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    Data Collection at Schools: Big Brother Watching Your Kids.

    According to EPIC’s student privacy project director Khaliah Barnes, who wrote on the topic for the New York Times in December, “The collection of student data is out of control. No longer do schools simply record attendance and grades. Now every test score and every interaction with a digital learning tool is recorded. Data gathering includes health, fitness and sleeping habits, sexual activity, prescription drug use, alcohol use and disciplinary matters. Students’ attitudes, sociability and even ‘enthusiasm’ are quantified, analyzed, recorded and dropped into giant data systems.” The rampant data collection, she added, “is not only destroying student privacy, it also threatens students’ intellectual freedom. When schools record and analyze students’ every move and recorded thought, they chill expression and speech, stifling innovation and creativity.” Some cafeteria software, according to Marketplace, tracks eligibility for free and reduced-price lunches, including sensitive financial data about a student’s family such as weekly income and alimony payments.

  2. Suspended Chester Academy, New York Middle School Principal Ernest F. Jackson left his position when demoted to Director of Technology with absolutely NO STUDENT CONTACT in his new contract walked out leaving his keys on the desk no explanation after suing the Supt. Sean Michel and a school board member, a case Jackson lost but the Chester School District settled 5 cases including his abandoning his post to go to the hoome of two brothers called off sick by their mother earlier that morning on September 23, 2010.Jackson worked at St. Michael’s elementary school for about a quick minute and the was hired and very publicly fired from the Shikellamy School District in Sunbury , Pa. where he moved to after leaving his home in Milford, Pa where in 2011 he was investigated for statutory RAPE of his foster girl then 19 years old and not living with Jackson any longer. The investigator Pennsylvania Trooper Mark Pizzuti a ROGUE and PERJUROR himself did not obtain any medical reports of the foster girl or of Ernest F. Jackson. Jackson also worked at Penn State during Jerry Sandusky’s tenure.Same modus operandi urinating with boys in the school boys bathroom Jackson admitted under oath and taking a boy on vacation with him during his suspension from the Chester Academy in Chester, New York.Just an update on this very disturbed man who should not be in any child’s company.Jackson like Sandusky has no children of his own biologically.

  3. In the prisoner swap article:-
    “and murdering them in cold bolo. “, I think you mean blood.


    Support: Dershowitz (left) previously said that his wife Carolyn (right) accompanies him everywhere but she is not seen on the flight manifests released today

    All aboard the ‘Lolita Express’: Flight logs reveal the many trips Bill Clinton and Alan Dershowitz took on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet with anonymous women

    Flight logs for Jeffrey Epstein’s private plane dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’ were published for the first time on Thursday

    They show that former President Bill Clinton boarded the plane with women believed to have been involved in creating underage sex slave ring
    Alleged victim Virginia Roberts says she was recruited as a slave when she was 15, and that she was forced to have sex with both Prince Andrew and Harvard law profession Alan Dershowitz
    The latter, she says, molested her mid-flight on the private jet

  5. JT, in the Hacker Group Anonymous Reportedly Seeks To Release Film “The Interview” If Sony Declines To Do So post in the text body:-

    “Anonymous announced its interest in illegally distributing the Sony elected NOT to do so.”

  6. Hey Jonathan, all,

    wouldn’t it be helpful to have an email or some contact point set up where the followers of this beloved blog can send interesting news articles?

    I’m sure Jonathan and the few weekend bloggers this site has can’t see and write about all the interesting and crazy things happening in legislative land everywhere as it happens.

    Today, in Belgium, 9 suspected terrorists got released because of a translation error. Interesting enough, no?

    I wanted to send an english translation of the article ( to someone who can get it on this blog, but alas, no contact details to be found anywhere here.

    Greets, have a nice year-end!

  7. In a sneak attack on the civil liberties of all Americans, the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2015 was rushed to the House floor with virtually no debate.

    The legislation was scheduled for only a “voice vote,” which means that it is simply declared “passed” with voice votes and no record.

    This is considered the simplest and quickest voting method, not what one would expect from such an

    important piece of legislation. For most pieces of major legislation, a roll call vote would be the standard operating procedure.

    Thankfully, Representative Justin Amash, when catching wind of what was transpiring, went to the House floor to demand a roll call vote so that everyone would have to have their vote recorded.

    The fact that this important piece of legislation was handled in this way indicates that this was done intentionally to sneak it past the public eye. It becomes even more suspicious when you realize that it was done concurrently with the CIA torture report being released and the Gruber hearing.

    It seems clear there was an effort made to slip the vote by without having to answer to the American people, as Congress is well aware that Americans do not want to be spied upon by their government after the revelations by Edward Snowden.

    Congressman Justin Amash stated that when he learned this bill was “being rushed to the floor for a vote… I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language.”

    What he says next should raise red flags for every American citizen.

    He claims what his staff discovered was:

    “One of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.”

    The bill in question is H.R. 4681.

    Rep. Amash wrote a last minute letter to all of his colleagues in Congress to implore them to vote “NO” on H.R. 4681.

    This bill will allow information gained from domestic spying by the feds, in the name of “terrorism,” to be transferred to local law enforcement for criminal investigations without any type of court order, subpoena or warrant.

    This is one of the most drastic changes in U.S. law in our lifetimes and has the potential to turn the U.S. into a true police state.

