Big Brother At Your Front Door:  Recording GPS Coordinates

Last week, a friend from northern Idaho called me and said that the Census Bureau was sending out people to get the GPS coordinates for every front door in the United States.  She found out about it when a person showed up at her front door with a handheld computer and she told her what she was doing.  The day before my friend called, a Census Bureau representative had been at my front door also - but all she told me was that she was verifying addresses.  I had no idea that she was GPS marking my front door. 

The phone call was followed-up with an email alert and a second alert.  

This email is the second one - 

I've had people question if this e-mail is a hoax. It is not!
 
This was sent out by Idaho Eagle Forum's State President, Jane Lesko and was also heard on Jack McLamb's radio program Friday April 10, 2009.
 
I will add to this that the Boise U.S. Census Bureau said that this requirement was coming from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Also I will add a quote from a write-up from the U.S. Census Bureau, "The ability to capture GPS coordinates for most of the nation's housing units will greatly reduce the number of geographic coding errors caused by using paper maps in previous counts." 

The issue of recording GPS coordinates of your front door was also discussed for a few minutes on the Greg Everson program on Republic Broadcasting Network (RBN) on Saturday and Jane was a guest on the Jack McLamb program again on his Sunday program on RBN.  

The Michael Baker Jr. Corporation was given the contract to collect the GPS coordinates.  More information on this company and the contract will be found below the email alert.   

 

Alert!--- U.S. Census Bureau to GPS every front door in America.
April 11, 2009

A few days ago a women showed up at my front door (way out in the country) saying that she worked for the U.S. Census Bureau and she was going to GPS my front door. She stated that she did not know why they would want to do this since everyone in America already has a GPS address. (GPS, global positioning system, the satellite has a location and picture of your property) The women also said that her supervisor told them that they could climb locked gates with "NO TRESPASSING" signs on them.

I was told they are hired to do this in three months, she was not taking a census until next year, and it was needed to make sure that everyone receives the census mail-out next year, 2010.

NOTE: The truth is that the U.S. Census Bureau is doing an Address Canvassing Operation using GPS- equipped handheld computers to GPS every front door of homes, apartments, converted garages, homeless shelters, and anything they believe that someone might live in, in America, so that the Bureau can send every household a Census Questionnaire in March of 2010. (There are other people we have spoken to who believe that the GPS front doors of America may be used for MILITARY purposes and that this is a violation of privacy. They want the exact location of your front door.)

I called the U.S. Census Bureau in Boise (for Idaho) 208-319-3341 and asked by what authority and law was the U.S. Census Bureau using to GPS every front door. I was told that they were allowed by some federal law and that they would get back to me.

A friend called me and was mad because one of these census takers was roaming around at their garbage transfer station and trespassing. One of her employees told the census taker to get off their land that he was trespassing. The census taker said that there were three residences on that land. The employee told him that no one lives out there. The owner called the sheriff's office. I told the owner to call the U.S. Census Bureau office in Boise to complain. When she called them she told them that she was going to file a trespassing charge and the man at the office said that nothing would come of it because Federal trumps State. They sent her Sec. 223, Title 13, U.S. Code, Chapter 7, Subtitle 2. This explains the penalties for refusing to provide names and statistics of occupants when asked for by a census taker. This only applies when they are taking a census. The census will not be taken until next year 2010. The penalty for refusing to answer questions for a census is up to $500.00.

GPS-ing front doors is not taking a census and is not even mentioned in the section of law they hide behind to allow them to do this.

Contact your State and Federal Legislators and complain about this intrusion of America's privacy. Every front door in America is being GPS-ed even as this e-mail is being sent out!!!

Please pray for the safety of America!!!

-----Idaho Eagle Forum

 

 

Michael Baker Jr. Inc.

Baker firm lands census GPS work.(Global Positioning System, Bureau of the Census, Michael Baker...  

December 1, 2004

The U.S. Census Bureau awarded Shreveport, La.-based Michael Baker Jr. Inc. an estimated $10 million contract for data collection services that involve Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.

The company, an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corp., won the multi-year award to support the bureau's Geography Division in updating a key geographic data system.

 

Baker Website

Baker has been a partner to the United States military since the 1940's, supporting Department of Defense (DoD) operations spanning the globe. We understand the culture and know the demands and responsibilities facing installation commanders.

We've mastered support processes by focusing top architectural, planning, engineering, and geospatial and mapping talent to supply cost-effective, timely and innovative solutions that are aligned with the diverse missions of each military organization. While force structures, weaponry and missions change, Baker helps keep America's military installations fully mission capable.

