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Main Core: A List Of Millions Of Americans That Will Be Subject To Detention During Martial Law

Main core is a list of millions of citizens to be detained during martial law

Are you on the list?  Are you one of the millions of Americans that have been designated a threat to national security by the U.S. government?

By Michael Snyder
End of the American Dream
June 11, 2013

Will you be subject to detention when martial law is imposed during a major national emergency?  As you will see below, there is actually a list that contains the names of at least 8 million Americans known as Main Core that the U.S. intelligence community has been compiling since the 1980s.  A recent article onWashington’s Blog quoted a couple of old magazine articles that mentioned this program, and I was intrigued because I didn’t know what it was.

So I decided to look into Main Core, and what I found out was absolutely stunning – especially in light of what Edward Snowden has just revealed to the world.  It turns out that the U.S. government is not just gathering information on all of us.  The truth is that the U.S. government has used this information to create a list of threats to national security that the government would potentially watch, question or even detain during a national crisis.  If you have ever been publicly critical of the government, there is a very good chance that you are on that list.

The following is how Wikipedia describes Main Core…

Main Core is the code name of a database maintained since the 1980s by the federal government of the United States. Main Core contains personal and financial data of millions of U.S. citizens believed to be threats to national security. The data, which comes from the NSA, FBI, CIA, and other sources, is collected and stored without warrants or court orders. The database’s name derives from the fact that it contains “copies of the ‘main core’ or essence of each item of intelligence information on Americans produced by the FBI and the other agencies of the U.S. intelligence community.”

It was Christopher Ketchum of Radar Magazine that first reported on the existence of Main Core.  At the time, the shocking information that he revealed did not get that much attention.  That is quite a shame, because it should have sent shockwaves across the nation…

According to a senior government official who served with high-level security clearances in five administrations, “There exists a database of Americans, who, often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived ‘enemies of the state’ almost instantaneously.” He and other sources tell Radar that the database is sometimes referred to by the code name Main Core. One knowledgeable source claims that 8 million Americans are now listed in Main Core as potentially suspect. In the event of a national emergency, these people could be subject to everything from heightened surveillance and tracking to direct questioning and possibly even detention.

Of course, federal law is somewhat vague as to what might constitute a “national emergency.” Executive orders issued over the last three decades define it as a “natural disaster, military attack, [or] technological or other emergency,” while Department of Defense documents include eventualities like “riots, acts of violence, insurrections, unlawful obstructions or assemblages, [and] disorder prejudicial to public law and order.” According to one news report, even “national opposition to U.S. military invasion abroad” could be a trigger.

So if that list contained 8 million names all the way back in 2008, how big might it be today?

That is a very frightening thing to think about.

Later on in 2008, Tim Shorrock of Salon.com also reported on Main Core…

Dating back to the 1980s and known to government insiders as “Main Core,” the database reportedly collects and stores — without warrants or court orders — the names and detailed data of Americans considered to be threats to national security. According to several former U.S. government officials with extensive knowledge of intelligence operations, Main Core in its current incarnation apparently contains a vast amount of personal data on Americans, including NSA intercepts of bank and credit card transactions and the results of surveillance efforts by the FBI, the CIA and other agencies. One former intelligence official described Main Core as “an emergency internal security database system” designed for use by the military in the event of a national catastrophe, a suspension of the Constitution or the imposition of martial law.

So why didn’t this information get more attention at the time?

main core: a government list of millions of citizens to detain in fema camps during martial lawWell, if Obama had lost the 2008 election it might have.  But Obama won in 2008 and the liberal media assumed that he would end many of the abuses that were happening under Bush.  Of course that has not happened at all.  In fact, Obama has steadily moved the police state agenda ahead aggressively.  Edward Snowdenhas just made that abundantly clear to the entire world.

After 2008, it is unclear exactly what happened to Main Core.  Did it expand, change names, merge with other programs or get superseded by a new program?  It appears extremely unlikely that it simply faded away.  In light of what we have just learned about NSA snooping, someone should ask our politicians some very hard questions about Main Core.  According toChristopher Ketchum, the exact kind of NSA snooping that Edward Snowden has just described was being used to feed data into the Main Core database…

A host of publicly disclosed programs, sources say, now supply data to Main Core. Most notable are the NSA domestic surveillance programs, initiated in the wake of 9/11, typically referred to in press reports as “warrantless wiretapping.” In March, a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal shed further light onto the extraordinarily invasive scope of the NSA efforts: According to the Journal, the government can now electronically monitor “huge volumes of records of domestic e-mails and Internet searches, as well as bank transfers, credit card transactions, travel, and telephone records.” Authorities employ “sophisticated software programs” to sift through the data, searching for “suspicious patterns.” In effect, the program is a mass catalog of the private lives of Americans. And it’s notable that the article hints at the possibility of programs like Main Core. “The [NSA] effort also ties into data from an ad-hoc collection of so-called black programs whose existence is undisclosed,” the Journal reported, quoting unnamed officials. “Many of the programs in various agencies began years before the 9/11 attacks but have since been given greater reach.”

