The Army is always working to protect itself against security breaches, but with new technologies come new risks. Today, more than ever, it is vitally important that Army leaders, Soldiers and Army civilians understand what kind of data they are broadcasting and what they can do to protect themselves and their families.
Embedded in the image was a geotag, a bit of data providing the longitude and latitude of where the photo was taken. Hence, he revealed exactly where he lived. And since the accompanying text was “Now it’s off to work,” potential thieves knew he would not be at home.
Security experts and privacy advocates have recently begun warning about the potential dangers of geotags, which are embedded in photos and videos taken with GPS-equipped smartphones and digital cameras. Because the location data is not visible to the casual viewer, the concern is that many people may not realize it is there; and they could be compromising their privacy, if not their safety, when they post geotagged media online.
The OECD definition of e-government is as follows: it is “the use of information and communication technologies, and particularly the Internet, as a tool to achieve better government.”2
Rebuilding the necessary organisation and institutions after Estonia regained its independence gave a big boost to setting up the information society and providing Estonia with a competitive advantage in Europe. The ability of the state and its organisation to react quickly and adequately to the changes in the society is of utmost importance for independent Estonia. Due to outstanding IT specialists, Estonia is today known all over the world as an innovative state with a dynamically developed information society.
The present article focuses on the development and current situation of ITC in Estonia, and on whether e-government has been successful or not, and looks at the options Estonia as a small country has in the globalising information society in terms of strategic choices.
“Our debt crisis is a threat to not just our way of life, but our national survival,” Coburn said. “History has not been kind to great nations who borrowed and spent beyond their means. Doing nothing will, sooner rather than later, guarantee that this nation becomes a second-rate power with less opportunity and less freedom. The plan developed by the debt commission, while flawed and incomplete, will help America avoid this fate and secure freedom for future generations.”
Coburn and Sen. Mike Crapo, a fiscally conservative Republican from Idaho, will support the package proposed by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility. Both serve on the 18-member commission.
“The time for action is now,” Coburn said. “We can’t afford to wait until the next election to begin this process. Long before the skyrocketing cost of entitlements cause our national debt to triple and tax rates to double, our economy may collapse under the weight of this burden. We are already near a precipice. In the near future, we could experience a collapse in the value of the dollar, hyperinflation or other consequences that would force Congress to face a set of choices far more painful than those proposed in this plan.”
Coburn insisted that limited government is still the answer. “The real choice facing Congress and the American people, however, is not whether to support the commission’s recommendations, but whether we will rediscover the wisdom of our founders and apply the principles of limited government written into our Constitution,” Coburn said. “The debt problem is almost entirely the consequence of growing government far beyond our founders’ intent. This plan is merely a down payment that will begin the process of reforming government at all levels.”
The "Pledge to America" put out by the Republican leadership is further evidence of the lack of statesmanship and the ignorance of the established Republican political class; as Representative John Boehner of Ohio, the Speaker-Elect of the House and advocate of the Pledge, wept in his victory speech, I wept for the future of our liberty and the souls, particularly the souls of those who courageously serve in the military, of my fellow Americans. The Republican leadership has little understanding of the Constitution and the Worldview at the heart of the Declaration of Independence.They have like so many "Conservatives" unknowingly adopted the language of the Progressives and are, like Cafeteria Catholics, Cafeteria Constitutionalists. The document is without substance and, far worse, filled with contradictions. They claim that every piece of legislation must pass constitutional muster; i.e., the advocates of legislation must demonstrate their constitutional authority to exercise the power sought. However, a few passages later, they claim they are going to reform and strengthen Social Security and Medicare. Where do they find the constitutional authority to continue these redistributionist schemes? The document goes on to present their predictable "solutions" to the economic crisis: incentives that distort the free market and the usual "supply-side" schemes. They are prepared to focus on the economy and create jobs is their slogan, regardless of the fact that in a free market the government does not create jobs. This is the role of the entrepreneur.
·HB 1170 - Oklahoma Information Services Act The Office of State Finance has awarded the contract for the Assessment Study, Report and Plan, to the Consulting firm Capgemini. The contract was awarded Aug. 31, 2010, and OSF anticipates project completion in March 2011.
Assessment Study, Report and Plan Solicitation Info
The links below are to a contract, change order and addendum signed by the State of Oklahoma with CapGemini for IT Services for the state. This information was obtained through the Oklahoma open records law.
