From the ever vigilant, Ron Calzone:
It’s NOT just about who has your personal data — it’s about being under constant surveillance by powerful government computers.
We are making some headway in the fight against Missouri establishing a PDMP, but leadership in both the House and Senate support it and we will have to continue to fight it to the bitter end.
Please continue to help! See the Witness Form Link, below.
SB63 is the Senate version of PDMP. It has passed the Senate and now needs to go through the committee process and a vote by the full body in the House. The Missouri House of Representatives has always passed PDMP bills – including HB130 this year, so this may be showdown time!
Fortunately, there are some great patriots and organizations fighting this terrible piece of legislation. See what they have to say about a PDMP:
In George Orwell’s classic 1984, “Big Brother” used Telescreens to both pipe in government propaganda and also as a two-way surveillance tool. Virtually everything anyone did was monitored by the government and they were held accountable for anything thought politically incorrect by “Big Brother”. In this scene the story’s protagonist, Winston Smith, huddles in a corner of his apartment to avoid the scan of the Telescreen. Although he’s out of sight of Telescreen’s camera, a sensitive microphone can still pick up any sound he makes.
Last August, almost 75% of Missouri voters said “NO!” to Big Brother when they ratified a constitutional amendment to protect our personal data. It’s incredible to think that so many legislators would be supporting a PDMP. Here’s how they have voted on PDMP so far this year:
The good news is that some of the law-makers who voted FOR the PDMP the first time have changed their minds. Please call your rep or senator and ask them how they currently stand and tell them you expect them to choose liberty!
Hearing Probably On Wednesday!
Your witness form needed asap…
|Witness Form – We will hand deliver your witness form, whether for or against, and also make your testimony available online for the committee to read.
Generic Witness Form: Witness form link for SB 63
A Lot of Risk With No Evidence of Benefit
As I’ve listened to witnesses supporting a PDMP at previous hearings, about all I’ve heard is antidotal reasons for spending a lot of money to set up a system of surveillance of law-abiding citizens. No specific statistics demonstrating that there is a particular need; no statistics showing that PDMPs are working in other states; and no proof that our personal data will be secure from identity thieves.
And even IF the data were secure, the PDMP is designed to be a government surveillance system, even when it’s working correctly!
What’s more telling than the lack of evidence supporting the need for a PDMP is the empirical data showing that Missouri won’t likely be helped by one:
According to the federal government’s National Survey on Drugs and Health, where non-medical use of prescription drugs is concerned, Missouri is only 0.26% (1/4 of 1%) worse, without a PDMP, than the national average, and all the other states already have PDMPs set up! See: archive.samhsa.gov/data/2k12/NSDUH115/sr115-nonmedical-use-pain-relievers.htm
That really makes one wonder what the real motive is for this new government surveillance system.
Let’s stop it, together! Please fill out a witness form now and get some friends to do the same.