As you saw... these devices were first introduced for "sexual predators" .... Who would object to that, after all?
Well now they are tracking your children... Still a good idea, you say?
Guess who they will be tracking next? Oh, and in the event you decide to reject their offer, you will find yourself labelled a "national security risk" under secretive "anti-terrorism" legislation and forced to comply.
Wonderful police state security measures touted to kids as normal, useful and fun....
The Bio-Metric Scanner Room Guard announces nosy brothers or sisters trying to enter, while allowing silent entry only to the person whose hand matches the five-finger pressure-sensitive password. An alarm sounds if an “intruder” tries to enter! This electronic sentinel fits all doors and uses 3 AA batteries (sold separately). 3" x 5". Ages 9+. CLICK FOR FULL STORY
Parents chip their children. June/07 TimesOnline
Students ordered to wear tracking tags
The Associated Press
Updated: 8:02 p.m. ET Feb. 9, 2005SUTTER, Calif. - The only grade school in this rural town is requiring students to wear radio frequency identification badges that can track their every move. Some parents are outraged, fearing it will rob their children of privacy.
The badges introduced at Brittan Elementary School on Jan. 18 rely on the same radio frequency and scanner technology that companies use to track livestock and product inventory.
While similar devices are being tested at several schools in Japan so parents can know when their children arrive and leave, Brittan appears to be the first U.S. school district to embrace such a monitoring system.
Civil libertarians hope to keep it that way.
"If this school doesn't stand up, then other schools might adopt it," Nicole Ozer, a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union, warned school board members at a meeting Tuesday night. "You might be a small community, but you are one of the first communities to use this technology."
The system was imposed, without parental input, by the school as a way to simplify attendance-taking and potentially reduce vandalism and improve student safety. Principal Earnie Graham hopes to eventually add bar codes to the existing ID's so that students can use them to pay for cafeteria meals and check out library books.
Graham dismisses each objection, arguing that the
devices do not emit any cancer-causing radioactivity, and that for now, they
merely confirm that each child is in his or her classroom, rather than track
them around the school like a global-positioning device.
Surveillance equipment installed at Churchill County High
January 6, 2007
Read below to see what might happen.....
Friday, February 18, 2005
Home School Group Says Police Used Excessive Force
Some home schoolers say they were having a meeting in Simpsonville Park when an officer started bullying them.
The group of home schoolers included 6 mothers and about 15 to 20 kids, every Wednesday for the past 5 years the group has come to Simpsonville Park to socialize and meet with each other, but they say this past Wednesday was like no other.
One of the mothers in the group, Jan Blanchard says, "We were just sitting there talking..."
"I heard a man yelling take your hands out of your pocket and I turned around and he was yelling at one of the boys in the group,” says another mother Priscilla Adams.
Priscilla’s 14-year-old son, Glenn says, "He started yelling and screaming at this boy for having a knife, then pushed him down."
Priscilla says he then "went for another boy a 16-year-old, yelled at him something about having a knife, he pushed him to the ground."
Simpsonville Police say a call came in that someone in the park had a knife. They say they responded as they would to any call like that, but the officer responding to the call was dressed in plain clothes and did not identify himself at first.
Priscilla says, "I was frightened, I really didn't know who he was."
That’s when Priscilla says one of the other mothers tried to stop him, by getting between the officer and the student.
"She was trying to protect a student, we didn't know what was happening, he could've been a murderer, a rapist or anything, we just, he was attacking one of our kids and we were trying to stop him," says Jan.
"She turned to Jan and said call the police and that's when he told us he was the police. It didn't even occur to me he was a policeman, he acted so insane," says Priscilla.
Police Chief Reese says officers do not have to identify themselves immediately and that the officer was wearing a badge and a gun.
But Jan says, "A crazy man come running up screaming, you're not looking at his belt to see if he's an officer."
The parents say the student did have a small hunting knife in a sheath on his belt, but never once had it out. The incident will keep this group from the park for good.
"The police station is right beside it, he could just come down at any time and do anything he wanted to," says Glenn.
The mother who tried to stop the officer was arrested and charged with assault on an officer, the 16-year-old boy was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Simpsonville Police say they will not comment any further because the case is under investigation.
FOX Carolina | WHNS-TV
Will home schoolers be considered terrorists under secret Patriot Acts?
