say it, and you cannot call it back, not ever. Anyone who has ever mouthed off at a tired irritated police officer, and then later got the shit kiced out of them for it, should understand what I am saying here. If there was ever a moment to read between the lines, this is that moment. Call me alarmist, call me a wing nut, I DON’T CARE. I am warning young Americans and everyone else who uses Facebook, this fact alone makes it crystal clear to me that Facebook is not much more than a cleverly disguised social surveillance tool, and an emerging format for international politically correct thought police to call out people they want to target using their own words of years gone by to indict them with.

2. Locating individual emails or messages will be complicated and tedious in that: all of your communications with any one person will be bundled into one GIANT thread of e-mail, text, and chat communication. This also just happens to be very convenient for the FED should that moment ever arise that the FED wanted to examine and investigate every conversation you ever had with one of your more politically radical tea party buddies, whose tactics you might not agree with, but nonetheless, there it is for all of USA Big Brother’s eyes to see… 5 years of unbroken threads of dialogue between you and “firehose Sam” who you emailed off and on for a few years, then moved on. You won’t be able to go in and selectively delete those uncomfortable conversations you had with “Firehose Sam” about why he should not instigate whatever. Everything, the texts, emails, and chat items, that you exchanged with “Firehose Sam” will be bundled into one huge hairball that you cannot go in and selectively edit and delete later. This is yet another breach of personal privacy and can be damning to innocent Facebook users in years to come in ways that we cannot or do not wish to imagine at this time.

3. Whenever you send someone one email, text or chat message, they are automatically granted access to your entire Facebook account. The best analogy for this might be you answer the doorbell at home, the newspaper boy hands you your daily newspaper, and to thank him, you force him to take a guided tour of every room in your home and then hand him the house keys. No one in their right mind would ever do this, right? But Facebook users do it every day when they email someone who is not on Facebook, invite them to look at some posted photos, then the recipient must actually join Facebook (thus procuring access to your own Facebook page)in order  to view the photos. It’s Orwellian, it’s creepy, it’s way too mandatory, it’s unintelligent and unnecessary. Ever heard of email attachments? Just email over the photos from your regular email program as embedded attachments, and the recipient can, with one click, enjoy looking at the photos inside their own email in-box, and leave Facebook out of it. It’s more intelligent and it protects everyone’s privacy, and their fundamental right NOT to be forced to join the ongoing crazy Facebook party.

4. In order to make your Facebook account completely private, you will need to click-through 50 buttons and either select or deselect more than 170 other options as of 11/20/2010. This can change at any time, and assuming Facebook will continue to further complicate its own “privacy policy” frequently, you can assume that in the future, it will become so intentionally complex and time-consuming to alter your privacy settings, you can pretty much be assured that most people who are busy, will give up and use the Facebook defaults, allowing all kinds of third-party websites and companies to continuously datamine their account content. Facebook will continue to outsmart it’s smartest users in the future, when privacy laws in the USA will have been altered as the USA itself becomes politically altered and merged even more deeply into the North American Union. See the video clip below:

5. Watch these videos below:

If you think your Facebook account is secure, you are woefully uninformed about how sophisticated the hackers are in data-mining Facebook for their own purposes. Let’s use simple third grade logic. If hackers can do all of the above, then just assume that the CIA, FBI, NCS, NSA and so forth can and will do 100% more than that in order to investigate you, at any time, for any reason, without a warrant or a court order, without your knowledge or consent,just by using Facebook.

Chase Kyla Hunter

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How Low Will Homeland Security Stoop in the Name of Protecting Americans? Full Body Scanners Go Too Far.

Copyright 11/16/2010 By CK Hunter

The department of Homeland Security has now fully coalesced into America‘s own Orwellian brute force nanny-state. Americans have every right to be outraged by the way too touchy feely process of the new body pat-down they are now subjected to in order to board an airplane. The current mood of the nation is indicated by a planned “national op-out plan” on the day before thanksgiving. Get more info on the opt-out strike here.

The science of the situation will make one even more furious. Apparently the type of waves that are generated when the full body scan is performed have been discovered to alter and shred the integrity of DNA.

This begs the question: Will the new full body scan technology eventually make people sterile? If this was known, has the new world order maniacal hidden crime cabal now gone so far as to attempt to implement a so called “security technology” that will eventually guarantee that more and more frequent fliers who pass through full body scans may in fact, have fewer and fewer babies?

All the insiders who are truth researchers well know that population reduction is #1 on the hidden global elite’s list of heinous things they want to continue to do the world population. Is this part of their plan?

Read the article and view  supporting videos below.

Chase Kyla Hunter

How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA [Published 10/30/2009 by MIT‘s Technology Review]

A new model of the way the THz waves interact with DNA explains how the damage is done and why evidence has been so hard to gather

kfc 10/30/2009

Great things are expected of terahertz waves, the radiation that fills the slot in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and the infrared. Terahertz waves pass through non-conducting materials such as clothes , paper, wood and brick and so cameras sensitive to them can peer inside envelopes, into living rooms and “frisk” people at distance.

The way terahertz waves are absorbed and emitted can also be used to determine the chemical composition of a material. And even though they don’t travel far inside the body, there is great hope that the waves can be used to spot tumours near the surface of the skin.

With all that potential, it’s no wonder that research on terahertz waves has exploded in the last ten years or so.

But what of the health effects of terahertz waves? At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss any notion that they can be damaging. Terahertz photons are not energetic enough to break chemical bonds or ionise atoms or molecules, the chief reasons why higher energy photons such as x-rays and UV rays are so bad for us. But could there be another mechanism at work?

The evidence that terahertz radiation damages biological systems is mixed. “Some studies reported significant genetic damage while others, although similar, showed none,” say Boian Alexandrov at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and a few buddies. Now these guys think they know why.

Alexandrov and co have created a model to investigate how THz fields interact with double-stranded DNA and what they’ve found is remarkable. They say that although the forces generated are tiny, resonant effects allow THz waves to unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication. That’s a jaw dropping conclusion.

And it also explains why the evidence has been so hard to garner. Ordinary resonant effects are not powerful enough to do do this kind of damage but nonlinear resonances can. These nonlinear instabilities are much less likely to form which explains why the character of THz genotoxic effects are probabilistic rather than deterministic, say the team.

This should set the cat among the pigeons. Of course, terahertz waves are a natural part of environment, just like visible and infrared light. But a new generation of cameras are set to appear that not only record terahertz waves but also bombard us with them. And if our exposure is set to increase, the question that urgently needs answering is what level of terahertz exposure is safe.

Ref: arxiv.org/abs/0910.5294: DNA Breathing Dynamics in the Presence of a Terahertz Field

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National Opt-Out Day: Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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“I want to have as much safety and security on an airplane. I fly every week. But there comes a point in which in the name of safety and security we overstep that line and have an invasion of privacy. This happens to be one of those invasions of privacy.”  — Representative Jason Chaffetz, Utah


News Media:  Please see media statement at the bottom of the page. I’m just one guy, doing this in my spare time, so I simply cannot accommodate all media requests.



Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY! 
 
It’s the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government’s desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an “enhanced pat down” that touches people’s breasts and genitals in an aggressive manner.  You should never have to explain to your children, “Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it’s a government employee, then it’s OK.”  

The goal of National Opt Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change.  We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent.  This day is needed because many people do not understand what they consent to when choosing to fly.

Here are the details:

Who?
    You, your family and friends traveling by air on Wednesday, November 24, 2010.  Remember too, as the TSA says, “Everyday is opt-out day.”  That is, you can opt out any time you fly.  

What?
    National Opt-Out Day.  You have the right to opt-out of the naked body scanner machines (AIT, or Advance Imaging Technology, as the government calls it).  All you have to do is say “I opt out” when they tell you to go through one of the machines.  You will then be given an “enhanced” pat down.  This is a right given to you by the TSA. 

Where?
    At an airport near you!  

When?
    Wednesday, November 24, 2010.  We want families to sit around the dinner table, eating turkey, talking about their experience – what constitutes an unreasonable search, how forceful of a pat down will we allow on certain areas of our body, and that of our children, and how much privacy are we will to give up for flying?  We hope the experience then propels people to write their Member of Congress and the airlines to demand change.  

