Archive for March, 2013

 Constitution Party Congressional Candidate to Speak
The Commonsense Property Rights Coalition will meet April 8 at 6 pm at the Spring Dipper in Mammoth Spring. The special guest speaker will be Doug Enyart, Constitution Party candidate to replace JoAnn Emerson for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District according to Kevin Jotz, Commonsense PRC board member.
“Enyart, a former Marine, forester and business owner has never held public office. He believes Congress needs a businessman and we welcome having a chance to hear him speak and ask him questions” Jotz said. “Additionally we will be discussing pending legislation in Jefferson City concerning the rights of farmers, land owners, gun owners and the average citizen. I particular we are concerned with the Real ID act and will keep our members posted on new developments. One of our members has indicated a desire to join the lawsuit against the state organized by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder” Jotz said.
“Those who wish to eat are asked to arrive by 5:30. The food at Spring Dipper and Jill’s Diner is great. The meeting starts at 6 pm and as always there is no charge. We will also discuss the upcoming Ozarks Freedom Festival we are sponsoring in Kosh City Park later in the month” Jotz said. For more information call 417-264-2435 or 417-270-1724.

SATURDAY APRIL 6TH @2 p.m.
At the Winona Senior Citizens Center in Winona (on the square)
FREE BARBECUE DINNER
LIVE MUSIC BY “FRIENDS PICKIN”
Speaker Pro tem (and candidate for Missouri’s 8th congressional district) Jason Smith will be on hand to address the crowd! State Senator Doug Libla, Representatives Jeff Pogue, Representative Paul Fitzwater and Representative Robert Ross as well as many county officials will all be in attendance. Please come and let your voices be heard!

A DRAWING WILL BE HELD FOR A 22-250 RIFLE!
All new memberships or renewal memberships will be put in the hat for the drawing to be held that day!

“PROTECTING YOU RIGHT TO ACCESS”
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Here is a link to the Senate Subpoena of the DOR and all of it’s records pertaining to implementation of Real ID against Missouri law.
License offices upgrading with document scanners; Privacy concerns expressed over new state practices

A recent court case in Stoddard County, Mo., has brought to light the security of personal data gathered by the state of Missouri. The state further has been accused of passing personal data on to the federal government.

According to the Department of Revenue’s web site, additional information is being gathered at license offices to “enhance security and help reduce the risk of identity theft and other kinds of fraud.”

The web site also says that, “Beginning in December, license offices around the state will be converted to the new process at the rate of about 15 offices per week. The rollout should be complete in April 2013.”

The Howell County News asked in a Sunshine Law request for the Department of Revenue to provide the status of such equipment upgrades of license offices located in Howell County, including West Plains, Mountain View and Willow Springs. According to information received from the department’s legal team, the West Plains office was upgraded earlier this week. Willow Springs will receive the upgrades on Friday and Mountain View on Monday. Also next week, the Eminence, Cabool, Mountain Grove and Houston license offices will receive the upgrades.

According to the Department of Revenue’s web site, when renewing a driver’s license or concealed-carry endorsement, “You must provide documents to verify your name, date of birth, place of birth, social security number, and Missouri residential address. If you have a ‘mail-to’ address in addition to your residential address, you also must provide proof of the mail-to address.

“If you are renewing your driver license or nondriver identification card, the list of documents required can also be found on the back of your renewal postcard.

“Applicants may still go to any Missouri license office they choose, and the application process and fees will remain the same. At the license office, applicants will receive a temporary, paper license and may keep the old license card which will be punched ‘VOID.’ The permanent license will be produced at a single, secure facility, and arrive in the mail at an applicant’s home within 7 to 10 business days. Overall, time spent in the license office should decrease.

“The license offices will scan all paperwork and securely transmit it to the central office. Outdated equipment in the license offices will be replaced with modern equipment.”

