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Robert Groves Census Confirmation Hearing on C-SPAN

Topics: Robert Groves

Bob Groves' confirmation hearings were held today (5/15). C-SPAN has the hearings at the link below. Grove's opening statement is well worth listening to and begins at about 19 minutes into the video. He strongly speaks to the need for a non-partisan approach to the census and maintaining a focus on the scientific issues that confront the census and it's many data gathering activities.

Click here to link to the C-SPAN video.

The C-SPAN Summary:

CENSUS NOMINEE SAYS NO TO STATISTICAL SAMPLING

At his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Cmte., Census Director nominee Robert Groves said that statistical sampling in the 2010 census will not take place. Mr. Groves was nominated by Pres. Obama in April.

 

Comments
Jack Carpenter:

I worked for the 2010 Bureau of the Census in April and May 2009. Part of my job was to train people on the Harris hand held computer (made in Taiwan), known in the field as the "trusty G.P.O.S." or "geographical positioning system".

Recently, the 2010 Bureau of the Census purchased 155,000 Harris hand-held GPOS's for $700 million and hired 140,000 people to collect the latitude and longitude of the 145 million front porches in America.

The government now has a database with every residential address accurately linked to its exact physical location. And the ability to launch a small robot drone helicopter with a camera (or a canon) to check out how many people live at your house. What if terrorists hack the database or print out the list?

The census is supposed to count people, not geographically locate house addresses.

Why not have every person in America walk out into the street at the same time and look up into the sky? The Bureau of Census already uses ridiculous secure laptops with "need to know" high-resolution satellite photos on CD's. They already have the technology to count faces on aerial photographs.

In addition to being a threat to national security, the 2010 Bureau of the Census is a massive "make work" project run amok. It would be easier to drive around in a truck and toss out money. Who is responsible for this?

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