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Derry Brownfield
February 27, 2004

By the time this article reaches your desk there is a very good possibility that the Bush Administration will have a database on "all" air passengers.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is setting up a program that will color-code each air traveler, depending upon that person's threat level.

This will be a computerized system that will check the backgrounds of all passengers boarding at the air terminal. The TSA tried to get the airlines to turn over passenger records to government officials, but not a single airline agreed to the plan. The system is called CAPPS II and was devised by - (to quote Chuck Baldwin) "a bunch of control freaks in the Bush Administration who are attempting to turn America into a police state." CAPPS stands for Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-Screening.

Uncle Sam not only wants to know who you are but where you are going and how long you are going to stay. You will give the system your full name, home address, telephone number, date of birth and travel itinerary. The database will be easily accessed to other information such as public records, commercial computer banks and even mailing lists. Each traveler will receive a numerical score and scrutiny at the checkpoint and red indicates that you are a really bad threat to our way of life and you cannot take this trip.

Frequent fliers can bypass this Gestapo-type infringement on our rights by giving government all their personal information up front. The government says the databases will not include bank records, credit ratings or medical records. Please be aware that this is the same government that issued me a Social Security card that states, "For Social Security Purposes - Not for Identification."

General Motors now installs a computing system called OnStar. OnStar is a remote assistance product to be used by the driver of the automobile to find directions, unlock the door when you've locked yourself out, or put you in touch with authorities when necessary.

OnStar can be a really big help if a driver has a problem while out on the road "BUT" anyone with the proper equipment can eavesdrop on conversations inside the automobile that is so equipped. Since OnStar uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, your whereabouts are known at all times.

Big brother now has the capability of keeping up with your every move. Is there a possibility that soon it will be mandatory to install OnStar in ALL vehicles, just as ALL air travelers must succumb to CAPPS II? How long will it be before our highways and byways contain checkpoints where we will be required to stop and show our papers?

Wake up America - It's later than you think.

� 2004 Derry Brownfield - All Rights Reserved

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Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.

Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.

In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information. In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.

Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical business man and a very entertaining speaker. He travels extensively throughout the country speaking about his common-sense point of view. Web Site:







"Uncle Sam not only wants to know who you are but where you are going and how long you are going to stay. You will give the system your full name, home address, telephone number, date of birth and travel itinerary."