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Jul 22 2013

Putting Us in Information Chains

While indulging in the race-baiting the current administration is known for, Vice President Joke Biden barked at a black audience that Republicans are “going to put y’all back in chains.” In the Iron Age, chains were made of iron. This is the Information Age; chains are now made of information. A case in point is ObamaCare’s Federal Data Services Hub:

The Data Hub is a comprehensive database of personal information being established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the federally facilitated health insurance exchanges. The purpose of the Data Hub, according to a June 2013 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, is to provide “electronic, near real-time access to federal data” and “access to state and third party data sources needed to verify consumer-eligibility information.” In these days of secret domestic surveillance by the intelligence community, rogue IRS officials and state tax agencies using private information for political purposes, and police electronically logging every license plate that passes by, the idea of the centralized Data Hub is making lawmakers and citizens nervous.

Nervous? They ought to be terrified.

The massive, centralized database will include comprehensive personal information such as income and financial data, family size, citizenship and immigration status, incarceration status, social security numbers, and private health information. It will compile dossiers based on information obtained from the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, the Social Security Administration, state Medicaid databases, and for some reason the Peace Corps. The Data Hub will provide web-based, one-stop shopping for prying into people’s personal affairs.

This should come in handy when inconvenient people need to be motivated to become more compliant. If they could make John Roberts reverse himself and issue a nonsensical opinion that destroyed his reputation to get ObamaCare certified as constitutional, think what they will be able to do with the secrets they will have on every American everywhere.

Who will have access to the Data Hub? Hackers, of course, but also uncountable hordes of power-hungry, ideologically deranged bureaucrats.

The hub will be used on a daily basis by so-called Navigators, which according to the GAO are “community and consumer-focused nonprofit groups, to which exchanges award grants to provide fair and impartial public education” and “refer consumers as appropriate for further assistance.” Thousands of such people will have unfettered access to the Data Hub, but there are only sketchy guidelines on how they will be hired, trained and monitored. Given the slap-dash, incoherent way Obamacare is being implemented the prospect for quality control is low. And the Obama administration’s track record of sweetheart deals, no-bid, sole-source contracting and other means of rewarding people with insider access means the Data Hub will be firmly in the hands of trusted White House loyalists.

We are very quickly running out of opportunities to rebel against this. Once the chains are in place, they will get ever tighter — and ever harder to remove.

Compliments of Zappatrust.

On tips from b, Stormfax, Bob Roberts, Ben S, Luandos, and Zappatrust.

12 Responses to “Putting Us in Information Chains”

  1. Today, most of us learn another massive affront to our individual freedom. As if the NSA violations were not enough, now we have Obamacare tapping into what little freedom we have left.Not only is the government tapping my phone calls, purchases and following my location but now it will also be monitoring my most sensitive financial, medical and private information- in one spot! I think that if I’d live in Russia I wouldn’t feel as violated. What about the Chinese that are hacking into our computer systems, the Snowdens or even the Wiki leaks? Do you really trust the government with this information. And, who know what nefarious plans the democratic liberals have with all this data? I can tell you it won’t be our best interests.

    Why don’t you just take away all our guns, freedom and dignity Obama- and while you do so, make sure you burn that old Constitution of ours while you are at it.

  2. Flu-Bird says:

    Awarding a war crinimal the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE is a dishonor to AFLRED NOBEL but remember Terrorists like NELSON MANDELA and YASIR(THATS MY BABY)ARAFAT also received the prize as well along with a eco-radical and hypotcrit AL GORE

  3. Wilberforce says:

    Dave, that part you wrote about Roberts reversing himself was spot on! Been thinking that ever since…

  4. Dr. 9 says:

    Do you remember (forced) segregation? How about (forced) busing of your children? Well, how about (forced) living? How about you being forced to live with people you don’t really want to live with? How familiar are you with Marxism?

  5. Xavier says:

    You purchased a non-green appliance? Picked up too many “sin” items at the grocery store? Bought CO2 producing charcoal for the grill? Eating meat more often than Mooch recommends? Buying too much candy and junk food?

    Off to the reeducation camp, comrade.

  6. Jodie says:

    Can’t wait ’til the Data Hub starts “reaching out to the Muslim world”. Ugh…

  7. Kevin R. says:

    The Left would be up in arms if a private corporation were doing this. But, their favorite corporate entity the Federal government doing it is just fine.

  8. Marian says:

    Big brother says: you will comply, or else. By the time clueless, lazy, selfish Americans realize what is happening, it will be too late. There are lots of smart Americans still out there. How about a virus or EMP? Oops, just tagged myself. This is just sickening.

  9. Bob Smith says:

    Navigators? Argh! The noxious euphemism, it hurts!

  10. Vic Kelley says:

    Another good thread that worries the hell out of me. Good comments too especially Dr. 9.

    Today’s going to be one of those days I’m going to have to work extra hard to stay positive.

  11. […] again we see that in the Information Age, our masters forge chains from information. Barks HUD Secretary Shaun […]

  12. whotothewhat says:

    The government can only use information against us if we submit to them. They can make up lies and twist the info they have to support whatever conclusions they want.

    I found a YouTube video that shows one of these Navigators having a meeting with a government official.

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