Why?
    The government should not have the ability to virtually strip search anyone it wants without cause. The problem has been compounded in that if you do not want to go through the body scanner, the TSA has made the alternative perhaps even worse by instituting “enhanced” pat downs.  There are reports from travelers across the country about how the TSA now touches the genitals and private areas of men, women and children in a much more aggressive manner.  We do not believe the government has a right to see you naked or aggressively touch you just because you bought an airline ticket.  

How?
    By saying “I opt out” when told to go through the bodying imaging machines and submitting to a pat down.  Also, be sure to have your pat down by TSA in full public – do not go to the back room when asked.  Every citizen must see for themselves how the TSA treats law-abiding citizens.

If you have experienced a problem with TSA when flying, use the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s incident report to lodge your complaint:

Testimonials from travelers here: http://www.thousandsstandingaround.org/

Follow us on twitter:  http://twitter.com/nationaloptout

Contact us at admin@optoutday.com
Some videos of interest:
CNN Report on Body Scanners
Body Scanner in Action
RT Report on Enhanced Pat Down
WTNH Report on Enhanced Pat Down
Is this where we’re headed?

**MEDIA NOTICE:  Interviews are being granted on a limited basis. Email admin@optoutday.com and I will try to accommodate your request.

OptOutDay.com is an educational outreach campaign, designed to get people to better understand what they are now consenting to when they purchase a plane ticket. Many people only fly around the holidays and may not be aware of the security changes, which is why November 24 was chosen.  There is no intent or desire to delay passengers en route to friends and family over Thanksgiving.  Once people are made aware of what is happening, they may have reservations about the new virtual strip searches and enhanced pat downs – especially for their children or spouse or other loved one.   

Before people fly, they should learn more about the new security measures, and when they are given the choice by TSA, they should opt-out of the scan and get the enhanced pat down. This is their right, given to them by the TSA.  If they do not like the current procedures when they go through it, they should voice their opinion to the airlines and their Members of Congress, in addition to filing a complaint with the TSA and outside groups, if necessary.  Opting out doesn’t have to be done only on Nov. 24.  As the TSA says, every day you fly is opt-out day if you choose.  It is not irresponsible to take up the TSA on their offer to opt-out of the body scanners.  

This country needs security measures in place that not only keep us safe but also do not grossly violate privacy or constitute an unreasonable search, like the current protocol.  In their “Aircraft Passenger Whole-Body Imaging Limitations Act of 2009” the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that said: “Whole-body imaging technology may not be used as the sole or primary method of screening a passenger under this section. Whole-body imaging technology may not be used to screen a passenger … unless another method of screening, such as metal detection, demonstrates cause for preventing such passenger from boarding an aircraft.”  Agreed.  Unfortunately, the Senate did not act on the legislation.  Hopefully the current outcry over these scanners and the enhanced pat downs from the pilots, the flight attendants, and now the flying public, will instigate a change to effective security measures that keep the privacy of U.S. citizens in-tact.
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Free Speech On the Internet: CK Hunter’s Line In the Sand

7.15.2010 By CK Hunter

Copyright CK Hunter 2010-3010, All Rights Reserved. Re-posts must link back to this original post.

Regarding my internet life, about 4 months ago I did a very strange thing. This “strange thing” that I did was so utterly out of character, that it took me aback for more  than a month, and I have pondered it daily since. Before I tell the reader what the “strange thing” I did recently was, you must know something about me.

I have been a dedicated webophile since before such silly words were even “a twinkle in a geek’s inner brain codes”. I was using the internet back in 1994 before the word “internet” was coined. We all refered to the computer networks we used as the “world wide web” back then, the origin of the “WWW” prefix for internet addresses.

In those exciting early years, even progressive bankers in Seattle thought that the “world wide web” was a more or less a collegiate technology playpen and a fluke, nothing that should be given serious thought or investment. Email was still a cute novelty, and Microsoft was too busy wrestling with the latest release of it’s QDOS, it’s “quick and dirty operating system” to be bothered with putting together a web presence.

I had the unique distinction during 1994 and early 1995 of being one of the first women in the United States to begin building web pages for myself and clients, and my first web presence actually pre-dated Microsoft’s web presence by 3 or 4 months.

