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National Security Court

Since government officials often use 'national security' as an excuse to hide illegal and/or embarrassing information, I would suggest forming a special 'National Security Court' that would be tasked with reviewing this information to make sure that national security is indeed involved rather than a cover up of criminal and/or unethical information. The judges on this court would have top security clearance, and should... more »

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Freedom to privacy

The initial idea of prohibition of illegal search and seizures guaranteed by the constitution has gone by the way side in the era of electronic records. Now days the government does not need to come into your home to invade your privacy or seize your bank account they can just do it electronically. The problem is automatic inter-agency and federal/state/local transfer of information without your knowledge. The initial... more »

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Uphold the Constitution

1> Check out DownsizeDC is a citizen lobbying organization where current issues and legislation is posted so we can stay up with what's going on and have a voice. I suggest you check out the site: www.downsizedc.org and perhaps link arms with them. 2> All public servants who swear an oath to uphold the Constitution & Bill of Rights should do that or be removed from office and replaced. Much of the legislation passed... more »

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Equal Representation Through the Elimination of Congressional Districts

To grant each state its specified number of representatives in Congress, we have devised a system not founded in the Constitution – Congressional districts. Each state is split up into geographical regions approved by the state legislatures and signed by the state governor. Under this system, each geographical district elects one representative who is then supposed to represent those people by voting, debating, and speaking... more »

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Legal accountability- lack checks/balances hurts everything

Highly credible research from multiple sources proves legal system is out of control, no matter the topic. We need sustained nat'l dialogue to develop workable limits re tons of issues such as grounds for suit,reasonable time frames& final awards,transparency in court to stop unfair practices, ETC! It's amazing that "judicial hellholes" exist around the country. FL #2 said 1/3 bus. excess costs due to legal abuse and... more »

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Electoral College Reform

Let us not forget what happened in the Presidental election of 2000. We need to reform the Electoral College system, and it can be done fairly and without a Constitutional Amendment. Congress needs to pass a law requiring all states to adopt proportional allocation of Electoral votes. In other words, if the Republican candidate receives 45% of the votes in a state, he or she gets 45% of the Electoral votes (instead... more »

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Credit Report Agency Abuse

The American people have had enough abuse from the Credit Report Agencies (EXPERIAN. EQUIFAX & TRANSUNION). For to long have they been destroying many Americans lives by benefiting the banks, lenders and collection agencies. Most Americans are paying as much in RENT as a mortgage would cost but just because the Credit Report Agencies make it so darn difficult to obtain a home loan most Americans end up paying the same... more »

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ISLAMIC BANKING

Interest is a way used to take unlawful money from people. If you borrowed $100 from someone, you would want to owe the same amount, not a penny more. you would not want to owe $110, unless you yourself reward him that amount. Islamic Banking is the way to go, as they are the only systems to survive the economic crises. Banks such as Citi and HSBC have recently begun applying some of the concepts and are being... more »

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Protect federal workers from retaliation by security clearance

Problem: The voices of some of government's most conscientious and competent employees are routinely silenced by managers who threaten to revoke their security clearances. While most of those with clearance work in defense and intelligence roles, by no means is the problem confined to CIA, NSA, DHS, DOD and the FBI. Many employees at agencies like the Department of Agriculture also hold clearances. Many of those required... more »

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Scientific Freedom & Agency Media Policies

Agency media policies should respect that scientists and researchers have a right to express their personal views. Scientists and researchers, like any federal employees, have a right to express their personal views outside of a few narrow restrictions. Provided that scientists make an explicit disclaimer that they are speaking as private citizens and are not seeking to represent official agency policy, they should be... more »

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Scientific Review and Comment on Government Products

Scientists and researchers also have the right to review, approve and comment publicly on the final version of any document or publication that significantly relies on their research, identifies them as an author or contributor, or purports to represent their scientific opinion or relates to their field of expertise. While editing by non-scientists is at times necessary and useful, final review by scientific experts is... more »

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Agency employees are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of their communications

Agency policies should make clear that employees are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of their communications and should not represent the agency on issues of politics or policy without prior approval from the Public Affairs Officer. Employees are also responsible for working with public affairs to make significant research developments accessible and comprehensible to the public. - From the 21st Century RTK... more »

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Scientists should not be required to obtain pre-approval from public affairs before responding to a media request

Agency policies should spell out a clearly defined role for the PAOs, including timely response to media inquiries and providing journalists and agency staff with accurate information, but should also prevent them from being “gatekeepers of information.” Scientists should not be required to obtain pre-approval from public affairs before responding to a media request. However, requiring scientists and researchers to give... more »

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Agency communications policies should also inform employees of their rights under the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Lloyd

Agency communications policies should also inform employees of their rights under the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Lloyd-La Follette Act, which ensures unrestricted employee communication with Congress. The policy should comply with the Anti-Gag Statute and should provide protections against overly broad non-disclosure policies. It should be clear that employees can go to their agency's Inspector General Office... more »

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