For non-technical types, what this means is that the State of Oklahoma is on a path that could lead to back door access to all of their state data by a foreign corporation (CapGemini) and they are using a product that was developed and maintained in COMMUNIST China.
On November 1, 2010 OK-SAFE filed an Open Records Request to the Office of State Finance, seeking more detailed information about the state’s contract with Capgemini, the global consulting, technology, and outsourcing firm, headquartered in Paris, France.
Below are the documents provided in response to the above open records request.The Office of State Finance, via the helpdesk, did provide their portion of the Open Records request by Nov. 19, 2010, despite the fact that they were moving offices.
As more documentation becomes available it will be posted on this site.
Page 21... "to automate the collection of 16 agencies reflects an increase from the originally proposed 10 agency /locations. The State of Oklahoma will provide Capgemini and BDNA resources secure, remote VPN access to the State agencies identified for automated data collection when it is available. If VPN access is not available, Capgemini and BDNA will be required to physically connect the BDNA tool behind the agency firewall. Remote access will allow the data to be collected remotely, increasing efficiency, lowering costs and adding a level of flexibility to the collection schedule.
Strategy shift moves the company's focus to enrichment of discovery data through the industry's first, fully comprehensive product database.
Asset management specialist BDNA on Wednesday unveiled a new strategy under which it will focus on enhancing customers' IT asset discovery data while offering some basic discovery services for free.
With Microsoft, HP, and others crowding the market, BDNA VP Amit Golan said the company's shift to data enhancement services is driven by the fact that the market for asset discovery tools has become commoditized.
"It's not a fight we want to fight anymore," said Golan, in an interview.
Instead, BDNA will focus on adding value to customers' discovery data by running it through a massive database called Technopedia that Golan described as the industry's only, fully comprehensive listing of virtually every IT product in existence.
The database, which includes more than 800,000 data points on over 200,000 IT hardware and software products, is constantly updated by a team of researchers based in China.
Among other things, Technopedia is designed to ferret out instances where enterprises may be unknowingly running multiple copies of software because the brand name has changed, the product was acquired by another vendor, or versioning systems have changed.
That's key as IT shops may be running afoul of licensing terms, or losing out on volume discounts, if they don't know what they're running. "We are trying to eliminate the sickness of IT waste," said Golan, who likens Technopedia to the Human Genome Project, under which scientists mapped out man's genetic code.
"We've been assembling the building blocks of IT," said Golan. Technopedia also includes information on software and hardware product version numbers, upgrades, support dates, and more. Customers can access Technopedia and related services through BDNA's just-launched IT Genome Center, which is an online portal.
BDNA will continue to offer its existing discovery services, but customers will have free access to basic, first-level discovery tools, Golan said.
"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.“ - President Woodrow Willson
As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' "toxic assets" was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's "systemic collapse." In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment of some 10 trillion nonexistent dollars in ways unprecedented in America. They explained neither the difference between the assets' nominal and real values, nor precisely why letting the market find the latter would collapse America. The public objected immediately, by margins of three or four to one.
Randal O’Toole, a scholar from the CATO Institute, said PlaniTulsa looks a lot like what Portland, Oregon did beginning 20 years ago when it embraced New Urbanism.
And that should worry people in Tulsa.
O’Toole spoke Saturday in Tulsa as part of a forum sponsored by OK-SAFE. A former professor at Yale University, O’Toole has written several books, including Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It.
“I want to talk about the American dream,” O’Toole said. “To own a home, start a business, to have mobility and own property. ‘Smart growth’ is a threat to the American Dream. That’s what PlaniTulsa is all about.”
SENATOR RUSSELL DEFENDING THE CORE
February 20, 2010
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Defending the Core- by Oklahoma State Senator Steve Russell at the Oklahoma Liberty Conference 2-20-2010
I believe our greatest crisis today is finding individuals who understand just a few things on what it means to be an American and are willing to defend those basic distinctions. Plainly, they are Freedom of Speech, Belief, Assembly, the Right to Bear Arms, being secure in our Property, and having equal protection under law. These are embodied in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 14th Amendments. As a state, having the right to stand in the gap for our citizens when the Federal Government has not been granted certain powers is also paramount. That is embodied in the 10th Amendment.
These are the core principles that make us different, unlike any nation in the world. These are the rights that we must safeguard, and when imperiled, we must staunchly defend. Yet today, we seem more interested in creating and defending government entitlements than in shoring up and defending our liberties. Let me give you a few examples of how this hits home in Oklahoma.