So suffice it to say, I have lived on and loved the internet since it’s baby days.

So knowing all that, what do you suppose would inspire someone like me to cut off my high speed internet service, scour every blog I author for any telltale reference to my real ID, remove it, remove dozens of geo-identifying photos and photo galleries posted by myself from the web and then to gut my lap top and sell it off on ebay? Internet surveillance.

This was not the threat of internet surveillance – this WAS internet surveillance. Someone, somewhere was not only recording every keystroke I wrote, but making overt efforts to log me off of wordpress, turn off my laptop in mid-sentence, jam my connection to the internet, and make it such that the general process of just using my internet connection, my laptop and writing, researching and posting became almost impossible. These weird activities would always commence every time I tried to post an article or essay that dissented with the Obama White House. It was comical at first, then after 3 or 4 weeks, it was not so funny anymore.

The electronic bizarreness described above had been going on for 3 months before I finally just started praying really hard about what was happening. I decided to dump all traces of my online life, and erase my static IP address forever. I didn’t want to just install software that would flip my IP address every few minutes, nope. I wanted a clean dump – final and complete. After I took the appropriate actions, I did not write or post at all for about a month. I continued to pray, to listen, and to think it all over, long and hard.

This is not the Communist Soviet Union in 1972, or Germany in 1938, or even Cuba in 1962. This is the [so-called] United States of America in 2010. WTF? Is the CIA and other connected secret alphabet orgs [NSA, ATF, DOD, FEMA, NCS et al] actually trying to suppress all the loudest intellectual dissent with the Obama White House in America in 2010? One blinks and rubs the eyes, twitching, incredulous. This cannot be happening.

But it actually WAS happening. I had to finally make a decision about my safety, intellectual and personal privacy.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my country and I am no coward.  I certainly will not flee a necessary truthful confrontation when my soul knows I am right. But I also have no desire to be on the FED’s Big Brother  “secret shit list” for speaking my mind about one of the most incompetent, narcissistic, and inexperienced Presidents in modern times, Barack Obama. My gut tells me that the “secret shit list” they are compiling will not end with his presidency but will carry on for years to come, as Big Gov continues to try to find new ways to “big brotherize” American society along British lines. It’s a very real and current event that is happening and it’s stomach churning.

I eventually solved “the nonstop snooping and surveillance situation” by acquainting myself discreetly with every free public internet portal within a 350 mile radius of my home turf, leisurely frequenting them all in turns as necessary. If this is what it take for me to actually exercise “free speech” online without being tinkered and tampered with, so be it, but it is just one more truthful testimonial that will guarantee Barack Obama’s political doom in 2012.

If  I, like millions of others, was angry and irate with the Obama White House last summer in 2009, then this summer 2010 I am a little more cunning, alot more  incognito, most definitely blogging on the fly. I am  choosing my newest spiritual and political battles carefully, voting out the self centered clueless tax and spend crowd in my home state, NOT marching in the streets with signs, [ that’s a serious no-no if one wants to keep their privacy intact ] NOT assuming that Glenn Beck has all the answers, and talking to God more deeply and attentively than ever. The Holy Spirit makes the most excellent BFF, one that will never betray.

We need politically unaligned independent truth tellers in this country. And we need them desperately. It is the “salt of the earth” soul of the average thinking American man and woman whose voice is now needed most desperately. They are not necessarily democrats or republicans, or tea party people: they are THE PEOPLE- the American voice of reason, spiritual sanity, common sense and solid comprehension that self reveals by their existence and actions why this country was founded in the first place. The voices  that are needed now do not come from pundits, media stars, celebrity newsmen or TV anchors: they come from the hearts and souls of everyday American people. 

I want and need for my voice to be heard, online, offline, in private, and some day, in public. What I don’t want and need is for my every move and keystroke on the internet to be recorded and dissected by the most politically  insecure and  most aggressively over-reaching White House  in modern history.

What the Obama White House is doing to free speech in America is un-American. The fact that I even have to type a sentence like that is “cognitive dissonance defined”.

