Tags: Rutherford Institute

Congratulations Charlottesville, Virginia! The First City to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation

This simple piece of legislation proves that you can make a difference at the local level.  We need a lot more of this type of thing all over these United States.  As I have said many times, it’s not that I am against drones in all capacities; however, we must be vigilant about how these things are used and must have serious safeguards in place to protect civil liberties.  Kudos to the Rutherford Institute for leading the charge here.

From US News:

Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution.

The resolution passed by a 3-2 vote and was brought to the city council by activist David Swanson and the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group based in the city. The measure also endorses a proposed two-year moratorium on drones in Virginia.

Councilmember Dede Smith, who voted in favor of the bill, says that drones are “pretty clearly a threat to our constitutional right to privacy.”

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The “Electronic Concentration Camp” – Girl Expelled from School for Refusing RFID Chip

A total surveillance state is being implemented right in front of us, and amazingly, pretty much no one seems to care.

From WND:

A student in a Texas school district has been told she is to be expelled for refusing to wear a student ID badge that essentially places her in an “electronic concentration camp.”

WND previously reported on the case of Andrea Hernandez, a student at John Jay High School in the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. This year, the school implemented a new program requiring students to wear badges containing an RFID chip, which would be used to track them anywhere they went, including the restrooms. Hernandez refused to wear the chip, citing privacy and religious issues.

Despite the schools having 290 surveillance cameras, officials apparently believe that is not enough to keep track of students attending the schools.

The primary intent of the tracking cards is not to increase student safety but to increase state funding to the district.

WOAI-TV in San Antonio reported district spokesman Pasqual Gonzalez said the two schools have a high rate of truancy, and the district could gain $2 million in state funding by improving attendance.

After her refusal to wear the tracking chip, Hernandez was warned in a letter that there would “be consequences.” Following through on its threats, the district sent Hernandez a letter informing her she would expelled effective Nov. 26.

“The forces behind this are very strong so people need to get ready for it,” Whitehead said. “We are moving into a time where we are going to be in an electronic concentration camp wherever we go.”

It is particularly despicable how they use state funding as a way to push these programs on struggling school districts.  With all of the economic problems we face as a nation, am I the only one that finds it highly disturbing that so much money is being allocated to surveillance?  This isn’t a way to improve a nation’s economy; rather, it represents a very conscious and concerted effort to control the population after systemic collapse.

Full article here.

In Liberty,
Mike