In the Stoddard County Case, the plaintiff, Eric Griffin, attempted to renew his concealed-carry endorsement for his driver’s license. Court records state he was asked to provide a birth certificate, documents such as utility bills for proof of address and more – all of which hadn’t been required. Griffin was told that the documents were to be scanned and sent to an unknown recipient in Atlanta, Ga., with the license mailed to him later. The suit maintains that “disclosing Plaintiff’s personal protected information to any third party or entity of the Federal Government serves absolutely no legitimate purpose …”

The state reportedly is using the services of MorphoTrust USA, with computer equipment upgrades paid for with a grant through Department of Homeland Security.

MorphoTrust says on its web site that they “provide issuing agencies with … state-of-the-art biometric screening solutions (iris, fingerprint, face) that ensure applicants are who they claim to be in advance of issuing secure credentials; … automated document authentication, scanning & archiving solutions including scanners, software and integrated backend databases for multimodal inspection of passports, driver licenses and other credentials.”

According to a Department of Homeland Security report entitled “Secure Identification State Progress: Fiscal Year 2012 Report to Congress,” dated Aug. 28, 2012, Congress passed the REAL ID act of 2005 to require “more secure standards for identification” of individuals … (the act) prohibits federal agencies from accepting state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards unless the state is determined by the Secretary to meet minimum security standards.”

One of the constraints to the program, the report says, is that the department has “limited authority to require progress reporting. DHS has to rely on grant reporting requirements to obtain data on state progress in meeting the material compliance benchmarks.”

Homeland Security grants have included equipment upgrades such as the ones being done in Missouri, like document scanners, high-resolution digital cameras and high-speed printers.

The report to Congress showed that Missouri has met 15 of the program’s benchmarks to DHS; Missouri was awarded four grants; Missouri did not commit to meet 18 of the benchmarks, but it planned to meet “digital photo” requirements after Jan. 15, 2013, with not committing to meet “end of status,” “MC Commit,” and NC Marking, which are not defined in the report.

In fact, the Missouri General Assembly passed a law that went into effect Aug. 28, 2012, prohibiting the state from participating in the REAL ID program. Chapter 302 entitled Drivers’ and Commercial Drivers’ Licenses, Section 302.183, says:

“The department of revenue shall not amend procedures for applying for a driver’s license or identification card in order to comply with the goals or standards of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, any rules or regulations promulgated under the authority granted in such act, or any requirements adopted by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators for furtherance of the act.

“Any biometric data previously collected, obtained, or retained in connection with motor vehicle registration or operation, the issuance or renewal of driver’s licenses, or the issuance or renewal of any identification cards by any department or agency of the state charged with those activities shall be retrieved and deleted from all databases. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any data collected, obtained, or retained for a purpose other than compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. For purposes of this section, “biometric data” includes, but is not limited to:

(1) Facial feature pattern characteristics;

(2) Voice data used for comparing live speech with a previously created speech model of a person’s voice;

(3) Iris recognition data containing color or texture patterns or codes;

(4) Retinal scans, reading through the pupil to measure blood vessels lining the retina;

(5) Fingerprint, palm prints, hand geometry, measuring of any and all characteristics of biometric information, including shape and length of fingertips or recording ridge pattern or fingertip characteristics;

(6) Eye spacing;

(7) Characteristic gait or walk;

(8) DNA;

(9) Keystroke dynamics, measuring pressure applied to key pads or other digital receiving devices.

No citizen of this state shall have his or her privacy compromised by the state or agents of the state. The state shall within reason protect the sovereignty of the citizens the state is entrusted to protect.”

Sen. Mike Cunningham, who represents District 33 in the Missouri Senate, agreed that such data collection is forbidding by state statute.

“The federal government has no business maintaining citizens’ delicate information — it is over-reaching, “big brother” behavior that we will not brush under the rug,” he said in a recent editorial column. “The various actions the federal government could take with our information are endless. There are the security aspects to consider. Where will our information go? We cannot risk the possibility of private data living in an unsecured network that would make Missourians more susceptible to identity theft.”

State Rep. Shawn Rhoads, representing Howell County, as well as Howell County Sheriff Mike Shannon said the state has no need to collect private data or forward, especially regarding concealed-carry endorsements. Rhoads said the state legislature will be addressing it this week; lawmakers were on spring break last week. Shannon said the number of citizens requesting conceal-carry endorsements has increased dramatically – up from 36 in January and February of 2012 to more than 180 in January and February of this year. The clerk who had been handling the permits had been working on them on a part-time basis, but is now solely working full time on them and has to require appointments with applicants to keep things running smoothly, said Shannon.