Patriot Act II was passed the beginning of 2005. Have you read it?
Lawyers say post-9/11 U.S. is like police state
Americans have a fearsome new enemy since 9/11, and that enemy is their own government, a panel of prominent defense lawyers told colleagues Friday.
Congress and the Bush administration are behaving in most un-American ways under the guise of national security, the lawyers argued: gutting civil rights, usurping powers to eavesdrop, creating secret tribunals where the accused have no rights.
And, they emphasize, all Americans not just terrorists are potential victims of the USA Patriot Act and other laws and presidential orders implemented in 9/11's wake.
"We are living in a very dangerous age," said Marvin Miller, an Alexandria, Va., trial lawyer. "I have this theory that just because we started out as a democracy doesn't mean we're going to survive as a democracy."
The Cuyahoga County Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee hosted the seminar. Speakers included Miller; David Baugh, who earned prominence and ire defending al-Qaida terrorist Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-'Owhali; former National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President Gerald Goldstein; and Geoffrey Mearns, a former assistant U.S. attorney and electronic-surveillance expert for the Cleveland law firm Baker & Hostetler.
Americans were justified in wanting to lash out after 9/11, Goldstein said, and those who weren't furious "don't deserve the freedoms we enjoy."
"But if you think for a minute that giving up our freedoms is the way to protect us from terrorism, you're equally wrong," he added.
Among legal changes the defense lawyers lambasted:
National Security letters, which allow the FBI, without a warrant or judicial oversight, to order Internet providers, phone companies and other businesses to disclose sensitive data on anyone, then impose a gag order barring recipients from telling anyone the information was requested.
New forms of warrants called "delayed notice" searches that let authorities enter homes or businesses and copy computer or paper files without telling the search's target, as traditional warrants require.
Virtually warrantless eavesdropping on electronic communication by the National Security Administration and Justice Department. The government has been doing it since 1978 to snoop for foreign spies, but now can share what used to be strictly intelligence data with state and federal law-enforcement agencies, Mearns said.
The word "terrorism." The Patriot Act defines it so broadly that, had the act existed earlier, it could have been used to crush the civil-rights movement.
The foundation of the United States, and the reason people risk their lives to immigrate here, is the Constitution, a document "written by people who didn't trust the government," said Baugh, a Richmond, Va., criminal-defense attorney. Yet Americans' rising xenophobia and fear of terrorism are driving us to weaken it and become a police state, Baugh, Miller and Goldstein argued.
"Hitler did not impose his
will on an unsuspecting public," Goldstein said. "The Third Reich arose on a
groundswell of popular support."
Countdown: Warrantless physical
It never stops with this administration. Turley is up in arms over this one, calling it horrific-saying it removes the 4th amendment from the Constitution. He also rips Congress for laying down like dogs and not even holding serious hearing on the NSA warrantless searches.
Turley: ...the fact that it was so quick as a suggestion shows the inclinations unfortunately of this administration-it treats the constitution like some legal technicality, and instead of the thing we're trying to fight to protect.
"According to Countdown, "US News and World Report will tell us tomorrow that Bush administration lawyers (Torture Yoo and Abu Gonzales presumably) after 9/11 made the case that Bush had the power to engage in warrantless physical searches of terrorism suspects on domestic soil."
Olbermann: (reading from a U.S. News & World Report press release) "Soon after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, lawyers in the White House and the Justice Department argued that the same legal authority that the same legal authority that allowed warrentless electronic surveillance inside the US, could also be used to justify physical searches of terror suspects homes & businesses without court approval. Doesn't that send chills down your spine?
Turley: Well it does. It's horrific, because what that would constitute is to effectively remove the 4th Amendment from the U.S. Constitution and the fact that it was so quick as a suggestion shows the inclinations, unfortunately, of this administration. It treats the Constitution as some legal technicality instead of the thing were trying to fight to protect. Notably, the U.S. News & World Report story says the FBI officals, or some of them apparently, objected... [W]e're seeing a lot of people in the administration with the courage to say "Hold it, this is not what we're supposed to be about. If we're fighting a war, it's a war of self definition and if we start to take whole amendments out of the Constitution in the name of the war on terror-we have to wonder what's left at the end, except victory."...
Click this link for video clip: Countdown-Turley-goodbye-constitution.wmv