Saturday, November 30, 2013

"WW2 Navajo Code Talkers Appear in Redskins Jackets; Liberal Heads Explode" on Tea Party Command Center

Full Disclosure:  I am a long time Redskin fan!

The Redskins, as everyone who isn’t the media by now knows, got their name from their Native American players back in the day. Some of the surviving WW2 Navajo code talkers may know that, because unlike liberals, they weren’t born yesterday

As a joint celebration of the NFL’s Salute to Service month and Native American Heritage month, the Washington Redskins recognized four members of the Navajo Code Talkers Association.
The code talkers were a group of Native American service members who transmitted secret communications beginning in World War II.

Four representatives — Navajo Code Talkers Association President Peter MacDonald Sr., Vice President Roy Hawthorne and members George James Sr. and George Boyd Willie Sr. — were recognized during a commercial break during the first quarter of the Redskins’ game vs. the San Francisco 49ers. They stood in the end zone nearest the tunnel that leads to the Redskins’ locker room and received a round of applause while a video tribute to the code talkers played.


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Friday, November 29, 2013

Massive Massachusetts Monument Mangles Church/State Misrepresentation

If factually spurious theories about America’s founding were turkey? Thanksgiving Day tables would groan under the overcooked piles of them. You know: stuff that everybody knows to be true, but which isn’t. 

If factually spurious theories about America’s founding were turkey? Thanksgiving Day tables would groan under overcooked piles of them. You know: stuff that everybody knows to be true, but which isn’t. 

Then there’s the history of the nation as it actually unspooled. 

Eighty miles from my front door, situated in an affluent but otherwise unprepossessing Massachusetts neighborhood overlooking Plymouth (as in “Plymouth Rock”) Harbor, towers the massive but obscure National Monument to the Forefathers(NMTF). It’s an 180 ton, eighty-one foot high, one-hundred-twenty-four-year-old monolith that honors 1620′s hardy,Mayflower settlers; in the process, bearing exuberant testimony to the nation’s Judeo-Christian roots. More and more, Americans are distressingly unaware of those roots — just as so few know about this majestic stone carving. 

Kirk Cameron’s excellent 2012 documentary Monumental brought it some long overdue attention, but too often this Forefathers Monument remains like America’s actual, historical record: For those bothering to pay attention it offers overwhelming evidence of the spiritual — yes, religious! — principles which molded the Republic for centuries; but, more likely, it’s obliviously — even studiously — disregarded. 

Gentlemen May Cry...Comparing Federalists with Anti-Federalists

November 27, 2013 by Robert Broadus

In 2012, Citizens United created a Tea-Party-friendly film called, Our Sacred Honor, which detailed the period from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the framing of our current Constitution in 1787. While better than most, because of its emphasis on moral virtue, this film presented the views of several of today’s right-wing pundits as truth, including the flawed propaganda that the Articles of Confederation failed “to define the relationship between the ‘federal’ government and the States—[that there was] no Presidency, no Executive Branch, no Judicial Branch—a unicameral, (that is a one-house) Congress with each state represented equally, and very little power given to that central authority.” As many of us have heard throughout our lives, the Articles of Confederation were too weak a form of government, and a new Constitution was needed that would create a stronger government with more centralized power. The film does present the fact that there were opponents to the 1787 Constitution, but only mentions George Mason as being one of them. Patrick Henry was probably one of the best-known Anti-Federalists, and his cry for Virginians to come to the aid of Massachusetts in 1775 is said to have been the driving force that enabled Americans to unite and win our War for Independence. He was paraphrasing the book of Jeremiah when he said,

Thursday, November 28, 2013


The Blaze

Two Kuwaiti newspapers have reported that U.S. officials have been holding indirect secret talks with the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah over the past year, using Britain as a mediator.
Al-Rai on Wednesday quoted senior British government sources who said while British diplomats are engaging in direct talks with Hezbollah leaders over issues including the fight against Al Qaeda and other Middle East challenges, they are conveying information to the U.S.
The talks “are aimed at keeping tabs on the changes in the region and the world, and prepare for the upcoming return of Iran to the international community,” diplomatic sources in Washington told the Kuwaiti paper, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

North Carolina Right to Life Events

15th Annual Prayer Breakfast for Life

PLACE:           Sheraton on Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 
DATE:             January 18, 2014   
TIME:              Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.  Buffet begins at 9:30 a.m.; Program starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends by Noon.