The math equates with perfect dovetail precision here. The equation regarding the Obama White House goes like this: the more politically off-base, out-of-touch, and precipitously suicidal the decisions of the Obama White House become, the more they take it out on average Americans who actually have thoughts and a voice, by gradually, insidiously grinding down on the the free speech of the thinking voting electorate in all it’s forms. It is an equation that reveals with surgical precision the hidden fears, and masked motives of an unpopular President and his “loose cannon”  trot along cabinet.

“Veer over here, put out that fire, sprint over to Missouri, put out another fire, huff it back to the White House, give Netanyahu some overdue face time to avoid new speculation, fly back down to the gulf oil spill, try to look concerned, eat seafood poignantly with the small people, publicize the latest spin on the recovery and job stats as being a good thing, careen over to the next surging fire and grab a hose.”  – Another day in the life of the Obama Presidency observed.

My Forecast: Barack Obama will definitely be a one term President, unless they have something just outright evil, illegal and Orwellian up their sleeve in the coming 2012 presidential elections. Since a general sense of malaise and incompetence is not actually an impeachable offense, I suppose we are stuck with this gleaming thin cardboard narcissist for another two years. Soul numbing to type the words. My newly fluid IP address is no longer static, but my soul is more certain than ever that we have a man in the White House who bodes ill for our country, whether he means well or not, and at this point, all the name calling, and racist feeble name-calling, and futile racist finger-pointing jabs in the world won’t stop me from speaking my mind about it.

 I would opine that rather than the secret internet surveillance department in the Obama White House being so concerned about recording and monitoring every little ditty that I write, research and post on my blogs, they might consider spending some quality time actually intelligently governing the nation. There’s a novel idea.

The twisted priorities of this current Washington D.C. administration stretch the average person’s believability that they care about the future of the country at all. It more seems as if they care most urgently about the next 10 minute or 48 hours of their perceived poll numbers and whether or not they can win it all again in 2012. Win America’s hearts and minds right here, right now, by doing some urgent things RIGHT, and forget winning the hearts and minds of a backward nation half a world away who’s hiding about 150 Taliban, and making fools of our US military. Win at home, here, now, or there won’t be an America left to win in 2012. It will be too divided, frayed and fractured to be recognizable anymore. As for snooping on me, the recent actions of the Obama White House has absolutely guaranteed that my voice will continue to be heard for years and decades to come.

Chase Kyla Hunter, on the road on America’s western coast, 7.15.2010

See: http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/support-the-first-amendment-with-1-for-all/

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Support the First Amendment with 1 for All

by Joy Victory

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Born and raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, I’ve spent the past few months trying to wrap my head around the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent massive oil spill that is now ruining the coastline from Louisiana to Florida. At times, I have to turn off the news, as the images of dying wildlife hit me deep in my gut.

But now more than ever, this national tragedy has made me grateful for the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. While the oil continues to spew, the media — WordPress.com bloggers included — have been on the frontlines, making sure that Americans and everyone the world over know what is really happening in the Gulf of Mexico.

The oil spill has also made me realize how fragile this freedom is — as the Associated Press reported, “journalists covering the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have been yelled at, kicked off public beaches and islands and threatened with arrest …”

Which is why I’m happy to announce that WordPress.com is a proud supporter of the 1 for All campaign that launches today with the simple goal of raising awareness about the First Amendment. We join more than 1,000 media outlets who have partnered with 1 for All, and we have a special connection to the project — their site is hosted on WordPress.com.

Any U.S. resident is welcome to enter their “How Free Can You Be?” contest by submitting photos, videos and stories that illustrate First Amendment liberties. Back here on WordPress.com, please tag any posts you write about this topic with “First Amendment.” And since we know many of you don’t live in the United States, we welcome all readers — regardless of where you live — to discuss civil liberties in your country, as well. Please tag those posts with “human rights.”

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Pakistan Blocks YouTube & 450 Other Web Links in Crackdown

May 20, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

By Ketaki Gokhale and Farhan Sharif

May 20 (Bloomberg) — Pakistan, home to the world’s second- largest Muslim population, blocked Google Inc.’s YouTube service and more than 450 Web links as the government widened a crackdown on Internet material it deems blasphemous.

The sites and links were blocked because of the increasing level of sacrilegious and derogatory material, the Islamabad- based Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in a statement today. The regulator, which shut access to Facebook Inc.’s website yesterday, may block other links with blasphemous content, Khurram Mehran, a spokesman, said.

