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Sheila Dean is the blog editor for BeatTheChip.org and speaks for the 5-11 Campaign, an anti-national ID advocacy campaign.
Sheila promotes American Bill of Rights retention and deliverance from the federal banking system. She also produces podcasts featured at Beat The Chip.org . She openly supports trans-partisan and grassroots movements with aims to rise above 2 party deadlocks in Washington. Her priorities are: war reform, monetary reform, ecological conservation, civil & human rights, civil liberty and truth in reporting.
Some of the organizations she has helped are: World Can't Wait, The Los Angeles National Impeachment Center, Dennis Kucinich, 9-11 Truth, Author Michael Weinstein, David Swanson, Ron Paul, and Focus The Nation.
She currently lives in the Seattle Metro are with her partner, John P. Edwards, a VFX supervisor.
SHARE Monday, August 10, 2009 Comparing PASS Act with Real ID, v 2.0
UPDATED version of Comparing PASS Act with Real ID...The PASS Act, filed June 15, 2009, poses as the partial repeal effort of the expiring Real ID Act. The introduction comes on the heels of a DHS exchange, allowing Real ID legislation to have a second genesis.
SHARE Wednesday, May 9, 2012 5 Signs You Are Dealing with Real ID in 2012
May 11th, 2012 will mark four years since DHS' original deadline challenge to States to comply with Real ID regulations. The law became virtually unenforceable as a national identity system, but are citizens and residents really free and clear of the negative impacts stemming from Real ID?
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 30, 2009 Over 25 States in Legal Opposition of Real ID Act
AUSTIN - Texas legislators previously concerned about compliance deadlines may heave a sigh of relief as Department of Homeland Security announced it's move to repeal the federal Real ID Act last week.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 20, 2009 Comparing the PASS Act with Real ID
The PASS Act, S.1261, filed Monday is posing as part of the repeal effort of the expiring Real ID Act. The succession of this legislation comes on the heels of a DHS exchange, giving similar legislation a second genesis.
The Real ID will be repealed in its entirety, but only upon the condition it is replaced with a similar legislation, such as the PASS Act.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 2, 2010 Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Inititative criminalizes non-criminal acts at random
An 82 page analysis of domestic intelligence policy released by Political Research Associates (PRA) Tuesday found local police are being used as domestic intelligence gatherers with little to no oversight in criminal intelligence distinctions. Amid the findings are rampant racial and political profiling and hystrionic calls for further surveillance protections where no criminal or terrorist acts occurred.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 19, 2009 Washington Seeks PASS Act as Real ID Act "D.O.A."
WASHINGTON- The first Anti-Real ID hearing in U.S. history clearly illuminated the states need more time to absorb federal standards for identity. An optimistic vantage point included further consideration of the PASS Act, privacy considerations still far from the goals of a clinical repeal of the federal Real ID Act mentioned in late April.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 6, 2010 Border Advocates Witness Politics of "Fear" Propelling Immigration Reform
With mid-term elections on the horizon, conservative members of Congress have turned their attention to the border. Or, more precisely, to walling it off. In May two bills and one amendment aimed at building more border walls were introduced. One failed, but the other two are still pending.
SHARE Saturday, November 20, 2010 NSTIC: Not-So Trusted Identity in Cyberspace
According to recent reports, the Obama administration is making a new DHS national identity authentication program a high priority. The National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace is one program in a string of recent government attempts to centralize human identity; while data management contractors line up to the federal trough.
SHARE Monday, July 6, 2009 Anti-Real ID Governors Serially Discredited
Something is definitely amiss in the Anti-Real ID political community. Amid chatter of neo-con infiltration in various Republican grassroots groups, 2 of the 5 original Governors in States opposed to the Real ID [Maine, Alaska, New Hampshire, South Carolina & Montana] are seemingly being serially removed from effectiveness in public office.
SHARE Thursday, August 20, 2009 H4RDW4RE : An RFID Clean Up Team
Radio Frequency ID chip technologies are "too vulnerable in too many ways," says Chris Paget, ethical hacker and partner for H4RDW4RE, a new company creating privacy and security solutions to existing RFID problems in the marketplace.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, August 31, 2009 The Problem of Cosmetic Activism
What happens when smart, desperate, angry Americans with nothing to lose aim their lives at changing the way government happens?
