Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Census GPS-tagging your home's front door

LIFE WITH BIG BROTHERCensus GPS-tagging your home's front door Coordinates being taken for every residence in nation

By Bob Unruh© 2009 WorldNetDaily

According to an online Yahoo program, the Global Position System coordinates for the White House, probably one of the best-known publicly-owned buildings in the world, are 38.898590 Latitude and -77.035971 Longitude. And since you know that, it's no big deal for the White House to know the coordinates for your front door, is it?
Some people think it is, and are upset over an army of some 140,000 workers hired in part with a $700 million taxpayer-funded contract to collect those GPS readings for every front door in the nation.

The data collection , presented as being in preparation for the 2010 Census, is pinpointing with computer accuracy the locations and has raised considerable concern from privacy advocates who have questioned why the information is needed. They also are more than a little worried over what could be done with that information.
Enhancing those concerns is the recent decision in the Obama administration to have White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in an oversight role over the census, which will control a reapportionment of congressional seats and could be used to solidify to a stranglehold a single political party's control over the nation, its budget, military and future. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently told the Washington Post: "The census director reports to me, and, of course, I serve at the pleasure of the president." He added the White House told him "it has no interest in politicizing [the census]."
But at American Daily Review, blogger Douglas Gibbs had more than a few doubts. "GPS coordinates of your front door will make it easier for the government to monitor you," he said. "The U.S. Census Bureau is simply an excuse – a harmless looking means of obtaining the front door coordinates. The creation of GPS coordinates for front doors has nothing to do with the census, in all honesty, no matter how much the United States government tries to convince you that it does."


This is really happening, just click on the above link for the full story.

We have first hand experience with it.
A group of about 6 or 7 census workers converged on our farm about a month ago and took GPS readings on our homes. Our house, my parents house and our log cabin in the woods. Apparently they were doing training and that's why there was so many of them.

It was a little overwhelming having all those people pull up in 3 vehicles, get out and tell me they're from the census and that they needed to GPS our residences. Plus they had an issue with an address that didn't fit. It was a number between our place and the neighbor to the north that didn't exist. It was kind of freaking them out and they had to get to the bottom of it.

Also, they couldn't understand how us and my parents all shared the same address. "You mean you all share the same mail box????" "Well yeahhhh, what's so hard to understand about that?????", I expressed.

Fortunately for them one of the census workers was a good garbage customer of ours. I began to get a little on edge with them converging on us like and asking lots of questions, but he was able to simmer me down. If it wasn't for him I probably would have booted them all out of here and refused the GPS readings. They did "ask" me if they could. I wonder what they would have done if I would have said no.

Anyway it's true, they are doing this. I don't see any need of doing this right at the door step. They could do it at the end of the driveway. So what if there are multiple buildings at one address. It should go by the address not individual structures, in my thinking.

We are moving from the "information age" to a new age of "surveillance".


Blogger William Cross said...

If you had asked them they would have read you the act that allows for penalties for not supplying census data. They have done it to several people now, however, since the next census is not scheduled until next year, they have no legal rights to force you to allow them to take gps readings. There has been quite an upstir over this lately.

9:47 AM  
Blogger RL said...

Yes, I've begun to hear about the stir this is causing. It all just seems kind of creepy to me.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous wl said...

The age of "surveillance" -- perfect description. I happened to be home when what I thought was a meter reader showed up, but it was actually someone contracted to replace our meter with one that will be monitored via satellite, something like every five minutes. Not sure how comfortable I am with that (although you can get in pretty close to my house with google maps). It's the too much information age!

10:20 PM  

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