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1400 is More Than 200 via- http://www.et-liberty.com July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009

http://someoneneedstosayit.blogspot.com/2009/07/ap-vastly-understates-obama-protest.html

Technically, 1400 is more than 200. What is the truth?

In Liberty,

PK Lowrey

Please read “The Future is Calling”

● Part 1: The Chasm

● Part 2: Secret Organization and Hidden Agendas

● Part 3: Days of Infamy

● Part 4: The War on Terrorism

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Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk-June 15, 2009

June 16, 2009

The Tobacco Prohibitionist Movement

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Digging Really Deep Holes-via DownsizeDC.org-June 13, 2009

June 13, 2009

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


Quote of the Day: “One time in the House of Representatives told me a story about a proposition that a teacher put to a boy. He said, ‘Johnny, a cat fell in a well 100 feet deep. Suppose that cat climbed up 1 foot and then fell back 2 feet. How long would it take the cat to get out of the well?’ Johnny worked assiduously with his slate and slate pencil for quite a while, and then when the teacher came down and said, ‘How are you getting along?’ Johnny said, ‘Teacher, if you give me another slate and a couple of slate pencils, I am pretty sure that in the next 30 minutes I can land that cat in hell.’ if some people get any cheer out of a $328 billion debt ceiling, I do not find much to cheer about concerning it.” — Senator Everett Dirksen, Congressional Record, June 16, 1965

Subject: How deep is the hole the politicians are digging for us?

The financial newsletter The Privateer reports…

“Warnings have been issued from the Treasury that the Congressionally mandated debt ceiling of $12.1 TRILLION will most likely be breached in the second half of this year.”

This pit of borrowing doesn’t even account for the deepening currency well we reported in last Friday’s Dispatch.

The politicians are borrowing and the FED is printing at staggering rates. As their shovels continue to ominously clang and clash, the news gets worse. Again, from The Privateer…

“The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) list of troubled American banks has risen in the past three months from 1,568 banks with about $2.3 TRILLION in assets to US 1,816 banks with some $4.4 TRILLION in assets. Just who guarantees the FDIC? The US Treasury of course.”

To be more specific, you the taxpayer will dig out all of those banks.

And if past history is a guide, that FDIC list is conservative to a fault. The real number of “troubled” banks is almost certainly higher. It seems the FDIC, like most government regulatory agencies, is usually the last to know there’s a problem.

That’s not all. Relying on data from the US Federal Reserve and Congressional Budget Office (CBO), The Privateer reports…

There’s a hodge-podge of guarantees totaling $12.9 TRILLION, with…

* $8.2 TRILLION from the Fed
* $2.7 TRILLION from the US Treasury
* $2.0 TRILLION from the FDIC

On top of that, the US government has…

* Made asset purchases of $2.3 TRILLION
* Guaranteed $7.3 TRILLION worth of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae debts
* Made other guarantees of $6.6 TRILLION to the US banking system.

“The sum total of all this ‘Stimulus’ is $29.1 TRILLION!” concludes The Privateer.

It would be fair to point out that not all that money has actually been spent yet. Things would have to go wrong in order to trigger those guarantees.

So we must turn to history to see if we’re doomed to the ditch. Were the bailouts an effective strategy or a sink-hole?

Consider the example of Citibank. When former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson first extended support to Citi, his team believed it was strong. Paulson believed the funds would be focused at stabilization of the markets and the economy. Yet TheStreet.com was already giving them a C-. Once again, government was the last to know, because Citibank almost went out of business and required a second bailout just weeks later.

That track record is no cause for hope about these guarantees.

And another crater might await the banks. Weiss Research reports that U.S. banks have a total of $200.4 TRILLION in derivatives, and that those derivatives may well do more severe damage to bank balance sheets.

“According to the OCC’s Q4 2008 report, America’s top five commercial banks control 96 percent of the industry’s total derivatives, while the top 25 control 99.78 percent. In other words, for every $100 dollar of derivatives, the big banks have $99.78 … while the rest of the nation’s 7,000-plus banking institutions control a meager 22 cents! This is a massively dangerous concentration of risk.”

Derivatives caused record losses for banks in the fourth quarter of 2008. Are there more serious losses to come?

And we’re left to wonder, should that time come, where will the government get the money to cover these “too big to fail losses?”

Yet, those aren’t the only pitfalls. The projected budget deficit this year is $1.8 trillion. Just a year ago, many of us were screaming about a projected $490 billion deficit. Oh, for the good ole days!

