Nationalizing birth/death records for data mining

Were you born? Have you died? If so the Bush regime plans to make the records of these life events the property of the U.S. government with access to those records severely restricted. Why?

Damn! -- that's a good question. The only answer appears to be data mining. And not only is the federal government effectively nationalizing your vital records, but it apparently plans to make states, counties, and towns pay for the move out of their pockets. In his article, Information Is Power, Jeff Allen reports:

Buried within the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 is a regulation that bars most public access to birth and death certificates for 70 to 100 years. In much of the country, these records have long been invaluable tools for activists, lawyers, and reporters to uncover patterns of illness and pollution that officials miss or ignore.

In These Times has obtained a draft of the proposed regulations now causing widespread concern among state officials. It reveals plans to create a vast database of vital records to be centralized in Washington, and details measures that states must implement-and pay millions for-before next year's scheduled implementation.

Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, is quoted in the article: "That information will dovetail with the Real ID Act of 2005. Real ID cards are the other shoe that is scheduled to drop in three years."

Somebody make things clear for me here: The Bush regime fails to be Orwellian in what regard, exactly? You need to control information about when people died to stop terrorism how, exactly?

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Big Brother is Here!

So they don't want people to know who was born or died in the US?I don't get it...Genealogists will be less than pleased with this..So looks like this gov is1-re-classifying the de-classified2-restricting access to birth and death records3-Closing the EPA libraries...4-????Sounds like we "radical militant" librarians need to do protest this however we can.

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