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Call For Constitutional Convention
Gaining Ground in States
Civil Liberties in
the Digital Age

FEBRUARY 2015

Drug Warriors Are
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here were 87 beheadings in Saudi Arabia in
2014, up from 79 in 2013. One thing that might
cause you to lose your head in that great ally of
the United States in the war on terrorism is drug
trafficking.

JAY STANLEY
ACLU.org/blog
There is a new trend in
State legislatures - proposals
to call for the convening of
a Constitutional Convention.
The States calling for a convention is a radical step.
Although provided for in the
Constitution, a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con)
has never been convened in
the history of our Republic.
Many proposals are centered on attempts to alter the
Constitution requiring a federal balanced budget amendment, and in some cases to
impose term limits on federal officeholders.
Such proposals are alive in
Arkansas, Idaho, Nebraska,
Virginia, and West Virginia.
These bills are based on a
common model bill circulated by ALEC, the conservative-leaning American Legislative Exchange Council.
From the other side of the
political spectrum, legislatures in several States, including California, Illinois,
and Vermont, are considering calling for a Constitutional Convention to address
campaign finance issues.
According to a report in
the Washington Post, three
States have actually passed
resolutions calling for the
convention - Alaska, Georgia, and Florida - and 17
others are considering legislation.
Under Article V of the Constitution, there are two methods by which the Constitution can be changed.
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The Drug Enforcement
Administration has initiated
a massive national license
plate reader program with
major civil liberties concerns
but disclosed very few details, according to new DEA
documents obtained by the
ACLU through the Freedom
of Information Act.
The DEA is currently operating a National License
Plate Recognition initiative
that connects DEA license
plate readers with those of
other law enforcement agencies around the country.
A Washington Post headline proclaimed in February
2014 that the Department of
Homeland Security had canContinued on Page 4

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AE911Truth needs your
help in locating a History
Channel TV interview with
World Trade Center Building
7 owner Larry Silverstein,
in which he admitted pointblank that the building was
purposely demolished on
September 11, 2001.
We’re not referring to his
“pull it” remark from the
2002 PBS documentary
“America Rebuilds” - a comment that stirred enormous
controversy and caused Silverstein’s spokesperson to
claim later that he merely
meant pulling the firefighters
from WTC 7 before it collapsed from supposedly extensive fire damage.
Rather, we’re talking about
an interview that aired in eiContinued on Page 5

Federalist
No. 5:
The Same Subject

Continued: Concerning
Dangers from Foreign
Force and Influence
Authored by John Jay
Published in the Independent
Journal, November 10, 1787.
To the People of the State of
New York:
QUEEN ANNE, in her letter of the 1st July, 1706, to
the Scotch Parliament, makes
some observations on the importance of the UNION then
forming between England
and Scotland, which merit
our attention.
I shall present the public
with one or two extracts from
it: “An entire and perfect
union will be the solid foundation of lasting peace: It will
secure your religion, liberty, and property; remove the
animosities amongst yourselves, and the jealousies and
differences betwixt our two
kingdoms. It must increase
your strength, riches, and
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The last beheading of the year was of Sadruddin Saeedullah
Khan, a Pakistani national, who was convicted of smuggling
“a large quantity of heroin” into the Saudi kingdom.
He was decapitated by sword in the western province of
Mecca after both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Judicial Council upheld the “religiously right” death sentence
imposed by a local court.
The Interior Ministry reminded the public that the government “continues the fight against drugs of all kinds as it inflicts serious harm on the individual and society.”
Saudi Arabia is not the only country that executes people for
drug trafficking. The same is true in Singapore. Over 75 percent of the hangings in Singapore are for drug-related crimes.
Under Singapore’s Misuse of Drugs Act, the death penalty
is mandatory for if one is caught with over 30 grams of morphine, 15 grams of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine, or 500 grams
of marijuana. Some conservatives in the United States like
the Singapore approach.
In 1996, Newt Gingrich, then a member of Congress, introduced the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996
(H.R.4170) “to provide a sentence of death for certain importations of significant quantities of controlled substances.”
The bill died in committee.
In a 2009 appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly and
Gingrich had this exchange about the drug war:
O’Reilly: “Now, they have no drug problem in Singapore at
all, number one, because they hang drug dealers — they execute
them. And number two, the market is very thin, because when
they catch you using, you go away with a mandatory rehab.
You go to some rehab center, which they have, which the government has built. The United States does not have the stomach
for that. We don’t have the stomach for that, Mr. Speaker.”
Gingrich: “Well, I think it’s time we get the stomach for
that, Bill. And I think we need a program—I would dramatically expand testing. I think we have—and I agree with you.
I would try to use rehabilitation, I’d make it mandatory. And
I think we have every right as a country to demand of our
citizens that they quit doing illegal things which are funding,
both in Afghanistan and in Mexico and in Colombia, people
who are destroying civilization.”
In a 2011 interview with Yahoo News, Gingrich was asked
if he still stood by the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act that
he introduced back in 1996.
Gingrich replied: “I think if you are, for example, the leader
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War is Hell
Box office records were shattered
by American Sniper. Chris Kyle
wasn’t perfect, but he was a man
worth honoring.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott did
just that, and made February 2nd
“Chris Kyle Day” all across his
State. Sure didn’t hear much about
it on the Liberal news, did you?
Liberals can’t stand it when an
American veteran gets the recognition they deserve.
To them, Chris Kyle stacking-up
one of the highest body counts for a
sniper is straight murder.
You’d be hard pressed to find a
single soldier he covered with sniper fire to agree with them.
Because of all the “Chris Kyles,”
maybe it was your son or daughter,
that came home alive and not in a
coffin.
JUDY WATSON
Lancaster
AV Teen Writer’s Group to Meet
at the Palmdale City Library
PALMDALE – The Palmdale City
Library has announced the formation of the AV Teen Writer’s Group,
in partnership with the Antelope
Valley Writers Association, to give
aspiring writers ages 13-17 a place
to hone their craft.
The first meeting will be held on
Saturday, Feb. 14 at 3 pm. No registration is required.
“Here’s a great opportunity to meet
other young writers and learn new
tricks via workshops and group discussions,” said Palmdale Library
Director Thomas Vose.
The Library is open seven days a
week. For more information, please
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The first, which has been repeated 27 times, requires approval of a specific amendment by two-thirds of the House
and Senate and three-fourths of the States.
The other and never-before-used method is the convening
of a convention, which Congress “shall call” upon “the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the States.”
Any changes to the Constitution passed by Constitutional
Convention must then be approved by three-fourths of the
States.
The Fourth Amendment is a fine expression of the basic
need for privacy but the courts move slowly in adapting it to
modern conditions.
It took more than 40 years for the Supreme Court to apply it
to the technology of the telephone - and its extension to email
and other digital-age mediums is proceeding slowly.
Many Founders probably never imagined we would still be
relying so heavily on their original document over 200 years
later.
While some, like Madison, favored caution, others - Thomas Jefferson in particular - scorned excessive reverence for
the things we inherit from prior generations.
Jefferson argued in 1789, “No society can make a perpetual
constitution, or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation.”
After his presidency he wrote, “Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the
arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched; who ascribe to
the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human,
and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.... Let us
follow no such examples, nor weakly believe that one gener-

