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Well, the Mad Hatters Teaparty is now trying to cover there Tracks. It seem would there are two sets of rules: The set we the public are expected to follow, and those that legislators, law enforcement and  other government subsects follow.

 The North Carolina GOP is moving to further shut the doors on Government Transparency that investigative reporters might one day use.

Legislators in North Carolina are now considering a bill that would give government employees and officials unprecedented control over public records. However they have no plans to extend this "courtesy" to the General public.

"Wake County Assistant District Attorney Colleen Janssen spoke before a House judiciary committee before it passed a measure allowing state and federal prosecutors, federal judges and police officers to remove any information that could be used to identify them from city and county websites. Such information could include local tax payments, property deeds and other records accessible to the public online"
In a smaller note it might be of interest to note that "Wake County Voter Suppression" made National news all over the country a few months ago. Rep.Chris Malone,R-Wake,    is the bill's chief supporter..

They are using the Usual cover Story of it's for "Our Safety" By getting a prosecutor recently targeted by kidnappers. He urged a legislative committee Wednesday to endorse a bill that would shield the identity of law enforcement officials online.

In the indictment about the kidnapping it was reported that the kidnappers when to the wrong address, then lucked up because a father of the intended victim lived at that address so the decided to abduct the father instead.

There was no mention of whether the Kidnappers had used access public records to get the incorrect address they went too.

One can assume that the GOP used this example to demonstrate 'This could happen to us too if we don't hide all our public records'.

We are constantly told that the dangers are increasing, usually as a justification for misconduct, expanded surveillance or the purchase of military equipment. Presumably, a world more dangerous for law enforcement would also be more dangerous for civilians, but very little thought is given to the well being of the public.

If this happens, North Carolina will have two sets of public records laws -- one for Legislators and law enforcement and one for everyone else, where danger is expected to be just part of everyday life...

There was also concerns if it would set a precedent for other groups not in law enforcement that might also ask to be exempted.

"If They Have Nothing to Hide Why Worry"


Originally posted to windsong01 on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 05:24 PM PDT.

Also republished by North Carolina BLUE.

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  •  in California (2+ / 0-)
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    MrJersey, unfangus

    a recent ruling says emails can't be accessed through FOIA.  Now who's email do the people want to access?  

    there was just a ruling against ordinary citizens who filed a writ demanding their district comply with open meeting laws. the district directors sued the citizens claiming the citizens really wanted to suppress the free speech of the directors and they spent over 200,000 appealing a first loss and 'winning' on appeal.  There are many of these violations of free speech suits going on from government officials against citizens who want access to information.  So this thing in NC is probably part of the same business, protect the rich and connected and those who serve them (elected officials, law enforcement, whoever) from sunlight.  

    You'd think they'd all become vampires the way they avoid light?

    plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

    by anna shane on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 05:37:13 PM PDT

  •  This isn't all they want to hide (4+ / 0-)

    How about the concealing spending of public tax dollars by charter schools on salaries?

    The N.C. House approved legislation Thursday that would block charter school employees’ names from being disclosed with their pay

    Jeter and Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, say the amendment is designed to block public reporting of charter school salaries by name, which Lewis said creates “a hostile work environment.”

    The amendment, introduced as a broader charter school bill, passed the House on a 65-48 vote in its final reading. It preserves the part of the initial bill that says charter schools must disclose positions, salaries, promotions, demotions, disciplinary actions and other specific personnel data, but says that employee names “shall not be open to inspection.”

    We wouldn't want the public knowing how much charter school execs are paying themselves, but it's OK for every other state employee and teacher in NC to have their salary info open to the public.

    Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

    by bear83 on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:36:45 PM PDT

  •  Everybody wants to be special. (0+ / 0-)

    Except "special" has been corrupted by using it in conjunction with "needs." And needy has been turned into a dysphemism.

    So, since special is no longer a desirable attribute, the new verbiage is "private" which equates with secret and separate. Privates are to be covered up and not exposed to public view. And it's all in the context of what can be seen, since vision is the primary source of information for people directed by superficial optics. For them, "seeing is believing" and, if it can't be seen, it doesn't exist. If it doesn't exist, they don't have to account for it. "Out of sight; out of mind" is a prescription for a disappearing act. It's how reality is dispensed with.

    by hannah on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 11:42:15 PM PDT

  •  More likely... (0+ / 0-)

    public tax records, land deeds and whatever raise too many eyebrows when it appears that someone is living beyond his or her means.  And it further obscures the paper trail of where such things came from as well.  This is probably less about avoiding kidnappings than it is about avoiding indictment.

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 10:03:58 AM PDT

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