Does anyone have an opinion regarding Puppy Linux or Linux in general as an alternative to Windows? There was a report out that the NSA worked with Microsoft in developing the new Windows 7.0, and that makes me very suspicious of all windows versions.
Tom, , Age: 35
I enjoy this site and the questions brought forth and I very much respect Mr. Luna's opinion, perspective and knowledge.
From my own experience, I become a little concerned when the avoidance of responsibility is equated with "our freedom". A hit and run driver killed a friend of mine and it was never discovered who did it.
Gerry, , Age: 50
Has anyone been questioned for using a stamp as their signature on checks and the like?
Alan, , Age: 28
On the other hand, most banks do not check signatures unless the check is over a certain dollar amount. I suspect that with many banks, a stamped signature for paying utility bills might go unnoticed.
Hi. Just recently I ordered a shelf LLC from Rosie. My intention was to place my mother's vehicle in the LLC and use a ghost address that I had secured (I set up a mailbox next to several others at a rural location).
The service with Rosie was very fast. However, I had delayed sending the money order and I paid for it.
Yesterday, mother was in heavy traffic on the interstate (where traffic cams are) and the traffic stopped and she struck a vehicle and she left the scene.
I don't know what will happen yet legally and civilly (my law enforcement contacts had no report of an accident) but please protect your privacy. Mr. Luna lived under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco and privacy can help maintain your freedom.
There is an old saying, "He who hesitates loses." Don't hesitate regarding your privacy and maybe freedom.
Police sent a letter to his ghost address asking who the driver was. They received a reply from the Canary Islands stating that although the driver would not be named, all expenses for damages would be paid so "please send receipts."
That was a couple of years ago. No bills were ever presented.
Jack, looking back at old posts, it seems that the Canary Islands weren't on Google Earth or Street View three years ago when a similar post was made. Now that there's street view on a few of the islands, is the mail forwarding location still not viewable? If it is, does it look like a residence or business?
Jay, , Age: 28
Wendy, thanks for the nice response! You do seem to be somewhat of an expert on CMRAs, as I saw some past posts. I picked up a box at a chain CMRA in downtown that I feel comfortable with. It was before reading HTBI, but I long ago trained myself to question requests for my personal information, so I'm confident it will be secure.
I ended up meeting the owner of the location. She was very nice and allowed me to open the box without even questioning my (soon to be closed) PO box as the home address. She even gave me keys without ID that day, since I didn't have any on me! I returned and gave an old work ID and a health insurance card, which were accepted without question, even though neither had an address. (Why did I go back and submit ID? I didn't want to be audited later for lack of ID on file.)
Thanks for the bit on the FTC red-flag rules. I think not gaining unwanted attention is a key to privacy -- audits and "moving" often would certainly gain you attention. I tend to change addresses every 2-4 years
I'm off today to go find myself my first real ghost address -- wish me luck!
Jay, , Age: 28
I've been noticing more and more traffic camera's out on the roads. I'm wondering if/how are tickets issued to 'privately' registered vehicles? (such as to an llc with out-of-country addresses...)
If I or anyone else is driving the car and gets picked up by the camera, is there any way to know as the authorities have no place to mail the ticket? Even if you see the flash and assume you will be ticketed would it be advisable to go to the local courthouse and ask them to search the records for any outstanding tickets for that particular tag number? If they do issue a ticket that is never paid, is a future driver of that car (with that tag) at risk of being arrested after being stopped for some minor violation? (such as a burnt-out tail-light)
Anthony, , Age: 28
Jay, I don't know where you are in the Beanery (I'm from there--born, raised and educated) or if your actually located in the City or Metro area. Either way, but find a Mom & Pop CMRA in a neighborhood near yours but not your own. Call first and learn whatever you can. You're looking for privacy and security but not formality. In other words, you want to find out if they insist on a completely executed PS 1583. You learn this by asking, "Since I'm considering using this for a business--I haven't decided yet--is there a cost difference from personal and what kind of paperwork is there?" Pause and listen. If they say something like, "Um, just bring a picture ID", your probably golden. But, if they start rattling off ID types, business licenses, form numbers, etc., as well as talking about terrorists, criminals and fraud, RUN! Not only will they ask you for biometric ID, they'll like be all up in your business (like the host of "Way Too Early" on MSNBC likes to say).
If they say something like "Ah, well, yeah. We have this form the Post office requires us to complete," like they'd rather chew glass than have you complete the form, play dumb and ask, "Really? What kind of form and what kind of ID did you say I need?" If you like what you hear and feel comfortable that they aren't actually running a fusion center from their location, move forward. If not, move to the next on your list until you find one you like, that offers the services of the international chains but with a price you want to pay and payment schedules methods you prefer but that won't invade your space or privacy. Keep in mind, the further away from Downtown Boston, the Financial District or Copley you are, the more privacy/less formality you can expect.
That's because, usually, Mom & Pops in any city or town HATE government imposition into their business and personal lives and those PS 1583s represent that for many. After you find one you "feel", go in, dressed for the neighborhood, which as you know means the Financial District is different from Southie or Harvahd Yahd or the North Shore because that's important in Boston. You gotta fit, not stand out. Then, reintroduce yourself using the name you gave on the phone, chat them up (if they have a Boston accent, use yours liberally if you have one--I do whenever it's necessary but rarely otherwise but try to speak their "language"). Offer to pay a lot up front and ask to pick from available boxes. Pick a number you like in a location you like. Chat them up some more, say goodbye and go on about your day. Stay nice, quiet and legally clean, draw little or no attention to your activities and you'll be straight. You'll like your new street address better than a P.O. Box anyway and you won't feel like you're part of some big business big government conspiracy to wreck your privacy and financial life. Also, such enterprises are unlikely to come up as CMRAs in bank databases unless a number of bank customers use the same one. So, make sure you find one in a neighborhood you know that's not right down the street (or a T ride away) from a big name bank or a small one with sophisticated anti-Red Flags/address discrepancy software already in use.
Finally, keep in mind that if you change your address on your financial or credit accounts, don't ask for additional major changes for at least 30 to 60 days. (Learn what those are by checking out the link below.) Otherwise, you may find yourself in violation of Red Flags Rules and have your accounts audited or even closed for suspected "fraud". While the FTC keeps 'delaying' mandatory implementation of Red Flags Rules, many financial services companies and businesses that extend credit already use them and many consumers and small businesses are being blindsided by them. That's why it's best to have one ghost address for ALL of your credit-related "true ID" info attached accounts and one for everything else. Rarely, if ever, change the former and maintain your flexibility with the latter (except if you use it for your small business and use credit to operate your small biz, then the same rules apply to as to your personal "creditor" CMRA).