FEATURED SPEAKER:  Steven W. Mosher is an internationally recognized authority on China and population issues, as well as an acclaimed author, speaker. He has worked tirelessly since 1979 to fight coercive population control programs and has helped hundreds of thousands of women and families worldwide over the years.  To Register:

Rally and March for Life

Date: January 18, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm

Place: Nash Square, Downtown Raleigh, NC

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:  Barbara Holt, President, NC Right to Life; The Very Rev. Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop, Diocese of Raleigh; Steven Mosher: President of the population Research Institute; William Moore: 2014 NC Scholarship for Life recipient and Attendee at the NRL Academy


DC March for Life

 (March for Life is sponsored by March for Life Committee but is not affiliated with National Right to Life nor North Carolina Right to Life.)

The March for Life in Washington, DC takes place each year on or near the anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, January 22.  Marchers go to Washington to rally and march for life and to visit with their elected officials in the Congress.

If you have a bus going up to the March for Life from North Carolina, please let us know so we can post this information on this page.  You can send us a link to the information about the bus or email us the information so we can organize it for a complete listing of all NC buses.

We hope this page will be a source for those organizing buses to find people to fill their bus and to help those who wish to go to DC find a bus near them that is convenient for them to travel to the March for Life.

Rigging the Future: Obamacare Creates 50 New State Databases With No Function Beyond Gathering Potential Voter Information, Real or Fraudulent

Since the passage of Obamacare, all fifty state Medicaid agencies have been forced to create a new standalone database that contains nothing besides the contact information of Medicaid applicants who used 
Some of these new databases mail out voter registration forms automatically. You cannot refuse them.
No worthwhile verification occurs before the forms are mailed. Apply for Medicaid and the form will be mailed to you, be you a verifiable citizen or Ayman al-Zawahiri on a computer in Pakistan.
Further, these new databases are accessible by groups like Organizing for Action, the reconstituted ACORN, and malevolent figures like Chris Tarango.
And no reasonable purpose exists for creating the databases besides making them available to the aforementioned Democratic activists.
Heard nothing regarding this before? Not only are you not alone, several state secretaries of State we contacted had no clue any of this was occurring under their watch. One source involved in the recently initiated legal battle to expose and dismantle the databases described the situation as follows:
Evil genius.
A complete disregard for certain federal law, the skirting of others, the exploitation of existing Medicaid structures, the issuing of rules and regulations with virtually none of the required paper trail. …
Just evil genius. They friggin’ thought of everything.
The remainder of this article is composed of descriptions of the several decisions made by Obamacare authors that led to the construction of the databases. The listing of these decisions is intended to illustrate the impossibility that these databases were created unintentionally, or due to incompetence — a “fumble.”

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation!

 Thanksgiving Proclamation
Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Go. Washington


11/27/13, 1:29 PM--Administration says it will not launch online enrollment for small businesses until November 2014 (AFTER THE ELECTION), in another delay for the health care law. 

Check Fox News for more.

CATO INSTITUTE: ‘Nuclear Option’ Does Enable Democrats To Ensure One-Party Authoritarian Control of Health Care

By Michael F. Cannon

This article appeared on on November 25, 2013.

Last week, I explained that the U.S. Senate’s deployment of the “nuclear option” — lowering the threshold for approval of non-Supreme Court presidential nominees from 60 votes to 51 votes — does not make it easier for President Obama to use ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board. I need to add this caveat: during his tenure. The nuclear option does enhance the ability of the president and his party to control the health care sector well after he leaves office.

It’s true that the rules change will make it easier for the president to have his IPAB nominees approved by the Senate, particularly through January 2015, when the Democratic caucus holds 55 seats. But if the president and Senate fail to seat anyone on the IPAB, the board’s sweeping legislative powers fall to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. If President Obama wants to use IPAB’s powers during his term, therefore, he need only retain Kathleen Sebelius as his HHS secretary.

ObamaCare permits IPAB to exercise its powers, however, only if Medicare’s actuaries project the program’s outlays will grow faster than a specified rate. A number of readers note that Medicare’s actuaries reported earlier this year that their projections currently do not show Medicare spending exceeding that target rate, and that their projections likely will not do so during the remainder of President Obama’s term. Those projections and the resulting determination could change next year. If so, and if the president and Senate have not placed confirmed any IPAB members, Secretary Sebelius could use IPAB’s powers during President Obama’s term. Those powers include the ability to raise taxes, to ration care to Medicare enrollees, and to appropriate funds to her own department, without the consent of the people’s elected representatives. (Critics will object that IPAB has none of these powers. In this study, Diane Cohen and I explain why we think they are incorrect.) Sebelius’ “proposal” would take effect during 2016.