ation is not as capable as another of taking care of itself, and
of ordering its own affairs.... Each generation is as independent as the one preceding, as that was of all which had gone
before.”
One problem, however, is there is a good chance a Con-Con
will result in a weakening of civil liberties.
There are no standards to govern how a Constitutional Convention would be convened and conducted, so no way to ensure delegates to the convention are representative and rules
governing the convention’s conduct are fair.
There is no way to ensure the convention would confine
itself to whatever subject inspired its creation, without veering off into dangerously impetuous rewriting of our nation’s
foundational legal document.
There is too much evidence contemporary policymakers
have forgotten the wisdom of the Founders, particularly when
it comes to the need for checks and balances on government
power.
Congress has allowed the NSA and other national security
agencies to balloon to giant size while failing to create oversight mechanisms anything close to proportional to those
agencies’ powers.
It has allowed executive branch secrecy to spiral out of control and be used repeatedly to protect abuses of power.
Federal lawmakers have enacted civil asset forfeiture laws
that fail obvious tests of attention to incentive structures and
institutional counter-balances.
Where the Founders had a sophisticated and healthy distrust of power - extending as we’ve seen in Jefferson’s case
even to the power of “reverence” - such distrust is today too
often forgotten by supporters of our giant security state, and
ironically we must rely on just such reverence to obtain what

protections we can.
The ACLU as an organization has a formal policy opposing
the calling of a Constitutional Convention.
Jefferson warned of “lethargy, the forerunner of death to
the public liberty,” and thought it was healthy that rulers be
“warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance.”
As frightening a prospect as a convention gathered to monkey around with the Constitution may be, it does reflect the
feisty “Spirit of Liberty” that such calls represent.
But that Spirit of Liberty may be best suited to rein in the
national security state through efforts in Congress and our
courts, not a Constitutional Convention.

Contest to Design Mascot for Palmdale
City Library’s Manga Club Underway
PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library is hosting a contest to design a mascot for its “Manga Club” for teens ages
13 to 17.
“Simply draw your idea on an entry form and turn it in to
the Library before Feb. 21,” said Library Director Thomas
Vose. “Our staff will vote on their favorite designs, which
will be featured on our future flyers and posters for our Manga Club, and the designs will be displayed in our Teen area.”
The winning designers will receive a $15 Barnes & Noble
gift card.
Entries may be any manga/anime art style, but use of copyrighted characters is prohibited. Entry forms are available at
the Library, or they may be downloaded from the Facebook
page Palmdale City Library.
For more info: 661.267.5600 or cityofpalmdale.org/library.

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was ended was one Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
solicitation for proposals.
In fact, a government-run national license plate tracking
program already exists, housed within the DEA. (That’s in
addition to the corporate license plate tracking database run
by Vigilant Solutions, holding billions of records about our
movements.)
Since its inception in 2008, the DEA has provided limited
information to the public on the program’s goals, capabilities
and policies. Information has trickled out over the years, in
testimony here or there. But far too little is still known about
this program.
In 2012, the ACLU filed public records requests in 38 states
and Washington, D.C. seeking information about the use of
automatic license plate readers. Our July 2013 report, You Are
Being Tracked, summarized our findings with regard to state
and local law enforcement agencies, finding that the technology was being rapidly adopted, all too often with little attention paid to the privacy risks of this powerful technology.
But in addition to filing public records requests with state
agencies, the ACLU also filed FOIA requests with federal
agencies, including the DEA.
The new DEA records that we received are heavily redacted
and incomplete, but they provide the most complete documentation of the DEA’s database to date. For example, the
DEA has previously testified that its license plate reader program began at the southwest border crossings, and that the
agency planned to gradually increase its reach; we now know
more about to where it has grown.
The DEA had previously suggested that “other sources”
would be able to feed data into the database; we now know
about some of the types of agencies collaborating with the
DEA.
The documents uncovered by our FOIA request provide
additional details, but their usefulness is limited by the DEA’s
decision to provide only documents that are undated or years
old. If the DEA’s collection of location information is as extensive as the agency has suggested in its limited comments