URL #1: http://ftc.gov/redflagsrule
Short story: evidently post offices are required to update their PO box holder information every 2-3 years because "fraud is so common with PO boxes". Mine hadn't in 10 years, and got audited. So they won't give me new keys until I pay up in terms of up to date information!
Long story: This past weekend my post office moved for the second time in as many years. (Their building was being town down and replaced. Now they've moved back.)
I remember the first move going without a hitch, but this time, they have not only changed the box numbers to ridiculous 6-digit ones, but have changed all the keys as well. I went to the counter to pick up my new keys and was told I have to fill out the application form again. Information for keys.
I didn't fill it out. They looked at my passport and got me the mail from the box. I figure I'll move all my mailing to a CMRA I just picked up and only stop by to pick up mail (without having enough ID to fill in the form) once or twice more, then abandon it. Sad really, it was a great box number.
Jay, , Age: 28
Should I have any worries or concerns about flying domestically with my laptop? Or do warrantless searches & seizures of laptops only happen to people going through US Customs?
Dave, , Age: 29
My reply was meant to help you not hit a nerve. Email is not as good of a tool to make my point as I sometimes screw it up more than with a face to face conversation. You should try and read between the lines as to what I have said in the reply.
If you guy is in LE an Attorney, has his pilot’s license, drug user, he has an awful lot to lose. You just need to help find the easy way to expose his crimes and allow them to add up and stick.
“You may be in much more imminent danger than I believe I'm in and need immediate action taken. In such cases, the sooner after the behavior begins you report the incidents to police (AND surround yourself with big, burly, dangerous or even homicidal maniac support if possible), the faster your problem will be resolved.”
That is better than I stated it. The law needs to deal with this guy. It is my belief that the courts usually blow off a first time Stalker with a reluctant TRO. But the Law needs to deal with him. When you can make this happen you may get some relief. That’s why I stated you may be wondering what took you so long.
My employee waited and he became her neighbor. After that I told her no one ever raped a 38.
I heard a builder tell an owner that he couldn’t get the materials for 3 weeks to complete a problem on the roof of a new building that they thought was finished and had been paid in full.
This 5 ft 3 in 71 year old Korean Veteran told him in a slow, soft voice:
”I’m no Southern Gentleman, I’m from NJ. I have paid you in full to complete this building and I want the work done tomorrow." Pause……….
"Cause there is never a problem so big that it won’t fit in the trunk of a car”
He never cracked a smile.
This is your Nominee kind of guy.
You also know how best to handle your Problem.
Wendy, I wish you the Best of luck
john, , Age: 49
In an earlier post, the writer wrote that he asked his doctor not to put him on "Obama's swine flu list." Can someone clarify what that means exactly? Is the government compiling a list of swine flu patients?
Dave, , Age: 29
> This is a topic that many people fall into, myself included. Using either the same password for all or most of your accounts or ones that are to easy. This article shows a good way to fix them and even how to change them ever X number of days which is recommended. Use a password storage device such as Keepass or you could put them on a spread sheet and use a strong encryption program. What ever you choose, follow it religiously and your information will be more secure.
URL #1: http://www.slate.com/id/2235503/pagenum/all/#p2
Hugh, , Age: 54
JJL, this is a long response but every word is important so I hope you'll post it all. There are a lot of women who are lurking on these pages looking for help and support in their own abusive/stalking situations who can't post questions without endangering themselves. My response helps them feel both reassured that it's okay to protect their safety while they plan their escape and encouraged that they can have victory over their stalker.
I appreciate your sharing your experience and providing your advice. But, the first thing I would say to any woman is NEVER second-guess why it took you so long to report this man. **I** am the victim, not him so I don't have anything to apologize for. I'm guilty of nothing more than keeping myself safe and making certain I could prove my claims--or at least establish my own credibility and his character with documentation as well as show a clear pattern of behavior--before filing reports with law enforcement. I should never be made to question my choices about when and how I choose to report my abuser/stalker...unless he is actively, physically abusing me and threatening me and my family.
He wasn't and many stalkers don't; it doesn't mean you're not being stalked, though. It just means you'll have to work harder to prove you are and reporting too soon can be as detrimental to your case as waiting to late can be to your life. While you wait, document, document, document. When you get objective, gather evidence then get to law enforcement. Then, stay on top of the investigation and add more reports as the stalker commits more criminal acts.
And, ladies (and gentlemen with their own stalker/batterers), know this: once you report and FOLLOW THROUGH, few law enforcement agencies in this country will resist your using every technique available to you in HTBI and other privacy resources to protect yourself from your stalker or a future one. In fact, even if your stalker ends up dead for whatever reason, they'll encourage it. Once you've been stalked for real, you are NEVER the same and you ALWAYS want to protect your safety with level four privacy.
As to a TRO, two things. First, you need plenty of physical evidence that you're being stalked. As I said, I don't have enough...yet. But, as an investigative journalist, I'm an investigator like any other (law enforcement, PIs, etc.) and, like even JJL says, this one is BETTER than the most intrepid cop or PI. Law enforcement often come to US for info and to locate people because we are tenacious and dauntless and can gain access to things they cannot usually get without a warrant or subpoena. Moreover, people will talk to us when they won't talk to law enforcement or PIs and, often, when you're a trusted journalist like me, tell you stuff they won't tell their own mother because they know you'll take their confidences to your own grave.
So, I don't need to run afoul of the law to get what I need or do counter-surveillance. What I need first is Godspeed and once I know I have that, all I need is my press creds, my laptop and my cell phone and I can set it off on that man. I can get the evidence I need to provide law enforcement and states/federal AGs with what they need to prosecute so I will because my victory is assured. You've got to do what works for you as long as you're not protecting your stalker or excusing his behavior to others (while lying to yourself) in your waiting. You don't have to be me to do it. Think of all the women whose lives were made into movies when they became whistleblowers. None were trained investigators before they had to become one.
Second, TRO's to many stalkers are like throwing bloody flesh into shark infested waters. TROs are the target's bloody flesh and the stalker is the shark. TROs are shown to typically enrage the stalker and cause him (and it's usually a "him") to come harder after their target, especially female targets. Stalking targets with TROs can be dead stalking targets in many cases, particularly if the stalker has a substance abuse problem and has been trained to use firearms. As a man who has guns, you're more threatening and not nearly as vulnerable to the stalker. Besides, you weren't the real target; your female friend was. That's why she balked; she followed her instincts, waited to get the TRO when she had real law enforcement support and got away with her life. That was her strategy and it worked. Most important is she's alive to tell her story and her stalker is off the street. So, PLEASE, never insist a woman get a TRO unless you know it won't get her killed.
