The Census Is Getting Personal

This is an expose’ of the Census Bureau. This video itemizes the fundamental legal questions that the Census Bureau refuses or fails to answer about its collection and use of personal information from every American (see questions below). This program aired on Matrix News Network (syndicated national television) in January of 2010.

Without any apparent authority the Census Bureau has expanded it’s information gathering activities. In addition to the once-in-10-years Census authorized by the Constitution, the Census Bureau conducts more in-depth “Surveys” of 250,000 Americans every month of every year. It has no Constitutional authority for that, in fact the Bureau is violating the 4th Amendment to the Bill of Rights by suggesting that Americans are “obligated” to provide any personal information whatsoever to government.

The Constitution allows the government to count people once every ten years, but does not require any American to BE COUNTED, OR TO PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION AT ALL, much less to provide personal information to the temporary worker and stranger who comes to your door with a Census Bureau badge.

Americans have been given very false impressions and presumptions of the authority of government to invade their lives. Even the Census takers themselves are sometimes misinformed of the limits of government.

Once your information is out there, it is out there for good. There is no such thing as a “secure database” in government. Government data is bought, lost, stolen and viewed every day by everyone from law enforcement to criminals at all levels of society. Spill your life to strangers at your front door or on the “questionnaire” at your own risk. Beyond that is the question, if we agree to pass over our private information to bureaucrats, is there any limit to what they will ask for next?

My reason for producing this video and for posting it on YouTube is that I see so many people everywhere who don’t seem to understand that the USA has become something very different than the country of our origin, and we have ALREADY lost many of the rights and freedoms that were given to us by nature (God?) and were protected for us again in our Constitution. Our Constitutional framers never imagined the spending, waste, taxation intrusion and aggression that our government now commits without restraint.

How did that happen? When our government pushes us we fail to push back so, after many decades of that, government simply sees no boundaries at all on its own presumed force and authority.

It is our government. It is our servant. Government can have no authority but that which it derives from us. But government employees, officials and representatives do need to be reminded of that on a regular basis.

There is a pdf file of the Census Bureau’s AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY Questionnairre at:
http://www.census.gov/acs/www/SBasics/SQuest/SQuest1.htm
If you are not disturbed by the questions they will ask you then you are not reading it carefully.

QUESTIONS THAT THE CENSUS BUREAU REFUSED OR FAILED TO ANSWER (from Jerry Day’s Matrix News Network segment: “The Census Is Getting Personal”) I strongly suggest asking these questions of your Census Taker, especially if they show up with an “American Community Survey” form:

1) The Constitution authorizes government to count people but it does not authorize the taking of private information or even the names of individuals. From where does the Census Bureau derive authority to demand our private information?

2) Is there any limit to the amount and type of private information that the Census bureau may demand and collect?

3) Under what Constitutional authority does the Census Bureau collect information now from 250,000 people per month of every year?

4) The 4th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits government search and seizure of private information without a court warrant based on probable cause. Current Census policies violate that Amendment do they not?

5) By what Constitutional authority does the Census Bureau threaten penalties for failure to provide personal information?

6) The Census Bureau claims it maintains privacy of personal information. Are there any circumstances under which law enforcement or spy agencies can access Census information?

7) Since presumably Census data may be subpoenaed by law enforcement, may individuals refuse to answer questions according to the fifth Amendment?

8) Why has the Census Bureau decided to collect GPS coordinates for every home?

9) Virtually every government database has been either lost, hacked or compromised. Would the Census Bureau’s claim of data security not be an outright lie or at best highly improbable?

10) How would the Census Bureau locate, protect and compensate those individuals whose data becomes compromised?

More about the Video Producer at:
http://www.jerryday.com/

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Post Author: mark

26 thoughts on “The Census Is Getting Personal

    grennil

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    Jerry, do you …
    Jerry, do you really believe that because the government won’t call YOU back that there is some underling “conspiracy”? What a hugh ego you must have! As everyone will see in a couple of weeks, there are 10 questions on the form and the only really personal thing asked is your name to try and eliminate double counting. I just hope that your fallacious rantings don’t incite people to do bodily harm to those unemployed enumerators that took this job to put food on their table.

    af2f

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    This information …
    This information was REMOVED so I am reposting.

    IBM used Hollerith CENSUS machines in concentration camps to calculate how much work could be extracted, based on age, weight, sex, etc. until prisoners were WORKED TO DEATH.

    Today, the census helps turns the country into a virtual concentration camp. Based on data collected, algorithms determine where more taxes may be imposed to weaken the camel, until we have no power to fight back, before finally breaking its back.

    danbeck0208

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    I beg to differ, …
    I beg to differ, but the law says that if you don’t comply you’ll have to pay a fine. You may not want to recognize the law, but in this case the census statutes have been upheld since the inception of the Republic.

    danbeck0208

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    @daveruh
    You …

    @daveruh
    You shouldn’t be lazy to look them up. Unfortunately for the Mr. Day and people who despise the census questions, court cases so far have supported that “,,, in such a manner as they shall by Law direct” means that Congress and the President can go beyond counting.