But that projected deficit will certainly deepen, even though the White House budget allegedly reduces the deficit over the next few years. Why?

Unemployment! The Libertarian Party reported this week that a Jan. 10 White House report selling the stimulus package promised unemployment under be kept under eight percent. Instead, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it grew to 9.4 percent, placing unemployment at a 26-year-high, with 14.5 million workers now jobless.

Uncle Sam is “bursting at the seams,” but he’s probably going on a diet. Higher unemployment means lower than expected tax revenues. That means the deficit will be more cavernous than projected — maybe in excess of $2 TRILLION.

In review, numbers to be concerned about are,

* $12 TRILLION, the National Debt number that’s rapidly approaching
* $29.1 TRILLION in bailout/stimulus guarantees
* 1,816 “troubled” banks with about $4.4 TRILLION in assets
* $200.4 TRILLION in U.S. bank-held derivatives that can create tens of billions of dollars of losses, and perhaps bank failures
* $2 TRILLION, the likely federal budget deficit

Indeed, the hole the politicians are digging is unfathomable. But that’s not all the numbers we have to WORRY about.

According to the Social Security Administration, the federal government’s unfunded liabilities equals $101 TRILLION — that’s a liability of $834,000 for every full-time working American. These long-term debts are primarily due to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Even here, the news threatens to get considerably worse…

* Social Security, a Ponzi scheme that makes Bernie Madoff look like a piker, has, until now, taken in more money than it puts out. It was projected that starting in 2017, it would run a deficit. But due to high unemployment rates, it will likely turn its first loss in 2010.

* As we’ve reported in these Dispatches, the President seems determined to bring health care under total government control, including dramatically expanding Medicare.

What does all this mean to you?

Sooner or later, the politicians will either…

a) Default on commitments, perhaps with a variety of tinkering reforms like rationing, means-testing, tax increases, etc. or,
b) Inflate the currency so much that you’ll see massive price increases for virtually everything. Imagine, for example, $8 per gallon gas.

Let’s put a stop to this digging. Instead, we can do four very important things…

1) TAKE ACTION. We’ve updated our Unfunded Liabilities campaign to reflect the Social Security number. Send a message objecting to the very deep hole the politicians are digging. Demand that they “Downsize DC!”

2) Forward this message to others and ask them to join you in sending a message to Congress.

3) The politicians may be digging us a deep hole, but you can “Digg” this Dispatch if you’re registered with Digg.com, so that more people see it, and join the Downsize DC Army. Just go to the blog version of this Dispatch and click on the Digg icon to get started.

4) The down economy has affected DownsizeDC.org as well. Pledge attrition levels have been unusually high. To continue growing, your DownsizeDC.org needs new pledgers. Would you consider joining as a monthly pledger, or perhaps increasing your existing pledge? As regular readers know, we acknowlege pledgers by name here on the Downsizer-Dispatch regularly.

Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army,

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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Another Counterfeit Update-via DownsizeDC.org-June 08, 2009

June 8, 2009

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


Quote of the Day: “By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.” — John Maynard Keynes Source: “The Economic Consequences Of The Peace”

Subject: Counterfeiting Update

In May of last year the U.S. money supply stood at roughly $834 billion. Now, a year later, the Federal Reserve has created an additional $941 billion out of thin air. Pay close attention to those numbers…

* The amount of new money the Fed has created is roughly $107 billion more than all the money that was in circulation just a year ago
* In other words, the U.S. money supply has more than doubled

Think about what this does to the value of your dollars, to your savings, to your paycheck, to your retirement income? A doubling of the money supply means your money is worth half what it was.

Of course, your money’s loss of value won’t manifest itself overnight. It will take time for the Fed’s counterfeiting to drive up prices. But those who get the new money first will be able to spend it while prices are still low, increasing their wealth at your expense.

The Federal Reserve, as you might expect, promises that prices won’t rise. They claim they’ll withdraw their counterfeit money before that happens. Do you feel comforted? Should we really believe that…

* The Fed can really undo so much counterfeiting
* The attempt to withdraw the counterfeit dollars won’t cause economic disruptions of its own

And if they did sop up their funny money, wouldn’t that mean another “contraction?” …more unemployment? …other sectors in trouble and screaming for a taxpayer-funded bailout?