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to legislatures, the public deserves a more complete and comprehensive explanation than the smattering of records we
have obtained can provide.
These records do, however, offer documentation that this
program is a major DEA initiative that has the potential to
track our movements around the country. With its jurisdiction and its finances, the federal government is uniquely positioned to create a centralized repository of all drivers’ movements across the country — and the DEA seems to be moving
toward doing just that.
If license plate readers continue to proliferate without restriction and the DEA holds license plate reader data for extended
periods of time, the agency will soon possess a detailed and
invasive depiction of our lives (particularly if combined with
other data about individuals collected by the government,
such as the DEA’s recently revealed bulk phone records program, or cell phone information gleaned from U.S. Marshals
Service’s cell site simulator-equipped aircraft ).
Data-mining the information, an unproven law enforcement
technique that the DEA has begun to use here, only exacerbates these concerns, potentially tagging people as criminals
without due process.
The National License Plate Recognition Initiative includes
a massive database containing data from both DEA-owned
automatic license plate readers and other readers.
Among the findings from the FOIA documents: At the time
of an undated slideshow, the DEA had deployed at least 100
license plate readers across the United States (eight states are
identified: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida,
Georgia, Nevada, and New Jersey).
A 2010 document also explains that the DEA had by then
set up 41 plate reader monitoring stations throughout Texas,
New Mexico, and California.
The DEA is also inviting federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies around the country to contribute location
information to the database. For example, the documents
show that local and regional law enforcement systems in
Southern California’s San Diego and Imperial Counties and
New Jersey all provide data to the DEA.
The program was “officially opened” to these partners in
May 2009. Other agencies are surely partnering with the
DEA to share information, but these agreements are still secret, leaving the public unable to know who has their location
information and how it is being used.
Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is one of the federal agencies that has shared information with the DEA. An undated
Memorandum of Understanding explains that the agencies
will, “at regular intervals,” provide each other license plate
reader data.
It also authorizes the two agencies to further share each other’s data with other federal, state, and local law enforcement
and prosecutors as well as to “intelligence, operations, and
fusion centers.”
This is a lot of location points. CBP collects “nearly 100
percent of land border traffic,” which amounts to over 793.5
million license plates between May 2009 and May 2013, according to CBP’s response to our FOIA request.
Additionally, any federal, state, or local law enforcement
agent vetted by the DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center can
conduct queries of the database, located in Merrifield, Va.
The same undated slideshow suggests that there were over
343 million records in the database at the date of the slide’s
publication (due to redactions, it is impossible to confirm that
date from this document).
The un-redacted parts of the documents and news reports
suggest that the DEA recently changed its retention policy
to six months for non-hit data. While this is an improvement
from previous statements of DEA retention policy, it is still
far too long.
The government should not collect or retain information
revealing the movements of millions of people accused of no
crime. But even that long retention period is only meaningful
if it comes with strict rules limiting data use, sharing, and
access. Like its retention policy, the DEA should make these
policies public.
The DEA says that the National License Plate Recognition
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with Silverstein’s earlier appearance on an episode of “History’s Business” that ran in September 2002. “We did acquire a
ther late 2003 or early 2004 on The History Channel’s Sunday tape of that episode,” the engineer relates, “and in it nothing
morning program, “History’s Business.” (In 2008, History was said about the new Freedom Tower design or about WTC
7’s fall.”
dropped the words “The” and “Channel” from its name.)
Another distinguishing mark of the late 2003 or early 2004
Unlike other History series, “History’s Business” episodes
are not available to the public for purchase, nor can a com- episode is that a guest host, whose name the engineer didn’t
retain, was filling in for regular host Sander Vanocur.
plete listing of its past episodes be found on the Internet.
Meanwhile, in the fall of 2006, just a few months after the
In the interview we’re searching for, Silverstein, whose
Silverstein Properties owns WTC 7, was asked by the show’s engineer ran across Steven Jones’ paper, he discovered that a
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guest host, “What happened to 7?”
Silverstein’s unforgettable reply: “Building 7 was a con- had been founded earlier that year by architect Richard Gage.
The engineer was instantly drawn to the AE911Truth goal
trolled demolition for safety reasons,” according to an engiof documenting the forensic evidence and the video and eyeneer who was watching the program that morning.
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why Building 7 had completely collapsed so quickly and so demonstrate that the government’s account of 9/11 was baseless.
symmetrically.”
Shortly afterward, he signed
For that reason, Silverstein’s
the
AE911Truth petition that
answer is still emblazoned in
calls for a new, independent,
his memory.
unbiased investigation of how
“I distinctly remember two
the three New York City skythings about the TV program,”
scrapers were destroyed on
the engineer notes. “One was
that tragic day.
that it showed the new FreeIts signatories are degreed
dom Tower design. It was the
and/or
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oughly vetted) professional
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Fast forward to the present.
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ing closely with AE911Truth
date of the show was either
in its pursuit of legal actions
late 2003 or early 2004. The
against NIST, including its
other part that sticks in my
proposed filing of a Freedom
mind is Larry Silverstein’s reof Information Act lawsuit to
sponse to the host’s question,
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‘What happened to 7?’”
Two years later, the engineer happened upon a paper on the government agency’s WTC investigations.
Obviously, finding Silverstein’s confession — made a
Internet that was written by physics professor Steven Jones,
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In it, Jones disputed the official finding of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that fires brought
down the three buildings and made the case that controlled
demolition had to have been the cause of the three collapses.
The engineer was so impressed with Jones’ thesis that his
interest in how the Twin Towers and Building 7 had actually
been leveled was rekindled.
The Silverstein interview, which the engineer had put in
the back of his mind, immediately moved to the front. “At
that point,” he explains, “I called The History Channel to try
to get a copy of the show I’d seen. I was told that the series
wasn’t available to the public.”
Not one to give up easily, the engineer asked colleagues if
they had heard of or seen the show. None had, but several
made inquiries at The History Channel. They, too, came up
empty-handed.
“One of them,” the engineer recounts, “reached a producer of the show and the next thing he knew, an attorney was
emailing him with a warning to cease and desist unless he had
a subpoena!
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in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence
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of a cartel, sure. Look at the level
of violence they’ve done to society.
You can either be in the Ron Paul
tradition and say there’s nothing
wrong with heroin and cocaine or
you can be in the tradition that says,
‘These kind of addictive drugs are
terrible, they deprive you of full
citizenship and they lead you to a
dependency which is antithetical to
being an American. If you’re serious about the latter view, then we
need to think through a strategy that
makes it radically less likely that
we’re going to have drugs in this
country. Places like Singapore have
been the most successful at doing
that. They’ve been very draconian.
And they have communicated with
great intention that they intend to
stop drugs from coming into their
country.”
Drug warriors are despicable creatures.
Although most conservative drug

warriors don’t go as far as Gingrich
and advocate the death penalty for
drug traffickers, they are still despicable creatures because they want
to lock-up drug users in cages.
I’m not just talking about lawmakers, judges, prosecutors, and
police. I am also talking about common, ordinary Americans who feel
the same way.
For the past 18 years, David Padilla has lived inside a medium-security prison in Fairmont, New Jersey.
His crime? Possessing a substance
the government didn’t approve of.
A year after his arrest in November of 1996, a judge found him
guilty of conspiracy and possession
with intent to distribute cocaine.
He was arrested after he and his
codefendants were apprehended
moving drugs out of a Philadelphia
hotel in a suitcase.
State police later found two handguns in a trapdoor in their borrowed
van.
Because Padilla had two previous

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drug charges, the prosecutor—a despicable creature if there ever was
one—asked the court to weigh the
priors, and the judge sentenced him
to life in prison.
Padilla, who is now 47, has a wife,
children, and - now - grandchildren.