WATCH: Full two-hour NCGOP US Senate debate hosted by Gaston Co. Tea Party...

NC GOP US Senate Primary Debate

Last Thursday, November 21, the Gaston Tea Party hosted the first of what is sure to be a series of debates across the Tarheel State featuring the GOP candidates for US Senate.  With a May, 2014 Primary looming, time is short to build a coalition of support that will be able to defeat incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What EVERYONE Will Be Talking About at Thanksgiving Dinner

Organizing for America (OFA), President Obama’s campaign group, ObamaCare


Have you seen them? The guides for how to talk to your family about Obamacare over the holidays.

That’s right—Organizing for America (OFA), President Obama’s campaign group, has a big push called “Health Care for the Holidays” that urges people to “have the talk” with their loved ones about getting health insurance. The Washington Post also published a “Guide to Surviving Obamacare Debates at Thanksgiving.”

Obama’s group encourages you to “Integrate the talk into family time: Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk.”  It goes on: “Get creative: Think about what matters to your family member. Make it memorable!”

Almost 80 million with employer health care plans could have coverage canceled, experts predict

Fox News
Almost 80 million people with employer health plans could find their coverage canceled because they are not compliant with ObamaCare, several experts predicted.
Their losses would be in addition to the millions who found their individual coverage cancelled for the same reason.
Stan Veuger of the American Enterprise Institute said that in addition to the individual cancellations, "at least half the people on employer plans would by 2014 start losing plans as well." There are approximately 157 million employer health care policy holders.


November 25,2013
Michael F. Cannon, the Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies, has recently been warning Americans about the ramifications of the U.S. Senate unleashing the “nuclear option” and what it means for the nation’s healthcare industry.
Much of it is related to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) which some, including Glenn Beck, have likened to “death panels.”
Speaking on the Glenn Beck Program Monday, Cannon explained that IPAB “has the power to do all sorts of things that really the Constitution leaves to Congress, like enact or impose taxes…”
“This is supposed to be a 15-member board, but if no one is seated on that board — if the president and the Senate cannot agree on whom the president will appoint… then all of IPAB’s powers fall, all of those legislative powers, fall to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius,” he said.

Monday, November 25, 2013


President Barack Obama told a heckler Monday that if he could deal with immigration without going through Congress, he “would do so.”

The heckler, just a few rows behind Obama as he spoke about immigration reform in San Francisco, demanded Obama “end deportation now.”

“I need your help. There are thousands,” the heckler said.

Obama responded, “That’s exactly what we’re talking about here.”
The heckler said, “Mr. President, please issue an executive order” and implored him, “you have the power to end.”


A Quick History Lesson from Dee Sams to Sen. Berger

In response to both Senator Doug Berger’s and Franklin Co Democrat Party Chairman Larry Marciniak’s recent letters to the Franklin Times regarding our group, We the People-Franklin Co Patriots reading of the U.S. Constitution and its original 10 amendments on Constitution Day, I feel the need to set the record straight on their questions and comments…… Mr. Berger’s comparison of the TEA party to Hitler defies all logic – Hitler’s party, the NAZI party, was called The National Socialist Party – about as far from TEA party/Constitutional principles as one can get.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What Criminal Laws are Congress Authorized to Make?

1. The Constitution grants to Congress only limited powers to make criminal laws. These powers fall into five categories: a) those made pursuant to express authorizations for four specific crimes; b) those made under the "necessary and proper" clause; c) those made for the few tiny geographical areas over which Congress has "exclusive Legislation"; d) those governing the military; and e) those made pursuant to two of the Amendments to the Constitution.  Let's look at each category:

a) Art. I, § 8 grants to Congress authority to define & punish counterfeitingpiracies and felonies committed on the high seas, & offenses against "the Laws of Nations"[1] Article III, §3 grants to Congress a restricted power to declare the punishment of Treason.
b) Art. I, §8, last clause, grants to Congress the power "to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution …all …Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States…".  This necessary and proper clause allows Congress to make criminal laws when necessary to enforce powers vested by the Constitution in the federal government.   This worried people, so Madison & Hamilton explained it:

In Federalist No. 44, Madison said, regarding the peoples' fears of usurpations by Congress:

LEARN--Education is the Best Defense!

Professor Kevin Gutzman, author of James Madison and the Making of America, discusses The Federalist, the series of articles written (primarily by Madison and Alexander Hamilton) in defense of the Constitution. 

For more lectures in this series, visit

Friday, November 22, 2013

Letter to the Editor: The Fourth Party, by CCTA Member, Lou Call

November 21, 2013

The Fourth Party..

