"The Spy on your Desk"

 

 

REVIEWED BY JOHN WEISMAN
Washington Times

As he prepared his farewell address to the Pennsylvania legislature in the fall of 2001, Gov. Ridge "wrote four words in large print on a note card and put it on the podium".  They were a reminder to keep everything he said, everything he did, in focus.

Those four words, which succinctly define what the bad guys are doing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, were absolutely true when Mr. Ridge wrote them, and they remain true today. Indeed, they should serve as guidance to the current administration, whose national security policies appear confused, conflicting and muddled.

What Mr. Ridge wrote was:  

 

Who the bastards are is a very interesting question -  the answer to which is not entirely clear.  But we can get closer to the answer by looking at UNISYS, KPMG and Pennsylvania.  

 

  Excerpts Outsourcing Center website, 2002 Editor's Choice Awards, "Most Strategic"

The October 1923 issue of National Geographic magazine devoted 79 pages and 76 illustrations to the automobile industry, describing it as a force that revolutionized manufacturing and transformed transportation. The auto truly altered American life, for it caused cities to spread into suburbs, provided jobs, took families for Sunday rides and gave people a sense of freedom.

Similarly, the outsourcing arrangement between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Unisys to harness the value in technology and use it to the state's greatest advantages has altered life for Pennsylvania citizens. It's expected that this $527 million outsourcing initiative,
referred to as "Data PowerHouse," will save the state's taxpayers more than $110 million during its first five years, with the savings to be reinvested in more technology solutions and programs to achieve beneficial services for Pennsylvania citizens. Already it has improved public safety, education, economic competitiveness and citizen satisfaction.

When former Congressman, Tom Ridge, went into office as Governor in Pennsylvania in 1995, only 5,000 of the state's 80,000 employees had computers, and most of the software was incompatible. Technology was barely used in the state, let alone managed and exploited as a valuable tool. Now the American Electronics Association ranks the state as one of the nation's top 10 "Cyberstates" and it's in the top five for attracting IT and biotech companies.


Maneuvering to a Different Vantage Point

Although the agreement between Pennsylvania and Unisys is a landmark deal just from its sheer size and complexities that have not been undertaken successfully elsewhere in state government, its real value is its cornerstone role in an extremely strategic IT initiative designed by the state's top leadership.

The roots of the strategic plan that culminated in a Request for Proposal with a 2000-page appendix and the subsequent 1999 contract signing sprang from the state legislature's 1995 report documenting advantages of computer communications and interoperability among state agencies. The Governor's administration followed up by creating a commission/task force to propose changes to reduce costs, increase accountability and improve service. A year later, they had identified more than 400 opportunities for change, and Governor Ridge issued an Executive Order establishing the PRIME initiative (Privatize Retain Innovate Modify and Eliminate).

Under the direction of then Lt. Governor Mark Schweiker (now Governor), the Data PowerHouse project was launched as a PRIME initiative. The commission had discovered a multitude of redundancies in 20 data centers operating within an eight-mile radius of downtown Harrisburg, and one proposed solution was to leverage economies of scale by consolidating 18 of those centers from 15 state agencies into one data center. Assisting the Commonwealth in moving the project forward, KPMG Consulting explained the three options: continue the status quo; consolidate the data centers into one but operate it with internal staff; or consolidate and outsource the operation.

The Ridge/Schweiker Administration decided to take the outsourcing approach because it promised the greatest operational advantages, including faster access to technology enhancements. It was the best solution to achieve the Administration's broader strategic plan to free up both capital and human resources and redirect them to innovative IT initiatives, including eGovernment.

 
 

In 1997, Pennsylvania State Representative Sam Rohrer delivered a speech titled, "Medicalization of the Schools" to the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons.  In that speech, he recounts an investigation into a strategic plan being promoted by the Pennsylvania State Departments of Welfare and Education to  combine health care services into the schools via the Medicaid program.  They were using the "free money" sales pitch to try and sell the idea to affected communities.  In 1995, one of the local school board members called Rep. Rohrer to ask about the program.  After making some phone calls - and not getting any answers, he launched his investigation. 

Representative Rohrer's analysis was brilliant and right on target.  The following is the opening:

"We are witnessing today what could be described as the grandest expansion of the Nanny State (Socialism) in the history of America.  And, I believe this expansion to be one of the most diabolical, intricate, and subversive schemes to plague the landscape of American public policy.

This atrocity is "The Medicalization of the Schools".  From a purely educational viewpoint it could be termed "The Destruction of the American Educational System".  From a health-care perspective, it could be viewed as "The Subversion of the World's Finest System of Health Care".  From a societal vantage point, it could be described as "The Subduing of the American Family".  However, because of the integration of business and labor it could also just as accurately be dubbed, "The Collectivization of American Capitalism".  And analyzed from a public policy perspective, it could be called "The Demise of Representative Government".  All of these titles would be accurate because each of them describe different appendages of the same program".