Our position is simple. If it’s wrong for individuals to counterfeit, it’s also wrong for the government to do it. What we need is money that no one can counterfeit, like gold and silver. Some people want to make this happen by abolishing the Fed. We agree. That needs to happen. But it’s a big step. We think there’s an easier way…

Congress should start by ending the Fed’s monopoly control of money. Congress should permit you to use whatever form of money you prefer. This would…

* Empower the creation of an alternative money system
* Reduce the Fed’s ability to counterfeit by forcing Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) to compete with honest money
* Make it easier to abolish the Fed once a new money system is fully operational

To make this happen Congressman Ron Paul introduced three “Honest Money” bills in the last Congress (110th). These bills would…

* Repeal the legal tender law that forces you to accept FRNs
* Repeal the federal government’s monopoly over coinage
* Prohibit federal and state taxes on precious metal coins and bullion

These simple changes would allow you to buy and sell using means of exchange other than FRNs. Sadly, Congressman Paul hasn’t re-introduced these bills. If you’re one of his donors or constituents please calls his office at 202-225-2831 and ask him to re-introduce his three “Honest Money” bills, combined as one bill. As for the rest of us…

We should tell our own representatives to ask Congressman Paul to re-introduce these bills, or do it themselves. You can send your instructions using DownsizeDC.org’s “End the Inflation Tax” campaign.

Use your personal comments to tell your representatives that you’ve seen the Federal Reserve’s lastest counterfeiting numbers. Object to the fact that the Fed has increased the monetary base from roughly $844 billion as of May 2008, to roughly $1,775 as of May 2009.

To exceed the 36,512 messages we sent last month we need to send at least 1,651 messages today.

Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army. To see how we’re growing, check out the Keeping Score report below my signature.

Jim Babka, President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

KEEPING SCORE

We grew by 12 net new members over the weekend, which brings us to 1,163 net new members for the year. The Downsize DC Army now stands at 25,512 — 51% of the way from 25,000 to 26,000!

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“Audit The Fed”-HR 1207 Sponsors reach 190-June 07, 2009

June 7, 2009

If your representative is not yet a co-sponsor of HR 1207, contact them and urge them to support it. There’s a list of cosponsors via the link below.

www.dailypaul.com/node/90775

Greg’s Newsletter, Keeping the American Middle Class Informed-May 24, 2009

May 30, 2009

(Poster’s Note: To read some of Greg’s previous newsletters, go to the sidebar and click on “Greg’s Newsletter, Keeping the American Middle Class Informed-Archive”)

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May 29, 2009

Hello again folks, I have been working on a campaign video that has been consuming my time. I can’t believe it has taken hours and hours of work for a 4 minute and 54 second video. Now that it is complete, I hope to have it on my website, which the website is currently in process to be online soon, thanks to Bryan Haddock.

With all that has been happening with our newly developing government controlled economy, we need to not only look at what the government has been doing but another very important aspect of the economy. That is what I have wrote about many times and that is the reduction of the anti trust laws that govern the size of corporations that control most aspects of the key parts of our entire economy.

Without these laws, that have been relaxed over the past number of years, these huge conglomerates have been able not only to control large aspects of the markets they are in but have huge resources to directly influence, through the governments local, state, and national, the laws which were in place to protect the economy from the very things that are happening. Their self serving laws and deregulation to enhance their financial positions with little to no regards for the economy as a whole, is what has lead up to this current financial disaster.

In order to better understand how the financial system works in our current state of “Capitalism” (this name has become a word for market control, I would rather use the words “Free Enterprise System”) I found this article that gives a very comprehensive outline how the market system really works.

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2009/05/manipulation-how-markets-really-work.html

I know this is a blog but with over 25 years of study I have done in the economics behind our political system, this guy is right on. This system has to be changed to be more competitive, competition instills innovation not only in the product or service that is being done but in the costs involved in doing business. Not controlled by the most economically influential, which is the current state of our economic situations.

Republican for Congress, 3rd District of Tennessee 2010,

Greg Goodwin

5/29/09

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Say No To Real I.D.-DownsizeDC.org-May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


MEDIA NOTICE: Today (Friday), Jim Babka is scheduled to appear on “Straight Talk w/ Jerry Hughes,” starting at 3:05 PM Eastern. Listening details can be found on the DownsizeDC.org blog.

Quote of the Day: “I won’t call it Real ID, I’ll call it enhanced or higher security drivers license.” — Robert V. LaPenta, President and CEO of L-1 Identity Solutions, which stands to be a primary beneficiary of any government scheme for a national ID card

Subject: Tricking Americans Into Real ID

Jim Harper, at the Cato Institute, alerts us to new dangers on the national ID front.

