The Feds are Watching You

Prayerful Manny

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Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, May 19, 2014. Our friend, Prayerful Manny, is here with me at the breakfast table. He is a tad agitated, because he has just learned of something the federal government is doing. He wants to tell us about it and it comes with a warning. We are not going to like what he has to say. Please join us for breakfast. We're having German pancakes with applesauce. I am providing the Irish coffees. I think we are going to need them.


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They are Listening

Thank you all for joining me this morning. Let me cut to the quick. The Obama administration is conducting an experiment in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The pilot program is known as the "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace." President Obama has used his all powerful magic pen to jumpstart the program. What it amounts to is forcing all of you to establish an online ID so that the government can track your activities. President Obama must be channeling mainland China, because they already have a version of this scheme in place. To put it simply, the long, intrusive arm of the federal government will now be endangering your privacy, free speech and internet freedom. There is nothing benign about this project. It is as sinister and as dangerous as it sounds. They are beginning the program in a manner that hides its end game. It begins initially by setting its sights on people who want government assistance, such as welfare. The government says that their efforts will improve access to programs such as food stamps and welfare, while reducing fraud at the same time. Keep in mind that this is only the beginning. In the end, all of you will be ensnared in the federal governments web. Michigan and Pennsylvania were awarded grants to participate in the testing. By the time it comes to your state it most assuredly will be mandatory. After all, this is the federal government we are talking about. Programs never get smaller.

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Can They Do This?

What we are talking about here is an unbelievable threat to your privacy. This idea surfaced several years ago. It never took off because there was a great deal of resistance to it. The Obama administration has decided to try it again and "go it alone." Down the road bloggers will have to prove who they before they dare write something like this. This doesn't sound like the nation I grew up in. Free speech would be a thing of the past and trust me when I say that this plan has "legs." Of course, this begs the question, "does the federal government have the authority to do this?" The answer is is a resounding NO. The federal government does not have the Constitutional authority to develop or mandate this program. We have already had plenty of evidence that this administration doesn't concern themselves with such mundane matters, so get ready for a rocky ride.

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They Have Your Number

The long range view of this program is that the identification number assigned to you will be used across the board. The federal government looks to a time when individual passwords will be a thing of the past. Just imagine what a clever hacker can do once he gets your number. Say good-bye to your bank accounts, your e-mails, your health information, your freedom of speech and more, much more.

It's time to let Congress know that you are aware of what is happening and that you want it stopped. President Obama likes to "do his own thing", but he can't continue down this road if Congress cuts off the funding. Michigan and Pennsylvania already received money for their participation. You can't afford to let things slide, because if you do you will have signed over the keys to your personal kingdom.

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The moment I wake up

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mio cid profile image

mio cid 2 years ago from Uruguay

What is the ACLU waiting for?


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning mio cid,

Perhaps they like it!!! See you at the Inn.


taxlarry 2 years ago

Manny, I am not shocked over this. What does shock me is that this bum in the white house can get away with this and the garbage in congress does nothing.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

I am shocked,too. Obama has broken more laws than most people in prison! See you at the Inn.


Pino Krisio 2 years ago

POP: I ditto the responses ftrom Mio Cid and taxlarry. I wonder why PA and MI? The ACLU will some day get to this issue. In the meantime, it will build and build until the ACLU will not be able to stop it. That might be the purpose of not stopping it now. This will be another thing I will not sign up for. I only hope my virtual friends on this hub will send me bail money when I need it. Off to the bar.....


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Pino,

Essentially, the federal government enticed these two states by offering them monetary incentives. It's our money! See you at the Inn. I'll save you a seat.


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Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Manny,

President Obama delights in pushing presidential power beyond the limits of legality and never passes on a chance to do so.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

This has been going on for quite some time now. Amazing to me that more people are not aware, and that more, still, do not seem to care. I was looking at the traffic cameras in an intersection the other day and was thinking of this same topic. Interesting stuff, and scary.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

When is this do nothing Congress going to stop him? It is unbelievable. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning billy,

This trend is beyond scary. In Europe the European Union is mandating that all cars have devices in them that allow them to be tracked at all times. Pretty soon the type of blog I write will be banned. I wish I were kidding. See you at the Inn, billy.