I've got my own strategy for dealing with this person based on my knowledge of him and my own situation. Mine also involves immediate loss of his freedom and of his ability to use a regular cell phone or a computer for many years if not the rest of his days for using them, some of them probably government owned, to stalk me across state lines. What he has done rises to the level of a federal offense, especially since he used government authority (like his security clearances) to engage in his stalking ops against me. I will use my own resources of people and connections to get him a stint in federal prison if he's not smart enough to, as he put it to me a decade ago, "cut [his] losses and move on". Since I don't trust him to just leave and never bother me again, I'm going to pursue some prison time for him, make sure he has no resources to find me when released (even if that means a civil suit to take them) and disappear.
Moreover, this isn't just about me anymore. Because I'm someone who usually DOES get nominees (lawyers in cases like this) to deal with such matters discretely (in the parlance of my social sphere), I was looking for help from people who are regulars to this forum for dealing with local and county law enforcement. Why? Because not only is this is not just about ME, I'm in a unique position to help other women. So, it's now as much about all of the women who are experiencing this kind of stalking abuse who are afraid to go to law enforcement. I can take the easy way out for me or I can take a bit of hit and help other women who don't know what to do in these situations. I can learn what to teach them and help put an end to the ease with which so many get away with stalking others. It's become a bit of crusade for me.
Moreover, in my case, waiting, though painful and sometimes scary, proved valuable and provided a number of benefits. (1) A whole host of individuals are now available to testify against him for stalking me; many of them have documented evidence of his behavior. He's been seen everywhere he's followed me and left a paper trail of aliases, hotel stays, transactions, drop boxes, inquiries into getting help stalking me, etc. Wherever I've stayed, I've told people they need to help protect me from my stalker by not making it easy for him to contact me there. That's a lot of people I've told that--and a number of them have his name, domicile and physical description documented. We also have common connections in a couple of those states who know he was in them when I was and when he had no other reason to be there. So, lot of folk know he is stalking me; he's even admitted it to some people. I will find EVERY piece of that evidence and anyone who knows me well knows I can and mean I will. (2) He can't deny his presence in those places because he has to land his aircraft in local airports and landing strips to remain legal and not be arrested (or shot down). In some areas, he's had to file some kind of flight plan to fly in certain airspace and/or above or below certain altitudes. Also, two of states where he stalked me--Maryland and Virginia--have very sophisticated air surveillance. If he's up in any kind of aircraft there, authorities know it, know who he really is no matter what he tells them and they document his activities. (It didn't really help in his case to be former "Office of Naval Intelligence" personnel and not on official government business, either.)
And, to get that data, let's just say I have a few connections so high up that it would make most people's nose bleed so I can get that data with a few phone calls. (Okay, one of my parents would have to make at least one of those calls but same thing.) (3) Awareness of surveillance stalking and high tech stalker techniques have been studied by the DOJ in put in a report published this past January (see link below). The report shows that my experience with a primarily surveillance stalker is far more common than believed and that what I say is happening to me is likely happening and provable. Moreover, law enforcement's apprehending that aircraft stalker in California this past September only supports my own case. My stalker has pretty much done the same kinds of stuff that air stalker did--repeated low flyovers, especially. And, finally, (4) because I waited, public documents posted in legal actions related to his attorney's license suspension show everything I've long claimed about his character but couldn't prove to be true. He can't remove those documents from the internet, either. AND **he** placed enough info about his own military history on social media that I can use to help law enforcement develop a dossier on him.
So, now that I have all of this documentation, here's what I've done. I went into the local county sheriff's office and asked that they ONLY take a report. That's it. Take a report that will get an investigation started. I went in to their office because, since he's in an aircraft and his 'ground troops' are following me, they all SAW me go into the agency and could guess why I was there. That sends a clear message without getting a TRO AND it prevents him from denying his activities because he won't have to appear in court to battle a TRO. It also buy's time to build a case against him.
Ironically, though, it turns out that because he has been using electronic surveillance on me (and, likely, because he's former Naval intelligence), that rises to an entirely different level of crime. Thus, there's a whole different kind of investigation that needs to occur before a TRO can be issue so the magistrate wouldn't give me a TRO anyway. I had to speak with a deputy first.
When I told the officer the magistrate arranged for me to see my story, I could see he didn't believe me at first. Then, I pulled out about 50 pages of documents that proved what I stated was probable and likely, given this jerk's character and his own statements about himself on social media. I showed he had at least one alias, was able to provide his true DOB (he uses several) as well as court documents showing his military status, his admitted substance abuse and mental health issues and that he has a propensity for lying, theft and fraud which certainly portends other criminal behavior like stalking. I provided recent county documents from his domicile state that show his true legal residence while social media documents he created put him near my location for most of the last three years--far away from his domicile state. Even my posts HERE over the last nearly three years about having a stalker who uses an aircraft and electronic surveillance can be used as support. (Even if much of their content might be considered hearsay, they provide leads and other evidence that is NOT, like dates.)
So, because he is a surveillance stalker who is known to me and with whom I have a history (not a dangerous gang stalker whose chosen me as his random target of opportunity to be chased by groups of strangers everywhere I go) and they don't usually want to get caught (though gang stalker leaders don't either), he put me in a position to somewhat impatiently wait for him to leave a trail of enough evidence to weave the rope by which he will hang himself. That may pay off for me and, while a gang stalker wouldn't care, a surveillance stalker is aware doing harm to me will only make his situation worse. (Point: it's important to know what kind of stalker you have so you can act accordingly.) Thus, I've made it clear he won't escape culpability for whatever he does to me or mine even in death. Surveillance stalkers, like most, are notorious for loving and protecting their own loved-ones from this kind of activity and that's who'll pay if he harms me or my son and then takes himself out. Besides, his narcissism makes him NOT want to be known as worse than he already is and harming me, someone considered an innocent and well-liked by most, would cause that to happen.
Now, I don't advise other women to wait their stalker out if their in immediate, life-threatening or other physical danger. Don't get it twisted; waiting them out won't make them go away. Only some kind of action, usually involving law enforcement, will. My situation may not be your so KNOW YOUR STALKER type and act accordingly. (Search the internet to learn what you have but do it from a safe location like a public library during peak hours if you believe your under electronic surveillance). You may be in much more imminent danger than I believe I'm in and need immediate action taken. In such cases, the sooner after the behavior begins you report the incidents to police (AND surround yourself with big, burly, dangerous or even homicidal maniac support if possible), the faster your problem will be resolved. Many stalkers are bullies or cowards who run from confrontation and they count on isolating their target to torment them. Don't be isolated if you don't have to be and get help as soon as you can but gather evidence to use if you have time. But your own cheap home surveillance security system; put cameras on your computer and attach them to your DVR and television; use baby monitors. Counter-surveillance can be done on the cheap. Record every call from the stalker (when it's a crime, it's legal no matter what your state laws on recording calls is as long as you only use the recordings for police reporting AND your not a journalist trying to get a story), videotape every confrontation and save every mail or email correspondence as well as unwanted gifts, cards, etc. Back everything up on digital media and in two locations and print whatever you can. Send copies to trusted friends for safekeeping, whenever possible. Document, document, document. I did and I'm glad; I just have to pull what I have together and get the rest.
