Re: Background Checks, YPP & Freedom
David Loseke (davidlos@WRGATE.WR.TEK.COM)
Thu, 27 Oct 1994 09:44:37 PDT
> Michael: Hear, Hear!
I also read through this and found that it touched on my real fear about the
proposed legislation. This new government blitz into the heart of America
reminds me of a previous blitz that I (and many others) endured - and still do.
Let me tell you a story......
Once upon a time long ago (late 1980's) the media raised hysteria in the land
called America. It had appeared that the land was being taken over by drugs and
soon drug dealers and suppliers would take over the country.
The King at that time said "America fears drugs! Lets have a war on drugs. "
The King's council, called Congress, smelling a chance to increase spending and
do some of that regulating stuff they do said "the peasants are ripe with
hysteria. Let's fund this war on drugs!"
Someone remarked "But how can we convince the peasants (who - due to the media -
believe their next door neighbor is dealing drugs) that we are going to stamp
out this problem? When the tax collector comes upon them how can he tell them
we are catching these criminals? I know.... lets have all of the peasants urine
tested! The root of the problem is the user and if we catch all of the users
there will be no more drug problem. Right?"
"But the peasants won't want to be tested. How can we convince them that this
must be done? Perhaps there is a section of the peasants who's use of drugs
affect how the others live! That's it!"
So to make a long story shorter, they decided to only test those folks who's
jobs envolve the saftey of other. This is how it started.
--- Story over ... Now where's that soap box -----
I worked for many years as an airline agent. During the last few years we were
required to take a urine test at random times, usually one to two times per year
The public was scared. The media had them perceive that America was being
overrun with drugs and the government latched on to this and started the war on
I wasn't scared about wizzing in a jar. I had nothing to hide. I was told that
if I didn't do my duty when call upon that I would be immediatly terminated and
if they found any traces of certain drugs in my system my fate would be the same
Why this youth volunteer registration has got my attention is for the same
problems with drug testing. What happens if my tests were accidently (or not?)
mixed up with someone elses and I get a positive hit. How will I feed my
family when I can't find a job because I was (wrongly) fired for (alleged) drug
Where does this information go? A doctor will tell you that you can tell a
great deal about a person's health by looking at his urine. What other
information is being stored in this database? Will I have a hard time getting
insurance later because some insurance company see's this data and know's that I
(could) hae a problem. If there was a problem this information wouldn't be
given to me because I would be on to them.
Color me paranoid but I believe that this "war on drugs" was a way to get a
great sampling of the population. Not only people envolved in saftey, but now
many others are routinely screened. If the results are negative, is the
infomation thrown out. I believe not.
Now how does my story apply to fingerprinting youth volunteers? The media has
created another hysteria in this country. People are abusing kids! I'm sure
from watching the news that all of my neighbors must be doing it. So let's have
a "war on child abuse" and the best way to do this is to get to those that work
with children (the users?).
I am sure by now you can see the connection. This hysteria is being used by the
government to justify funding and regulation. And, as an added benifit, will
allow the databases of America to be filled with information. What if there are
mistakes made? I still have my health insurance!
I don't have the solution to this problem but maybe it's time to start pushing
back a bit. I'd like to hear what you think!
Thanks for letting me take some of your time. Time to get off the box and get
back to work.
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