Perhaps the most telling thing about Obamacare is its supporters and their unquestioningly loyalty to their messiah.  Forget, for a minute, that the government takeover of health care is yet another example of Socialism. Combined that with higher premiums to provide government subsidies for lower income recipients, the ‘redistribution of wealth, and you have one of the tenants of Marxism

But perhaps I’m being unfair to those who march to the beat of the liberal Democratic Party drum; they do refer to themselves as Democrats.

Yet Regardless of the tempo of the political drum we march to, we fall into one of three political voting categories.  There is a fourth Party and perhaps there is an easy way to define it.

Founded in 1866, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) extended into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party's Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks. The KKK had as its primary goal–the reestablishment of white supremacy–fulfilled through Democratic victories in state legislatures across the South.

I think it’s safe to say that anyone who adheres to and supports the ideology of the Ku Klux Klan should be labeled a ‘Racist’. And I believe it’s fair to say that those staunch supporters of Obama and his left wing administration have earned the title of Socialist.

The time is at hand when people need to realize that the political banner they wave reflexes and defines them. Those who have chosen to align themselves with Obama and support his ideologies should cast off the term, Democrat. It is clear that Obama has nothing but disdain for our Constitution which has guided our Nation for 237 years and his ideologies are clearly steeped in Socialism and Marxism.  

The question remains, does he speak for you?

Louis Call

Virginia Files Application for Convention of States

Big step in the beginning of getting control of the federal government.
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The Convention of States Project is pleased to announce that states are now beginning to pre-file applications to call a Convention of States for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

Virginia was the first state to call the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. Once again, the historic state is standing up to defend the rights of the American people. With several states soon to follow, Virginia recently claimed the title of first to pre-file an application to call a Convention of States.

Round 2 of ObamaCare enrollment to be delayed until after 2014 midterms

Hilarious. Do they really think Americans won’t remember? Well, I guess we did reelect Obama.

Check it out:

The Obama administration plans to delay the start of next year’s ObamaCare enrollment period, a move pitched as a way to give consumers and insurance companies more time to study their options — but which also conveniently pushes the second round of enrollment past the 2014 midterm elections.

A Department of Health and Human Services official confirmed the change to Fox News. The decision does not affect those trying to enroll this year, despite the myriad problems with the launch of the law and Rather, it affects those who will sign up late next year for 2015 coverage.

The administration will allow consumers to start signing up on Nov. 15, 2014, as opposed to Oct. 15. Enrollment will last until Jan. 15, 2015, instead of Dec. 7.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Persecution of Wisconsin Conservatives

For the crime of supporting Gov. Walker, the Left demands blood.  Conservative political entities who supported Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker are being subjected to a secret investigation. Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz has issued a series of subpoenas to 29 conservative groups, demanding that they submit all documentation related to the recall campaigns mounted by unions and their supporters against Walker in 2011 and 2012. The investigation is being conducted under the auspices of the state’s John Doe law, which forbids the targets of subpoenas from revealing the contents of those subpoenas to anyone other than their lawyers.

The effort reeks of political intimidation. According to the Wall Street Journal, the two subpoenas they’ve reviewed demand “all memoranda, email . . . correspondence, and communications” within the targets of the subpoenas themselves, and between those targets and conservative groups such as the Friends of Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Manufacturers &Commerce, Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin, American Crossroads, the Republican Governors Association, and the League of American Voters.

In a transparent effort to determine an entity’s list of campaign donors, one subpoena demands “all records of income received, including fundraising information and the identity of persons contributing to the corporation.”

Senate Banking Committee approves Janet Yellen for FED

The Senate Banking Committee, in a vote of 14-8, approved Janet Yellen as the next chair of the Federal Reserve. The move clears the way for a full Senate vote later this year.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Rule of Thumb: How Foreign Governments and Congress Have Scrapped the 10th Amendment

November 15, 2013

We live in a nation that is run by federal bureaucrats. There is almost nothing we can do to stop them from interfering in our lives, other than through the courts. It is extremely expensive to do this.

Let me give you a recent example. The United States Supreme Court is hearing a case in which, if upheld by the Court, the Congress of the United States will be authorized to pass legislation that is inconsistent with the United States Constitution, as long as the legislation is an extension of the treaty power.

If the court upholds the case, Congress will be able to override limitations of the federal government that have been imposed by the 10th amendment. This is a 10th amendment case. Wikipedia describes it. The case is almost beyond belief. It has to do with a burned thumb. The case is Bond v. U.S..

