Saturday, September 02, 2006

Invasion of Privacy

I was alerted to this one on From there I was directed to this article, “The New Census: An All-Out Assault on Your Privacy” by Jarret Wollstein. From there I linked to the survey questionnaire.

According to the article, “The American Community Survey” is designed to replace the census. For now, it is being sent to 1 million households in The Amerika each year. I have read the survey. The intrusive nature of the questions is so unbelievably ballsy that my mouth fell open as I was reading.

From the “Assault on Privacy” article:

“This new ‘census’ form is 24-pages long, and demands that you lay bare every detail of your life, including how much you earn, what your home is worth, details of your health, when you leave for work, previous addresses, pregnancies, monies received from government, and on and on.

“I say demand because you can be fined up to $1,000 for each of the 72 questions you don’t answer or which you answer ‘incorrectly’. However, so far no one has been fined for not answering, nor are they likely to be if public resistance is strong.

“The ways the government could use this information to harm you are mind-boggling. For instance, any financial discrepancy with IRS or Social Security records could result in your criminal prosecution. Knowing when you leave for work could enable police, acting under the Patriot Act, to secretly enter your home.

“The American Community Survey also demands that you report on the activities of relatives, employers and roommates. Joseph Stalin could hardly ask for more surveillance powers.”

As the article points out, Article I of the Constitution grants the government the power to conduct a census once every 10 years.

From Article I Section 2 of the Constitution:

“The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.”

It is entirely clear when you look at Article I Section 2 that the only purpose of the “Enumeration” is to apportion representation in Congress based on the relative populations of the states.

The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the verb “enumerate” as “establish the number of”.

What that all means is that the government is allowed to count the people, and nothing more.

The American Community Survey is simply a clear and obvious penetrating invasion of privacy. It is illegal, immoral and dangerous. If you receive one in the post, my advice is to burn it.

1 comment:

Katrina said...

I like the idea of sending flaming paper airplanes crafted from this thing sailing off the top of my office building to crash into and hopefully burn down the Texas Republican Party located across the street. :)

I have yet to see anything like it in the mail as of yet. There was a census representative by earlier this year, but it was still just the standard questions, without requests for blood type and rights to my first born child.