Critics who think that the U.S. dollar will be replaced by some new global currency are perhaps thinking too small.
On the world horizon looms a new global currency that could replace all paper currencies and the economic system upon which they are based.
The new currency, simply called Carbon Currency, is designed to support a revolutionary new economic system based on energy (production, and consumption), instead of price. Our current price-based economic system and its related currencies that have supported capitalism, socialism, fascism and communism, is being herded to the slaughterhouse in order to make way for a new carbon-based world.
"Because of the disincentives and resentments that spread among the population, crops were sparse and the rationed equal shares from the collective harvest were not enough to ward off starvation and death. Two years of communism in practice had left alive only a fraction of the original number of the Plymouth colonists."
"Realizing that another season like those that had just passed would mean the extinction of the entire community, the elders of the colony decided to try something radically different: the introduction of private property rights and the right of the individual families to keep the fruits of their own labor." - Richard M. Ebeling
Tune in on demand to get OK-SAFE’s perspective and more on “America in the Balance”
IN THE NEWS
December 12, 2008
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Think Globally; Act Globally- Cal Thomas "For years I have received letters written as elegantly as ransom notes, advising me of certain worldwide conspiracies. Sometimes the writing instrument of choice has been a crayon.....
Recently, though, I have been giving more serious consideration to another "conspiracy" that seems to be growing legs. It is the conspiracy of one-world government. As governments increasingly demand more power to direct and shape our future by mandating how we live (not to mention their increasing invasiveness with cameras, wiretaps and other forms of "monitoring"), those who believe in individual liberty are on the defense.....
In his book, "The Audacity of Hope," Obama wrote, "When the world's sole superpower willingly restrains its power and abides by internationally agreed-upon standards of conduct, it sends a message that these rules are worth following." ...
In fact, the message it sends is that the ideas and ideals which made America unique in the world are no longer worth following, because in a one-world government, the United States would inevitably have to compromise its beliefs, laws, faith and everything else that makes it unique. European and Third World leaders would effectively be running the show.....
Maybe, but if we get too many "global" crises happening at once, the clamor for a one-world government to bring order, even at the expense of liberty, may be too strong for some politicians to resist.
So, yes, I'm starting to believe in the possibility of one-world government and it should be vigorously opposed if America, as we know it, is to be preserved."- Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services: 12/12/2008
"I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the US. I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana. But, for the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible.....
A “world government” would involve much more than co-operation between nations. It would be an entity with state-like characteristics, backed by a body of laws. The European Union has already set up a continental government for 27 countries, which could be a model. The EU has a supreme court, a currency, thousands of pages of law, a large civil service and the ability to deploy military force......
These are the kind of ideas that get people reaching for their rifles in America’s talk-radio heartland. Aware of the political sensitivity of its ideas, the MGI report opts for soothing language. It emphasises the need for American leadership and uses the term, “responsible sovereignty” – when calling for international co-operation – rather than the more radical-sounding phrase favoured in Europe, “shared sovereignty”. It also talks about “global governance” rather than world government.....
But this “problem” also hints at a more welcome reason why making progress on global governance will be slow sledding. Even in the EU – the heartland of law-based international government – the idea remains unpopular. The EU has suffered a series of humiliating defeats in referendums, when plans for “ever closer union” have been referred to the voters. In general, the Union has progressed fastest when far-reaching deals have been agreed by technocrats and politicians – and then pushed through without direct reference to the voters.
International governance tends to be effective, only when it is anti-democratic.- Gideon RachmanDecember 8 2008
Pastor admits the “under the radar screen” plan, that the establishment denies, has been set back by Public Backlash – OK-SAFE
“A year later, in 2006, the three North American leaders invited a group of CEO’s from some of the largest corporations in North America to establish the NACC (North American Competitiveness Council).
They focus on 51 recommendations, which included eliminating pesky regulations, and agreed on the need to work “under the radar screen” of public attention.” – Robert Pastor; Foreign Affairs –July/August 2008 Issue
Oklahoma's Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn doesn't have very high hopes for his Enumerated Powers Act to pass
into law. But, as he sees it, it's "the only way to get out of the impending financial disaster."If it were to pass into law, the bill would essentially require lawmakers to justify each piece of proposed legislation by citing the specific source of authority in the Constitution for each provision of a bill. Coburn said the bill highlights the importance of the Tenth Amendment, which states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
Coburn, though, said the Tenth amendment is being disregarded by the federal government."Historic revisionists in both parties have misused the Constitution to justify a 'blank check' approach to spending and earmarking," he said.
