IBD: “Think NSA Spying Is Bad? Here Comes ObamaCare Hub”

John Merline at Investor’s Business Daily reports that the Obamacare Hub will collect data on almost all working age Americans and share it with seven other federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

“Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., asked HHS to provide “a complete list of agencies that will interact with the Federal Data Services Hub.” The Hub is a central feature of ObamaCare, since it will be used by the new insurance exchanges to determine eligibility for benefits, exemptions from the federal mandate, and how much to grant in federal insurance subsidies.”

“In response, the HHS said the ObamaCare data hub will “interact” with seven other federal agencies: Social Security Administration, the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Veterans Administration, Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Defense and — believe it or not — the Peace Corps. Plus the Hub will plug into state Medicaid databases.”

“And what sort of data will be “routed through” the Hub? Social Security numbers, income, family size, citizenship and immigration status, incarceration status, and enrollment status in other health plans, according to the HHS.”

The complete article by John Merline can be read @ http://news.investors.com/062513-661264-obamacare-database-hub-creates-privacy-nightmare.htm

FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe Asks Senator Lindsey Graham for His Email Password

Washington, DC- At a press conference today, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe addressed the growing list of civil liberties violations that have surfaced in recent weeks, and extended an open invitation to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to walk the walk implied by his casual dismissal of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. If he has “nothing to worry about,” he should be willing to publicly release his email password. The petition can be found at http://www.LindseysPassword.com.

In a Fox and Friends interview last Thursday, Senator Graham defended the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless surveillance of American civilians, telling the show’s hosts, “I don’t think you’re talking to the terrorists. I know you’re not. I know I’m not. So we don’t have anything to worry about.” Senator Graham then went one step further, concluding that he was “glad” the warrantless surveillance activity was happening in the NSA.

Kibbe commented, “Privacy is a citizen’s right to choose what information you prefer to tell the public about, and what you choose to keep to yourself. Senator Lindsay Graham recently asserted that violating the Fourth Amendment to implement warrantless government surveillance is not only acceptable, it’s welcomed. If we’re not talking to terrorists, we have nothing to worry about.”

“Respectfully, Senator, we ask you to lead by example and make your email account password available to the American people. If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about. Right?”

Kibbe also announced that FreedomWorks will be mobilizing its membership to support of Senator Rand Paul’s class action lawsuit on the constitutionality of the NSA’s secret surveillance of American citizens. “FreedomWorks plans to help Senator Paul and the ACLU organize grassroots Americans to join the legal effort to defend our Fourth Amendment rights,” Kibbe added. “Taking on the Big Brother behemoth requires the voices of many individuals across the country, and FreedomWorks wants to help give those citizens a microphone.”

FreedomWorks is a grassroots service center to a community of over 6 million activists dedicated to advancing the ideas of individual liberty and constitutionally-limited government. For more information, please visit http://www.FreedomWorks.org, or contact Jackie Bodnar at JBodnar@FreedomWorks.org.

Source: http://www.freedomworks.org/press-releases/freedomworks-president-matt-kibbe-asks-senator-lin

Sen. Rand Paul: Big Brother Really Is Watching Us

“When Americans expressed outrage last week over the seizure and surveillance of Verizon’s client data by the National Security Agency, President Obama responded: “In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother . . . but when you actually look at the details, I think we’ve struck the right balance.” ”

“How many records did the NSA seize from Verizon? Hundreds of millions. We are now learning about more potential mass data collections by the government from other communications and online companies. These are the “details,” and few Americans consider this approach “balanced,” though many rightly consider it Orwellian.”

“These activities violate the Fourth Amendment, which says warrants must be specific—”particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” And what is the government doing with these records?”

Full column by Sen. Rand Paul @ The Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324634304578537720921466776.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop