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Planned Parenthood has a history of failing to protect patient privacy under HIPAA

Posted in Center for Medical Progress, HIPPA, Planned Parenthood HPPA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2017 by saynsumthn

Americans are told that abortion is a “right” based on privacy. But when abortion providers like Planned Parenthood violate the privacy of women, abortion-friendly media and politicians are silent.

Planned Parenthood receives half a billion dollars annually from taxpayers and claims the majority of these dollars are Medicaid reimbursements. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), recipients of government programs that pay for health care, like Medicaid, must comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act known as HIPAA.

But is Planned Parenthood following HIPAA laws? Multiple instances of privacy breaches at Planned Parenthood say no.

The latest video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) further confirms what many already know all too well: when it comes to the privacy of abortion patients, Planned Parenthood is anything but trustworthy. Former Stem Express procurement technician, Holly O’Donnell, told CMP that Planned Parenthood revealed private patient medical information to third party contractors at fetal tissue procurement agency StemExpress in order to meet the company’s quotas for harvesting body parts from Planned Parenthood abortions:

O’Donnell said Planned Parenthood staff provided StemExpress contractors with private medical information of pregnant women coming into Planned Parenthood: “We’d go to the head nurse, let the nurses know, hey, this is what I’m looking for today. They’d give you a sheet of the appointments, which women were coming in, and it would tell you how many patients, what time they were coming in, their name, and if they knew how far along they were.”

Clearly, disclosing patient names is a violation of HIPAA.

According to HHS, the Privacy Rule protects all “individually identifiable health information held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral… Individually identifiable health information includes many common identifiers (e.g., name, address, birth date, Social Security Number).”

In 2016, the Washington Times reported, “The day before abortions were scheduled to take place… StemExpress was notified by fax by the clinics and granted medical files on individual patients.” O’Donnell told CMP that Planned Parenthood handed over a list of patient names and other private information to third party contractors before these patients signed a consent to release their personal information.

O’Donnell also reveals that Planned Parenthood gave StemExpress access to patient medical charts and even to the clinics’ computer network to download patient schedules across the entire Planned Parenthood affiliate. Emails from StemExpress management instruct procurement technicians: “EVERY Friday – please provide schedules for all the clinics you work in,” and, “All computers have access to other clinics.”

While this should shock politicians and media alike, tragically, accusations of carelessness and lack of concern for patient privacy at Planned Parenthood is not new.

In September of 2016, Live Action News released a two-part series exposing the way Planned Parenthood and the general abortion industry recklessly handles patient privacy. In those reports were documented case after case where Planned Parenthood was given a slap on the wrist for violating patient privacy — and in the cases reviewed at that time, no civil penalties had been issued.

CMS states that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights “enforces the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. Violations may result in civil monetary penalties. In some cases, criminal penalties enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice may apply.”

Breaches expose thousands of individuals

1. Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI): 10,700 individuals exposed

A review of archived privacy breaches on file with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which affect more than 500 patients, reveals that in August 2016, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI), reported a breach which exposed 10,700 individuals.

2. Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio: 5,000 individuals exposed

Another breach report states that on October 1, 2014, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio disposed of binders containing protected health information (PHI) for 5000 individuals, including names, dates of birth, lab results, and medications. Exactly what occurred in the privacy breach? Planned Parenthood’s archived prescription dispensing logs and waived lab test logs were left in an unlocked closet after business hours and a custodian mistakenly put them in a trash dumpster. The following morning, the dumpster was emptied by the trash collector, who took it to be buried with other garbage at a landfill that same day. And, as Planned Parenthood often claims it does when it violates government requirements, Planned Parenthood told the OCR that they conducted an investigation and re-trained all staff regarding HIPAA policies and procedures.

3. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland: 2,506 individuals exposed

Still under investigation is a July 2016 breach report reported by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. This breach for “Unauthorized Access/Disclosure” affected 2,506 individuals. No additional information is available from OCR; however, HIPAA Journal reported the following:

The health center permanently closed its doors to patients this April year and the premises was listed for sale and was sold. However, hard copies of patient files were left in the Dubuque health center. In April 2016, individuals entered the medical center and could potentially have viewed and/or copied patient files. The potential breach was discovered by Planned Parenthood on May 6, 2016. The files have now been removed from the premises and have been secured. Planned Parenthood said this was an isolated incident and is not representative of the stringent privacy standards usually maintained by the healthcare organization.

