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Here's what happens when someone wants to use your "public" info to intimidate you. (Updated)

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It's unnecessary to review all the diaries on the subject of the NSA, the recent postal service info and so on.  You've either read them or you haven't.  If you have, perhaps you've taken a position on whether or not this is all a bunch of hysterical people with their hair on fire over nothing, or it's a window into uncontrolled surveillance of peoples private lives that violates our rights and need for privacy in our lives.  

Let me point you to how the GOP in North Carolina is using people's data to intimidate possibly with government assistance.  

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If you've been following current events in North Carolina you know the recently empowered GOP legislature (and GOP governor) have been on a roll to slash and burn healthcare, unemployment benefits, taxes on the wealthy and corporations, and more.  Yesterday they attached, and passed in the Senate, a very restrictive abortion clause to a bill about "Sharia Law." (This particularly odious action was cleverly designed to hopefully pass below the horizon of public view and opinion, but did not...although the protestors were told to be quiet because the only voices that mattered were those of the Senators.)

In response, thousands of North Carolinians have gone to the capital building to peacefully protest.  Hundreds have been arrested...booked, finger-printed...mug shots...the whole banana.  These are the Moral Monday protestors we're talking about...good citizens from all walks of life.

Lo and behold, the Civitas Institute..a right-wing "think tank" and public policy influence organization founded and financed by Gazillionaire retailer Art Pope...who is also the appointed NC Budget Director...immediately put up several web pages with all the collected info on the arrested protestors.  

You can see it here, but I ask that you read on before going back to the Civitas site...
When you do visit this steaming pile of crap, be sure to page through the various options to see how they've turned intimidation into a game.'re a good citizen peacefully're arrested for trespassing...and now here you are on the intertoobs...your name, address, sex, age, race, party, occupation, employer, salary if available, alleged voter registration violation (address not matching registration)....etc.   There has been some speculation as to just how the Civitas folks were able to get all the data so rapidly...implying possible cooperation from someone in government.  

Now, just for fun, imagine if the Civitas folks had all your postal, internet, email, and financial "meta data" and they listed some carefully selected magazines you subscribe to..web sites you visit...places where you've made purchases and how much you spent, you name it.    Innocent or not...and none of their business...they could twist this to make anyone look like whatever they choose.  

John Q. Smith...subscribes to xyz magazine, spent money at the xyz club, was delinquent on property taxes last year, buys books on the following subjects...mother in nursing home under medicaid yet purchased a $900 xyz last week....sends emails twice a week to woman in Soviet Union... You name it...  A totally misleading picture could be constructed to try someone in the court of public opinion.  Doesn't matter if the magazine is Playboy or Forbes, the club is a "gentlemans club" or a golf all depends on the story they're trying to construct for their audience.  Heck, they could make someone look bad  or suspicious for darn near anything...and it's none of their damn business even if technology has made it available.

Now...go look at the Civitas stuff.   Then decide whether or not you want to let the government, and by association those entities involved with the government or politics ...who might not like you for some have unfettered, unjustified, and pervasive access to your daily life and activities.  

BTW...when some NC activists used the Civitas' listing of their directors and employees and constructed a compilation of their names and addresses, etc., on the web...Civitas immediately removed the names of their people from their web site...  Gee...probably because that was uncalled for and invasive.  

***UPDATE:  Thank you allowing me on the Rec List.  What's happening in North Carolina is beyond despicable.  The GOP and their allies are using every dirty trick they can to ram thru their regressive legislation...and they ARE stooping to intimidation by use of both personal data and law enforcement.  They make the break 'em...jail or intimidation for you...or both.  Young people here want to help, but arrest records don't portend well for their future.  



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Pope vacated his House seat to run for the office ... by Simon Leigh on Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 at 4:19:05 PM
Thanks for the article.  Typical right wing d... by Richard Pietrasz on Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 at 5:18:09 PM
...which are pretty much the same as left wing dir... by Techknowledgie on Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 at 7:04:38 PM
The democratic party digs up truth of actual event... by liberalsrock on Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 9:26:18 AM
The Dems were real dirty at least up to the JFK ye... by Richard Pietrasz on Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 7:11:41 PM
Just for the record, no true Constitutionally Cons... by Techknowledgie on Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 at 7:02:13 PM
Like you, I am registered as an independent, not a... by John Shriver on Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 10:59:59 AM
I did not see any intimidation. All I saw was expo... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Jul 7, 2013 at 7:03:20 PM
An "American patriot" is deeply concerned when cit... by Jim Arnold on Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 10:04:49 AM
Thanks for the kind compliments!... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 3:56:05 PM
No I don't see any intimidation just by the repost... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 3:57:48 PM
A tory has a storyt'is all just oratory   '... by Jim Arnold on Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 4:35:03 PM
No hurry for me but thanks for caring.... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 5:13:45 PM
At least not that I could find. Probably because I... by Bill Simpson on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:24:02 AM
is just that:  Public Information.We all use ... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 10:08:18 PM
I complain now. And verily, not narily. ... by Jim Arnold on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 10:54:57 AM