As an example, he pointed to the existence of the federal Department of Education. "You cannot find anywhere in the Constitution where there is a federal role for education. You can't find it. It's totally fabricated," said Coburn.
"How and where is education best accommodated? The closer it is to those that are involved in it," he added.
He pointed specifically to the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, which mandates end-of-instruction tests,
among other requirements of local school districts.
"You've got all these rules and all this stuff, and very little money. And there's no specific power enumerating the right
of the federal government to interfere in state education. As a matter of fact, there are a couple of lawsuits going on
about that right now. And the states are going to win. No question--they're going to win," said Coburn.- Bian Ervin; UTW
“Madam Speaker, I have, for the past 35 years, expressed my grave concern for the future of America . The course we have taken over the past century has threatened our liberties, security and prosperity. In spite of these long-held concerns, I have days--growing more frequent all the time-- when I'm convinced the time is now upon us that some Big Events are about to occur. These fast approaching events will not go unnoticed. They will affect all of us. They will not be limited to just some areas of our country. The world economy and political system will share in the chaos about to be unleashed.”
"The financial crisis, still in its early stages, is apparent to everyone: gasoline prices over $4 a gallon; skyrocketing education and medical-care costs; the collapse of the housing bubble; the bursting of the NASDAQ bubble; stock markets plunging; unemployment rising; massive underemployment; excessive government debt; and unmanageable personal debt. Little doubt exists as to whether we'll get stagflation. The question that will soon be asked is: When will the stagflation become an
“State efforts, such as Oklahoma's, create a glimmer of hope that one day Americans and their elected representatives will realize that the federal government is the creation of the states. A bit of rebellion by officials in other states will speed that process along.” Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University
"Right now, your first Amendment rights are under assault by Democrats in Washington who believe the federal government should be in the business of rationing free speech. Despite a federal circuit court’s ruling that the Fairness Doctrine was unconstitutional, House Democrats continue to raise the possibility of reinstituting the so called Fairness Doctrine.
As an ardent supporter of the right of free speech, please know that I am fighting hard in Congress to protect your First Amendment rights by ensuring this outdated unnecessary doctrine is never reinstated." - US Congressman Sullivan - Oklahoma District 1
The Arizona state legislature has made it quite clear that it wants nothing to do with the federal Real ID drivers' license plan. Lawmakers on Wednesday sent a bill to the governor prohibiting the state from implementing the proposed national ID card program. The legislation had sailed through the state House on a 51-1 vote after clearing the state Senate last month by a 21-7 vote.
Morrison cites legislation cracking down on human trafficking, the establishment of a DNA database for missing persons, a Social Security tax break for working-class people and opposition to the construction of a NAFTA “superhighway” through Kansas (for which she earned air time with CNN’s Lou Dobbs in early June) among her proudest legislative achievements.
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage MEP has congratulated the people of the Irish Republic for rejecting the Lisbon Treaty in the only referendum held in any EU country. He demanded that implementation of the treaty should be stopped immediately."The only people to have a say on the treaty have kicked it into the long grass," Mr. Farage said.
"What part of 'No' don't they understand?" he demanded. "This reaction shows more than even the gaping chasm that exists between the people and the politicians. They will stop at nothing to achieve their goal of a European state."
The House of Representatives postponed a vote on a spy bill Thursday after Democrats agreed to a request from Republicans to hold a rare secret session to discuss what they termed classified security matters. It marked the first time a secret session was held in a quarter of a century and only the sixth time in the House’s history. Ohio Congress member Dennis Kucinich, who refused to attend the secret session Speaks Out.
“Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated mean undiscovered volumes of 3.65 billion barrels of oil, 1.85 trillion cubic feet of associated/dissolved natural gas, and 148 million barrels of natural gas liquids in the Bakken Formation of the Williston Basin Province, Montana and North Dakota.”
Call your Federal Legislatorsand ask them in light the U.S. Geological Survey why we are dependant on Hostile Foreign Countries for oil and paying $3.60+ for a gallon of gas?
HR 2593 prohibits the Border Patrol from working on Federal land. That means they will be prevented from operating inside the new Wilderness Area. This bill just helps illegals and drug smugglers who want to cross the border and get in the United States. See a rough map.