The so-called Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and certain politicians, are trying multiple ways to impose a national ID card on us, even though the American people have made it very clear we don’t want it.

One under-handed scheme started with the passage of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which requires law abiding U.S. citizens to have either a passport or an enhanced drivers license to cross the Mexican or Canadian borders. An “enhanced drivers license”…

* Is an initiative of the DHS that has NO Congressional mandate
* Will require you to undergo a security interview, pay a fee, and get a new federal ID number (in addition to your Social Security number)
* Has an RFID chip that can be read at a distance, up to 30 feet away, even while it’s in your wallet!

Now things are being rigged to move citizens in the direction of the enhanced drivers license.

The problem starts with the fact that passports are too expensive. The high price gives people an incentive to pay for the enhanced drivers license, which is about half the cost. The Government Accounting Office had already issued a report saying that the $100 price for a passport didn’t need to be that high, but…

Now they’ve raised the price even higher. Representative Paul Opsommer of Michigan suspects the purpose of this is to drive even more people to get the cheaper (but more dangerous) enhanced drivers license.

Please notice that all of this is being driven NOT by Congress, but by un-elected bureaucrats in the DHS and the State Department. But that doesn’t mean Congress is blameless. Congress is doing nothing to reign in the bureaucrats, plus, some are even working to make things worse. For instance…

Something called the PASS Act is being crafted to revive the Real ID concept, under a new name, and companies like L-1 Identity Solutions, which stands to benefit, are almost certainly lobbying hard to make it happen. We must lobby just as intensely in the other direction.

Please send your Congressional employees a message asking them once again to repeal the REAL ID Act.

Use your personal comments to ALSO ask them to…

* Stop the DHS from promoting enhanced drivers licenses
* Make the State Department lower the cost of passports
* Reject all the new forms of REAL ID, such as the PASS Act

We achieved our goal of sending more messages in May then we sent in April, but this issue still needs your attention. We hope you’ll use DownsizeDC.org’s proprietary Educate the Powerful System to send a message to repeal the Real ID Act.

Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army. To see how much we’re growing please check out the Keeping Score report below my signature.

Jim Babka, President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

Keeping Score

We grew by 23 net new members yesterday, which brings us to 1,063 net new members for the year. The Downsize DC Army now stands at 25,412 — 41% of the way to 26,000!

YOU can make the army grow even faster by following our quick and easy instructions for personalized recruiting.

We can also grow faster by doing more outreach to potential DC Downsizers. If you can start a monthly credit card pledge to expand our outreach please tell us on the secure contribution form if its okay to publish your name here . . .

NEW MONTHLY PLEDGERS IN MAY: Don Matesz, Silvy Berman, David Jones, Barbara Baxter, Nancy Kovar, Ryan Ackroyd, WM Michael O’Brien, John C Houghton, James Alan Speedie, THREE unlisted

Or, if you’d prefer to make a one-time donation, please let us know if its okay to publish your name here . . .

NEW ONE TIME DONORS IN MAY: Arlene Lindstrand, Dee Clary, Joan Garro, Jennifer Tarling, Richard Linchitz, Steven Palmer, Bruce N. Liddel, Ernest P. Eusea, Chris Reulman, David Anthony, Christopher T Wagner, Thomas Sartwelle, Jr, EIGHT unlisted

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YouTube – For Liberty Trailer – Let It Not Be Said We Did Nothing

May 17, 2009

Let It Not Be Said We Did Nothing

www.youtube.com/watch?v=emaeln–tzo

Will YOU be nationalized next? – DownsizeDC.org – May 11, 2009

May 13, 2009

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


Quote of the Day: “A centralized democracy may be as tyrannical as an absolute monarch.” — James Anthony Froud (1818-1894) British author and historian Source: Short Studies on Great Subjects, 1872

Subject: Will YOU be nationalized next?

The federal government is nationalizing and centralizing in all directions, including . . .

* Banks
* Insurance companies
* Car companies
* And, as we reported yesterday, they now fund the majority of state government expenditures

But it isn’t just companies and state governments. The Feds want to nationalize YOU too.

It’s important for our new members to know that Congress is weaving a net that will ensnare all of us in a centralized database that could not only track where you go and what you do, but also . . .

What YOU spend on health care, and the kind of treatment YOU receive.