Health Care Compliance Association summarized another case where Planned Parenthood violated privacy of a patient.  In January 2017, HCCA wrote, “a complaint filed against Planned Parenthood alleged that an employee posted a description of the procedure the individual had performed at the clinic on the individual’s public Facebook page.”

In response, HCCA states, “OCR sent Planned Parenthood the regulatory section on reasonable safeguards
and encouraged it to “assess and determine whether there may have been noncompliance… and if so, to take steps to ensure such noncompliance does not occur in the future.”

Other breaches

In addition to those listed above, the following are known instances of privacy breaches at Planned Parenthood:

  • California Planned Parenthood patient reported that following her visit, she received two text messages from an anonymous number, reading, “Damn, you have an STD WOW.”
  • Napa Planned Parenthood receptionist admitted to state officials that she had looked at private patient records because she was curious.
  • Alleged Planned Parenthood patient wrote online, “a worker there told a family member of mine about my privacy.”
  • In 2011, OCR received a complaint alleging that a worker at Planned Parenthood in New York “impermissibly disclosed” the complainant’s health information to her sister’s friend.
  • In 2012, a complainant informed the governing body that she had received a call from Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio asking her to contact them regarding recent test results. During the call, it was determined that she was not the correct patient.
  • In 2013, OCR was notified that Planned Parenthood of Delaware violated the Federal Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information.
  • That same year, Melody Meanor, the former Health Center Manager of Family Planning at Planned Parenthood of Delaware in Wilmington went public to expose the center’s privacy policies. A video and transcript of her statement is available online.
  • In 2013, a complaint was filed against a Planned Parenthood in Chicago, Illinois, which alleged that an employee impermissibly disclosed her private health information to a third party on Facebook.
  • complaint received by OCR in 2014 alleged that a Planned Parenthood in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, violated the Federal Standards for Privacy Identifiable Health Information after sending a bill for a patient to the wrong person.
  • A 2014 complaint filed with the Texas Medical Board by former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, alleges that a Texas Planned Parenthood e-mailed their abortionist the ultrasound information of their patients — but not in encrypted form.
  • TAB, a records management company working with PPFA for over a decade, identified what they called “some serious problems” with the records of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, which oversees 17 branch locations.

In CMP’s video interview, O’Donnell tells David Daleiden that she has witnessed her colleagues log onto Planned Parenthood’s computers. O’Donnell provided copies of e-mails to CMP to support her claims.

“They would let us look at the physical charts outside the room,” O’Donnell stated, claiming that she was even asked to write in a Planned Parenthood patient’s chart, which she says she refused to do.

So much for privacy at Planned Parenthood.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Abortion records found in unsecured building could put patient’s privacy at risk

Posted in Abortion Records, Abortionist, Abortionist Investigated, Improper Disposal of Medical Records, Privacy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2015 by saynsumthn

Pro-lifers in Michigan say that an abortionist may have improperly stored thousands of records from former abortion patients in an unsecured building in Michigan.

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According to Michigan State Law [statutes 333.16213 and 333.20175] which govern the proper retention of medical records: “Records shall be maintained in such a manner to ensure their confidentiality and proper use and to ensure their accessibility and availability to each patient or his or her authorized representative.

Michigan Public Health Code 333.13811 also governs the proper disposal of medical waste including medical sharps.

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According to local pro-life activist, Lynn Mills, who went to the site after receiving an anonymous tip, the records were housed at the now closed, Feminine Health Center, owned by retired Michigan abortionist Abraham Alberto Hodari.

Mills said that she visited the old abortion facility to check out the informant’s information, concerned that patient records were left exposed.

She described the site as having a chain link fencing that had been cut with several gaping holes in the walls of the building.

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In addition, Mills said that she also discovered that the building was unlocked an unsecured, which would mean that anyone could enter the premises and violate the privacy of the clinic’s former abortion patients.

Hodari once owned five different abortion clinics in Michigan, the Woman Care clinics located in Southfield, Lansing, Livonia, Downriver and Macomb. Several boxes, completely visible through the door, were marked on the outside that indicated that the records came from these Hodari abortion clinic locations such as an abbreviation SFLD, meaning Southfield.

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According to a press release sent by the Citizens for a Pro-life Society (CFPLS), when Mills checked the door and found it unlocked she immediately saw stacks upon stacks of boxes that appeared to contain files of Hodari’s patients, many marked with the words “charts” and “records.”

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Mills, concerned that the privacy rights of women were seriously at risk, returned to the unkempt and dilapidated building later on March 15th with Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society to investigate further and document evidence to take to the Flint police.