HR 3287 would create a new Forest Service Wilderness are on the border with Mexico. Because cars and other mechanical devices are prohibited, it makes policing Wilderness Area to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling very difficult. Where this Wilderness area is going is already the largest passageway for illegal immigration and drug smuggling in the U.S. The Wilderness Area will just mike it far worse.
Arizona schools whose courses "denigrate American values and the teachings of Western civilization" could lose state funding under the terms of legislation approved Wednesday by a House panel.
And Pearce said some of the teachings amount to "sedition" by suggesting that the current border between the United States and Mexico disappear, with Mexico - and Hispanics - taking over the American Southwest.
Leighton had specific problems with a text called "Occupied America," a book touted by its publisher as examining Chicano history from the coming of the Spanish in 1519. She read one line which said "kill the gringos." Another talked about a plan to take back the U.S. Southwest and deport all the Europeans.
"I absolute deplore people who come from another country and do not want anything to do with the culture, the language or anything that has to do with the government," Graves said. She said they are in this country to send back money to relatives elsewhere and "are not here to provide loyalty."
The elites, however, must be feeling the heat. Following the Hudson Institute’s helpful suggestion to change the name of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, the fourth annual SPP meeting to be held in New Orleans on April 21 will now be called the North American Leaders Summit, and the promoters of the Trans-Texas Corridor are trying to change its name to “regional loop.”
Given Washington's inability or unwillingness to address the issue, no one should be surprised that states such as Oklahoma, Arizona and Georgia are taking the lead. It's federalism in action. Just as states paved the way for welfare reform in the 1990s, they are pointing the way on immigration reform.
During 2005, Border Patrol apprehended approximately 1.2 million illegal aliens; of those 165,000 were from countries other than Mexico. Of the non-Mexican aliens, approximately 650 were from special interest countries. Special interest countries are
those “designated by the intelligence community as countries that could export individuals that could bring harm to our country in the way of terrorism.”1
In addition to the criminal activities and violence of the cartels on our Southwest border, there is an ever-present threat of terrorist infiltration over the Southwest border. Data indicates that there are hundreds of illegal aliens apprehended entering the United States each year who are from countries known to support and sponsor terrorism.
• U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations have revealed that aliens were smuggled from the Middle East to staging areas in Central and South America, before being smuggled illegally into the United States.
• Members of Hezbollah have already entered the United States across the Southwest border.
• U.S. military and intelligence officials believe that Venezuela is emerging as a potential hub of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere. The Venezuelan government is issuing identity documents that could subsequently be used to
“Folks, it is plain to me that anything designed to tear down and eliminate our borders is a direct attack on the sovereignty of this Nation. And anyone involved with helping to destroy our Nation’s sovereignty is involved in a treasonous act and should be held accountable,” Brogdon proclaimed with conviction.
“The corporate takeover of government has not been obvious to the majority of people - not yet, because the transformation involved internal operations like privatization (outsourcing government functions), and reorganization - shifting the power to make policy to private interest groups - the so-called "customers" of government. The entire philosophy of government shifted to the corporate mind set of marketplace, customers, services and using the law as a facilitation for profit among the large corporations. The most obvious indicator of the corporate takeover is the failure to protect the borders of this country. The most insidious indicator is the Global Supply Chain Management system that is being built with your taxpayer dollars - thinly disguised as a plan for "security".”
"All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?"
-- Benjamin Franklin (To Colleagues at the Constitutional Convention)
“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from the government.” - Thomas Paine
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
"Yesterday in Tulsa, Oklahoma Nearly a hundred protesters showed up on sidewalks across from ORU MABEE CENTER to
object to the visit of Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico."
IN THE NEWS LEGISLATION
December 5, 2007
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S-1959 - the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007
"The term `violent radicalization' means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change."
"But the bankers bring money into existence, provided only that it breeds more money. Since neither governments nor the public create money, no one creates the offspring (the interest) claimed by the banker. Even legalized, this form of issue remains vicious and insulting."
"This way of creating our country's money, by putting governments and individuals in debt, establishes a real dictatorship over governments and individuals alike." – In This Age of Plenty by Louis Even
America faces a dire threat to its Sovereignty and Free Enterprise system. The hammerlock on our government by multi-national corporations and the global elite must be broken and concerned Americans on the Left or the Right by themselves do not have the numbers or clout to do it alone. They must come together to restore America’s Founding Principles. Patrick Wood of the August Review has created a website to facilitate uniting of all Americans to the cause. Go to LeftRightUnite! and join the effort to save our great country.
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