This is the essence of
the drug war: locking
up men and women in
cages who consume,
possess,
manufacture, buy, sell, smoke,
distribute, transport,
cultivate, give away,
or “traffic in” a substance the government
doesn’t approve of.
“There is no doubt in my mind that I
feel I should have been punished. No
doubt about it. But I don’t agree that
I should die in prison,” said Padilla.
No, David, not only should you
not have to spend the rest of your
life in prison, you should not have
been punished at all.
You should have sought treatment,
got help from your family, got some
new friends, exercised self-control,
been more careful, considered your
wife and kids, turned to religion, or
found a real job.
But regardless of what you chose
to do, you should never have been
locked in a cage.
Stephanie George, who was likewise serving life in prison for possessing a substance the government
didn’t approve of, was released
from prison about a year ago after
being locked up for 17 years before
President Obama commuted her
sentence.
Police found (don’t they have anything better to do?) half a kilo of
cocaine (about 1 pound) and more
than $10,000 in George’s attic.
Because she already had two
small-time prior drug offenses,
she was sentenced to life in prison
thanks to federal mandatory sentencing laws.
George was 26 and a mother with
three young children when she was
locked in her cage.
While she was in prison, her
grandparents died, her father died,
and her youngest son died.
Like David, Stephanie should have
sought treatment, got help from her
family, got some new friends, exercised self-control, been more careful, considered her kids, turned to
religion, or found a real job.
But the fact that she didn’t do any
of these things and made bad decisions still doesn’t mean that she
should be locked in a cage.
Drug warriors are despicable creatures. All of them.
From the congressmen and State
legislators who make the drug laws
to federal and State DEA agents
who work for agencies that should
not even exist to prosecutors and
judges trying to score political
points for being “tough on crime”
to local police who take a break
from issuing tickets to bust people
for drugs to the armchair drug warriors who sit and drink alcohol at
counters in bars and in recliners in
their living rooms while calling for
those who get smashed from other
substances to be locked in cages.
This is the essence of the drug
war: locking up men and women in
cages who consume, possess, manufacture, buy, sell, smoke, distribute, transport, cultivate, give away,
or “traffic in” a substance the government doesn’t approve of.
Drug warriors—whether they advocate the death penalty for drug
crimes or just locking up people in
cages who sell drugs to make money or just want to get high—are despicable creatures.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the Right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial
jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been
previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be
confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his
favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

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this Bank of the United States,
with all its branch banks, be in
time of war? It might dictate to us
the peace we should accept, or
withdraw its aids. Ought we then
to give further growth to an institution so powerful, so hostile?...
Now, while we are strong, it is the
greatest debt we owe to the safety of our Constitution, to bring its
powerful enemy to a perfect subordination under its authorities.”
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Hallelujah! Republicans now have complete control of the
legislative branch of government.
Now, they can pass any bill they want in the House of Representatives, and don’t have to deal with those obstructionist
Democrats in the Senate. Joy! Joy!
At long last the American people will see what Republicans
are really made of.
The United States of America will now reflect the values
and ideals of the Republican Party. May God have Mercy on
us all.
The very first piece of legislation passed in the House of
Representatives was a bill which, ultimately, would lead to
cuts in Social Security disability payments. It is about time.
As one Republican Congressman stated, “They’re not really disabled.” This is, indeed, a new vision for America.
They will shun the lame, the blind, the mentally ill, and the
weakest among us, who will just have to learn to live with
less.
What I don’t understand is why this bill didn’t make it
through the Senate. There are apparently some of those “compassionate conservatives,” read wimps, in the Senate.
They must think it is acceptable for someone who is physically devastated by disease to lay around feeling sorry for
themselves when they could be out flipping burgers at Mc
Donald’s.
Thwarted in their attempts to bring misery to those “lesser”
human beings, the House decided they could most assuredly
help their wealthy friends.
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they will go belly-up, congress can bail-them-out, again.
It doesn’t matter if they plunge the country into yet another
recession.
The wealthy and giant corporations didn’t suffer during the
last recession. In many cases dividend checks actually went
up.
For those of you middle-class folks who might be reading
this, dividend checks come in the mail.
This is the money you “earn” because once upon a time,
you, or your father, or your grandfather, bought stock in a
business like Standard Oil.
If you or your ancestors gambled well, as long as congress
continues to give big business everything it wants, you never
have to work a day in your life.
The U.S. Postal Service will bring you money. Just because
it is money you never worked for, don’t dare call it welfare.
Since the Republican Party leadership is made up of dividend babies, the less they regulate Wall Street, the banking
industry, and big business, the bigger the dividend checks.
So the House of Representatives voted to do away with
regulations.
Wait a cotton pickin’ minute. This bill didn’t make it through
the Senate either. But Republicans control the Senate!
But what about the Republican vision for America? What
about the Koch brothers?
What about replacing the stars on the American flag with a
dollar sign?
Why is the Senate hampering the Republican vision for this
great nation of ours?
The base, those who actually put the Republicans in office,
expect Congress to do something to help the middle class.
The new Republican majority in Congress claims it has
done much for average Americans, yet the only major bill
that has passed both the House and the Senate is the Keystone
Pipeline. Yeah!
A Canadian Oil Company will build a pipeline from the
Canadian border to New Orleans.
Through this pipeline they will pump Canadian oil to Canadian ships to be sold to whomever the Canadians want to
sell it to.
But with the help of Fox News Channel, the Republican
Party has convinced enough voters that this is a “jobs” bill.
Correct.
When completed, the pipeline will provide American workers with the sum total of 35 permanent jobs. Yipee-skippy!
Given the extreme environmental dangers inherent in the
pipeline, and since it brings no money, no oil, and no jobs to
America, why is it so important to Republicans, other than
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The Antelope Valley Political Observer

