AP Names Article About County Records "Investigative Report of the Year"
Associated Press Judges described the series as,
"A remarkable look at how a zealous
has been selling Public Records and putting people's
lives on the Internet . . . "
"The thrust of the story is one of privacy - the
Social Security numbers, banking information and
medical records - that are suddenly there for the
world to see, all because of a county's exuberant
decision to save time, money and space by making
use of cyberspace."
The prestigious Star Investigative Report of the
Award was presented to investigative reporters
the Fort Bend Herald for the four-part series
regarding personal information being posted on the
Internet by the Fort Bend County Clerk's Office.
Voting Machine Glitches Plague Counties
Vendors said they were miracles of modern
technology. The Feds said you had to have them.
Commissioners studied, reviewed and selected the
best the taxpayers could afford. So what went
According to John Gideon, VotersUnite.Org and
VoteTrustUSA.Org, "While we have been involved in
issues about Direct Recording Electronic (DRE
or "touch-screen") voting machines or paper ballots
the electronic voting machine vendors have been
wreaking complete havoc across the country".
Find out which vendors and counties experienced the
most problems. Click Here
County to study I.D. theft prevention
By: North County Times News Service
April 4, 2006
The county itself could be a target, since it collects
and retains records that may include Social Security
numbers or credit card numbers.
"In the wrong hands, this information can be used for
fraudulent purposes," according to a statement
issued by the county. "Recent security breaches at
local public agencies demonstrate that government is
not immune to the threat of identity theft." . . .
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The Border as a Texas Sheriff Sees It
Sheriff A. D’Wayne Jernigan
Val Verde County, Texas
Written Testimony on "Federal Strategies to End
Border Violence" before the Senate Judiciary
All of us are concerned that the border with Mexico is
being used as the open door to this country. Most of
the illegal immigrants from countries of special
interest that are apprehended are apprehended along
the southwest border. . .
The areas of Val Verde and Maverick Counties,
specifically, continue to see many persons from
countries other that Mexico entering the country and
being let loose in our counties. . .
The Rio Grande Valley, Cameron, Hidalgo, and Starr
Counties, have continuous problems with pseudo-
cops coming from Mexico to extort and kidnap
citizens in these counties.
Sheriff's Wife Becomes Victim of Identity Theft
Anyone can be a victim of identity
Just ask Sheriff Lane Carter. His wife had her
identity stolen by a woman in New York.
Researchers with FindMyID.com
from North Carolina have notified Sheriff Carter
that they found his wife's home address,
signature, maiden name, mother's maiden name, and
financial account information displayed on the County
E-Voting 2006: The Approaching Train Wreck
'Our Elections are Now Officially 'A National
Disaster in the Making'
By John Gideon, VoteTrustUSA.Org
While we have been involved in all of the issues
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE or "touch-screen")
voting machines or paper ballots the electronic voting
machine vendors have been wreaking complete havoc
across the country.
... Though the vendor, Hart Intercivic, initially blamed
the problem on human error, they finally had to admit
that it was a programming error and not poll
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