Pakistan began its censorship campaign after a Facebook user set up a page inviting others to draw caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, an act considered blasphemous by Muslims.

Protesters today gathered in Karachi holding banners and shouting slogans against Facebook, and people circulated text messages asking users of the site in Pakistan to support the ban. Others who use the social-networking tool accused officials of overreacting.

“The government’s reaction is just like a child sticking fingers in his ears without addressing the problem,” said Omar Kapadia, a 28-year-old researcher at an educational organization in Karachi, who uses Facebook and YouTube regularly. “Though I don’t agree with the caricature competition, the best way would have been to set up one highlighting Prophet Muhammad’s achievements.”

Google Response

Google is looking into the blocking and working to ensure its YouTube service is restored, the Mountain View, California- based company said in an e-mail. Facebook said it’s disappointed with the decision to stop access to the site.

“While some kinds of comments and content may be upsetting for someone — criticism of a certain culture, country, religion, lifestyle or political ideology, for example — that alone is not a reason to remove the discussion,” Facebook said in an e-mailed statement.

Pakistan said that Facebook and YouTube violated a resolution endorsed by the United Nations.

“The attitude of administrators at Facebook and YouTube was in contravention to the WSIS Resolutions and their own policies advertised on the Web for general public,” Mehran said in the statement, referring to the World Summit on the Information Society endorsed by the United Nations. “PTA would welcome the concerned authorities of Facebook and YouTube to contact the PTA for resolving the issue.”

Blackberry Ban

The regulator has also blocked Internet browsers on Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry phones, Mehran said today.

A Facebook user set up a page called “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day,” inviting others to send in a “creative and funny depiction of Mohammed” on May 20, according to the website.

“We simply want to show the extremists that threaten to harm people because of their Mohammed depictions that we’re not afraid of them,” according to the Facebook description page. “They can’t take away our right to freedom of speech by trying to scare us to silence.”

Pakistan needs an effective plan to prevent anti-Islam elements “hurting the sentiments of Muslims,” state-run Associated Press of Pakistan cited Religious Affairs Minister Saeed Kazmi as saying in Islamabad. Kazmi called on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to organize a meeting of Muslim countries and create a united policy for dealing with anti- Islamic moves, APP reported.

The telecommunications regulator blocked Facebook after the Lahore High Court imposed a ban and the Ministry of Information Technology instructed it, according to Mehran.

Political Parties

The court petition to bar Facebook was filed by a lawyer representing the Jamaat-e-Islaami, the party’s spokesman Sarfaraz Ahmed said in an interview today.

“The religious political parties use issues like this to survive,” said Fateh Muhammed Burfat, president of the Karachi- based Pakistan Sociological Association.

The Jamaat-e-Islaami, Pakistan’s biggest religious party, received less than 5 percent of the vote in all Pakistani elections over the last three decades, according to the Washington-based Heritage Foundation.

“When technology is involved in something objectionable, we have to stop it,” said Chaudhry Zulfiqar, who filed the petition in court asking for the website to be blocked.

Within the Law

Today’s shutdown is within the Constitution of Pakistan and is an extension of orders from the High Court of Pakistan and the government’s directions, Mehran said. The regulator has set up a telephone number for callers to notify it regarding websites with objectionable material, according to the statement.

Cartoons depicting Muhammad in a Danish newspaper in 2005 provoked protests by Muslim communities around the world including Pakistan. The cartoons included one of the prophet with a bomb in his turban and accompanied an article on freedom of speech and self-censorship in the media.

Pakistan’s Internet traffic has fallen 25 percent since the two websites were blocked, CNBC Pakistan reported. It didn’t cite a source for the data.

–With assistance from Khurrum Anis and Naween Mangi in Karachi. Editors: Young-Sam Cho, Mark Williams

To contact the reporters on this story: Farhan Sharif in Karachi, Pakistan at Fsharif2@bloomberg.net; Ketaki Gokhale in Mumbai kgokhale@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Stephen Foxwell at sfoxwell@bloomberg.net; Bill Austin at billaustin@bloomberg.net

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