    When the feds take what is claimed to be a means of fighting “terrorism” and use it as means of forwarding criminal prosecutions against American citizens, without any court order or warrant, we are on the brink of total tyranny.

    We urge everyone to call their Representative and let them know that you do not support H.R. 4681… tell them NO new domestic spying powers!!

    Please help get the word out and share this information with your fellow Americans!


    Your Face, Voice, and Tattoos Are the FBI’s Business Now

    The FBI announced this week that the massive database system it had been building for eight years, pulling together stores of biometric information on millions of people, is at “full operational capacity.”

    The Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is a vast, centralized surveillance tool — and the stuff of totalitarian dystopia: fingerprint databases, iris scan details, more than 50 million images used for facial recognition (a.k.a. “faceprints”), and the capacity to hoard information of individualizing details like gait, voice pattern, and tattoos. Yet aside from a flurry of pained press releases from privacy groups and civil libertarians, the news of Big Brother’s ascension was met not with a yell but

  9. Illinois Just Made it a Felony for Its Citizens to Record the Police and the Media is Silent

    llinois — In March of this year the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, and rightfully so, as it was touted as the most unconstitutional law of its kind in the country.

    But Illinois, being the the corrupt and violent police state that it is, couldn’t let their police and other government officials be held accountable by its citizens.
    The bill is back, and with a vengeance.

    The Amendment to Senate Bill 1342 was introduced on Tuesday, Dec. 2, as an amendment to an existing bill on a completely different subject. The amendment removed all of the bill’s previous content and replaced it with the new ban on recording. The House passed it the following day, and the Senate passed it the day after that.

    This bill passed both the Illinois House and Senate with overwhelming majority votes; 106-7 in the House on and 46-4-1 in the Senate. Democrats and Republicans alike slipped this bill by the citizens as they were debating on whether the General Assembly would raise the state’s minimum wage or make the 67% temporary income tax hike permanent, neither of which passed.

    According to, the bill discourages people from recording conversations with police by making unlawfully recording a conversation with police – or an attorney general, assistant attorney general, state’s attorney, assistant state’s attorney or judge – a class 3 felony, which carries a sentence of two to four years in prison. Meanwhile, the bill makes illegal recording of a private citizen a class 4 felony, which carries a lower sentencing range of one to three years in prison.

    There’s only one apparent reason for imposing a higher penalty on people who record police in particular: to make people especially afraid to record police. That is not a legitimate purpose. And recent history suggests it’s important that people not be afraid to record police wherever they perform their duties so that officers will be more likely to respect citizens’ rights, and officers who do respect citizens’ rights will be able to prove it.

    Below is some of the vague wording from this legislation.

    (a) Eavesdropping, for a first offense, is a Class 4 felony (from Ch. 38, par. 14-4) and, for a second or subsequent offense, is a Class 3 felony. (b) The eavesdropping of an oral conversation or an electronic communication of between any law enforcement officer, State’s Attorney, Assistant State’s Attorney, the Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, or a judge, while in the performance of his or her official duties, if not authorized by this Article or proper court order, is a Class 3 felony, and for a second or subsequent offenses, is a Class 2 felony 1 felony.

    The wording in this bill is also written in such a way that it could stifle the recent police accountability measures of body cameras. Police may argue that using body cameras to record encounters with citizens outside of “public” places would violate the law, as citizens have not consented to being recorded.
    Only a government that lives like cockroaches in the darkness would pass a law criminalizing the act of turning on the light.

    Transparency and accountability in government are what prevent tyranny. When the state passes laws which prevent these things, the direction in which they are trying to move is obvious.

    Other than a few small media outlets covering this blow to free speech, the MSM has been largely silent. Please help expose it, by sharing this story to expose this horrible blow to government accountability.

    We can also stop this bill by calling the office of Illinois governor, Pat Quinn, at 312-814-2121, and demand that he veto the Amendment to Senate Bill 1342. Or you can email him at this link.


    “I take the Constitution very seriously,” he told a Pennsylvania town hall in 2008. “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the Executive Branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.”

    In 2011, he told a Univision town hall that there “are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system.” To ignore those congressional mandates through executive order, Obama said, would “not conform with my appropriate role as president.”

    “I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the [immigration] on my own,” he told the National Council of La Raza that year. “Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”

    Obama seemed frustrated when pushed on the subject of deportations during a roundtable with Latino reporters in September 2011.

    “I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true,” he said. “We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce.”

    A heckler in 2013 urged him to take executive action on the matter, and Obama actually turned around at the lectern to respond directly.

    “If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so,” he said. “But we’re also a nation of laws. That’s part of our tradition. So the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws, and what I’m proposing is the harder path which is to use our democratic processes to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve.”

  11. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine: We’re in ISIS war ‘without legal authority’

    Washington (CNN) — Sen. Tim Kaine said Wednesday there’s no legal authority for the current U.S. mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

    “We have been engaged in a war — that is not about imminent defense of the United States — without legal authority,” the Virginia Democrat said at the Wilson Center on Wednesday, ahead of a panel discussion on the legal authority for military intervention, moderated by CNN’s Jim Sciutto.

    The mission is not covered by either the wording or intent of the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force as the White House argues, Kaine said, adding that such an argument is “ridiculous” and inconsistent with President Barack Obama’s previously stated interpretation of the AUMF.

  12. In the “There Was No Negligence” post.

    “room for a slight suspension of negligence” SB room for a slight suspicion of negligence..

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