I have a very long fuse and it takes me a while to get this angry. You really have to do a lot to me to get me here (unless it's physical abuse or I or my son is placed in immediate physical, psychological or financial danger--then I get ugly quickly, loudly and publicly). Unfortunately, people like me are a stalker's favorite targets. But once I'm at the end of my fuse, I'm more wily than my perpetrator and far more dangerous than they because then, I'm POed and have laser focus on making you go away. Like I said, I'm done.
BUT, John, you're right in that the law enforcement officers I've spoken to--once they saw my documents, my sincerity and my willingness to ID myself, within reason--took me seriously. I happen to be located where reporting a stalker with whom you've had any kind of intimate relationship practically puts you in a witness protection program of sorts. So, under the law, my privacy won't be violated and I now have legal grounds to protect my location using HTBI tactics. I also went to law enforcement my stalker doesn't know, in an area unfamiliar to him and where he can't manipulate the system and I did so shortly after arriving here so he doesn't have time to get comfortable. Coupled with the next steps I take but he doesn't expect, he's toast.
My point is that stalking is like a long rape. And, just like with rape, women should do what it takes to stay alive long enough to safely rid themselves of their perpetrator. With stalking, sometimes that means waiting until you can prove he's stalking you. In other cases, it's acting quick, fast and in a hurry to save yourself. But, I'll paraphrase a young pop singer. "Stand back and take a look at this situation objectively and then do what you know you have to do to put an end to it." That's the advice of professionals who help stalking victims get free. Sometimes it takes time to get to a place where you can report but when you do, walk tall with your head high into the nearest law enforcement agency and dime the jerk out. But, whenever you decide to report them, fight them until they either quit or ends up in prison, whichever comes first. Since I don't trust mine to quit, it's either federal prison far away from me or death--whichever comes first. And, at this point, I really don't care which one it is since I'm unlikely to have to effect either myself now that law enforcement is involved.
URL #1: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/aboutstalking.htm
Just read this today on a travel site. A flyer was arrested for politely declining to show his ID - on an interstate flight, not an international one. This person, Phil Mocek, is well known to some who follow the "No ID" type news.
URL #1: http://philosecurity.org/2009/11/16/flyer-processed-arrested-in-nm-after-declining-to-show-id
kristin, , Age: 40
Readers, JJ & Wendy I’ll try and make this the Readers Digest version.
I had a female employee of mine stalked by a real nut case. He had a State job and had never been in trouble with the law. Folks we to afraid of him to press charges I guess. This is the kind of guy that some would say “needs killing”. I had some in laws in law enforcement so I got some good tips from them.
This nut lived 15 miles from her. She was divorced and liked the attention he first gave her as her x didn’t spend any time with her. It got to where she couldn’t do anything W/O him. She tried to break up with him and He accused her of sleeping with everyone at our work and she was afraid to go home one afternoon. He was parked across from our place of business waiting to follow her when she left to go home.
Another employee and I followed her home to make sure she got there OK. He knew saw us so he would pull over we would see him do this and we would pull over. This gave her time to get home.
She had told us that he had told her he would burn her house with her in it. If I can’t have you know one will etc.
He pulled alongside of my truck and threatened me that day (I guess I then became her Nominee) I signed a statement at the PD and he was served a warrant for communicating a threat.
We go to court, his lawyer calls me out in the foyer and says you really do not want this guy to lose his job do you since they had starting dating again (I didn’t know this at the time and was I ever PO) I was able to get a TRO. Later I found out they had told her he would mess me up and she was really scarred of him so she didn’t push her own TRO and I guess is why she started seeing him.
Where I went wrong. I allowed him to pick her up for lunch from my place of business. This was in violation of the TRO. I figured oh well she is dating him again. What a mistake. It made the TRO go void. I should have had the TRO in my possession and called the law!
Where she went wrong. She should have gotten a TRO and she didn’t.
He sold his house and moved 3 doors down from her. Her life became a living hell. He would follow her at lunch every day. She had busted water pipes under her house with the weather above freezing. Super glue in her locks. Flat tires twice a week on new tires. Ice pick size holes 4 or 5 different times. He would turn her LP tank off while she was gone and turn it back on after the pilot light went out etc. etc.
He would ride by my house 20 miles from their homes looking for her when he couldn’t find her. She had never been to my house. My wife saw him 2 or 3 times. He even came by one day and my door wasn’t locked and my 8 year old son let him in. He said he came by to just say hi and saw my gun cabinet and said Oh you have guns too. I Soon got a CCP and don’t leave home without it.
After 6 months or so He started dating another divorced woman. This woman got wind of him and called my employee and told her she had heard he had been dating her and was asking her if he was a nut. She talked with her once but was too scared to talk with her. I called her and filled her in. He eventually threatened her on her answering machine. I told her to get a TRO and offered to go with her to court as a coach. The same attorney came and called her out in the foyer and it was like a recording but this time she knew in advance what was about to happen. His attorney was mad as hell and told me that I had no relevance in this case I said stalking is stalking and it had everything to do with the case since he was the same nut I had dealt with within less than a year over the same charge.
I talked with the assistant DA for her and this time didn’t go as well for him. I had also contacted his boss a real good friend of my law enforcement in laws and they were looking for a reason to fire him. He soon lost his job. He found one at a nursing home!
Both of these women moved away. I do not see him but I know he may just show up some day.
Ask yourself what has taken you so long to let the law deal with him? I don't want the answer You know the facts and will need to make this decision.
I usually find that the law sides with the woman. It would sound more realistic if you had moved and he was out of his law enforcement area. (No buddies no local COP friends)
Do not break the law. But things you may do would be Contact his work. Get a TRO and let charges and times he stalks you stack up with the law over and over. Find a friend or Cop nominee. Catch him with CCTV motion activated recorders. Hire a PI to GPS him. Paladin press has some good Get Even books you may glean some tips but some of this stuff is against the law and you should not break the law.