The following information seems to be fair game for collection without a warrant: the e-mail addresses you send to and receive from, and the subject lines of those messages; the phone numbers you dial, the numbers that dial in to your line, and the durations of the calls; the Internet sites you visit and the keywords in your Web searches; the destinations of the airline tickets you buy; the amounts and locations of your ATM withdrawals; and the goods and services you purchase on credit cards. All of this information is archived on government supercomputers and, according to sources, also fed into the Main Core database.

This stuff is absolutely chilling.

And there have been hints that such a list still exists today.

For example, the testimony of an anonymous government insider that was recently posted on shtfplan.com alluded to such a list…

“We know all this already,” I stated. He looked at me, giving me a look like I’ve never seen, and actually pushed his finger into my chest. “You don’t know jack,” he said, “this is bigger than you can imagine, bigger than anyone can imagine. This administration is collecting names of sources, whistle blowers and their families, names of media sources and everybody they talk to and have talked to, and they already have a huge list. If you’re not working for MSNBC or CNN, you’re probably on that list. If you are a website owner with a brisk readership and a conservative bent, you’re on that list. It’s a political dissident list, not an enemy threat list,” he stated.

What in the world is happening to America?

What in the world are we turning into?

As I mentioned in a previous article, the NSA gathers 2.1 million gigabytes of data on all of us every single hour.  The NSA is currently constructing a 2 billion dollar data center out in Utah to store all of this data.

If you are disturbed by all of this, now is the time to stand up and say something.  If this crisis blows over and people forget about all of this stuff again, the Big Brother surveillance grid that is being constructed all around us will just continue to grow and continue to become even more oppressive.

America is dying right in front of your eyes and time is running out.  Please stand up and be counted while you still can.

http://intellihub.com/2013/06/11/main-core-a-list-of-millions-of-americans-that-will-be-subject-to-detention-during-martial-law/

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Texas Passes A Bill To Train Teachers As Armed Marshals

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Texas legislators have sent a bill to Governor Rick Perry that allows schools to train and maintain teachers as “armed marshals” on campuses.
The bill, which had already passed the Texas house, enjoyed a bipartisan passage of 28-3 in the Texas senate.

According to the Associated Press, the bill enjoyed the strong support of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who “pushed lawmakers to help school districts provide teachers or other employees with special weapons and tactical response training.” Dewhurst’s pleas were echoed by smaller school districts that could not afford to hire police and other security forces for their schools.

Under the bill, trained teachers would keep a firearm in a lockbox “within immediate reach.” It allows one armed marshal per 400 students and contains provisions to hide the name of that marshal from public record, to keep him or her from being purposefully targeted in an attack.

Teachers’ groups opposed the bill, arguing that protection ought to be left to security professionals. Yet because Texas already allows teachers to carry guns where school boards approve, the arguments against the bill did not prevail.

Senator Brian Birdwell (R) said the concern over law-abiding citizens possessing guns on campus is misdirected: “The Second Amendment is not about the gun, it’s about the right to self-preservation.”

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Missouri’s Approved Gun Bills: Concealed-Carry Permits Easier to Get, Record-Keeping Banned

CCW Concealed Carry Just Got a Lot Easier In Missouri

Missouri’s Approved Gun Bills:

Concealed-Carry Permits Easier to Get, Record-Keeping Banned

By Sam Levin Mon., May 20 2013 at 8:45 AM
The legislative session in Missouri is finally over. And after months of heated debates on guns, lawmakers have sent controversial bills to the governor that would dramatically change the concealed-carry permit application process — and increase protections for gun owners.

 That is, these bills make it easier for residents to get gun permits in the state and eliminate a major record-keeping component of the current process. The GOP is now celebrating these successful legislative feats, passed in the name of protecting the privacy of gun owners. As we’ve reported, critics say this pro-privacy agenda could actually make Missouri more vulnerable to fraud, terrorism and other criminal activity.

If the governor were to sign these bills, how would gun laws change in the state?

For starters, Senate Bill 75 would reform the concealed-carry process so that local sheriffs would solely handle the permit approvals, and the state license bureau would not be involved.

This move in part derives from an intense backlash against the Missouri Department of Revenue‘s licensing agency for allegedly scanning, retaining — and shipping off to outside organizations and to the feds — personal information of those seeking concealed-carry permits. The shift in the process, Republican supporters say, ensures that Missourians will not end up on some gun-control-inspired gun registry organized by Democratic governor Jay Nixon in cooperation with the White House.

Eliminating the department of revenue from this process, as we’ve noted, means that the permit application will be quicker, with the removal of a final step involving an endorsement at the state level.

 

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Missouri concealed-carry permit endorsement in question.