This Month in American History

ARTS/CULTURE
08 FEBRUARY 1735: In Charleston, South Carolina, the first opera in the American Colonies is produced. Presented at the Courtroom, the opera is Flora; or, The Hob in the Well, by
Colley Cibber.
15 FEBRUARY 1848: Benjamin Baker writes a play, A Glance at New York, which starts a
vogue for plays that portray city life. His central character, Mose the Foreman, will appear
later as Mose in Philadelphia.
02 FEBRUARY 1900: Six cities –Boston, Detroit, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Chicago, and St.
Louis, agree to form baseball’s American League.
18 FEBRUARY 1903: Illinois legislator David Underwood tries to ban football in his State.
01 FEBRUARY 1904: Tenor Enrico Caruso makes his first recording in America, signing
La donna e mobile from Rigoletto. The ten-inch Victor Company disc will bring his voice
into thousands of homes, thus ending the exclusive pleasure New York Metropolitan Opera
patrons have known the last two months.
25 FEBRUARY 1907: President Teddy Roosevelt advises Harvard students not to abolish football.
03 FEBRUARY 1912: New U.S. football rules set: field shortened from 110 to 100 yards;
touchdown to count six points instead of five; four downs allowed instead of three; and kickoff moved from midfield to 40-yard line.
03 FEBRUARY 1918: New York Times begins home delivery.
13 FEBRUARY 1924: Boston retailers announce new slogan, “Dress well and you will succeed.”
09 FEBRUARY 1926: Botanical Gardens reports autos are driving bids out of New York City.
26 FEBRUARY 1930: New York City is installing traffic lights. This decision follows complaints from drivers who say pedestrians stray into the path of vehicles. New York studied
traffic plans in other cities and rejected the common use of amber lights. Amber, or yellow
lights, mean to slow autos for the complete stop signaled by red and the New York board rules
them ineffective. Traffic lights were developed in 1923 by Garrett A. Morgan, a Black businessman, who also invented the gas mask.
CONSTITUTION & AMENDMENTS
06 FEBRUARY 1788: The Massachusetts Convention votes to Ratify the Constitution. The
strong Anti-Federalist forces, led by Samuel Adams and John Hancock, are persuaded to support the document after the Federalists effect a compromise by proposing Amendments to the
Constitution granting Civil Liberties. The Massachusetts Convention supports Ratification
unconditionally, 187-168, and to recommend nine Amendments; the most important of which
grants to the States those powers not reserved for the federal government.
11 FEBRUARY 1801: The ballots are counted for the presidential election of 1800, revealing
a Jefferson-Burr tie. The tie constitutionally tosses the decision into the House of Representatives. On 17 February, following an all-night session of 36 ballots and a deadlock, the House
chooses Thomas Jefferson as president. The difficulties in selecting the president result in the
12th Amendment in 1804.
06 FEBRUARY 1933: The 20th Amendment is adopted ending the terms of President and
Vice-President at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the third day of January.
26 FEBRUARY 1951: The 22nd Amendment becomes law as Nevada is the 36th State to
ratify. “No person shall be elected to the office of president more than twice.”
02 FEBRUARY 1960: The Senate approves 70-18 the 24th Amendment to the Constitution,
which would ban a poll tax requirement for voting in federal elections.
IDEAS/BELIEFS
05 FEBRUARY 1631: Clergyman Roger Williams arrives in New England. He will serve in
the Salem and Plymouth churches and advocate separation of Church and State.
26 FEBRUARY 1732: In Philadelphia, the first and only Catholic Church in the Colonies in
the era before the American Revolution celebrates its first Mass. In other Colonies, such as
Maryland, Catholics are forced to practice church rituals in private houses.
28 FEBRUARY 1854: At Ripon, Wisconsin, Anti-Slavery opponents of the Kansas-Nebraska
Bill meet and recommend forming a new political party, the Republican Party. In the months
that follow, other meetings in various Northern States join in the formation of the new party.
22 FEBRUARY 1856: The Know-Nothing Party (now known as the American Party) holds
its annual conference in Philadelphia. The party stays with a strict nativist platform, and they
attack the emerging “Black Republicans” as a threat to the Union.
15 FEBRUARY 1879: By an Act of Congress women lawyers are no longer denied their
Right to practice before the Supreme Court is recognized.
18 FEBRUARY 1890: The American and the National Women’s Suffrage groups consolidate
into the National American Women’s Suffrage Association. In most States women have been
given “partial suffrage,” – that is, Freedom to vote in State, municipal, school and other local
elections. They now hold office in many States, but are completely blocked in the national
sphere.
20 FEBRUARY 1934: The Utopian Society incorporates in Los Angeles and will soon begin
using chain-mail to tell U.S. that profit is root of all evil.
20 FEBRUARY 1952: Secretary of State Dean Acheson reminds NATO members of the defensive, rather than offensive, nature of the alliance and rejects the idea of preventive war.
24 FEBRUARY 1977: The Carter Administration announces that foreign aid will be reduced
to countries guilty of Human Rights violations.
NATIVE AMERICAN GENOCIDE
20 FEBRUARY 1521: Ponce de Leon, having received a patent from the Spanish crown to
invade what Europeans refer to as Florida, sets sail from Puerto Rico with 200 men. In combat
with Natives defending their land, Ponce de Leon is wounded and returns to Cuba, where he
dies.
16 FEBRUARY 1760: Native American hostages held in Fort Prince George by South Carolina Governor Lyttleton are slain in retaliation for the renewed raids of the Cherokees, thus
breaking the Peace Treaty of December 1759.
FEBRUARY 1794: In Quebec, the British governor of Lower Canada, Sir Guy Carleton,
guarantees a delegation of Natives the return of their lands in the Northwest Territory in Ohio
if they promise to help Britain in a war with the U.S.
FEBRUARY 1825: On John C. Calhoun’s advice, lame-duck President James Monroe institutes a federal policy of transferring Native Americans on the lands east of the Mississippi
River to Territories in the American West.
12 FEBRUARY 1825: In Georgia, Creek Chief William McIntosh signs the Treaty of Indian
Springs, ceding all Creek lands in the State to the U.S., and agreeing to vacate the State by
September 1, 1826. Other Creek repudiate the pact, calling McIntosh a traitor and killing him.
17 FEBRUARY 1827: Georgia Governor George M. Troup calls up the State Militia to oppose
federal troops who have been dispatched to western Georgia to bar the premature surveying of
Creek lands which were ceded in the January 1826 Treaty of Washington, but whose transfer
has not yet officially taken place.
21 FEBRUARY 1828: In Oklahoma, Native American linguist Sequoyah and Elias Boudinot found the Cherokee Phoenix, the first American newspaper to be published in a Native
language. Sequoyah had invented an 86-symbol written version of the Cherokee language in
1821, thus allowing thousands of Cherokees to learn to read and write in their own tongue.
12 FEBRUARY 1880: On two million acres of Native American Territory, ceded to them by
Treaty, cattle ranchers begin to fence in prime land while covetous outsiders begin to press
for opening of the forbidden Territory west of the Mississippi River. President Hayes issues
a warning against settlers, ordering them to refrain from inciting Natives by usurping their
lands. It is only a staying gesture because the land will be turned over to settlers in 1889.
08 FEBRUARY 1887: The Dawes Severalty Act is passed by Congress. It provides for 160
acres to be given individually to each Native American family. The land is to be held in trust
by the federal government to prevent sale for a minimum of 25 years. The Act is well intentioned, hoping to help Native Americans adjust to the New World. Natives are often tricked