 

Baker and Homescam Security

Protecting our nation's security is an ongoing responsibility. As the Global War on Terror is continuously changing battlefields, the Homeland Security sector must respond with rivaling ingenuity.  They must incorporate a multi-disciplinary approach, considering the vulnerabilities of both our hard and soft infrastructure.  Thorough protection must extend from the building's evacuation and disaster planning procedures to the security of data transfer through critical networks.

Baker is putting life cycle planning concepts for a multitude of federal, state, and local clients. Since 1972, our all-risk, all-hazards approach has helped clients plan and prepare for natural disasters, technological emergencies, internal/external risks, and terrorist threats. Our diverse staff of emergency planning and response specialists, planners, engineers, and architects supports a broad range of multi-discipline projects.

 

About Baker

Baker (NYSE Amex: BKR), founded in 1940, provides professional engineering and consulting expertise for public and private sector clients worldwide.

The Companyís markets of focus include Aviation, Defense, Environmental, Facilities, Geospatial Information Technologies, Homeland Security, Municipal & Civil, Pipelines & Utilities, Transportation, and Water. Services span the complete life cycle of infrastructure and managed asset projects, including planning, design, construction services, asset management, and asset renewal.

With more than 4,400 employees in over 50 offices across the United States and internationally, Baker is consistently ranked by Engineering News Record among the top 10% of the 500 largest U.S. design firms.

Michael Baker Corporation
(BKR:AMEX)
Board Members on Board of Directors
 

Federal Spending - Contract dollars for 2006     Michael Baker Corp.   $111,853,837

 


U.S. Department of Commerce

Census Information

GPS Address Coordinates - Press Release

2010 - Census Re-engineering

The re-engineered 2010 Census consists of three highly integrated activities designed to dramatically improve upon an already very good Census 2000. We will accomplish this by taking advantage of opportunities for innovations made possible through the expanded use of technology and the targeting of coverage-improvement procedures that will enable the Census Bureau to:

1. Improve the relevance of census long-form data
2. Reduce operational risk
3. Improve the accuracy of census coverage, and
4. Contain costs.

The three integrated components are:

1. Collect and tabulate long-form data every year throughout the decade through a large household survey (The American Community Survey).

2. Enhance and improve our existing address lists and GIS database (TIGER) system by bringing them into alignment with true GPS coordinates and converting our TIGER to a COTS database environment.

3. A program of early planning, development and testing designed to completely restructure the management and conduct of a short-form-only census in 2010. That will further reduce the differential undercount measured since the 1940s without resorting to statistical adjustment and will provide the savings needed to support this initiative.

Adopting the ACS as the planned replacement for the census long-form will allow the short-form-only census to focus more directly on meeting the legally mandated collection and issuance of the apportionment and redistricting data. This will transfer to the ACS the responsibility to provide estimates of detailed demographic and housing data throughout the decade. This more timely and therefore more relevant data will greatly enhance the information currently provided by the once-in-a-decade long form.

An updated master address file (MAF) and an accompanying improved TIGER database, with GPS positional accuracy, will allow the Census Bureau to maintain the inventory and location of addresses and features. In addition, we will greatly expand our ability to improve the accuracy and completeness of our census GIS systems that process these data. These MAF/TIGER enhancements are key to allowing the Census Bureau to adopt the technology necessary to fully utilize GPS-equipped, hand-held mobile computing devices to find, interview and update data on persons and housing units for the short-form-only census in 2010 thereby, achieving the Census Bureau's constitutionally mandated objectives at a greatly reduced cost. MORE...

 

Why would they want to GPS your front door?     How about this as a reason:

"We went into Iraq looking for a deck of cards. Weíre just here for the bad guys - please go about your business.  We donít fight militaries any more. We donít fight nation states.  We call it interstate war when the U.S. comes in as a leader of a coalition to take down a few bad actors.  It is such an abuse of the phrase.  When I got into this business the standard was 8 to 9 minute response to Soviet nuclear launching of attack.  Within a couple of years our standard is going to be a UAV, unmanned aerial vehicle operating on the far side of the earth.   It is going to find, recognize and kill one person in 8-9 minutes."   Thomas Barnett, Military in the 21st Century, Page 7

Military unit assigned domestic role to "quell disturbances" under the control of Northern Command

 

Vicky Davis
April 12, 2009