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I went to their website to check them out. It is not surprising how they present this program - the verbiage they use to sweeten and downright mask what they are doing.

"Helping individuals and organizations to utilize secure, efficient, easy-to-use and interoperable identity credentials to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation."

The four Guiding Principles are - Identity solutions will be privacy enhancing and voluntary; Identity solutions will be secure and resilient; Identity solutions will be interoperable; Identity solutions will be cost-effective and easy to use. http://www.nist.gov/nstic/

I would encourage people to contact their elected officials and protest this thing. Also, there is a counter organization to the ACLU, and that is the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice). I have kept apprised of their work not only nationwide, but internationally as well and they are God fearing, pro-constitution, Americans and legal experts. They have been very effective in many ways over the years. Their chief counsel is Jay Sekulow and he's a formidable foe to justice breakers. However, they don't win them all. They do a lot of petition work and have a syndicated (I believe) radio show mon -fri. aclj.org

People are just too passive about these things. "OH, this is terrible," let's go for a coffee," and life goes on. But I believe there is more than meets the eye. Obama has some hold over someone's and somethings we are not aware of. Either that, or

a. Congress and the Senate and the mainstream media are asleep

b. Congress and the Senate and/or mainstream media agree with everything Obummer does.

or

c. Congress and Senate and mainstream media are getting something for keeping quiet.

I had heard rumors of this before but I am glad to now know more. Writing and taking action today.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear lambservant,

Thanks so much for this brilliant commentary. Your information is most appreciated. This is a very dangerous move on the part of this administration. We have to do everything possible to stop it in its tracks. If not, we have forfeited our freedom. I look forward to seeing you at the Inn. Thanks again.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Dang, Costa Rica is looking better every day.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning , Mike,

I have already started packing!


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mio cid 2 years ago from Uruguay

what Inn?


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning mio cid,

The Inn is virtual. It exists only in our minds, but it's a place where good friends gather. Oh, by the way, we all have common sense. The idea just caught on and we all refer to it. Somehow it's fun and comforting at the same time. I'll save you a seat!


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mio cid 2 years ago from Uruguay

please do,make sure it's on the left side though.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Absolutely!!!


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The Frog Prince 2 years ago from Arlington, TX

Great thoughts here. Just got back from a mountain vacation. Were they listening to me have fun?

TFP


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Frog Prince,

Welcome back! Yes, they were listening.... See you at the Inn.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Ive heard and read a lot about what is happening in the USA. In South Africa I think our government is to busy plundering our country in every way they can, so spying on us is probably not on their agenda.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Nadine,

I can only suppose there is no safe haven anywhere on earth. Thank you so much for coming to the breakfast table.


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WriterJanis 2 years ago from California

It's really sad that we can't trust our government.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Janis,

I agree. This isn''t the America I grew up in. Thanks so much for coming to the breakfast table.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

Programs tracking our online activities....I figured that was already being done. Now I guess they are just admitting it. In reading the comments, I see the words trust and government together and remind all that they are oxymorons, just like "bank and trust company." I have a whole list of them but they are in the top 100. lol

Trust in government went out the window with Watergate, actually it went out before that - Vietnam from 196o to 1975. Watergate just sealed the deal. Provocative hub.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Rachael,

There actually was a time when I did have faith in our government. Now my trust is gone and my faith is history. What's happening now is unprecedented. We need to put someone n the White House who has talent, integrity and a love for America. If Hillary gets elected, we are doomed. See you at the Inn.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

There really isn't any privacy for people any longer. We are all open and vulnerable to being invaded. What is scary is that any one of us can be accused and put away forever on false charges. I believe we are on our own.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning teaches,

I feel the exact same way. Not only is the government invading our privacy, but the hackers are too! See you at the Inn. I believe it is still safe there.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

Quite honestly I think the feds are watching us a lot more than we think they are. Besides, with the internet etc....there really is no privacy anymore.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Glimmer Twin Fan,

You're right of course and frankly, any expectation of privacy is unrealistic. There are cameras everywhere I go and that is just the tip of the iceberg. See you at the Inn. I'll save you a seat.


