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My column this week focuses on MTX, a “digital transformation services” company raking in hundreds of millions of taxpayer funds for contact tracing apps and virtual call centers to monitor American citizens. I interviewed Texas privacy activist Lynn Davenport about MTX’s $295 million contract earlier this week. You can watch here:

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Look out. An “army of contact tracers” is about to be unleashed on America. Corporations, political lobbyists and government bureaucracies all win. Privacy, freedom and family autonomy all lose. Big time.

You may have already heard of the aptly named House Bill 6666, sponsored by Illinois Dem. Bobby Rush. Known as the Testing, Reaching and Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act, the legislation would allocate $100 billion in public funding to “eligible entities” to “conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19, and related activities such as contact tracing, through mobile health units and, as necessary, at individuals’ residences, and for other purposes.” The cash could be used to hunt down infected individuals, quarantine them in their homes for undefined periods under unknown conditions and subsidize a hiring spree of untold thousands of trackers from nonprofits, schools and medical facilities.

As for “other purposes,” the proposal does not define them — leaving Swamp public health bureaucrats and their pet grantees’ imaginations to run wild. What recourse or appeals process to citizens have when the “experts” get diagnoses and assessments wrong? Or when, say, homeschool families refuse to submit to intrusive phone call monitoring or forced quarantine? What are the opt-in or opt-out mechanisms? H.R. 6666 is silent on all these fundamental issues of autonomy and sovereignty. Feel safer yet?

This federally supported surveillance-state bonanza comes on top of the $631 million in Centers for Disease Control funding for contact tracing already in the pipeline after the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, plus another $75 billion in proposed contact-tracing spending embedded in the House Democrats’ supplemental stimulus bill known as the HEROES Act.

Who benefits? Let’s take one prominent entrant into the “digital transformation services” arena: a company called MTX. Founded in Albany, New York, and now based in Frisco, Texas, the small software company is raking in hundreds of millions of tax dollars to construct “virtual call centers” of 25,000 COVID data-mining agents. In Chicago, MTX has partnered with Google to create an app so residents can “pre-register” for the vaunted coronavirus vaccine and receive alerts on treatments and testing. In Georgia, the company nailed a five-year government contract for a new online contact-tracing platform. In New York and Massachusetts, MTX’s mission has spread to monitoring jobless claims and child care facilities.

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Lynn Davenport, a Texas public school mom and student privacy activist, reports that MTX is “also donating its newly launched tracking application to all public school districts in the U.S.” Generous… or opportunist? As Davenport and other education technology watchdogs who have documented the proliferation of billions of dollars in invasive student data-mining schemes often remind us: “When it’s free, YOU (and your children) are the product.” Never forget: The price of “free” apps is access to your kids’ search engine queries, website and video browsing, and undoubtedly just around the corner: their temperature, weight and mental health.

Contact tracing makes sense for some types of infectious disease epidemics. But with something as widespread as COVID-19, with possibly hundreds of millions of asymptomatic people, it amounts to yet another cost-ineffective, virtue-signaling boondoggle.

Sure, they tell us our privacy is guaranteed. Medical privacy is sacrosanct in America, right? But did you know that the U.S. Health and Human Services has quietly relaxed Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act data security and privacy requirements for pandemic testing sites, which will allow Big Pharma interests and other business interests to access previously protected personal health information?

Nothing to see here; move along.

If you do try to see and know more, good luck. Houston Chronicle reporters tried to shed sunlight on MTX’s deal with top Texas GOP officials and were lucky to obtain a heavily redacted copy of the company’s $295 million contract (paid with your money and mine). You know that creepy phrase “Operation Warp Speed” being used to ram a COVID vaccine through expedited, short-circuited clinical trials? Well, the same phrase applies to the adoption of these high-stakes contracts. Both anti-establishment Republicans and Trump-skeptical Democrats in Texas have raised red flags about the failure by Gov. Greg Abbott to provide advance notice to the state legislature of the enormous deal. The state took a hasty two days to approve MTX’s proposal after putting the project out for bid. The scheme was rolled out in just a little over two weeks.