This scheme started with the so-called REAL ID Act, which would standardize state drivers’ licenses to make a de facto National ID card. You’ll need this card to cash a check, hire a baby sitter, board a plane, or engage in countless other activities. You’ll need it TO BE A PERSON.

Now that may not sound so different from today. You already need a driver’s license and a Social Security number to do many things. But your drivers’ license isn’t centralized at the federal level, and that makes all the difference. Here’s why . . .

The federal government has a huge problem with the Medicare program. They’ve made trillions of dollars in promises they can’t keep. But they have a plan to control costs . . .

* All of us will have REAL ID cards, issued by the states, but tracked in a centralized database
* The Feds will then force us to have electronic medical records too (this process is underway now)
* Your electronic medical records will be connected to the centralized REAL ID database
* The government will then start dictating which medical treatments you can receive and which you cannot

This last stage in the process is also being planned now. The supposed purpose is to protect us from ineffective treatments, but the real purpose is to control costs. In effect, the politicians will turn the entire country into a giant HMO. Do you want your health care needs being dictated by the same Keystone Gang who passed . . .

* The misguided lead regulation?
* And the self-defeating fossil fuels bill?

Well, here’s where all the threads tie together to create a net that will eventually strangle you. Twenty two states have refused to comply with the first step in this disaster scenario, the REAL ID Act. But how long do you think they’ll hold out now that . . .

The federal government funds half their budgets?!!!

Oh, what a tangled web the politicians weave when first they practice to intervene.

Many things are needed to unravel all the interventions by which the politicians have ruined our health care system. But we must also, at the same time, stop things from getting worse. High on this list is the need to repeal the REAL ID Act.

Don’t let Congress nationalize you. Use our quick and easy Educate the Powerful System to tell your Congressional employees to repeal the REAL ID Act.

Use your personal comments to tell them that . . .

* You oppose mandatory electronic medical records too
* You don’t EVER want federal bureaucrats to use REAL ID and/or electronic medical records to dictate what treatments you can and cannot receive
* You don’t want federal aid to the states to be used either to bribe state governments to comply with REAL ID, or punish them for failing to comply

We pounded Congress with more than 31,730 messages in April. To beat that number this month the Downsize DC Army needs to send at least 1,589 messages today. You can send your message at DownsizeDC.org’s “Repeal REAL ID” campaign page.

Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army. To see how much we’re growing please check out the Keeping Score report below my signature.

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

Keeping Score

You can’t change the government by yourself. You’ll need a huge “army” to help you. That means these numbers must grow constantly . . .

The Downsize DC Army now stands at 25,225. It’s grown by 876 net new members so far this year, and 66 net new members so far this week. We’ve gone nearly 23% of the way to 26,000 in a little over a week, whereas previously it took us 176 days to get from 24k to 25k. The Army’s growth is accelerating!

YOU can make the army grow even faster by following our quick and easy instructions for personalized recruiting.

We can also grow faster by mailing recruitment letters to potential DC Downsizers. If you can start a monthly credit card pledge to help make this happen please let us know on the secure contribution form if its okay to publish your name here . . .

NEW MONTHLY PLEDGERS IN MAY: Nancy Kovar, Ryan Ackroyd, WM Michael O’Brien, John C Houghton, James Alan Speedie, ONE unlisted

Or, if you’d prefer to make a one-time donation please let us know if its okay to publish your name here . . .

NEW ONE TIME DONORS IN MAY: Ernest P. Eusea, Chris Reulman, David Anthony, Christopher T Wagner, Thomas Sartwelle, Jr, FOUR unlisted

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Tennessee Traffic Camera Protest Gathers Support-via-[ET-Liberty.com]-May 09, 2009

May 10, 2009


Camera protest brings in some support

By Madison Mathews, Press Staff Writer, mmathews@johnsoncitypress.com

Mike McGinn doesn’t want traffic cameras to be installed anywhere, especially in his hometown of Kingsport.

“I don’t want them in Kingsport, I want to fight it wherever it’s at,” McGinn said. “This does not improve safety. It improves the financial bottom line (of the city).”

He also believes it infringes upon the constitutional right of all citizens. McGinn traveled from Kingsport, where a traffic camera system has recently been installed, to take part in a rally to protest Jonesborough’s Redflex traffic camera system on Saturday.

The rally was held by the Students of American Liberty, East Tennessee State University’s pro-Constitution group, in front of town hall. From 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., many people showed up to sign petitions urging Jonesborough’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen to take down the traffic camera system.