Perhaps you see the importance of letting the law deal with him. Get you a TRO ASAP Keep a copy with you and have it enforced.
After far too many years being stalked by an ex-military intelligence officer/former attorney in an aircraft, I've decided I need this to end. This man has stalked me for at least ten years across five states. Therefore, I'm going to begin filing reports against him with authorities--local, county, state and federal, if necessary. But, I don't want to go the TRO route yet...I know him well enough to know it's not time for that yet. So, my questions are for the law enforcement professionals (as well as attorneys and PIs) among you and those who've dealt, successfully, with their stalkers.
First, let me me be clear: I'm going to do this so please don't try to talk me out of it. I've had it. I'm done. I won't live like a prisoner any longer. It's time for him to be the fugitive, not me. He has GOT to GO, NOW. I want to retain as much of the privacy I've worked so hard to create as possible, though, and I think because of the way I've set things up, I can. In fact, this will actually help because now I'll have law enforcement documentation of having a stalker which entitles me to more privacy protection.
Second, I have a lot of documentation about him, his character, his past (including his military background) and his propensity to do this (though I haven't been able to locate a pilot's cert for him or aircraft registrations for his two small planes (one a Beechcraft type and the other a vintage military plane). But that really doesn't mean much to me since, knowing him, he's found a way to keep his true name, address, etc. out of the FAA database and aircrafts can be registered using LLCs or trusts.) I know quite a bit about him from what he eats to where he'd stay on the road that provides direction to law enforcement. I also have witnesses, etc. Other than that, I have a lot of anecdotal evidence like knowledge of being watched and recorded based on the actions my stalker takes which he could not if he hadn't heard me state something. (And, the feedback I get whenever I stick my cellphone near my dashboard--you know, that "another cell/wireless phone is close by" when I only have one of my own coupled with his scent in my vehicle is a bit of a giveaway of the presence of another similar device both transmitting my phone or other conversations or my GPS location.)
Third, like many stalkers, he hasn't made any physical threats and hasn't called or emailed since I fussed him out a few years ago and threatened to make his behavior 'public' (at least in our social circle) and get his security clearances pulled (which, based on his misconduct as an attorney probably has happened by now). But he keeps me under surveillance by him and others he hires or whatever. That, alone, is disturbing, and scary since I don't know what one of those people he's having surveil me may do. However, few know or understand--even most law enforcement--the kinds of technology available that make it possible for he, using an aircraft, and his cohorts, to whom he can transmit information or have their own receivers tracking my movements, to chase me around everywhere. But, those of you who are investigators of any kind are familiar with that "awareness" of the presence of other people, devices, whatever, monitoring or watching you. It's fine tuned in us. In fact, it's why my stalker hasn't be able to successfully keep PIs after me because I catch them--a lot. That kinda gets around, especially when they learn he's really stalking me.
So, of course, I'm tired of all of this and it's long past time for me to take my life back by taking action.
But, naturally, I have a few concerns and want to make sure I'm not victimized by law enforcement because they think I'm the lunatic, not him. (After all, don't all women overreact and behave hysterically? Or maybe I just want the attention. Right.) Therefore, I'd like your input on the following:
1) Since I'm voluntarily filing reports and not pursuing immediate arrest (unless I have enough evidence for that), am I required to provide ID like driver's licenses to prove address or may I simply use my passport and provide whatever address and phone I want? Will I have to provide my social security number?
2) What can't I be forced to do in order to file reports? What can law enforcement require of me (besides proof, some of which I have, some, I don't)? Can I be forced to do a TRO or press charges?
3) What is the most effective way to present the facts of my situation, especially when I don't have a ton of physical evidence (like photos, recordings or emails) and am not likely to get much because I'm dealing with an ex-military intell officer who is being pretty careful and would be able to keep this behavior 'secret' from anyone but me (because of our 20+ year history) and since I'm an investigative journalist?
4) Can I make suggestions? I'd like to see the local airports and private airfields contacted about him, for example.
5) Should I get a lawyer to help me? I mean, I get one if I have a traffic violation so....
Have I missed anything else? I look forward to your input. Thanks.
Article regarding unwanted telephone calls, many may find informative.
Found this while browsing.
URL #1: http://tinyurl.com/ycnaych
Ray, , Age: 43
"An angry aide to Rep. Ron Paul, an iPhone and $4,700 in cash have forced the Transportation Security Administration to quietly issue two new rules telling its airport screeners they can only conduct searches related to airplane safety."
Though I'd imagine carrying the cash is still probably not worthwhile, if only to avoid the attention.
URL #1: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/11/rules-changed-after-paul-aide-detained-at-airport/
Joe, , Age: 34
While reading newspapers from across the country I came in contact with an article about parking enforcement.
URL #1: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=8004753
Alan, , Age: 28
Interesting when linked to the suggestions in HTBI, watch the video.
URL #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA5Gy32aqdo
Alan, , Age: 28
Commercial auto insurance vs. personal auto insurance.
What I know about our company business auto policy (BAP)VS my personal auto policy (PAP).
The BAP covers any driver (Employee)
Where the PAP covers listed drivers (Family)
Since business tend to have deeper pockets to a jury and the vehicle is covered with any employee these policies may cost more.
A provisional (Learners Permit driver) can not operate a BAP vehicle.
Proper insurance coverage is a CYA for liability & a LLC is for privacy and adds a layer of asset separation for enhanced liability protection.
Jiim, , Age: 35
The Swiss think so. They're suing Google to keep it from photographing their streets and making Switzerland StreetView available. This case has a lot of potential for various shenanigans - outside the court system.
URL #1: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/14/technology/companies/14google.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss
Drake, , Age: 34
Just a general question to the readers about SpoofCard. Has anyone used this and would you recommend its use? Thanks.
Frank, , Age: 29
In 1999 edition of your book, you went into some detail about uses of corporations, particularly those formed in Wyoming. In the most recent edition, none of that information is present. Do you currently recommend *any* corporations in *any* state?
Anthony, , Age: 28
my library asks for my SSN last four digits? How do I get around this?
Does anyone know of anyway for someone to get around FERPA ACT of 1974 if you submit a non-disclosure slip?
URL #1: http://www.uvu.edu/registration/Dis%20Doc3.pdf
Alan, , Age: 28
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I know from previous posts that you recommend getting auto insurance in your own name, while having the vehicle registered in the name of an LLC. What I’ve found recently is that many insurance providers require a commercial policy if the vehicle is registered in the name of a company. That being said, I wonder if having each auto in a separate commercial policy has some major advantages.