Together the two discovered that a large gaping hole was cut into the garage door in the back of the building large enough for a grown man to easily gain entry to the facility. In addition to the unlocked side door, the huge hole in the garage door, the former clinic may also be entered through a hole on the right side of the building.

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Monica Miller, director of (CFPLS) said in her release that manila folders are visible though small slots in the boxes and appear to be stored alphabetically as many boxes recorded a beginning and ending last name.

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In addition to the stacks of medical record boxes, the building contains other boxes of medical records vulnerable to accessibility as well as several loose piles of medical records, including literally hundreds of records that are haphazardly strewn all over the floor of the open building mixed with trash and debris.

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Not only does the open building contain sensitive medical documents, but Mills said that they also found two large piles of syringes with sharps are also in the building which may be a violation of Michigan State Law regarding the proper disposal of medical waste.

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This isn’t the first time medical records and patient files have been found, but it should be the last,” Mills told Saynsumthn, “Patients have the expectation of privacy when they go to any doctor, even an abortion doctor. Where is the government oversight on this and why are their laws not being enforced? The number one responsibility of the government is the protection of its citizens. These woman were victimized in their abortion and again now because of this careless record keeping.”

In 2008 members of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society discovered the remains of aborted babies in Hodari’s Lathrup Village, Michigan Woman Care clinic, as well as over 200 intact patient records and biohazard waste that prompted a formal investigation by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality that cited him for violating Michigan law and charges filed against him by the Oakland County prosecutor for improper maintenance of patient records to which he pled “no-contest” and was placed on a six months probation.

Late last year, hundreds of abortion clinic medical records were discovered unsecured at a warehouse in Houston, Texas.

The sensitive medical records were found by the warhouse owner after her dog entered the property, tore up several files, and dragged them outside.

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Houston abortion clinic records

Esmeralda Cedillo, who found the records in her warehouse, said that the records contained sensitive information such as abortion details and Social Security numbers.

She told local news outlets who cared enough to report the story that the records were left in the warehouse by a now-estranged relative who works at an abortion clinic.

It was later discovered that the medical files belonged to patients at the now closed abortion clinic which operated under the names, a”Cunningham Clinic, KNS Clinic, and Women’s Clinic,” located at 2600 Southwest Freeway #1010 and 5555 West Loop South Suite 200, in Houston.

Cedillo was later rewarded for exposing the way they were haphazardly stored.

Unfortunately, Mills and Miller say they have not seen the same concern from media or authorities they contacted.

They claim that in addition to notifying local police, they have reached out to an attorney with the Genesee County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to discuss possible criminal violations. But, to date, the two have been unsuccessful in getting any public official to investigate this.

Mills told Saynsumthn that she went forward with the information for two reasons, one was to warn former abortion clinic patients that their privacy may be at risk and two was to get the public to insist that the records, many which have now been mysteriously removed, are now stored in a proper manner.

Mills and Miller say they now plan to take their evidence to the Michigan Attorney General.

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Abortionist investigated for dumping medical records

Posted in Abortionist, Abortionist arrested, Abortionist dumps fetuses, Abortionist Investigated, Abortionist Medical Board, Abortionist Medical Record Privacy, Abortionist Sexual, Abortionist Under Investigation, Privacy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2014 by saynsumthn

This week we detailed the complaint that Operation Rescue filed against sleezy abortion doc Nareshkumar Patel.

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Today, Oklahoma’s News9 is reporting on that story:

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office confirms it is investigating a complaint against an Oklahoma doctor that was brought to their attention by a pro-life group.

The group, called Operation Rescue out of Wichita, Kansas, claims the doctor has dumped medical waste and sensitive medical information into its dumpsters.

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And in a six page letter they sent to the Attorney General in January, they claim the doctor has a blatant disregard for his patients, their private medical information and the law.

“What we see is despicable,” said Troy Newman, the executive director of Operation Rescue. “We have countless people that have come forward.”

Newman says on Tuesday, they received confirmation from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office that they are indeed investigating the claims. He also received confirmation from the state’s Medical Licensure Board last month that they are reviewing the claims as well.

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“I have stacks and reams of private medical information, that needs to be put in the right hands,” said Newman. “Because this man is just disregarding state law and privacy concerns.”