“The sentiment is that people don’t want these things. It scares them. It raises traffic accidents. They’re being surveilled by a foreign corporation known as Redflex, (which is) actually based in Australia,” said Matthew Jeffers, chairman of the group and event coordinator. “I have a huge issue with that. I don’t like the fact that a foreign corporation is surveilling us.”

Jeffers believes the Redflex camera system, which was installed at three intersections along 11E in January, breaches the Fourth Amendment and a number of others. Although he doesn’t live in Jonesborough, Jeffers has a large number of family members who live in the town.

“Just because I live out of town, doesn’t mean I don’t hear the voices of people that live in town … 90 percent of the people in this town don’t like these cameras, and if we have to we’ll take it to referendum, and we’ll let the people of this town vote on it and not the mayor and aldermen,” Jeffers said.

Craig Ford, operations manager for the town of Jonesborough, says there’s a number of people who have personally expressed they feel much safer now while traveling through the intersections, because of the traffic camera system.

But Jeffers and the rest of the group in opposition think safety is not in the minds of town officials, but rather a ploy to gain profit.

“We care about the safety. Redflex doesn’t care about the safety. Redflex has no regard for human life and proven it time and time again,” Jeffers said.

Ford said the cameras were put in place in order to provide safety for everyone who drives along 11E, including Jonesborough residents, people passing through the city and officers.

Aside from the safety issue, Jeffers is more concerned with the fact that a foreign entity is surveilling American citizens on their own soil. He said he wants to make clear that Redflex has aggressively pushed its systems in more than 230 cities across America. He believes the board should immediately terminate their contract with Redflex.

“If they refuse to do that then we’ll see if they still have their jobs after the next election. We’ll take a ballot measure and then we’ll take it to the state level, and then I’ll sue them if I have to,” Jeffers said. “When I set out to win a fight, I win it.”

With the rally, the group hoped to not only raise awareness about the situation but to also move toward following many states, such as Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Texas that have either banned the use of traffic light cameras or declared them unconstitutional.

Ford, however, believes the traffic camera system doesn’t have anything to do with being constitutional or not.

“It is not a constitutionally guaranteed right to operate a motor vehicle, it’s a privilege … Each state runs their own driver licensing program,” Ford said.

According to a 2008 report prepared by the state Attorney General, “the issuance of a citation for traffic violations based on photographic evidence from a camera does not violate any constitutional right of the citizens of Tennessee.”

For Jeffers and his group, that is simply not the case.

“When these cameras so-called catch you, you are guilty until proven innocent. This is a total corruption of due process,” Jeffers said. “This is a massacre to the Constitution. Every time I see one of these cameras it breaks my heart.”

Another problem Jeffers has with the traffic camera system is that having an automated traffic monitoring system removes police from the equation and gives Redflex access to personal records.

“If these cameras stop so much crime, let’s just replace the whole police force with cameras,” Jeffers said.

Maj. Matt Rice of the Jonesborough Department of Safety said although the camera is monitoring traffic violations, a sworn officer still has to review the scene and decide if it is in fact a violation.

Rice also believes that taking officers off traffic patrol helps save them from being in danger while having someone stopped on the side of the road.

As the group continued with the rally Saturday, Rice watched as the passionate group of protesters passed out information.

“As passionate as they are against those cameras, I’m just as passionate for them, because I feel that they are a very good tool,” Rice said.

Since the cameras were put in place, city officials have seen a decrease in the number of traffic-related accidents at the three intersections where a Redflex camera system has been installed. It also decreased the number of traffic violations. Ford said once the cameras were in place, 100 violations an hour was taken down to around 30 violations a day.

The Students of American Liberty managed to bring in more than 400 signatures for their petitions, which they soon plan to take before the board. The group plans to spend the next two months canvassing neighborhoods throughout Jonesborough.

“We’re going to take it from every avenue that we can approach it from. We’re going to take it from a constitutional perspective, a legal perspective and hit them every way we can,” Jeffers said.

Although the group was able to gather support for the cause with the rally, Ford said it’s hard to argue with the numbers.

“Even at Wal-Mart, when you pull on the parking lot, you’re on video. Why is that not a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, but it is to take a photo of your license plate, which is a public record,” Ford said. “That argument just absolutely holds no weight whatsoever.”


Watch Matthew Jeffers’ presentation during the Libertarian Party of Tennessee convention, that took place April 24th and 25th, 2009, in Knoxville.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1Ch_fDEX6I

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