From a July 2006 NPR report I found this: “Robert LaMacchia, head of the Census Bureau’s geography division, says they’ll capture the latitude and longitude of the front door of every house, apartment and improvised shelter they find. “We will actually knock on doors and look for hidden housing units,” he says. “We will find converted garages; from the outside, it may not look like anybody lives there.” But census workers will add each dwelling, legal or not, to the Census Bureau’s Master Address File.” Why? The NPR report went on to sell the feature as helpful in saving lives. How can you argue with that? Nonsense!

Hidden within the “saves lives” segment of the NPR report is the real carrot for Big Brother: “At her computer, with a few clicks of the mouse, Elhami can pull up a complex, multi-layered picture of Delaware County. Standard commercial software lets her highlight sewer lines, flood plains or real estate tracts. She can pick any address and retrieve pictures of that building from overhead and from the street, along with information about its owner.” How much more information about us do they really need at their fingertips, blood type, shoe size, credit rating, what organs you have agreed to donate? Give me a break. Once a field worker is done with your front door, Big Brother has you in his sights, using an eye in the sky. Satellites. GPS. Big Brother wants to watch you. Well I have a few questions of my own.

Under what authority do they require you to submit to being GPSed? If you challenge a Census Bureau employee about the GPS marking of your private residence, they may make reference to Sec. 223, Title 13, U.S. Code, Chapter 7, Subtitle 2, which explains the penalties for refusing to provide names and statistics of occupants when asked for by a census taker. However, this only applies when they are taking a census, (which will not be taken until next year). There is NO LAW requiring you TO SUBMIT TO THIS federal INTRUSION. Since no law exists requiring you to allow them to take a reading, I suggest you kick them off your private property.

If they come around here, I will demand they leave. If they don’t they will be removed. Forcing me to pay $500 per month in taxes on my own property, like I was some kind of tenant of the state, is bad enough. To mark, paint, or otherwise designate my home, like they would some enemy combatant, smells of impending tyranny. Don’t make me explain what I do to tyrants.

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