SHARE Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Eleven Privacy and Civil Liberties Groups Urge U.S. to Uphold Privacy Values in E.U. Negotiations
U.S. privacy groups have reached out to their European counterparts, privacy and civil liberties NGOs, and are working with them to see that the strongest possible agreement is reached. It should reflect broader interests of both populations, rather than, as their letter to
President Obama put it, "the narrow, questionable desires of bureaucratic security agencies for ever more data about individuals."
SHARE Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Funding a Recent Issue for National Identity Programs
The White House has plans to sign up America for a new national digital identifier [in the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace (NSTIC)]. However, federal spending trends may favor defunding centralized identity programs for Americans.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, December 7, 2009 8 States to choke DHS deadline game of "chicken"
This week 8 states "choked" the compliance game of chicken, some issuing letters defying Real ID regulations going into 2010. The news PASS ID legislation may have evaded the label of "unfunded mandate", but the fiscal breakdown is the same. States will still pay to construct identity data surveillance hubs to insecurely network government records across the nation.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 24, 2011 Current Events or Undertow? Riding out the rising tide of disgust
There's a certain point when you realize you are merely surfing large waves of uncontrollable events. One can reach a point where the cascade of reports automatically transport you from observer to participant. These are the situations where local authorities become abusive to hometown communities.
SHARE Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Fusion center data consolidation effort failing, Texas seeks public input
Since the passage of the PATRIOT Act, data collection has been a part of an ambitious effort to coordinate national security efforts. Many state governments are in the process of developing warehouses for private and public information in centralized digital hubs called fusion centers, over 70 of which have already been established around the country.One fusion center is the North Central Texas Fusion Center (NCTFS).
SHARE Thursday, April 28, 2011 Birthers may doubt your citizenship
What would life be like in America if a political group could simply doubt you out of your citizenship and subsequently, your rights? What would happen if they didn't like: your race, your parents, your State of origin or who you were married to? If the Birthers were a smashing success, you could share President Obama's fate.
SHARE Tuesday, August 23, 2011 OpBart televised coverage plagued with fatigue, excuses
As the sun sank, agent provacateurs could not be distinguished from the rest of the crowds: firecrackers were lit, bottles broken and even reports of spitting on BART riders and police. Cameras were present from every television station in San Francisco, and to their shame no one was feeding live news to the web.
SHARE Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Why you shouldn't let Big Data run with federated ID
Perhaps by overstating the obvious it might mirror exactly how obnoxious it is to hear the Dept. of Commerce's privacy apologists tell us how "okay" it will be if we just allow them decide what's private and endorse federated ID for the Net along with them.
SHARE Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Broad coalitions gather over the Legal Workforce Act markup
At least 2 national groups have organised campaigns expressing concerns about the Legal Workforce Act, a bill being heard in Thursday's House Judiciary Committee. The bill would mandate that States adopt E-Verify technologies , require employers to verify workers social security numbers in a USCIS database and use a new infrastructure integrating State drivers license records with I-9 and W-2 information.
SHARE Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Demand TSA address privacy concerns of flyers
ACTION ALERT: Regardless of your home state, call the chairpersons to ask whether recent TSA abuses will be continued to be addressed. Ask to speak with the staffer responsible for dealing with issues related to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
SHARE Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Shava Nerad's memorial to Aaron Swartz
Tending fires of Internet Liberty is a longterm task that belongs to all who enjoy those freedoms now. We are Aaron's legacy. We are the guardians of the future of Internet freedom.
"It is part of the principles of formal nonviolence theory that you must not hold the passive evil as irredeemable and non-negotiable. This is what the truth and reconciliation process is about, " says MIT organizer Shava Nerad.
SHARE Thursday, March 3, 2011 ACTION ALERT: Spread the truth and defund the Real ID Act
Many of you have been committed to actions which helped to combat a dangerous national ID card program in the US. Right now, we really need you to raise your voice again, to spread the truth and to ask Congress to defund Real ID.
SHARE Friday, November 13, 2009 Dahr Jamail on censorship & supression of GI resisters
Dahr Jamail, bestselling author of Beyond The Green Zone distills the struggle of GI resisters. He reports on the post-military process for active service members who either cannot or will not return to the call of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.