    The first census (signed in law by G. Washington) in fact, specified head of household names, and categorized the people being counted by race, age and sex. In other words that first census did more than count.

    bgwyn1

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    The numbers will …
    The numbers will never be correct until the 13 million or more illegals are removed. The questions should remain very basic

    Liberty4Ever

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    “Hello Mr. Census …
    “Hello Mr. Census Taker. No, you may not come in, because this won’t take long. There are two adults living at this address. Have a nice day, and I’ll see you in 2020.”

    I may be midway through the process of cleaning a gun at the time.

    roberthbennett

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    “since you are …
    “since you are obviously part of the rabid paranoid right.” Paranoid? LMAO. I wonder how many people in Natzi Germany thought as you do. You probably think the Second Amendment to the US Constitution is “The right to wear short sleeved shirts”

    bargaincitizen

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    The government only …
    The government only has authority to “count” in order to properly apportion representatives in Congress. We’ll all be better off when we replace the mindset of “what government does for us” to “what government does to us”.
    Great job Jerry…thanks!

    bargaincitizen

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    The ACS (American …
    The ACS (American Community Survey) which accompanies the 10 question short form is what is referred to here…total of 57 questions. The government wants to convince you that they can fine you up to $5K for non-compliance. I’ll be first in line as I will only provide the info the Constitution mandates.

    The8324

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    “…government …
    “…government wants to get information to help it help us…” and we are the Morons? Enjoy this month’s welfare check.

    MrDallas75

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    I don’t have a …
    I don’t have a problem with the questions per se but what else will this info be used for, will it turn into another HIPAA. Since the census represents citizens why not ask for proof of citizenship.

    nhzeus

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    The constitution …
    The constitution does not set out the nitty gritty of our lives….broad strokes only. It gave power to legislatures so we could change.
    The earliest census I’ve read is 1790 so if there is an evil plan it must have been concocted before 1790. Read a book, get a clue. by 1920 , it was name, relationship, birthplace, of yourself and your parents, occupaation, number of years married and number of children live or dead. We,re becoming a nation of uneducated wimps and I hate it.

    captaingsc

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    My sympathy is to …
    My sympathy is to the poor census taker who’s out there just trying to make $12 hour and runs into people like Mr. Day who always seem like they have an itch looking for a scratch. 🙂

    relfstro

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    @Bondwan
    US …

    @Bondwan
    US citizen? or just lost in space?

    burt2481

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    get a life, spend …
    get a life, spend your time fighting something that matters

    dabprod

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    Ask to see the …
    Ask to see the census takers photo ID, as in drivers licens, so you can wright down their name and home address, ask for
    their phone #, videotape them.

    btrisha1

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    this government …
    this government kinda reminds me of eatin pussy, took too big of bite and it all turned to crap……….

    charliegirl42

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    @realfrogfarm

    @realfrogfarm
    EXCELLENT IDEA….

    jimbower10001

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    Applying for a …
    Applying for a mortgage, a car loan, or a credit card is voluntary. The census is not. Providing income information, job status, and credit history is useful information to the lenders…the government doesn’t need that information to count heads. The video clearly states that the government only needs to know how many people live in which areas for purposes of redistricting and assigning representation in Congress.

    pattreid

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    There are only 10 …
    There are only 10 questions on the Census. Why don’t you post those 10 questions instead of making up your own? I would not answer the questions you posed to the Census Bureau either, since you are obviously part of the rabid paranoid right. If you get a mortgage, or a credit card, or buy an auto, you provide all that info and more. Are those people not “strangers”? You turn over your right to privacy for the bogus claim of national security. Where were you in those other circumstances?

    CA1962

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    If that’s the case, …
    If that’s the case, then I’ll tell them to just contact my CC Company. They shouldn’t have a problem with that, right?

    screamingdasies

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    To work for the …
    To work for the census you take a test. if you pass said test you now may become a census worker. Pretty much an easy solution. If you do not wish to answer tell the census worker, Not available. It is wise to be smart about your identity. Don’t share any information that you are uncomfortable sharing. Meet with your census person outside your home. We had a worker try to “track us down” she called my husbands uncle who lived in a neighboring town. She banged on our neighbor’s door and more!

    Bondwan

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    You people make me …
    You people make me laugh. You are the same morons who thought it was ok for Bush to wire tap us. So long as the military wants to get information that is ok. But god forbid the government wants to get information to help it help us more then this right wing schill would have us become indignant and uncooperative.

    realfrogfarm

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    Exercise your right …
    Exercise your right to remain silent. I know I will!

    captvanhalen

    (February 27, 2010 - 11:07 am)

    @EdugeBDroN

    What’s …
    @EdugeBDroN

    What’s even more hilarious is the amount of effort these shills have taken to try and shut this video down. FAIL!

    Half a million views, 5 star rating — and there is NOTHING you can do about it! 😀

    Good job Jerry!

    Jan Emory

    (April 14, 2010 - 10:00 am)

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