Strictly from a systems point of view - for a designer of computer systems, moving Welfare functions into the schools makes perfect sense because their "target market for services" are families with children - and children spend most of their time at the schools.   From every other perspective, it's one of the worst ideas ever promoted anywhere - ever. 

This idea was one of KPMG's 400 PRIME initiatives that were marketed to Governor Tom Ridge as bringing efficiency to government by the outsourcing of state government systems.   How do I know that KPMG is a social disease carrier?   Because the concepts of merging state welfare functions that include health care via the Medicaid program into the school system is known under various names like 'Community Schools', 'Full Service Schools' and it's being marketed in all the developed countries by KPMG.   The Community Schools design is a global system idea under the heading of Education.   

 

Who is KPMG?   This description was taken from a disclosure statement:

KPMG International is a Swiss cooperative. Member firms of the KPMG network of independent firms are affiliated with KPMG International. KPMG International provides no client services. No member firm has any authority to obligate or bind KPMG International or any other member firm vis--vis third parties, nor does KPMG International have any such authority to obligate or bind any member firm.

2008 KPMG LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International, a Swiss cooperative. All rights reserved.

UK - Unison "Building Schools for the Future"    KPMG Pg 9

UK - Tameside Schools  (pdf)  KPMG Pg 19

KPMG in Canada     

Toronto Full Service Schools   KPMG not mentioned - but the fingerprints are in the design

Chicago - SGA Newsletter - Community Schools   KPMG Pg. 3

Los Angeles - Education Reform  (pdf)   KPMG Pg 39

Australian Government Report - Youth Affairs - KPMG  Pg. 18

Portland Public Schools - Facilities Utilization Report   -  KPMG mentioned throughout

U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Community Commitment" Awards - KPMG

 

What about UNISYS?  Who are they - besides the government of Pennsylvania?

Strategic Alliances 

Who are the "Bastards Watching Us"?    Maybe the Communist Chinese - aided and abetted by the CSPP organization - with UNISYS - along with their partners in the strategic alliance. 

But maybe it's Ted Turner, one of the earliest beneficiaries of privatized satellite technology partnered up with Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar, Gary Hart, David Boren, Michael Bloomberg - partnered up with CSPP. 

What I'm sure of is that the PC is a the spy on your desk.  They can see - and probably hear everything and because they can, they had/have the information necessary to blackmail public officials, corporate leaders - anybody.  And who would even suspect?  Very, very few - at least early on.   

Clinton Convenes APEC summit on Blake Island on November 20, 1993

On November 20, 1993, President William J. Clinton convenes a "summit" with 13 leaders of Pacific Rim nations attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, or APEC, in Seattle. The historic session is held in a Native American-style long house on Blake Island, a state park in Puget Sound, in Kitsap County. Salmon is served, and it doesn't rain.

Attendees at the Blake Island meeting included Jiang Zemin, president of the People's Republic of China; Paul Keating, Prime Minister of Australia; Hassanal Bokiah, Sultan of Brunei who was the world's richest man (since surpassed by Bill Gates); Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien; Indonesian President Suharto; South Korean President Kim Young Sam; Philippines President Fidel Ramos; Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa; New Zealand Prime Minister James Bolger; Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong; Thailand Prime Minister Chuan Likpahl; and high officials from Taiwan and Hong Kong.

President Clinton summarized the unique session by declaring, "We agreed that the Asian-Pacific region should be united, not divided." The APEC session ended shortly after and was deemed a success by most attendees. In 1996, Seattle was selected for APEC's permanent U.S. headquarters.

The important information in this article is not this specific contract.  It's the other information in the article that is key:  

Chinese Reseller Partners With Unisys on ES7000

http://mcpmag.com/articles/2000/05/09/chinese-reseller-partners-with-unisys-on-es7000.aspx

"Businesses in China are poised to become global economic power players, with growth fueled in large part by the emergence of large-scale e-business over the Internet," said Jerry Yeung, president of Dynamic Technology. "The Unisys ES7000 can enable these emerging enterprises to accelerate their plans for global expansion by substantially lowering the cost of large-scale, enterprise-class computing."

Unisys is a participant in the Computer Systems Policy Project (CSPP, www.cspp.org), a coalition of CEOs of the largest U.S. computer companies formed to develop and advocate the IT industry's public policy positions on technology and trade issues. The CSPP advocates Congressional support for normalized trade relations with China. Unisys Chairman and CEO Lawrence A. Weinbach is a co-chair of the Technology Controls Committee of the CSPP.

"This alliance reflects our very active participation in the Computer Systems Policy Project and the initiative to achieve open trade with the Peoples Republic of China," said Weinbach. - Isaac Slepner

 

 

 

Vicky Davis
October 23, 2009

Note:   I took a leap in this document without filling in all the blanks for you - but the linkages are there.  Sometimes I just want the information out because I know there are other researchers who will jump on it and contribute.