The husband of Carol A. Bond of Lansdale, Pennsylvania impregnated Myrlinda Haynes. Mrs. Bond told Haynes, “I am going to make your life a living hell.” Federal postal inspectors videotaped Mrs. Bond stealing mail and putting poison in the muffler of Haynes’s car.Bond was indicted for stealing mail and for violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act of 1998. Her appeal argued that applying the chemical weapons treaty to her violated the Tenth Amendment. The Court of Appeals found Bond lacked standing to make a Tenth Amendment claim.

Can you imagine this? Here is a woman who is about to be put into prison for violating a treaty, which the U.S. government says overrides the 10th amendment, yet she had no legal standing in the case. This is Alice through the looking glass.


The ObamaCare "Fix"

Statement on President Obama's ObamaCare "Fix" by National Center for Public Policy Research Health Care Expert Dr. David Hogberg

Washington, DC - The following is the statement of David Hogberg, Ph.D., senior fellow for health care policy at the National Center for Public Policy Research, on President Obama's ObamaCare announcement today:

Today President Obama displayed the arrogance and contempt for the American people that has become a hallmark of his Administration. He proposes to take action for which he has no legal authority and he is using insurers as the propaganda arm of ObamaCare.

President Obama proposes an administrative fix to the over 5 million people who have lost their insurance policies. He said that people who had either had plans that had changed or plans that were bought since ObamaCare passed would be able to keep them.

The law does not permit the President to let people who bought coverage after ObamaCare passed to keep their plans. Fixing that is something that should be done, but it requires Congress to change the law. It can't be done by presidential decree. But, as has happened so many other times with ObamaCare, the President is ignoring the law to do what is politically convenient.

What Is The Penalty for Usurpation of Liberty?

I have to start with the assumption that readers of this article understand that a Republic will only be viable if the rule of law is preserved. There are many cases confirming that the rule of law has been replaced by the rule of man in the United States of America. The debate is over: we do not have the rule of law in our country. Or more correctly:  WE DO NOT HAVE THE RULE OF LAW IN THEIR COUNTY

Today the pResident revised the Affordable Care Act arbitrarily by allowing the people to keep their current health care insurance policy for another year. The Constitution does not grant him this authority. So the question becomes who has given him dictatorial powers if not the political class in Washington, D.C.? Which proves that this is no longer our country.



Thursday, November 14, 2013

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Obama Changes Affordable Care Act Requirements by Himself

November 14, 2013

( - If you like your insurance plan, maybe you can keep it after all, for another year, President Obama told the American people on Thursday.
He said people may keep individual plans that haven't already been canceled; or they may buy similar ones, if they're available -- even if those plans don't meet the coverage and cost requirements of Obamacare, as the law says they must.
But insurers can't sell those old plans to new customers. That's the main difference between Obama's administrative "fix" and the legislative fix House Republicans plan to bring up for a vote on Friday.

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#NCSEN: Court ruling makes Rep. Brawley’s monopoly accusation against Tillis stick

State Rep. Robert Brawley (R-Iredell) made headlines back in May thanks to a confrontation with Speaker Thom Tillis.  That confrontation resulted in Brawley losing his committee chairmanship.  (It’s unclear — as of this writing — as to whether Brawley resigned willfully or was forced out of the position by Tillis.)

One of Brawley’s complaints against Tillis was that leadership pushed a bill through the House giving a monopoly to the family business of a certain Republican legislator. That legislator turned out to be Rep. Justin Burr who has family in the bail bonds business.  (According to Thom Tillis’ Senate campaign web site, Burr is part of the Tillis campaign team.)


Americans’ personal data shared with CIA, IRS, others in security probe

WASHINGTON U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal workers that ended up scrutinizing people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and simply had purchased certain books.
Federal officials gathered the information from the customer records of two men who were under criminal investigation for purportedly teaching people how to pass lie detector tests. The officials then distributed a list of 4,904 people – along with many of their Social Security numbers, addresses and professions – to nearly 30 federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Although the polygraph-beating techniques are unproven, authorities hoped to find government employees or applicants who might have tried to use them to lie during the tests required for security clearances. Officials with multiple agencies confirmed that they’d checked the names in their databases and planned to retain the list in case any of those named take polygraphs for federal jobs or criminal investigations.
It turned out, however, that many people on the list worked outside the federal government and lived across the country. Among the people whose personal details were collected were nurses, firefighters, police officers and private attorneys, McClatchy learned. Also included: a psychologist, a cancer researcher and employees of Rite Aid, Paramount Pictures, the American Red Cross and Georgetown University.