Because each of my vehicles are titled in the name of a different LLC, I am unable to have them all under a single commercial policy. The only drawback to this is that you lose the meager savings of a “multi auto” discount. No big deal, and I think it has advantages. What I’m most concerned about is protecting all of my assets in the event of a major accident. If the vehicle is registered in the name of an LLC, but the insurance is in my personal name, how possible would it be for an evil lawyer to go after my paycheck/earnings by garnishing my wages? After all, I was the driver and the insurance was in my name. If the vehicle is in a company name and the insurance is in the name of the same company, am I not just a poor and unfortunate employee in the wrong place at the wrong time? In the event that a judgment exceeds the limits of the insurance, can I not simply say “sorry, but the company is broke and has gone out of business?” Or, does it not matter either way?
... I found an unexpected advantage of having a commercial policy for each of my vehicles - it was cheaper than my old personal policy and provided twice the coverage!
"Is it a crime to give a false name to the census?"
Yes, it is, but it's a fine-only crime, and the fine is somewhere between $100 and $5000, depending on which statute you look at. Even the Census Bureau temporizes on what the actual maximum fine is, claiming that it can be up to $5000. Keep in mind that in the last 50 years, only TWO people have been prosecuted for refusing to answer.
The fine is higher if you falsify the data than if you merely refuse to answer the questions. Lying to a federal official is always a much more serious matter than keeping your mouth shut.
How much is your privacy worth?
"I live in a big apartment building and I'm concerned that even if I don't cooperate with the census, that management will."
Well, the management can tell them who you are and how many people live in the building, but for detailed personal information, the census taker has to talk to you directly, or you have to fill out the questionnaire.
If you've set things up properly according to Jack's suggestions, even your landlord won't know your real name, and since you will receive mail through a ghost address, you can leave the census form sitting in the box forever, and open another ghost address if you need to.
If you're new to the concept of personal privacy and being invisible, you might need to make some careful plans, then move to a new place using the techniques Jack suggests, thereby cutting the trail. When the census taker shows up at your new door, don't answer the door. You'll have to dodge them for about 90 days, then they will give up.
But, get your vehicles registered to a blind LLC and don't have anything that links to your real name where they can find it before the census begins, or they will likely be able to identify you and that could lead to being fined.
"Does anyone know, do I have the right to tell the management of the building not to tell them my name?"
No, you do not. That's why living somewhere under an assumed name, or under an LLC from New Mexico's name, is beneficial.
This article contains a plethora of information. 'How to handle legal documents', 'Verify the legality of the legal documents before responding', 'Verify the legality of process service before responding', Who to contact when you're in over your head', and 'Watch your back when the government is involved'.
Paragraph 4 shows what kind of fishing expedition the Justice Dept. was on,
"The subpoena (PDF) from U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison in Indianapolis demanded "all IP traffic to and from www.indymedia.us" on June 25, 2008. It instructed Clair to "include IP addresses, times, and any other identifying information," including e-mail addresses, physical addresses, registered accounts, and Indymedia readers' Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and so on."
Everyone needs a little oversight. Questioning authority is different from haranguing the authorities. I think it was Davey Crockett who said, "Make sure you're right - then go ahead".
URL #1: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/11/09/taking_liberties/entry5595506.shtml?tag=mncol;txt
Drake, , Age: 34
UK Will have no phone internet privacy soon 653 public bodies will be given access to the confidential information, including police, local councils, the Financial Services Authority, the Ambulance Service, fire authorities and even prison governors.
URL #1: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/6533107/Every-phone-call-email-and-internet-click-stored-by-state-spying-databases.html
jiim, , Age: 35
I’d like to share how I personally manage my credit reports and keep them safe from prying eyes.
As you are aware, the three credit bureaus are Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. Both Equifax and TransUnion offer monthly online paid services that allow you to instantly lock and unlock your credit report at will. If your report is locked, no one can pull it except another credit bureau or (in some instances) a Bank or merchant that you already have an existing credit relationship with. With this lock enabled, your report is unavailable from the annual free credit report site. With the monthly paid services it is easy to go in and unlock the report for everyone or just for a specific merchant. You can establish a one-time use PIN code and provide it to the merchant to pull the report. Each service is under $15/month. TransUnion’s product offers you access to all three bureau reports as well as your credit scores for all three – it is definitely the best deal, but only allows lock/unlock control for your TransUnion report. The same limitation exists with Equifax’s product.
If you do not want to subscribe to any of the services, the cheapest way to control your credit is to add a freeze to each of the three bureaus. All three can be done online or via snail mail, and run about $10 each (price varies by state). You will need to verify your identity to establish the freeze via SSN, questions about your credit history, birthday, etc. Each bureau will assign a PIN code to you for future use – with it (and a small fee that varies by state) you can permanently or temporarily unlock your credit report for everyone or just a specific merchant. This method will have to be used for Experian, as they offer no product to lock/unlock the report online.
If you do not use your credit much, the “freeze” method is definitely the way to go. If you need quick control to lock/unlock your credit reports, the online services are way more convenient and worth the cost. Also, in my experience most merchants pull from Equifax or TransUnion, but that’s just my experience.
I live in a big apartment building and I'm concerned that even if I don't cooperate with the census, that management will. Does anyone know, do I have the right to tell the management of the building not to tell them my name?
Billson, , Age: 46
RE: 6667 Richard
JJ: I agree IRS instructions say not to use paper clips. I don't either. Instead, I staple the check to the voucher every time! That forces them to pay attention. They may not like me for doing that, but since I starting doing that, they have never lost a payment!
Richard: I agree many of the 3rd party companies that process payments to IRS have weak or non-existent security.
However, I feel I must clarify one point you made near end of your post:
you CAN make payments direct to IRS on their website. Based on your instructions, IRS debits a bank account without a fee or credit card with a fee.
However, you need to sign up on their website ahead of time and the process to get signed up is slow and cumbersome.
Making online payments to many states may be much easier, more user-friendly and have better security. So, if you need to pay your state, (especially if you make payments on a regular basis) you should look into it. I can only speak for NJ which I have found is very user-friendly when making payments online.
Hope this helps.
Charles, , Age: 58
My parents are from eastern Europe and created quite a stir 20 yrs. ago in the U.S. city I was born, where they still live today. As I was in 7th grade at the time, I was sent far away to boarding school in the midwest to escape the embarrassment, etc. After boarding school, college, both far far away from boyhood home, I settled in to the town where I've always lived and worked near since I was sent away at 12 years of age. I do return to my boyhood home for family visits, where parents still live, several times per year, never staying more than a few days at any one time.
Now, for work, I need to apply for a passport for traveling abroad. It would be extremely easy for anyone with internet access to figure out who my parents are just by entering my name and "place of birth" from my passport. How can I maintain my privacy about my connection to my infamous parents using my passport for I.D., etc.?