In their letter to the attorney general, Operation Rescue claims Dr. Nareshkumar Patel and the Outpatient Services for Women clinic on N.W. 63rd Street violated the law a number of ways including:

dumping confidential medical records,
not reporting abortions they have performed,
improperly disposing medical waste,
failing to protect and properly dispose of employment applications,
and failing to observe the 24 hour voluntary and informed consent rule.
“And we have dozens and dozens of his former patients records,” said Newman. “These are the most private, the most secure, most sensitive pieces of information. And that shows a callous disregard for the patients and the integrity of his medical practice.”

Newman claims all of these records have come from confidential sources, and were brought to their attention last March.

“Mostly they come out of the trash receptacles,” said Newman. “Some of the most private information a person can have should not be disposed of into a place that is just open for public scrutiny.”

News 9 did reach out to Dr. Patel and the clinic for comment. They did not return our calls.

Back in 1994, Dr. Patel was put on trial on allegations he sexually assaulted some of his patients, but a jury found him not guilty and acquitted him of all charges. A search of News 9 archives also reveal Patel made national news in 1992, for admitting he dumped and burned fetuses in a field near Shawnee. The board later dismissed the complaint on that matter.

Fetuses in Field

Mike Haley, the regional director of Operation Rescue National, called the dumping and burning of the fetuses “an outrage on our society” and likened the activities to the Nazi death camps.

Patel said he and his office manager had tried to find a waste disposal company to take the fetuses after Seminole Municipal Hospital told him on Sept. 5, 1990, that he no longer could use its incinerator.

He testified he took two boxes of fetuses from the clinic on April 14 after a storage room became too full. He acknowledged there could have been as many as 1,000 fetuses in the room.

Patel said he and his office manager took the fetuses to an abandoned recreational vehicle park he owned near Shawnee and he set fire to them on a gravel road.

“We stayed until the fire was completely burned off,” he said.

“Just looking from the headlights of my car, it looked like everything was burned off, the fire was burned off, everything was covered with ash. … Still we decided that we would go back there … the next day after work was over to make sure it was completely burned off. ” But, he said, two trespassers discovered the fetuses on his fenced property April 15, before he could return.

“If I had known that there would be so much unnecessary publicity, I would have never done it,” he said.

He said he now has a contract, signed April 16 – the day after the fetuses were found – with American Medical Disposal Inc. of Oklahoma City to dispose of the fetuses. He said his office manager again called waste disposal clinics after the publicity began.

Patel admitted burning the fetuses and said of the burnings, “We took only one small amount. This was the first time we were trying. We wanted to see if it would be all right. … to see if we could dispose of it completely or not. ”

Medical examiners determined that one fetus was 21 weeks old and “the other remains were all of 16 weeks gestation or less. ” An autopsy report noted: “The multiple fetal parts that are identifiable consist of … a definite 53 right hands, 47 left hands, 51 right feet and 55 left feet. This is used to determine a minimum number of grossly recognizable human fetuses of 55.

Doctors determined the remains had been kept in formaldehyde before their disposal.

An autopsy report listed the abortion on the 21-week-old fetus as a homicide but chief medical examiner Fred Jordan said, “We do not believe that the 21-week fetus was at a stage of development whereby it could have independently survived outside the mother. ” No criminal charges were filed.

Patel also was disciplined at the June 1990 hearing for failing to keep accurate records on prescription drugs. That ruling was upheld.

Patel moved his first Warr Acres clinic after a legal fuss with his landlord. The landlord had terminated Patel’s lease in 1989 after an air-conditioning repairman complained of finding “babies in bottles” in the attic above the clinic.

Patel has told authorities that he keeps the fetuses for up to seven months before disposal.

1990

In 1992, a witness testified in one case in Oklahoma County District Court that Patel performs as many as 20 abortions “on any given Saturday,” at his Oklahoma City clinic. Medical records obtained from the state licensure board confirmed those numbers.

The woman, a medical assistant who worked at the Oklahoma City clinic and occasionally at the Shawnee clinic, also testified that Patel kept fetal tissue from completed abortions stored in both clinics until it was destroyed.

“We put them in boxes and date them. And he takes so many,” said the witness, identified in court documents as medical assistant Nancy J. Standerfer.

He was ordered to pay $240,000 in damages after an Oklahoma County judge ruled in favor of a 15-year-old girl left permanently injured following an attempted abortion in June 1989.

