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Whenever questions are raised about national ID schemes like REAL-ID or PASS-ID, their more public-relations savvy proponents are always quick to say, “But of course this isn’t a national ID card”.  The same goes for L-1 Identity Solutions, the prime drivers license, ID card, and ID and biometric database contractor, aggregator, and data miner for California and the majority of other states (and keynote presenter at ICAO’s upcoming Symposium on Machine Readable Travel Dcouments next month in Montreal).

So we were interested to see how L-1 describes its products to its customers in this full-page ad on the back cover of the latest issue of ICAO’s Machine Readable Travel Document Report:


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Police have secretly been told to continue with the unlawful ‘Big Brother’ policy of indefinitely storing DNA samples taken from entirely innocent people.It is more than seven months since European judges ruled that DNA taken from 850,000 people who were not convicted of any crime could not be stored for life.But a leaked letter by one of the country’s most senior policing officials reveals that forces have been warned against starting to destroy the unlawful samples.  

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WARNING: Do NOT try this at home, kids!!!  Glen Beck and Kimberly Guilfoyle talk about the government website which incidentally cost you 19 million dollars for the website.  Do NOT go to this website!

Text of the Privacy Act & Security Statement at

    “This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the U.S. Government. Any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, Dot, and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign.”

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These confidential documents detail information on an official program for centralized, real-time, interception of Internet traffic in Switzerland. The interception will start on August 1, 2009.

The documents are those referenced yesterday by the Swiss-German weekly newspaper WOZ.

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An anonymous citizen who applied for a city job alerted local media that he or she had to provide log-in information and passwords for any and all social networking web sites they use while applying for a job with the city.

Along with the normal background check, criminal history, education and employment past, the following is written into the Bozeman city employment waiver statement:

"Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo,, MySpace, etc."

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Today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the federal government in favor of employees at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the matter of Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12.  One of the matters of considerable interest to the judges pertained to the demand by Caltech that every JPL employee 'voluntarily' agree to submit to an open ended background investigation in order to receive an ID badge compliant with HSPD#12. The government argued there were no limits to the extent of the investigation. If an employee refused to 'volunteer', Caltech would terminate the employee.

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