‘ FREEDOM AND/OR SECURITY ‘


AceNewsServices – Featured Post: Jan.06: This gives me pause. . .  as I have been pondering this  problem lately. The grand experiment which is the United States was built on personal rights for all written in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. . . . . freedom of religion, speech, press, to assemble and to have personal privacy.

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After 9/11 , the country was united in the desire of “Never Again” and there was not much questioning  as to how  that security  was accomplished. But as the years have past and news and experiences of NSA spying on the nation and the world, control of the internet, airport searches and indignities at the airports,  and prisoner enhanced interrogation; Americans, including me, are questioning our freedoms, security and the methods used to establish both.

This week in the world’s largest democracy where there is understandably obsessed with security has further fuelled my thoughts. Information was circulated of a credible terrorist activity in India. Access to certain sites on the internet was stopped or limited to all of India.  I had trouble accessing Facebook, in the morning, evening, and at night. Hmm, all times when people were home using the internet. I have experienced in the US having some news and YouTube videos not available as they are in the rest of the world. I have learned that from other bloggers. Here in India,  we have been working  for days to get just the proper documentation for the students. . . photos. . . on different paper for different applications. .  phone, school, immigration.  They need copies of their passports, visas, stamped pages of their passports, forms to be filled , a letter from the hostel and the University. . .  all  this to study here for 4 months.  And all this to try to insure safety.

Some of you might  ask, “Why not just ignore it all?”  Well, one group a few years ago did just that due to ignorance of the policy.   When they got ready to leave, 7 students were allowed to leave even though they didn’t have the proper exit stamp.  Two students were detained.  They were Americans of various heritages.  Many people and countries find it hard to understand that American is  a “salad mixture” of people from all nationalities.

These detained  students had to stay in a hotel for a week while their departure was  discussed by many calls between India and the US!  Finally, this happened and all other groups from Rensselaer have meticulously  completed the process.  This time the forms seem even more complicated than in 2013. Could it be bureaucrats justifying their paycheck?

I want to be safe, unquestionably, but at the price of our freedoms? Fascist countries take these same actions and I don’t want to live in like that.  I am concerned, too, as to whom  is making these decisions.  In my lifetime, I have observed with taxes and government involvement, that once instigated or eliminated it is seemingly impossible to regain freedoms once they are gone.

Security or Freedom?

What say you?

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‘ SIX CONSULATE’S RECEIVED PACKETS OF YELLOW POWDER BUT TEST FREE OF BIOLOGICAL AGENTS ‘


#AceNewsServices – October 27 – Hungary’s consulate in Istanbul received packets of an unidentified yellow powder on Monday, Reuters reported, citing the city governor’s office.

Similar envelopes sent to five Western consulates in Turkey’s largest city last week prompted security alerts.

Sixteen people from three of the missions of the US, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium were hospitalized as a precaution.

The package at the Hungarian consulate is believed to have been sent at the same time as the others but was not opened until Monday morning.

The yellow powder sent to a number of consulates in Istanbul showed no initial signs of a biological threat, Turkey’s health ministry said Monday.

“There was no sign of anthrax, plague, tularaemia, ricin or botulinum toxin or any other biological warfare substance,” the ministry said, as cited by Reuters.

Further tests are being carried out for other possible substances after the consulates of the US, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium and Hungary received suspicious packages containing powder.

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UNITED STATES: ‘ FORMER HOMELESS VETERAN AND CHEF WINS FIRST PLACE ON TV SERIES ‘


AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – October 26 – Formerly homeless Veteran Robbie Myers recently won first place on ‘Chopped,’ a reality-based cooking television series that pits four chefs against each other competing for a chance to win $10,000.

' Formerly homeless Veteran Robbie Myers recently won first place on 'Chopped,' a reality-based cooking television series '

‘ Formerly homeless Veteran Robbie Myers recently won first place on ‘Chopped,’ a reality-based cooking television series ‘

The show airs on Food Network.

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‘ PUTIN SAYS US PROMOTES TERRORISM BY FINANCING AND DIVISION OF WORLD NATIONS ‘


#AceWorldNews – SOCHI – October 26 – Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States promotes terrorism by financing terrorists and creating division instead of strengthening unity among world nations.

' US promotes terrorism by funding Takfiris '

‘ US promotes terrorism by funding Takfiris ‘

The Russian leader made the comments on Friday during a speech at the plenary session of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.

“In Syria, just like in old times, the US and its allies began to provide militants with direct funding and weapons to incite filling of their ranks by mercenaries from different countries,” Putin said, adding that this is how the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group has turned into a “de facto army.”

“They [ISIL terrorists] are active in a highly effective manner, from the military perspective, they are real professionals,” he stated.

Putin also said another reason why the ISIL has gained so much power is because the so-called anti-ISIL coalition, led by the US, is creating division among regional powers.

The Russian president went on to say that such “unilateral dictatorship” does not help anti-terror efforts; instead it causes “growing chaos” in stable states.

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‘ DHS FAMILY REUNIFICATION PROGRAMME OFFERED TO HAITIANS TO MIGRATE FOR TWO YEARS ‘


#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – October 26 – Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. and to promote safe, legal and orderly migration from Haiti to the United States.

Under this program U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will offer certain eligible Haitian beneficiaries of already approved family-based immigrant visa petitions, who are currently in Haiti, an opportunity to come to the United States up to approximately two years before their immigrant visa priority dates become current.

“The rebuilding and development of a safe and economically strong Haiti is a priority for the United States.  The Haitian Family Reunification Parole program promotes a fundamental underlying goal of our immigration system – family reunification. 

It also supports broader U.S. goals for Haiti’s reconstruction and development by providing the opportunity for certain eligible Haitians to safely and legally immigrate sooner to the United States,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. 

“The United States strongly discourages individuals in Haiti from undertaking life-threatening and illegal maritime journeys to the United States.

Such individuals who do not qualify for the HFRP program and if located at sea may be returned to Haiti.” 

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – US Citizen Immigration Service (USCIS)   

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DHS: ‘ MY E-VERIFY CHECKING YOUR IMMIGRATION RECORDS AND RECORDING YOUR DATA ON LINE ‘


#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – October 26 – USCIS is always looking for ways to support jobs in the United States. Also at the same check your immigration records and qualification for work.   

' MyEVerify Checking Your Records and Data Online '

‘ MyEVerify Checking Your Records and Data Online ‘

They have call it myE-Verify. It’s a free and secure way to be part of the E-Verify process for confirming employment eligibility.

MyE-Verify was launched on Oct. 6 in five states and the District of Columbia, and will be rolling it out nationally in future releases. 

With myE-Verify, anyone in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia and Washington, D.C., can:

  • Create a personal account to manage how their information is used in E-Verify and easily access Self Check, where any U.S. workers can confirm their employment eligibility themselves;

  • Use Self Lock, a feature we created just for myE-Verify that lets users lock their Social Security numbers in E-Verify, preventing fraudulent use in the system in the future;

  • Get resources explaining employee rights in the employment eligibility process.

While myE-Verify is currently only available to a limited audience, all workers and job seekers in the U.S. can still use the Self Check system and check out helpful materials in the myResources section.

More than half a million U.S. employers already use E-Verify to check that their new hires are authorized to work in the United States. Almost 1,400 more employers are joining this free on-line service each week.

If you get a job anywhere in the country, it’s more and more likely your employer will use E-Verify to quickly confirm your employment eligibility.

Ace News Services – USCIS – Department of Homeland Security

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