The state medical board reprimanded Patel on June 9, 1990, “for a procedure done in an unprofessional manner in an unprofessional setting. ” That reprimand was later overturned after he appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Standerfer, the medical assistant who witnessed the 1989 abortion attempt on the 15-year-old girl, described how she saw Patel “pull out some tissue and take it in his hands. ” Then the woman testified she heard Patel say, “‘That’s her small intestine,’ and he put it all inside … ” The doctor then told his assistant to call an ambulance and the girl was rushed to Oklahoma Memorial Hospital. She later underwent emergency surgery for a perforated uterus, where a male fetus was found floating in blood inside her abdominal cavity.

Eventually, the girl’s fallopian tubes, ovaries, and a portion of her colon were removed, and a temporary colostomy was performed.

In a separate incident, medical authorities said Patel was accused of abandoning a patient.

No action was taken in that case “because there was not enough evidence presented to make a finding on the claim,” said Daniel Gamino, attorney for the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

A lawsuit filed by Terrell Dockery of Shawnee in April 1990 against Patel was dismissed by mutual agreement. Dockery said Patel wanted to induce labor in January 1989 about two weeks before her delivery date so he could go to India for a vacation.

She agreed, but she said he rushed through the delivery and neglected to suture a tear caused by the birth. She claimed she bled excessively and suffered an infection “because of him and his greed,” and he was not available to help her.

She asked for $20,000 damages, and Patel filed a counterclaim for $355 he said she still owed him, records show. Patel produced hospital records showing he sutured the woman for a 1 1/2-centimeter (.6 inch) tear after delivery and again during the night when the suture line began bleeding.

1993

In 1993, NEWSOK reported that a lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District Court by Ashley Trent alleges Patel was negligent in treating her following an April abortion. Trent is asking for $10,000 in actual damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.

Patel was released on $100,000 bond after he was charged with one count each of forcible oral sodomy and sexual battery. The alleged victim in the criminal charge also is a former patient, but the two cases are unrelated.

Patel is accused of calling Trent on April 29 and asking her to meet with him under the guise of discussing her mental condition following the mid-April abortion.

Trent agreed to meet Patel at a predetermined location, got into his car, and rode with him to Lake Stanley Draper. There, the lawsuit says, the doctor attempted to grab and kiss Trent.

The lawsuit also alleges that Patel failed to make a thorough examination of Trent and took advantage of her “known mental and emotional status” when he forced himself upon her.

The criminal charges stem from a March 25 incident in which a patient alleged Patel tried to kiss and fondle her while she lay nude and sedated on an examination table.

A judge initially set bond at $500,000, after prosecutors argued that Patel was a flight risk because he had airline tickets to India. The amount later was lowered to $100,000 when Thomas convinced a second judge the higher amount was unreasonable.

In 1994, Patel was found not guilty in the sexual assault of the 25 year old female patient.

In that case another woman testified Tuesday that she had been a patient of Patel’s in 1989 and had been raped by him while under sedation at the Warr Acres clinic. The woman, then 19, admits she never told anyone of the alleged attack until five years later.

Patel testified he never had sex with any of the patients. He testified the woman whose allegations led to the charges had wanted to date him and would call him four times a week.

The woman taped telephone conversations between her and Patel and on one recording he apologized to her.

Patel said he “was so tired of her calling, I would say anything to get her to stop. ” Patel’s attorney, D.C. Thomas, claims the woman tried to set up Patel for the purpose of filing a $5 million civil lawsuit against him.

In 1994, A Pottawatomie County jury found in favor of Dr. Nareshkumar Gandalal Patel, who had been sued by Rochelle Brown, a former worker in his Shawnee office.

Brown sought $200,000 in damages, claiming in part that Patel repeatedly touched her breasts and buttocks in a Chicago hotel room in November 1990. The woman testified she was surprised upon their arrival to learn that Patel had reserved only one room, said her attorney, James Branum.

Brown testified that she quit her job after returning to Shawnee, but that Patel convinced her to return to work two months later, Branum said.

She claimed that Patel assaulted her again in January 1991.

Patel went to medical school in India, entering when he was 17 and finishing when he was 21. “Over there,” he said in a 1990 deposition, “doctors are considered as God. ” He moved to the United States in 1978 and had further medical training at a New Jersey hospital before moving to Oklahoma in mid-1984.

Privacy at risk: ObamaCare, like the abortion industry, works under cover of darkness!

Posted in Life Dynamics, Life Talk, Obama and Planned Parenthood, ObamaCare, ObamaCare Navigators, Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare, Planned Parenthood Navigator, Planned Parenthood ObamaCare, Privacy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2013 by saynsumthn

Ben Johnson LifeSite News Life Talk December 2013On the December 2013 show, the cast of Life Talk interviewed LifeSite News‘ US Bureau Chief, Ben Johnson who has done a vast amount of research on the Affordable Care Act a/k/a/ ObamaCare and access unregulated Navigators will have to your private information.