 

“This is an important change in the CCW process…with the goal of preventing the state revenue department from ever again sharing the personal information of permit holders with the federal government,” State Representative Eric Burlison, a Springfield Republican, says in a statement sent out by the Missouri GOP. “This is a common-sense change that empowers our sheriffs to not only issue a certificate of qualification for a permit, but to actually take sole responsibility for the process by issuing permits. It’s a move that will give the people of Missouri confidence that the process will not violate their rights.”

At the same time, the Missouri legislature also sent Senate Bill 252 to the governor whichbans the Department of Revenue altogether from retaining documents of those who get IDs from the state.

These two bills combined, it seems, would ensure that officials at the state level would not have lists of those with gun permits and would not have records on file relating to these applicants.

State Senator Kurt Schaefer, a Republican from Columbia, praises the passage of SB 75 as a move to eliminate unneeded bureaucracy from the gun process.

“SB 75 is an important piece of legislation that will streamline the conceal carry process, while removing unnecessary bureaucracy from the process by allowing Missouri’s sheriff department to handle the permits,” he says in a statement. “This process is ideal to ensuring each individual’s privacy is protected.”

Senator Dan Brown, a Republican from Rolla, hopes that SB75 — which he sponsored and initially earned him national mockery — would also encourage school districts to create “active shooting training programs.”

Debates around armed teachers and gun training for students, it seems, were somewhat drowned out by discussions of gun owner privacy in Missouri, but the version of this bill on the governor’s desk does encourage gun safety and intruder-response lessons in classrooms. It also says, “School personnel and program instructors shall not make value judgments about firearms.”

Meanwhile, the governor will also have to weigh in on the the Second Amendment Preservation ActHouse Bill 436, which has a section on armed teachers that MSNBC’sRachel Maddow slammed earlier this month.

That part of the bill requires teachers designated by a school district as “school protection officers” to carry firearms at all times on school property.

Rep. Stacey Newman, a Democrat who has vocally opposed the Republican gun agenda this session, tells Daily RFT that, by her count, the legislature put forward a whopping total of 23 pro-gun, “NRA bills” in addition to three proposed amendments to the constitution that would strengthen gun rights in some way. This is in the House and Senate combined, but does not include various pro-gun amendments tacked onto other bills not directly related to firearms.

Conversely, she says there were a total of three gun control bills introcued, including one of her own.

They went nowhere.

Here’s a Missouri GOP press release sent out on Friday praising one of the successful gun bills.

Missouri Passes Legislation to Reform Concealed Carry ProcessJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following the admission of Governor Jay Nixon’s office that his officials at the Department of Revenue had sent data on concealed carry holders to Obama officials in the federal government, the Missouri House and Senate passed SB 75. The bill gives each Sheriff in every county the duty to handle conceal and carry permits.

“This is an important change in the CCW process that Senator Dan Brown and I have worked on with the goal of preventing the state revenue department from ever again sharing the personal information of permit holders with the federal government,” said State Representative Eric Burlison (R-Springfield). “This is a common sense change that empowers our sheriffs to not only issue a certificate of qualification for a permit, but to actually take sole responsibility for the process by issuing permits. It’s a move that will give the people of Missouri confidence that the process will not violate their rights.”

State Senator Kurt Schaefer (R – Columbia), who helped lead in this fight, stated, “SB 75 is an important piece of legislation that will streamline the conceal carry process, while removing unnecessary bureaucracy from the process by allowing Missouri’s sheriff department to handle the permits. This process is ideal to ensuring each individual’s privacy is protected.”

Thanks to the leadership of the House and Senate, SB 75 strikes a good balance in both reforming and respecting the current protections that the current process helped ensure. This is why the $100 application fee will remain the same, and permits will be good for five years. To enhance current safeguards, SB 75 also adds an additional background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is seen as the most comprehensive background check available. By using NICS, Missouri will continue to be a leader nationally in Mental Health Record Submission.

“SB 75 was a bill that was filed one day before the Sandy Hook tragedy because of my concern for what I believe to be an epidemic of active shooters in our schools. Unfortunately, we had to expand the scope of the bill to remove the issuing of concealed carry weapons permits from the Department of Revenue because of the lack of respect for the most basic privacy expectations Missourians deserve. My hope would be that this bill will encourage school districts to create active shooting training programs so that teachers will know how to save lives in the event of such a tragedy, prevent accidental gun deaths through education, and protect Missourians from having their personal information shared by the Department of Revenue,” said State Senator Dan Brown (R-Rolla).

If signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon, the duty of issuing concealed carry permits will be transferred to each individual Sheriff department by December 31st. The Department of Revenue will begin the transition process on August 28th to ensure a seamless transition.

“With the governor’s signature, this bill will make the process of obtaining a CCW permit far less burdensome and far more secure,” said Burlison. “I thank my colleagues for giving such strong support to this change and Senator Brown for working with me throughout the session to move this change through the process and into law.”

http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2013/05/missouri_gun_bills_jay_nixon.php?page=2

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