Paul, , Age: 32
I've never heard of the credit agencies requesting or requiring any proof of ID. I've checked my report Online numerous times and pulled hundreds of others while in the mortgage business.
For me personally, I do not give them my current address on credit reports. I either use an old address or an alternate address. They don't need your actual current mailing or living address...they go by SSN, Name and date of birth. The address is used mostly to sell to other companies to solicit you for something.
I just accepted a new position that requires me to live in a place other than my home state for a few years, if not longer. Although I've sold my house in my home state, I wish to maintain residency in NH (while making myself invisible here) while also keeping my new address under wraps as well.
Which is the best way to go about this? Purchase a NM LLC and transfer title everything I still have (car, etc.) and whatever property I acquire down the road into the LLC, or is there another way of going about it all that I haven't thought of yet?
"Yesterday I was in another town and took a prescription to a Super Wal-Mart because they only charge $4. When asked for name etc. I rattled off a new name, Alaska address, and a date of birth I picked out of the air."
I don't quite understand this.
1) Was the name/address block on the prescription form blank?
2) The pharmacist asked for the name, address, etc.?
3)Wasn't this information on the prescription form?
How does one respond to their doctor if he/she asks why we want our prescription made out to just our first initial and last name?
5) Or if the doctor says he/she will phone the prescription in to the pharmacy?
6) Or if the prescription is one of those new electronic prescriptions where all your personal information is electronically printed on the prescription form?
1) No, it would have a first initial and a last name. (You then select a different first name that starts with the same letter.)
4) No doctor has ever asked that and I always do it.
5) I'd tell the doctor I don't have any particular pharmacy yet that I use so just give me the slip.
6) Not familiar with that one.
I strongly suspect they are lying to you about a "federal requirement" that you provide them with tax returns. Most likely they are just on a "fishing expedition."
Below is a link I found by searching on the issue that suggests this.
Demand (in writing) that they provide you with a citation to the specific federal statute that they claim authorizes them to demand this information. Then CHECK the citation, if they give it, because they may just make one up out of thin air, or be misinterpreting a real statute. Also, ask them specifically WHY they need the information and WHAT information they are specifically looking for, and what your income tax has to do with providing health insurance for your wife and child.
Generally, one of two things will happen if you challenge them and threaten them with a complaint to the state AG; they will either forget about the tax returns or they will get hard-nosed about it and threaten to cancel your coverage. If it's a company plan, and your wife signed up during open enrollment, they probably CANNOT cancel your insurance merely because you refuse to provide tax returns, but you'll need to discuss this with your boss and explain your privacy concerns to him. Hopefully he will sympathize and have a word with the insurance company.
You might also consider sending them a redacted tax return with only your and your wife's name and SSN (which they already have) and "number of dependents" visible. Make a copy of the returns, black out ALL financial data and other irrelevant items with a felt pen, then COPY IT AGAIN and send them that copy (so they can't "peek through" the black marker).
Along with the returns, send a letter, a contract really, that requires that they handle your personal information securely, and that the information provided may NOT BE DISCLOSED to any third person for any reasons whatsoever. Consider having a lawyer draft this agreement and consider taking it to the company and having an authorized person sign it BEFORE you provide the tax data. Explain that you are extremely concerned about identity theft and you will refuse to provide them with the information unless they agree on specific conditions for the use, retention, storage and access to it in writing.
Basically, make it a pain in the ass for them to request this information, give them ONLY the absolute minimum information they need to extend coverage, require them to prove IN WRITING (do NOT do any of this on the phone, do it by Certified Mail, return receipt requested) that they are legally entitled to the information and that they will use it only for legitimate purposes within THEIR company only. Demand SPECIFICALLY that they NOT share any of your personal data with ANY other company or insurance database.
Cross out and initial any language in the insurance contract that "releases" them from liability for sharing information and invoke HIPA (Health Insurance Privacy Act) frequently, and let them know that any misuse or release of information about you or your family will result in a lawsuit.
Check with your state Attorney General's office about making a complaint against the insurer for deceptive trade practices.
If they need information about your child, do as the attorney suggests, and redact unnecessary information.
Under no circumstances would I provide them with tax returns, but that's a choice you'll have to make, as this may result in denial of coverage and require you to file a lawsuit if you wish to fight them.
However, the fact is that unless your state has laws against these sort of demands, as a private business they can demand whatever they want as a condition of providing coverage, and you either comply or your go elsewhere.
I would go elsewhere (I don't have health insurance, so that's easy for me to say), but I understand that most people are uncomfortable with "self-insuring" and paying into a savings account rather than sending money to an insurance company, so the decision will be a hard one.
URL #1: http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/can-an-employer-ask-employee-to-provide-federal-ta-82943.html
Hi J.J. I thought readers might like to see what is happening in the UK, and what will probably be coming to the US soon. "State to 'spy' on every phone call, email and web search" from the Telegraph.
URL #1: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/6534319/State-to-spy-on-every-phone-call-email-and-web-search.html
Bill, , Age: 62
Hi Jack: My wife has worked for the same company for over 10 years and had their health insurance for her and our child for two years. They sent a memo last week that to keep our child covered they would need to see our childs social security and birth certificate. They also need to see our marriage licence and our last two years IRS TAX RETURNS! We file a joint tax return. I am not on her health insurance. They stated there are new federal requirements that mandate this.
My position is that my income and tax returns are not their business since I am not covered with the policy. The other documentation they need we don't have problems with. This is a large company with about 1,000 US employees.
Question: have any other readers had this issue come up? Thanks for everything. Best Regards
I’d like to share my experience registering a vehicle in the name of an LLC at a So-Cal AAA office. The vehicle was recently paid off and was titled in the name of my wife (maiden name) and her father, and the address listed on the registration was her parents’ house.
After purchasing an LLC from Rosie (highly recommended!), I had my wife sign the three spots on the vehicle title verifying the mileage and releasing all liability. I filled the title out with the name of the LLC in the name field and entered a ghost residence address and ghost mailing address, both in a faraway and very cold US state (apparently the CA DMV now requires a residence address). I then went to my local AAA office to complete the transaction.
After waiting about 15 mins, I ended up with a female clerk and explained that I wanted to register the vehicle in the name of my company. She said she wasn’t sure if it would be possible, so she excused herself to talk to a co-worker. After she came back, she asked who the people on the title were. I explained that one of them is my wife, and that we are gifting the vehicle to my company (I had to provide a “fair market value”). She never asked to see a marriage license, company documentation, or proof of address. She requested that I sign the title as “OWNER for ”, which I proceeded to do.