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weezyschannel 2 years ago from Central USA

Face it, privacy is a thing of the past and we will never get it back. BUT, I do agree they need to do something, just a little more tactfully. Since 911, there was a report I read somewhere, (don't ask me where) that there have been 150 attempted attacks on the U.S. either here or abroad. That my friends, is our world today and it's unfortunate.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning weezychannel,

I agree, privacy is a thing of the past, but monitoring potential threats to our national security is an entirely different thing from monitoring what Americans are saying on blogs or other social media. We have really gotten away from the vision of America that the Founding Fathers crafted. See you at the Inn.


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weezyschannel 2 years ago from Central USA

OH yes...I am not disagreeing one bit..it's ludacris to us who are just doing everyday life. I think they passed a law about listening to phone conversations. If they heard some of mine, it would change their mine for sure! lol


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear weezychannel,

If things keep moving in this direction, this blog will be blocked!


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weezyschannel 2 years ago from Central USA

You are probably correct! I love reading your articles by the way..very interesting!


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Terrorism is on the increase. Despite what we were told by Obama, they are not on the run.

We just can't have it both ways anymore when it comes to privacy. There have been quite a number of terrorist attacks stopped before they occurred by this data gathering effort.

Bottom line is if you are not doing anything illegal why do you even care? Would you rather have to fear getting blown up by a bomb every time you visit a marketplace?

Times have changed and the world has changed. It will never again be the safe place we loved to live with total privacy. There are those who would love to kill every American they see. They are the one's who have cost us our privacy.

I don't like it either, but reality wins every time. The day may even come when all the anti-gun crowd will wish they had a means of protecting themselves. Our borders are not secure and we now have millions of people living in the country law enforcement can't even find.

I doubt many will agree with this comment but think about it awhile and you may change your minds.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear weezychannel,

Thanks so much and I appreciate your presence at the breakfast table.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Der Mike,

I understand what you are saying and I agree. Having said that, the problem with government is that they never know how to stop crossing a line. Monitoring the e-mails of ordinary citizens and getting the IRS to harass them because they don''t support the administration is abuse of power.


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weezyschannel 2 years ago from Central USA

Bad part is -- who's worse? Google or government??


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Patti - I believe the saying "Give them an inch and they'll take a mile" was invented to describe government.

The question now is just exactly who is an ordinary citizen these days? We have so many people living in this country illegally these days we must face the fact we don't know who all of them are. Worse yet, we don't even know where they are living. Not all of them are persons from Mexico looking for a job.

Our borders might as well not even be there anymore. Mixed in with the illegals from Mexico and Central America are some very bad people who hate this country.

Like with law enforcement, there is a line they should not cross while doing their jobs of protecting innocent citizens. But where do we draw this line for those agencies charged with protecting us from terrorists?

Let one car bomb kill and maime a few hundred people and they will be accused of not doing their job. It is a no-win situation any way you look at it.

I want my old USA back again but I won't get it.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear weezyschannel,

Government hands down!


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mike,

There has to be a better way. Perhaps we should confer with the Israelis who seem to know how to zero in on a problem. I want my old USA back, too, but I feat it's gone forever. Opening the borders and not enforcing laws already on the books sealed the deal. To the Inn!


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Patti, what we have now with the data collection is something like this:

You have a huge garden just full of lucious fruit and veggies that you share with your neighbors. Then someone starts sneaking into your garden every night and stealing all the things that are ripe.

In frustration, you surround the garden with motion detector flood lights and the stealing stops.

Problem solved?

Nope, your neighbors then start complaining about the light shining in their windows when the theif shows up to steal the produce.

You try to explain that without the lights there will be no more veggies for them. They don't care because your lights are invading their privacy.

I don't say anything on the phone or in an email I would not say in public. Therefore I don't care if they listen to every one of my phone calls or read all of my email. It is truly a damned if they do and damned if they don't situation.

I want my old world back where "terrorist" was just a word in the dictionary.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mike,

I worry that blogs like mine and discussions we have will come under the government's scrutiny. That's not America.

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