or fooled into sale of their land. This Act is to correct such abuses.
17 FEBRUARY 1909: Geronimo, leader of Chiricahua Apaches, dies this day at age 80. Escaping four times before settling down to be a rancher, before he dies he says, “I was living
peacefully with my family…perfectly contented. Now, there are very few of us left.”
27 FEBRUARY 1973: Close to 300 members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) take
over Wounded Knee, South Dakota – the site of a massacre of Native Americans by federal
soldiers in 1890.
REVOLUTION
FEBRUARY 1769: The English Parliament urges the bringing to trial the inciters of Rebellion
in the American Colonies.
08 FEBRUARY 1770: The leader of the New York Sons of Liberty, Alexander McDougall,
is arrested for his authorship of a Broadside criticizing the New York Assembly, titled, To the
Betrayed Inhabitants of the City and Colony of New York. The Broadside was issued on December 1769. Refusing to post bond, McDougall remains in prison until April 29 of this year,
when he pleads “Not Guilty” and is released on bail.
09 FEBRUARY 1775: Parliament declares the Colony of Massachusetts to be in a state of
Rebellion.
06 FEBRUARY 1778: In Paris, French and Colonial agents negotiate and sign two Treaties –
one of Alliance, and one of Amity and Commerce.
23 FEBRUARY 1778: Prussian Baron von Stuben arrives to join the Continental Army at
Valley Forge where he is of inestimable assistance in the training and drilling of Washington’s
soldiers.
27 FEBRUARY 1782: In England, the House of Commons votes against waging any further
war in America and in March, Parliament enacts legislation empowering the English crown
to negotiate Peace with the U.S.
03 FEBRUARY 1783: Spain recognizes the Independence of the U.S. Sweden and Denmark
will follow before the end of the month and Russia will recognize America’s Independence in
July. Great Britain officially declares an end to hostilities the next day.
SLAVERY
27 FEBRUARY 1788: The Massachusetts legislature receives a Petition from Liberated
Blacks instigated by a notorious Boston incident in which Free Blacks were violently seized
and transported to the West Indian island of Martinique. After consideration of this protest,
the Massachusetts Assembly enacts a forceful Bill to declare the slave trade illegal and to
provide for monetary damages for any victims of such kidnappings.
11 FEBRUARY 1790: The Society of Friends presents to Congress the first Petition calling
for the Abolition of slavery.
12 FEBRUARY 1793: Congress enacts a Fugitive Slave Act, mandating the right of a
“slave-owner” to recover a runaway slave. This Bill implements Article IV, Section 2 of the
Constitution by establishing the mechanism for the recovery of fugitive slaves.
15 FEBRUARY 1804: New Jersey passes legislation calling for the gradual Emancipation of
the slaves within the State.
06 FEBRUARY 1820: The ship Mayflower of Liberia sets sail for Sierra Leone from New
York. Traveling aboard are 86 Free Blacks who have decided to emigrate to the West African
British colony which has openly received Free Blacks and fugitive slaves for the past 30 years.
17 FEBRUARY 1820: The Senate passes the Missouri Compromise measure. Illinois Senator
Jesse B. Thomas has proposed a compromise Amendment to the proposal to combine the
admission of Maine as a Free State, with the admission of Missouri as a Slave State, thus
maintaining the balance between Free and Slave States in the Union.
15 FEBRUARY 1838: In defiance of a new “Gag Rule” adopted on December 19, 1837,
former president and current Representative John Quincy Adams introduces 350 Petitions
against slavery into the House. The Petitions are all ‘Laid on the Table.’
03 FEBRUARY 1845: The House of Representatives passes a Bill that would set up a government for Oregon. The Senate refuses to consider the Bill because it would prohibit slavery.
15 FEBRUARY 1850: A mob of blacks, angry over the new Fugitive Slave Law, rescue
Shadrach, an accused fugitive, from a Boston Jail. On February 18 President Fillmore insists
that the law must be followed by both officials and citizens. Many Northerners are angry
about this law that requires only an affidavit from a claimant to prove ownership. It allows
great power to commissioners authorized to arrest fugitives for pay, but the accused fugitives
themselves cannot have a trial by Jury and cannot speak in their own behalf. Marshals who
fail to hold slaves can be sued, and citizens who conceal or rescue fugitives are subject to
harsh fines and imprisonment. Yet resistance to the law is strong and Southern slave-holders
traveling in Free States to find runaways could be mobbed or jailed for kidnapping. Other
rescues to gain national attention this year include that of Rachel Parker in Baltimore, Thomas
Simms in Boston, Jerry in Syracuse, and Christiana in Pennsylvania.
25 FEBRUARY 1913: The 16th Amendment - Income Tax - is adopted.
WAR ON DRUGS
13 FEBRUARY 1826: In Boston, the American Society for the Promotion of Temperance is
founded by an all-male group of clergymen and laymen. The first society opposing the consumption of alcoholic beverages had been founded in 1808 in New York’s Saratoga County.
22 FEBRUARY 1872: The Prohibition Party convenes to begin its campaign for country-wide
attention.
19 FEBRUARY 1881: Kansas is the first State to prohibit the sale of liquor.
22 FEBRUARY 1881: President Hayes, whose wife is nicknames Lemonade Lucy because
she serves no alcohol in the White House, decrees that no alcoholic beverages are to be sold
at military posts.
15 FEBRUARY 1901: Hatchet in hand, Mrs. Carrie Nation spends a busy day today thrashing
vice in Topeka, Kansas, in her continued Crusade against the evils of alcohol. Vowing never
to rest until all saloons are closed, she and her army of 500 men and women lay siege to the
town joints, leaving in their wake a flotsam of splintered kegs and fractured glass. First to fall
is Murphy’s place, where Mrs. Nation hurls her hatched through a window. After breaching
the door, the group vents their wrath on beer kegs, bottles and mirrors, humbling in a manner
of minutes the once-proud saloon. Between brief bouts in jail, Mrs. Nation addresses a mass
meeting. “Women,” she implored, “We must be about the work of the Lord. There are some
hell-holes here which have not been closed-up in spite of promises to the contrary.”
FEBRUARY 1909: Prohibition spreads rapidly this year as saloons across the U.S. continue
closing their doors to the public. With women in the forefront of the Prohibition movement,
many States have outlawed all sales of booze, while many others have adopted local option
plans on a county-wide basis. In New York State, 315 Townships have banned saloons. Tennessee has passed a law making it a misdemeanor to manufacture or sell liquor. Of Ohio’s 66
counties, 57 have voted saloons out of business. Anti-Prohibition forces are not idle, bombarding Americans with pamphlets challenging claims of Dry leaders. Liquor interests also issue
pamphlets detailing what they call the degenerative results of Prohibition – fraud, hypocrisy,
drinking on the sly, and the likely switch of former drinkers to use of cocaine and morphine
– and argue the abolition of the saloon has not wiped-out vice, crime or grafting politicians.
28 FEBRUARY 1913: Senate rejects Taft’s veto of Webb-Kenyon Bill, outlawing transport of
liquor into States which prohibit its sale.
14 FEBRUARY 1929: Fueled by liquor wars as a result of Prohibition, in Chicago, six gangsters are lined up against a garage wall and shot to death by a rival gang. This will become
known as “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.”
24 FEBRUARY 1931: The Supreme Court rules that the procedures followed for adopting the
18th Amendment were Constitutional and thus upholds the Prohibition Amendment.
20 FEBRUARY 1933: Congress votes to submit the 21st Amendment to the States; it will
repeal the 18th Amendment and thus end Prohibition.
03 FEBRUARY 1943: During World War II, the U.S. War Department bans hard liquor from
all U.S. Army establishments.