Because the ghost residence address and ghost mailing address are in different zip codes, California requires an additional address change form to be filled out. I filled it out with my company name, the VIN, license plate, and illegible signature (same format as above).
Just when I thought was home free, the clerk said “you need a smog check”. She marked all of the paperwork as “incomplete”, handed it back to me with a “front of the line” pass, and off I went to get a smog check. 45 minutes later was I back at her desk with a completed smog certificate. She then completed the registration with the DMV and handed me a copy with only my company name and (very very) far away ghost mailing address. I was charged only $15 for the transfer, and the current registration expiration date remained.
In conclusion, I highly recommend all So-Cal readers use a AAA office to register their vehicles in the name of an LLC.
I agree with Charles. I always include the required tax voucher with my SSN papercliped to a money order without my SSN, and use certified mail, whether I owe money or am getting a refund. I’ve done this for a few years without problems.
I always used to put my SSN on a personal check for paying taxes, until one year when the IRS received my tax statement but lost my check with SSN and claimed I never paid. When I went into the local IRS office to discuss it, there were a lot of teenagers working there, who I assume were doing the grunt work at minimum wage. Their actions didn’t leave me with a lot of confidence in how things were handled.
I disagree with Charles about electronic payments. The last time I looked at this a few years ago, there were about five third-party companies that could process an electronic tax payment. Knowing how weak Internet security is at most companies, I would never trust my taxes or SSN to them. If submitting taxes directly to the IRS is possible someday I’ll consider that, not that their security would be much better.
Yes, it is legal to have 2 US passports. Here's how and why. I'm sure others here can come up with even more reasons why this is a good idea.
URL #1: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2009/11/10/how-to-get-a-duplicate-u-s-passport/
Mike, , Age: 49
But, as the author of the article says, "most people need only one passport."
You can request your credit report through annualcreditreport.com for free. I'm not sure what they ask for beyond basic identifying info, but since they provide the reports online, they clearly don't ask for a copy of your DL or utility bill. (Don't confuse this free, no strings attached site with freecreditreport.com, the one advertised on TV, which is a come on for a credit monitoring srevice.)
Another route you might take is checking into your state's laws. Here in Mass. we had a free credit report law for years before the Feds created one. A year or 2 ago, I wrote to the 3 agencies to get a copy of my report with minimal info. 2 of the 3 complied, the third balked because of the Federal requirements. I simply wrote back and told them I was making my request under *state* law and did not have to provide what they asked for under that law. I got the reports in a couple of weeks.
In your February 16, 2009 blog, you told how to get a prescription in another name. I tried this at a local pharmacy in March and it worked perfectly!
Yesterday I was in another town and took a prescription to a Super Wal-Mart because they only charge $4. When asked for name etc. I rattled off a new name, Alaska address, and a date of birth I picked out of the air. No problem, right?
Well ... I returned later in the day and gave the name I use for the prescription. The clerk pulled it up on the computer and said, "What's your date of birth?"
Uh-oh! I didn't remember it!
She gave me a look like I was a bit flaky and then asked for my address. I said "Fairbanks, Alaska" and she decided that would do, so I got my prescription. But next time, I'll pick some date I can remember!
I am interested in obtaining a credit report from the three main credit agencies. However, here is the problem:
all three agencies require a copy of my driver's license and a utility bill with my address on it. And both pieces of identification must match with the address, I'm assuming. I find this to be a violation of my privacy and I'm wondering if there is some way around this?
My driver's license is from another state which I keep because it's many years before it expires. And I don't have a utility bill since I'm living with a friend until I get my own house.
Is there a way to get my credit report while living in FL but having an out of state license and not having a utility bill? I can't believe how difficult these agencies have made it for consumers to get copies of their own reports.
Thanks for your help.
"The Census taking GPS readings on the front and back doors of houses is mostly just a waste of time. The error of a one time GPS reading is usually about 32 feet. On a lot of houses, the error circles overlap."
The positional error for civilian GPS units can be that large, but this is a feature of the hardware and software of the unit, not a matter of inherent accuracy of the GPS system. It's unknown whether or not the handheld units used by Census workers are military grade or not. I suspect they are near military grade and that the error is more likely on the order of a couple of feet, if not less. It also depends on whether they are using differential GPS systems, which uses a radio signal transmitted from a known benchmark location to improve the accuracy. Surveying-grade GPS with differential transmitters have a spherical error distance smaller than a marble.
There are also post-processing techniques that use the known skewing of the system and other factors, based on the precise instant of measurement in comparison with other measurements at known locations that can lend greater accuracy to one-time readings.
I expect that the TIGER database processing that makes use of this data is quite sophisticated and I'm guessing that the error is less than a meter in most cases.
"Besides in a lot of the country, wandering around property is trespassing and can get you shot and the district attorney wouldn’t even brother to file charges."
Well, that is an issue, and I do wonder where the authority lies for census workers to trespass for anything other than the actual enumeration. I'll have to look into it.
They do have the authority to come to your door for the enumeration however, even if you have a fence and a locked gate, though they usually won't scale fences to get to you. They will, however, wait outside and catch you as you leave to question you.
Shoot one and the FBI will come calling, because they are federal employees.
Whether you are compelled to answer the questions is another matter. The law says you are, but the penalty is a 100 dollar fine, and it's been levied only twice in the history of the census.
They will undertake a 90 day series of carefully programmed steps to get to you and get answers, and will badger you with supervisors and make threats to prosecute you, but it's mostly an idle threat.
DO NOT LIE TO THEM, which is a separate federal crime that the FBI can arrest you for. While the law requires you to answer their questions truthfully, IF YOU ANSWER, if you never give them the opportunity to ask the questions, they cannot sanction you, and if you simply remain silent, the worst they can possibly do is fine you 100 bucks, which is highly unlikely.
My plan, when they show up, is simply not to answer the door. If they approach me outside, my plan is to say "one person lives here" and then walk away. I will NOT answer any of the other intrusive personal questions they ask, including my name. My privacy is certainly worth a hundred bucks.
I purchased Invisible Money when it first came out. A friend was in trouble with the IRS and could not deposit his money in his own bank until he could work out a payment plan with the IRS.
In Invisible Money Mr Luna discusses older bank accounts. We brainstormed and came up with several ways to acquire an old bank account. My friend started looking for businesses for sale at dirt cheap prices. He really did not want the business, he wanted the business bank account. He found a one man lawn service business looking to sell his client list. He purchased the business (client list) for appx $3000. Included in the purchase. The business bank accounts which were opened in 1966. No social security number attached. Just a tax ID number.
He sold the business client list for his purchased price minus the bank accounts.
Elsy, , Age: 31
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