Greg McLaughlin with Black Ops School of Combat in West Plains agrees.

“The government knows too much about us already,” he said. “Besides, a country that has given its citizens the right to keep and bear arms should only assume one thing: that its citizens are keeping and bearing arms.”

McGlaughlin teaches firearms training, offering concealed-carry classes and more. He believes gathering such data is an infringement on Second Amendment rights.

“The people of this great country have proven through the years that its citizens are more than responsible to keep and bear arms. Consider the fact that there are over 308 million people in this country and only about 13,000 murders in 2010. That is less than one half of one percent. Of those 13,000 murders, only about 70 percent involved a firearm,” said McGlaughlin. “The whole nation should not be punished for the few who are irresponsible … Any where that had gun registration has always led to gun confiscation.”

Bob Parker, a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and visited the Howell County News with McLaughlin, said, “They are, in effect, registering all conceal-carry permit owners,” likely keeping the data in DHS databases.

State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, who held hearings with the Department of Revenue, said in an interview on a talk show with conservative host Dana Loesch that he believes DHS is keeping the data in a central database, with documents required including marriage and birth certificates, utility documents and more.

“Missouri’s own IRS is gathering and keeping biometric data on you … people are shocked and appalled,” he said, adding the Department of Revenue is “building a database on every law-abiding Missouri citizen.”

Other reports indicate that DHS audits MorphoTrust USA twice a year. Schaefer, in the hearing, confirmed that Department of Revenue officials do not have procedures in place to ensure Missourians’ data have been destroyed from MorphoTrust files before each six-month audit by DHS.

McLaughlin and Parker both said they believe Department of Revenue is “voluntarily breaking the law” while most people are “totally unaware” of it.

Parker alleges and Wikipedia confirms that MorphoTrust USA is part of Safran, a company whose web site says it “has developed expertise in the full range of technologies required for the development, production and integration of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV): aircraft, launch systems, gyrostabilized day/night optronic pods, mission planning, inertial navigation/flight control, and data/image transmission.”

“That’s documentable,” said Parker. “That’s not conspiracy theory.”

“I hope Missouri is able to stand up and stop it,” said Parker.

(From Howell County News)

 

Senate Votes to Keep U.S. Out of UN Arms Trade Treaty

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Senate Votes to Keep U.S. Out of UN Arms Trade Treaty

In the pre-dawn hours Saturday, the Senate approved a measure “to uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.”

By a vote of 53-46, the Senate passed the amendment to the budget bill sponsored by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.).

This reporter is in New York covering the negotiations at the UN aimed at drafting a treaty calling for the eradication of small arms trade, sale, and transfer by anyone other than UN-approved governments.

“We’re negotiating a treaty that cedes our authority to have trade agreements with our allies in terms of trading arms,” Inhofe before the vote on his amendment. “This is probably the last time this year that you’ll be able to vote for your Second Amendment rights.”

According to a story in The Hill, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) proposed his own amendment “that clarified that under current U.S. law, treaties don’t trump the Constitution and that the United States should not agree to any arms treaty that violates the Second Amendment rights.” Leahy’s amendment also passed.

resolution of similar intent sponsored by Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) is currently pending before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Moran’s measure declares that it is the sense of Congress that:

the President should not sign the Arms Trade Treaty, and that, if he transmits the treaty with his signature to the Senate, the Senate should not ratify the Arms Trade Treaty; and

until the Arms Trade Treaty has been signed by the President, received the advice and consent of the Senate, and has been the subject of implementing legislation by Congress, no Federal funds should be appropriated or authorized to implement the Arms Trade Treaty, or any similar agreement, or to conduct activities relevant to the Arms Trade Treaty, or any similar agreement.

Representative Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) has offered a companion measure in the House.

(Full article here)

This is just a re-post of an earlier notice so everyone is aware of the meeting!

The PRC will be meeting at the Hayloft Restaurant on South Hwy 95 in Mountain Grove, Missouri on March 28th from 7-9pm.