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will be ENABLED TO RESIST ALL ITS ENEMIES.” “We
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this great and weighty affair, that the union may be brought
to a happy conclusion, being the only EFFECTUAL way to
secure our present and future happiness, and disappoint the
designs of our and your enemies, who will doubtless, on this
occasion, USE THEIR UTMOST ENDEAVORS TO PREVENT OR DELAY THIS UNION.”
It was remarked in the preceding paper, that weakness and
divisions at home would invite dangers from abroad; and that
nothing would tend more to secure us from them than union,
strength, and good government within ourselves. This subject
is copious and cannot easily be exhausted.
The history of Great Britain is the one with which we are
in general the best acquainted, and it gives us many useful
lessons.
We may profit by their experience without paying the price
which it cost them.
Although it seems obvious to common sense that the people
of such an island should be but one nation, yet we find that
they were for ages divided into three, and that those three
were almost constantly embroiled in quarrels and wars with
one another.
Notwithstanding their true interest with respect to the continental nations was really the same, yet by the arts and policy
and practices of those nations, their mutual jealousies were
perpetually kept inflamed, and for a long series of years they
were far more inconvenient and troublesome than they were
useful and assisting to each other.
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or four nations, would not the same thing happen? Would not
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“It has been said the greatest volume of sheer brain power in one place occurred when Jefferson dined alone.”

- JOHN F. KENNEDY

FEBRUARY 2015

Federalist No. 5 ~ The Same Subject Continued: Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence
Continued From Page 11
would soon extinguish confidence and affection, and the partial interests of each confederacy, instead of the general interests of all
America, would be the only objects of their
policy and pursuits.
Hence, like most other BORDERING nations, they would always be either involved
in disputes and war, or live in the constant
apprehension of them.
The most sanguine advocates for three or
four confederacies cannot reasonably suppose that they would long remain exactly on
an equal footing in point of strength, even if
it was possible to form them so at first; but,
admitting that to be practicable, yet what human contrivance can secure the continuance
of such equality?
Independent of those local circumstances
which tend to beget and increase power in
one part and to impede its progress in another, we must advert to the effects of that
superior policy and good management which
would probably distinguish the government
of one above the rest, and by which their relative equality in strength and consideration
would be destroyed.
For it cannot be presumed that the same
degree of sound policy, prudence, and foresight would uniformly be observed by each
of these confederacies for a long succession
of years.
Whenever, and from whatever causes, it
might happen, and happen it would, that any
one of these nations or confederacies should
rise on the scale of political importance much
above the degree of her neighbors, that moment would those neighbors behold her with
envy and with fear.
Both those passions would lead them to
countenance, if not to promote, whatever
might promise to diminish her importance;
and would also restrain them from measures
calculated to advance or even to secure her
prosperity.
Much time would not be necessary to enable
her to discern these unfriendly dispositions.
She would soon begin, not only to lose confidence in her neighbors, but also to feel a disposition equally unfavorable to them.
Distrust naturally creates distrust, and by
nothing is good-will and kind conduct more
speedily changed than by invidious jealousies and uncandid imputations, whether expressed or implied.
The North is generally the region of strength,
and many local circumstances render it probable that the most Northern of the proposed
confederacies would, at a period not very distant, be unquestionably more formidable than

