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From the Publisher's Desk
May 2020

"Quis custodiet custodes ipsos? - Who watches the watchers?"

Bye Bye Privacy!

"One day in the not so distant future, your children or grandchildren might ask you: ‘Grandpa, what was privacy?'" – Walter Belford

According to the dictionary, freedom is "The condition of being free; the power to act, speak
or think without externally imposed restraints" – "Immunity from an obligation or duty."
As governments take more and more control over our everyday lives, the flotsam of
freedom and liberty are sinking beneath the oceans of tyranny!

Some reading this report may think I'm an alarmist for making the kinds of dire warnings
and forecasts you'll read about - especially when the financial channels and main stream
press are full of wide-eyed optimists predicting happy days ahead. The truth of the matter is
much of what you'll read herein has already and is happening!

Keep in mind, however, that none of the wide-eyed optimists saw the financial crisis coming
in advance, nor the destruction of your personal freedoms since 9/11/2001, and were just
as starry-eyed just a few ago years ago as they are today.

Even though I am convinced, although you may not be, about what's happening and is
coming ahead, it's better to prepare than to predict. I may be wrong and I hope I am. But,
when you prepare, it doesn't matter what happens. You may not agree with all I write, and
maybe some of the things I've written won't occur. But that doesn't matter - too many are
occurring and many others are inevitable. Clearly the handwriting is on the wall! So prepare
today and you'll have nothing to fear in the future.

The united States [correct spelling] is now one of the most oppressive police dystopian
states in the world! Don't believe me? A recent police state study ranks the U.S. as the 6th
worst in the world, with the United Kingdom in 5th, behind only the most ardent
dictatorships.

A study titled "The Electronic Police State," designed to rank countries in terms of how
aggressively they monitor their populations electronically, has placed the US as 6th and the
United Kingdom as 5th on a global index. The two countries lag behind only China, North
Korea, Belarus and Russia in terms of governmental surveillance.

Fast forward a few years and with the way government policies and programs are heading,
it's possible the US and UK will be in 2nd and 3rd place respectively with only North Korea
worse. And that prediction is subject to sure to be slow but forthcoming changes in North
Korea by its leader, 27 year old Swiss educated leader Kim Jong-un.

The report, titled The Electronic Police State, was compiled from information available from different organizations such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House, the Ludwig von Mises Institute and The Heritage Foundation.

"In an Electronic Police State, every surveillance camera recording, every e-mail you send,
every Internet site you surf, every post you make, every check you write, every credit card
swipe, every cell phone ping… are all criminal evidence, and they are held in searchable
databases, for a long, long time," the report states.

"If some leader behaves badly, will you really stand up to oppose him or her? Would you
still do it if he had all the e-mails you sent when you were depressed? Or if she has records
of every porn site you've ever surfed? Or if he knows every phone call you've ever made?
Or if she knows everyone you've ever sent money to?" the report asks.

The 17 criteria that were used to define an electronic police state are listed below:
1. Daily documents: How much is required day-to-day for residents to present state-issued
identity documents or registration.
2. Border issues: What is demanded for a border entry?
3. Financial tracking: The state's ability to search and record financial transactions.
4. Gag orders: The penalties for revealing to someone else the state is searching their
records.
5. Anti-crypto laws: Bans on cryptography.
6. Constitutional protections: Either a lack of protections or someone overriding them.
7. Data storage: The state's ability to record and keep what it uncovers.
8. Data search: The processes to search through data.
9. ISP data retention: The demand for ISPs to save customers' records.
10. Telephone data retention: States' requirements for communications companies to record
and save records.
11. Cell phone records: The saving and using of cell phone users' records.
12. Medical records: Demands from states that medical records retain information.
13. Enforcement: The state's ability to use force (SWAT teams) to seize someone.
14. Habeus corpus: Either an absence of such rights or someone overriding them.
15. Police-Intel barrier: the absence of a barrier between police and intelligence
organizations.
16. Covert hacking: State operatives meddling in data on private computers covertly.
17. Loose warrants: Warrants that are being issued without careful review of police claims
by a truly independent judge.

The countries making up the top ten in the rankings are Singapore, Israel, France and
Germany.

Following the top ten the rankings are:
11. Malaysia
12. Ireland
13. United Kingdom – Scotland
14. Netherlands
15. South Korea
16. Ukraine
17. Belgium
18. Australia
19. Japan
20. New Zealand
21. Austria
22. Norway
23. India
24. Italy
25. Taiwan
26. Denmark
27. Hungary
28. Greece
29. Canada
30. Switzerland
31. Slovenia
32. Poland
33. Finland
34. Sweden
35. Latvia
36. Lithuania
37. Cyprus
38. Malta
39. Estonia
40. Czech Republic
41. Iceland
42. South Africa
43. Spain
44. Portugal
45. Luxembourg
46. Argentina
47. Romania
48. Thailand
49. Bulgaria
50. Brazil
51. Mexico
52. Philippines

Interesting isn't it? Six of the top ten worse offenders of freedom are modern day Western
societies, whilst some of the freer societies are third world countries. Talk about a reversal
of fortunes!

There are 26 US Federal Agencies; each agency has dozens if not hundreds of sub agencies and departments beneath them. For example the DEA, or Drug Enforcement Agency, is a component of the US Department of Justice. The FBI is another component of the US Department of Justice. Each is a huge bureaucracy within a larger bureaucracy, stacked with sub agencies and departments of all sorts over and beneath the component agency employing tens of thousands of government employees who are living off the public tit!

Worse, each federal and sub agency has tons of information on you, starting with the date, place and time of your birth, your religion, race, politics, where you live and have lived, your marital status, how much you earn, how you spend it, how much you owe, what your net worth is, what you own, how you acquired you assets, where and how you travel as well as a complete history of your medical records. The dates and survillance covers every aspect of your day to day living as well as your entire life from the day you were born until right up until today. In fact this information remains, probably, forever… even after your demise.

Sometime back we received an email from a subscriber who happened to be a junior, (e.g. John Doe, Junior.) John Doe Senior had IRS tax liens and debt problems from more than 50 years ago and that information was placed erroneously on junior's credit report in spite of the fact that senior had been dead for forty years and that it was entirely impossible for senior to apply for anything. As far as we know junior is still trying to get this erroneous and damaging information off his credit report. It's all there ready to access at the stroke of a computer key by the Terrocrats, identity thieves and others, especially big business, anywhere at any time, even after you're dead with all the correct or incorrect information about you. The real problem is that you'll never know what information, right or wrong, the Terrocrats have on you as it is a serious Federal offense to disclose such information under Patriot Acts I and II.

With government super computers being used along with thousands of government databases containing tens of billions of pieces of information on all American citizens and residents', profiling is right at the top of the list as being the most intrusive threat to your privacy in the history of mankind.

26 US Federal agencies!
Agency for International Development
Corporation for National and Community Service
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense [EXIT Disclaimer]
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of the Interior
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Department of the Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs
Environmental Protection Agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Archives and Records Administration
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Science Foundation
Small Business Administration
Social Security Administration

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- Edmund Burke, 1784

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