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It’s Census Time Again!

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It’s Census Time Again!

It’s Census Time Again!
March 19
17:23 2020

Have you received your “invitation” to complete the 2020 United States Census? The term invitation is a misstatement since it is illegal to refuse to cooperate with the federal government’s measure of the American people and economy. This fact is blazoned on the envelope:

YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW
SU RESPUESTA ES REQUERIDA POR LEY (for all you Spanish speakers)

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Apparently, the spin doctors behind the census figured that everyone loves an invitation much more than a mandate.

The purpose of the federal census is to count everyone in the U.S. and collect basic information about every adult, child, and infant living or staying at a given address. Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution “mandates” (think “requires” or “forces”) a unilateral accounting of every man, woman, and child residing in the country every 10 years.

Guess what? It’s 2020 and census time again!

According to the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, DC, the demographic information collected will be used to do three things:

  • Direct more than $675 billion dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services
  • Help communities prepare for transportation and emergency needs
  • Determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and each person’s political representation at all levels of government

The Census Bureau claims it takes, on average, 10 minutes to complete its mandatory form. Questions pertain to age, citizenship, race, relationship, gender, and how long a person has owned or rented their property.

The Census Bureau claims that all responses are kept strictly confidential:

“By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics.”

The law in question is Title 13, Section 9 of the U.S. Code:

“The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household.”

Under the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, all respondent data is protected from cybersecurity risks (read “theft” or “breach,” as in Equifax in 2017, Facebook in 2019, etc., etc.) by screening the data transmission systems. All web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect Americans’ privacy.

Despite the fact that violating Title 13 of the U.S. Code carries serious penalties such as a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000 or both, most people would never know if their privacy rights had been trampled and their data used inappropriately or sold outright.

Edward Snowden revealed the shocking truth with undeniable evidence that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) used taxpayer money to develop its PRISM program to tap in to and copy personal data of Facebook, Apple, Google, and other users.

With PRISM operational in 2007 after the passage of the Protect America Act (PAA), Feds began collecting material we thought was private, including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats. The PAA remains controversial because it removed the warrant requirement for government surveillance of foreign intelligence targets “reasonably believed” to be outside the United States.

The NSA lied consistently to Us the People about their underhanded actions and branded Snowden a traitor and social menace who threatens national security. Snowden warned that the extent of mass data collection was far greater than the public knew and included what he characterized as “dangerous” and “criminal” activities.

The U.S. government maintains that PRISM is legal under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008 which requires internet companies to turn over any stored internet communications that match court-approved search terms on official demand.

Approve or disapprove of the federal government’s trustworthiness, failure to answer the Census call will result in a human being knocking on your door and ringing the bell to get your attention and take the household count.

This is how the census used to go down. A U.S. decennial census (every 10 years) started in 1790. Until 1870, U.S. Marshals went door-to-door to gather the demographic information. In 1879, a law substituted specially hired and trained census-takers to conduct the 1880 and future censuses.

Sending forth temporary census-takers to work grids of city blocks was the primary method of collecting census data until 1960 when the U.S. Census Bureau began mailing questionnaires to households.

In the digital age, Uncle Sam would like American residents to make life really easy for the federal statisticians by providing all the required information online. Those without internet access or who prefer the freedom to skip items such as a phone number or email address will receive a paper census questionnaire in the mail.

Failing that, expect a knock on your door from your friendly census taker.

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