any of the others.
No sooner would this become evident than
the NORTHERN HIVE would excite the
same ideas and sensations in the more southern parts of America which it formerly did in
the southern parts of Europe.
Nor does it appear to be a rash conjecture
that its young swarms might often be tempted
to gather honey in the more blooming fields
and milder air of their luxurious and more
delicate neighbors.
They who well consider the history of
similar divisions and confederacies will
find abundant reason to apprehend that
those in contemplation would in no other sense be neighbors than as they would
be borderers; that they would neither love
nor trust one another, but on the contrary
would be a prey to discord, jealousy, and
mutual injuries; in short, that they would
place us exactly in the situations in which
some nations doubtless wish to see us,
viz., FORMIDABLE ONLY TO EACH
OTHER.
From these considerations it appears that
those gentlemen are greatly mistaken who
suppose that alliances offensive and defensive might be formed between these confederacies, and would produce that combination
and union of wills of arms and of resources,
which would be necessary to put and keep
them in a formidable state of defense against
foreign enemies.
When did the independent states, into which
Britain and Spain were formerly divided,
combine in such alliance, or unite their forces
against a foreign enemy?
The proposed confederacies will be DISTINCT NATIONS. Each of them would have
its commerce with foreigners to regulate by
distinct treaties; and as their productions and
commodities are different and proper for different markets, so would those treaties be essentially different.
Different commercial concerns must create
different interests, and of course different degrees of political attachment to and connection with different foreign nations.
Hence it might and probably would happen that the foreign nation with whom the
SOUTHERN confederacy might be at war
would be the one with whom the NORTHERN confederacy would be the most desirous of preserving peace and friendship.
An alliance so contrary to their immediate
interest would not therefore be easy to form,
nor, if formed, would it be observed and fulfilled with perfect good faith.
Nay, it is far more probable that in America,
as in Europe, neighboring nations, acting under the impulse of opposite interests and un-

friendly passions, would frequently be found
taking different sides.
Considering our distance from Europe, it
would be more natural for these confederacies to apprehend danger from one another than from distant nations, and therefore
that each of them should be more desirous
to guard against the others by the aid of
foreign alliances, than to guard against foreign dangers by alliances between themselves.
And here let us not forget how much more
easy it is to receive foreign fleets into our
ports, and foreign armies into our country,
than it is to persuade or compel them to depart.
How many conquests did the Romans and

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others make in the characters of allies, and
what innovations did they under the same
character introduce into the governments of
those whom they pretended to protect.
Let candid men judge, then, whether the division of America into any given number of
independent sovereignties would tend to secure us against the hostilities and improper
interference of foreign nations.
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ACLU License Plate Readers FOIA Documents Reveal Massive DEA Program to Record American’s Whereabouts
and prosecution of a serious crime? How many license plate
reader hits have not correlated to an alert upon further inInitiative targets roadways that the agency believes are com- vestigation (a “mis-hit”)? From which local, state, and tribal
monly used for contraband transport. But it’s not clear what law enforcement agencies does the DEA receive license plate
this means or what it is based on. Every highway in the United reader data?
Which additional agencies does the DEA partner with? How
States must be regularly used for contraband transport. Is the
DEA using this undefined mandate to target people of color? many people have been approved to conduct queries of the
DEA database? Has the DEA used or attempted to use VigWithout more information from the DEA, we have no idea.
One DEA document references steps needed to ensure the ilant Solution’s National Vehicle Location Service or a simprogram meets its goals, “of which asset forfeiture is prima- ilar privately-run license plate reader database? Does DEA
ry.” Asset forfeiture has been in the news a lot lately, criti- combine information from its own database with records in
cized as a widely abused law enforcement tactic that doesn’t Vigilant’s, creating a mega-database in a public-private suradvance public safety but simply enriches police and federal veillance partnership?
As is the case with most police and federal law enforcement
agencies.
The program also apparently data mines license plate reader spy technologies, license plate tracking programs have flown
data “to identify travel patterns.” The extent of this data min- under the radar of courts and legislators for far too long, siing is unknown. Is the DEA running all of our license plate lently collecting records about ordinary Americans in the
reads through a program to predict our likelihood of com- cover of secrecy.
When programs are secret, we have no way of challenging
mitting a crime? Are we all suspects if we drive on a certain
road? What else does the DEA think it knows about us just them or ensuring they conform with our values and the law.
from the collection and analysis of our locations via license Before accountability comes transparency.
Over the coming weeks, we will continue to release records
plate reader data?
documenting
the federal government’s significant investment
The DEA’s license plate reader programs raise serious civil
liberties concerns, and the agency should be open about what in automatic license plate readers and its unregulated and
it is doing so that those activities can be subject to public largely unseen location tracking programs.
Here are the documents discussed in this piece – available
debate. Among other questions, the agency should answer
these: How many license plate readers does DEA current- at: www.aclu.org: 2010 DEA Email; Undated slideshow; Ocly own and operate? In which states? And, how much did it tober 2011 DEA email; April/May 2010 DEA emails; May
2010 DEA emails?; March 2014 DEA Response to ACLU
spend on these license plate readers?
Which policies govern the use of the license plate readers? FOIA Request, assorted emails; October 2011 DEA emails;
Which policies govern the use of the license plate reader da- January 2014 CBP Response to ACLU FOIA Request
Update to original report: EFF’s Dave Maass alerted us that
tabase? Has the agency done a Privacy Impact Assessment on
he
has found additional documentation of the DEA’s license
these programs?
How many license plate reader hits have resulted in arrest plate reader infrastructure. The document details a proposed
Continued From Page 4

contract to provide maintenance and support for “currently
deployed” license plate readers.
The system that is described includes: 53 fixed cameras,
24 barrel cameras, and 47 license plate reader trailers. These
cameras are distributed in 12 locations in East Texas, 21 location in West Texas and New Mexico, 6 locations in Arizona,
and 6 locations in California.
It is unclear what the status of the contract is. It is also
unclear if this contract would cover all of the cameras in the
region, and whether there are other regions with many cameras. As we point out above, the public should not be forced
to guess the scope and details of this program just based on
clues left around the internet or left un-redacted in FOIA documents.
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