Who greased the wheels? Follow the money, of course. The Houston Chronicle revealed that “The deal appears to have been put together within just a few days… MTX hired Austin-based lobbyists Andrea and Dean McWilliams for up to $50,000 each, according to public disclosure documents.” The McWilliamses are the Matt and Mercedes Schlapp of Texas — consummate insiders and six-figure Bush bundlers looking out for their corporate clients over our constitutional rights and medical freedom. Not coincidentally, MTX reflects the “America last” values of the open borders Bush empire. The firm runs a “development center” out of offshore outsourcing hub Hyderabad, India, and CEO Das Nobel aspires to lead a “diverse” “billion-dollar-company” from which he hopes to “advance our culture initiatives.”

Where’s our protection from the globalism virus?

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Michelle Malkin’s email address is [email protected] To find out more about Michelle Malkin and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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More info:

Model Open Letter/Editorial RE: Contact Tracing & the Supreme Court
Your US Conformity: The “New Normal”
Tell Congress that H.R. 6666 “COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, and Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act” is Unconstitutional and Threatens the Liberty of All Americans

 
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  1. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:

    Still all Right with the PATRIOT Act, though?

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
  2. It’s not often that I hope for the US Feral Gov’t to waste billions and billions of dollars. This HB 6666 (I guess they are not even trying to hide the big plan now) is a case in which I hope the money gets thrown away to corrupt bureaucrats, racial cronies and AA hires who don’t know an app from a hole in the ground. Plus, they are blowing Trillions on bankers and Socialism, so billions are the new quarters now.

    It’d be great if this becomes just another big boondoggle. If you’re gonna have Big Brother TRACEing you, it’s better to have an autistic Big Brother like the Rain Man. “It’s 4:58. Wopners on in 2 minutes. Gotta go! Wopner!” says head of the TYANO – new cabinet level Department – Tracing Your Ass NOw, aka Tearing You A New One.

    BTW, Mrs. Malkin, let’s get to the actual root of the problem this time: US Feral Gov’t involvement in health care to begin with. It’s called Roots Politics.

    .

    Also, there is an end-italics tag missing at the end of Michelle Malkin’s bio.

  3. It’s Mark of the Beast. No question. Believers will know it right away.

  4. You medical “privacy” has not been very private for some years. When my mother had to go to the hospital some years ago, and sign the standard forms, I sat there and read through it. It said her “private” information was private, except for any law enforcement people, who could view all of it at any time. I assumed it was the downstream effect of the “Patriot” act. I won’t go to the hospital anymore unless I’m dead or unconscious.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    @jsinton

    Apparently, that is another reason why many people, even when sick, are trying to tough it out at home rather than go to hospital. If any minute trace of covid is found, even if it has nothing to do with your medical problem, then comes the mandatory 14 day quarantine, all monitored by your friendly contract tracers. And you'd better pick up when they call if you want to avoid an unannounced visit, which may happen regardless.

    In PA, my dictator governor Wolf, with his tranny Health Secretary Levine, has hired 1700 contact tracers and plans to add many more, whom he is unleashing on often clueless commonwealth residents. My understanding is that, if you want to eat at a sit down restaurant, (if Wolf ever allows them to open), you will have to make a reservation. The waitresses will be donning masks and gloves, which certainly doesn't help the dining experience. Will there be someone checking your temperature at the door? So, even if you pay in cash (if you are still allowed to) and throw away your smart phone, they've got your info from the reservation for the contact tracers - just in case, and all for your safety. Will it ever be safe to eat out anymore?

    And, don't get me started on haircuts - which are still not permitted.

  5. Conspiracy kooks are now attacking contact tracing, lol. These are truly history’s losers. They don’t deserve to win the future. Low IQ & cult-subservience to libertarian quackery = Sinotriumph. I for one welcome the new Chinese overlords.

    P.S. Daniel Holtzclaw is still guilty.

  6. Jews and Pakis all over the place

  7. @jsinton
    You medical "privacy" has not been very private for some years. When my mother had to go to the hospital some years ago, and sign the standard forms, I sat there and read through it. It said her "private" information was private, except for any law enforcement people, who could view all of it at any time. I assumed it was the downstream effect of the "Patriot" act. I won't go to the hospital anymore unless I'm dead or unconscious.

    Replies: @follyofwar

    Apparently, that is another reason why many people, even when sick, are trying to tough it out at home rather than go to hospital. If any minute trace of covid is found, even if it has nothing to do with your medical problem, then comes the mandatory 14 day quarantine, all monitored by your friendly contract tracers. And you’d better pick up when they call if you want to avoid an unannounced visit, which may happen regardless.