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Johnson points out that abortion giant Planned Parenthood is one of the ObamaCare Navigators. He says that these navigators, who are not required to be back ground checked, can access your personal private information through a federal data hub.

Johnson asks what it would take to prohibit Planned Parenthood from accessing personal data on pro-life leaders pointing out that with ObamaCare, “If you like your privacy you can keep your privacy.”

Mark Crutcher Life Talk Dec 2013

Mark Crutcher, producer of Life Talk and president of Life Dynamics, calls ObamaCare a fraud and asks if having the IRS implement ObamaCare is a good idea.

Johnson answers Crutcher’s concerns by reminding the viewers that the IRS has become politicized, has recently targeted pro-life organizations and will now have access to additional personal data on all Americans.

Crutcher ends the interview by saying, “These are truly frightening times that we live in. This situation with ObamaCare, I don’t think that people truly realize how pervasive this thing is and what the potential risks are for this, for the whole country, not just for health care for everything.”

FR Frank Pavone Life Talk Dec 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, drew the conclusion that ObamaCare, like the abortion industry, works under cover of darkness, “Just like the abortion industry itself, it works under cover of darkness. They want to hide, distort, lie, cover-up, deceive, withhold, secrecy, darkness. And this is what the Obama administration has made this out to be,” he added.

Watch Interview:

Life Talk is a monthly pro-life TV show produced in Denton, Texas by Life Dynamics.

The show is hosted by Life Dynamics President, Mark Crutcher, Priests for Life National Director Fr. Frank Pavone, Bloggers Destiny Herndon-DeLaRosa and Jill Stanek. Sitting in for Operation Rescue president Troy Newman is Leroy Dodd.

You can view the entire show here http://www.LifeTalkTV.com

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Big Brother’s U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens

Posted in Big Brother, National Counterterrorism Center, Privacy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2012 by saynsumthn

H/T Hot Air

Remember when government needed something called a warrant or even probable cause to look at your records? Good times, good times. I’m nostalgic for the halcyon days of, er, February of this year, before the Attorney General of the United States signed off on an order allowing the government to access pretty much everything it wanted in the name of counterterrorism. The Wall Street Journal found out about the order and got a FOIA request to force its exposure:

Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime.

Not everyone was on board. “This is a sea change in the way that the government interacts with the general public,” Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security, argued in the meeting, according to people familiar with the discussions.

A week later, the attorney general signed the changes into effect.

Read the WSJ U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens

Through Freedom of Information Act requests and interviews with officials at numerous agencies, The Wall Street Journal has reconstructed the clash over the counterterrorism program within the administration of President Barack Obama. The debate was a confrontation between some who viewed it as a matter of efficiency—how long to keep data, for instance, or where it should be stored—and others who saw it as granting authority for unprecedented government surveillance of U.S. citizens.

The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an investigation.

Now, NCTC can copy entire government databases—flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and many others. The agency has new authority to keep data about innocent U.S. citizens for up to five years, and to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior. Previously, both were prohibited. Data about Americans “reasonably believed to constitute terrorism information” may be permanently retained.

The changes also allow databases of U.S. civilian information to be given to foreign governments for analysis of their own. In effect, U.S. and foreign governments would be using the information to look for clues that people might commit future crimes.

“It’s breathtaking” in its scope, said a former senior administration official familiar with the White House debate.

Counterterrorism officials say they will be circumspect with the data. “The guidelines provide rigorous oversight to protect the information that we have, for authorized and narrow purposes,” said Alexander Joel, Civil Liberties Protection Officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the parent agency for the National Counterterrorism Center.

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution says that searches of “persons, houses, papers and effects” shouldn’t be conducted without “probable cause” that a crime has been committed. But that doesn’t cover records the government creates in the normal course of business with citizens.

Congress specifically sought to prevent government agents from rifling through government files indiscriminately when it passed the Federal Privacy Act in 1974. The act prohibits government agencies from sharing data with each other for purposes that aren’t “compatible” with the reason the data were originally collected.

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Big Brother : Mandatory Black Boxes in Cars

Posted in Big Brother, Privacy with tags , , , , on December 14, 2012 by saynsumthn

Privacy is dead: Big brother is an ameratur compared to what private industry has

Posted in Big Brother, Privacy with tags , on October 3, 2012 by saynsumthn