Its hard to know where to begin:
I'm confused here, HIPAA was a last minute bill signed by Clinton. The Bush administration (HHS) was required to implement rules a regulations based on the law from the Clinton Administration. Well, the 1999 update to HIPAA.
With the Delta Airlines? You talking about TWIC, were workers have to be "vetted" before working in secure areas, or, are you talking about Trusted Traveller? Trusted Traveller is on a volunteer basis only.
TSA is just a gov't agency doing what was required by the airport staff before. Nothing new there, just the "company" that is doing it. It would be the same requirements to get through line with or with out TSA.
I just don't see these issues as DEM/GOP.
How about for starters this in today's Washington Post:
"The federal government disclosed details yesterday of a border-security program to screen all people who enter and leave the United States, create a terrorism risk profile of each individual and retain that information for up to 40 years.
The details, released in a notice published yesterday in the Federal Register, open a new window on the government's broad and often controversial data-collection effort directed at American and foreign travelers, which was implemented after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.. . . .
Civil libertarians expressed concern that risk profiling on such a scale would be intrusive and would not adequately protect citizens' privacy rights, issues similar to those that have surrounded systems profiling air passengers.
"They are assigning a suspicion level to millions of law-abiding citizens," said David Sobel, senior counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "This is about as Kafkaesque as you can get." . . .
The notice did not spell out what will determine whether someone is high risk.
But documents and former officials say the system relies on hundreds of "rules" to factor a score for each individual, vehicle or piece of cargo.
According to yesterday's notice, the program is exempt from certain requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974 that allow, for instance, people to access records to determine "if the system contains a record pertaining to a particular individual" and "for the purpose of contesting the content of the record.""
The Delta reference specifically refers to a program called CAPPS II. For information on that, see EPIC's Passenger Profiling Page:
On HIPAA, before he left office, Clinton proposed great rules on medical information privacy, but Bush subverted them by trying to eliminate the requirement that health care providers obtain consent prior to making disclosures, allowing disclosures to pharmaceutical firms for marketing purposes, and eliminating the ability of persons whose rights are violated to bring a private right of action. National research has shown that Americans will avoid treatment, omit critical medical data and delay care if they are compelled to share sensitive medical data without strong privacy protections.
It would be fair to say that this administration has been the worst on privacy since the Nixon Administration, and that Allen has supported it all the way. To get more info on that, I would spend some time on the following website:
You will find information there about Bush’s record on privacy protection for firearm owners, as well as in numerous other areas.
The Donohue letter probably was from the NRA's lists: the RNC probably has the same lists, but they are also gathering data from a slew of other databases in a rather sophisticated way, using reams of data gathered from corporations, as well as public databases:
The Donkey is jealous.
Vote for Webb: rated A by both the NRA, and the Donkey!