    In PA, my dictator governor Wolf, with his tranny Health Secretary Levine, has hired 1700 contact tracers and plans to add many more, whom he is unleashing on often clueless commonwealth residents. My understanding is that, if you want to eat at a sit down restaurant, (if Wolf ever allows them to open), you will have to make a reservation. The waitresses will be donning masks and gloves, which certainly doesn’t help the dining experience. Will there be someone checking your temperature at the door? So, even if you pay in cash (if you are still allowed to) and throw away your smart phone, they’ve got your info from the reservation for the contact tracers – just in case, and all for your safety. Will it ever be safe to eat out anymore?

    And, don’t get me started on haircuts – which are still not permitted.

  8. Watched the video yesterday with Lynn and Michelle. Very insightful and informative-including the part about Bill Gates ‘investing’ $650 million he had laying around into this MTX, coincidentally just before this plandemic/coronascam…hmm. And yep, HB 6666 is the apt name/number for it.

  9. anonymous[361] • Disclaimer says:

    02.22.20
    Techrights

    http://techrights.org/category/news-roundup/page/2/

    Palantir Revises Compensation to Save Cash, Prep for Future IPO

    Palantir Technologies Inc., a data mining company co-founded by Peter Thiel, is changing its employee compensation in a bid to cut costs, ensure all employees can own shares and prepare for an eventual public stock listing, said three people familiar with the matter.
    The company, which helps governments and businesses collect and analyze data, will move toward eliminating cash bonuses and instead reward staff with restricted stock units, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters. The change was conveyed to staff in an email Friday.

  10. I’m becoming more and more impressed with Michele as I look over her Wikipedia page and hear some of her statements in this video. I can only assume she had burnt bridges with most of the MSM who demand obedience in who their cult may or may not interact with.
    She called a spade a spade with her analysis of Cokie Roberts. She joined the same stage with Nick Fuentes and Patrick Casey who are both on the “do not call list”
    One wonders if its such a step now for Michele to speak truth to power regarding Jewish organized subversion. I will be watching!

  11. Anonymous[873] • Disclaimer says:
    • Replies: @Miles Long
    @Anonymous

    Why? Because you dont like what she says? Dont read it & piss off.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Hans

  12. “There is now an official petition:”

    Lol, with one signature. Really catching fire . . .

  13. @Anonymous
    There is now an official petition:

    https://www.change.org/p/ron-unz-kick-michelle-malkin-off-of-the-unz-review/

    Replies: @Miles Long

    Why? Because you dont like what she says? Dont read it & piss off.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Miles Long


    Why?
     
    This is not a public forum, only some are given columns, she does not deserve one.

    Because you dont like what she says? Dont read it & piss off.

     

    What makes you think I read it? The headline alone is enough to tell you she's batshit crazy; that's all I needed to create the petition.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @Hans
    @Miles Long

    LOL. It'll be living here.

  14. Hans says:

    Beware the Contact Tracers –

    The Public Health mafia (including the Clintons) are speaking in military language about an “army” of “front line” “agents”

    To Serve Man – The Lie Of Philanthropy –

    Guess Who is Calling the Shots on Human Experimentation? –

    More at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=amazing+polly

  15. Anonymous[366] • Disclaimer says:
    @Miles Long
    @Anonymous

    Why? Because you dont like what she says? Dont read it & piss off.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Hans

    Why?

    This is not a public forum, only some are given columns, she does not deserve one.

    Because you dont like what she says? Dont read it & piss off.

    What makes you think I read it? The headline alone is enough to tell you she’s batshit crazy; that’s all I needed to create the petition.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anonymous


    This is not a public forum, only some are given columns, she does not deserve one.
     
    Why don't you let Ron Unz decide that? He's got half the site filled with lefties and flat-out Commies, so how 'bout a little equal time? I'll give him this - he's very fair when it comes to giving writers a chance.

    Michelle Malkin is a treasure. If you think she's batshit crazy, you should just get it over with, get chipped, LOCKDOWN per Government edict, wear your mouth diaper for the rest of your life, and get on your knees and suck Big Brother's dick every evening. I have no problem with YOUR doing that, but what of your kids? Aren't you condemning them to a 1984-like world? Perhaps you should read Mrs. Malkin's back columns about the Orwellian happenings in the schools.