Michael Jones will give the latest updates on the illegal implementation of Real ID in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Revenue is scanning and uploading documents of applicants for both Concealed Carry Permits and also regular Drivers Licenses and there is much concern that it is creating a defacto gun registration database, as well as clearly violating Missouri Statute passed in 2009.

Bob Parker will give reports on the tremendous Firearms Freedom Symposium that all the PRC groups hosted in Springfield on March 5th. Pastor Leon Michel, will be reporting on the recent Second Amendment Rally held at his church.

Updates on the implementation of animal identification will be given by Co-Chair Bob Parker as well.

Please come early and enjoy the buffet or a dinner at the Hayloft. Get there by 6pm so you can be sure to finish your meal before the meeting starts at 7pm.

See you there!

Finally, A Good Decision!

Posted: March 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
MARCH 19, 2013 | BY CORYNNE MCSHERRY AND PARKER HIGGINS

You Bought It, You Own It: Supreme Court Victory for Common Sense and Owners’ Rights

In a long-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court held today that the first sale doctrine applies to works made outside of the United States. In other words, if you bought it, you own it—no matter where it was manufactured. That’s a major victory for consumers, and also libraries, used bookstores, and all kinds of groups that depend on the right to lend or resell the goods they’ve legally purchased.

This case, Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, specifically concerned the re-sale of textbooks in the U.S. The first sale doctrine, described in section 109 of the U.S. Copyright Act, gives people the right to resell, lend, or give away the works that they’ve bought, even if those works contain copyrighted elements. Textbook publisher Wiley claimed that this doctrine only applies to goods that are manufactured in the U.S., and that the defendant, Supap Kirtsaeng, was infringing its copyright by purchasing books at a reduced rate in his native Thailand and selling them below list price in the States.

In other words, under Wiley’s interpretation, copyright owners that are crafty enough to outsource the actual manufacture of their works abroad could control the secondary market for copies of works that were manufactured abroad for the entire copyright term.

The Supreme Court firmly rejected that notion, which it called the “geographical interpretation.” Your right to resell, lend, or give away the works that you buy does not depend on whether you happen to buy them in the US, or in Amsterdam or anywhere else. Rather, it simply depends on whether the copyright owner authorized the manufacture of the copy.

(Read the full article with links to court briefs here)

Restoring some integrity to the election process might get me to actually go to the polls again!

Fron our good friend, Laura Hausladen:

Friends,

I am sending you this email to ask you to help with the effort to pass the “Making paper ballots the official ballot in MO” bills.  These are companion bills–the Senate one is SB 375, the House’s is HB 773.

What the Bills Will Do:
1) End the use of the touch screen voting machines (called DREs) for all but the handicapped.  (No more DREs could be purchased and the old ones could only be used by the handicapped.  Ballot marking devices would replace them for use by all handicapped voters.  (These machines create paper ballots so that there is a physical ballot that can be used in recounts and audits.)
2) Require that there be hand-counted publicly viewable audits of at least 5% of the ballots before the election is certified. (This is not much of a change from what is already required. However, it is extremely important because the opti-scan machines, which count the paper ballots in essentially every county in Missouri,  have also been proved to be hackable just by tampering with the memory cards that get inserted into them.)
3) Ensure that the public has the ability to gain access to the election records and ballots after the election has been certified, without having to first fight and win a battle in court.

Why We Need These Bills:
1) A knowledgeable computer expert with access to JUST ONE of the DREs in St Louis (or one of the other counties throughout the state) could change the outcome of a statewide election.
2) If the vote were tampered with in some way, it would be virtually impossible to prove that this had been done.
3) Right now if a re-count is necessary, all of the votes cast on the DREs are not actually recounted, because there is nothing tangible to recount.  The program is just run again.  (Interestingly enough, when this was done in one MO recount, the re-run submitted a vote that was one vote off from the original count.  How do you explain that?!)
4) Right now there are vendor programmers whose lines of code are not able to be viewed by any of our state’s county clerks or legislators or members of the computer programming literate public, and these ‘unknown’ programmers are responsible for how vast numbers of Missourian’s votes are cast and how virtually ALL of Missourian’s votes are counted.
5) Computer viruses could change the results of elections and no one would even know that this had happened.
6) Missouri’s Constitution provides for open elections.  Our elections are NOT open if the general public doesn’t have access to a process which they themselves can understand/verify the means by which their vote is recorded and counted.  Paper ballots and publicly viewable hand counts are the only way to achieve open elections in Missouri!

What You Need to Do!  Steps 1 & 2 are ESSENTIAL and only take a couple minutes.  (Don’t worry if you don’t have time to do more! But DO THIS!)

1) Fill out witness form for SB 375 BELOW by clicking the yellow link  and recording your name and address.  Add comments as simple or as thorough as you would like.  (Copy them before you submit so that you can use them on the next witness form, and in case your submission returns the phrase “database not selected”.  If this happens, just wait a bit and try again.)
2) Fill out witness form for HB 773 BELOW by clicking the yellow link.
3) Forward this email or one of your own with the links to the witness forms and ask people to fill them out. The more there are the more likely this bill will get passed out of committee.
4) Send email (preferable), or call the Senators (listed at the end of this email) to tell them you want them to support this bill.  (Or do both!)  They are the ones who must vote it out of committee so that it can get scheduled for a vote on the floor of the Senate.) REMEMBER, if you are one of their constituents, be sure to let them know!
5) Send email (preferable),  or call these Representatives to tell them you want them to support this bill.  (Or do both!)
6) Write Sen. Brian Nieves to thank him for sponsoring SB 375; write Rep. Sue Entlicher to thank her for sponsoring HB773 and hearing it in her committee; write Sen. Wasson to thank him for hearing it in his committee.
7) Attend the hearings on Monday March 25th at 2:00 p.m. in the Senate Lounge for SB 375, and on Tuesday March 26th at 8:15 in Hearing room 5 for HB 773

Witness form link for SB 375 — Paper Ballots             IF YOU DO NOTHING ELSE, DO THIS!

Witness form link for HB 773 — Paper Ballots  AND DO THIS!

Feel free to join the Conference Call this evening with the non-partisan citizen group who are spearheading the push for this bill.  We will attempt to answer any and all questions.  We will also outline what we need to do to get this bill passed.
TONIGHT! Wed. March 20th at 8:30

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SENATE (FINANCIAL AND GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS) AND ELECTION COMMITTEE  (click the link to go to their page and find their phone and email. Or just remember the formula.  First.Last@senate.mo.gov  For example: Brian.Nieves@senate.mo.gov  Tell them you want them to support this bill in every way possible.)

HOUSE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE ((click the link to go to their page and find their phone and email. Or just remember the formula.  First.Last@house.mo.gov  Ex. Sue.Entlicher@house.mo.gov  Tell them you want them to support this bill in every way possible.)

Entlicher, Sue, Chair
Neth, Myron, Vice Chair
Butler, Michael
Conway, Pat
Cox, Stanley
Dunn, Randy
Gosen, Don
Hurst, Tom
Kolkmeyer, Glen
McGaugh, Joe Don
Newman, Stacey
Pfautsch, Donna

Thanks so much for working along side us in this fight for open and fair elections in Missouri!
Laura Hausladen

P.S. If you want to spread the word through video messaging try these videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsB2UYsPPq0   (Specific to St Louis Co. and Missouri and created by Phillip Michaels of Missourians for Honest Elections.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hCyVsUir8k  Another Example of the 1 Minute E Voting Machine Hack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4aKOhbbK9E  Proven voting fraud! Gov’t programmer testifies voting machines are rigging elections

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vclCSczJIvY  Democracy at risk: Voting machines might be hacked (including optiscan systems)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx5YyiyWOH4  Rigged Voting Machines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL9dXwBlpSs  Obama is Rigging the Electronic Voting Machines (St Louis vote-switching highlighted–Gary Fuhr)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r16LLDoWwhU  Hacking Democracy An Indepth Analysis of ES&S Voting Systems (Part 2 of 7) (We use these machines in St Louis Co. Whole series recommended.)