    (I'm just worried that one day Mr. Unz WILL read Michelle's back columns on the Kung Flu. Shhhhh!)

    Replies: @Anonymous

  16. @Miles Long
    @Anonymous

    Why? Because you dont like what she says? Dont read it & piss off.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Hans

    LOL. It’ll be living here.

  17. @Anonymous
    @Miles Long


    Why?
     
    This is not a public forum, only some are given columns, she does not deserve one.

    Because you dont like what she says? Dont read it & piss off.

     

    What makes you think I read it? The headline alone is enough to tell you she's batshit crazy; that's all I needed to create the petition.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    This is not a public forum, only some are given columns, she does not deserve one.

    Why don’t you let Ron Unz decide that? He’s got half the site filled with lefties and flat-out Commies, so how ’bout a little equal time? I’ll give him this – he’s very fair when it comes to giving writers a chance.

    Michelle Malkin is a treasure. If you think she’s batshit crazy, you should just get it over with, get chipped, LOCKDOWN per Government edict, wear your mouth diaper for the rest of your life, and get on your knees and suck Big Brother’s dick every evening. I have no problem with YOUR doing that, but what of your kids? Aren’t you condemning them to a 1984-like world? Perhaps you should read Mrs. Malkin’s back columns about the Orwellian happenings in the schools.

    (I’m just worried that one day Mr. Unz WILL read Michelle’s back columns on the Kung Flu. Shhhhh!)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Achmed E. Newman


    Aren’t you condemning them to a 1984-like world?
     
    The chips do not exist outside your head. If you really want to worry about something, worry about the phones people carry around voluntarily. I've never been a supporter of the small-government freedumb stuff. I know where that crap leads, logically, to open borders. After all, why should the government tell me I shouldn't be able to hire a bunch of illegal aliens? The needs of the country must come before the needs of the individual. Stay home, stop whining!

    Perhaps you should read Mrs. Malkin’s back columns about the Orwellian happenings in the schools.
     
    Which are shut down now, but I'm sure that's all part of the plan.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  18. Anonymous[606] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anonymous


    This is not a public forum, only some are given columns, she does not deserve one.
     
    Why don't you let Ron Unz decide that? He's got half the site filled with lefties and flat-out Commies, so how 'bout a little equal time? I'll give him this - he's very fair when it comes to giving writers a chance.

    Michelle Malkin is a treasure. If you think she's batshit crazy, you should just get it over with, get chipped, LOCKDOWN per Government edict, wear your mouth diaper for the rest of your life, and get on your knees and suck Big Brother's dick every evening. I have no problem with YOUR doing that, but what of your kids? Aren't you condemning them to a 1984-like world? Perhaps you should read Mrs. Malkin's back columns about the Orwellian happenings in the schools.

    (I'm just worried that one day Mr. Unz WILL read Michelle's back columns on the Kung Flu. Shhhhh!)

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Aren’t you condemning them to a 1984-like world?

    The chips do not exist outside your head. If you really want to worry about something, worry about the phones people carry around voluntarily. I’ve never been a supporter of the small-government freedumb stuff. I know where that crap leads, logically, to open borders. After all, why should the government tell me I shouldn’t be able to hire a bunch of illegal aliens? The needs of the country must come before the needs of the individual. Stay home, stop whining!

    Perhaps you should read Mrs. Malkin’s back columns about the Orwellian happenings in the schools.

    Which are shut down now, but I’m sure that’s all part of the plan.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anonymous

    Your logic is pretty peccable (opposite of "impeccable"?). The US had fairly controlled borders and very controlled immigration policy for 44 years, circa 1921 through 1965. Though the US Feral government did metastasize greatly from the Socialist bastard FDR through the Socialist bastard LBJ, that was not at all connected with immigration policy. There is no correlation between open borders and small government, unless you get all your news from the retards at Reason magazine.

    Pretty much the ONLY function of the US Federal government was to be a common defense of the nation. Though our country was wide open way back in the day (first 2/3 century), we didn't have the welfare state that now makes hiring illegals well worth it. "Privatize the gains, but Socialize the losses". By 1921 "Silent Cal"vin Coolidge, no fan of big government (he got the moniker because he didn't have much to say about Jack Squat), signed the immigration bill. It was damn near a moratorium.

    Oh, yeah, the Soviet Union, Mao's China, the East Bloc, etc, etc. had tightly closed borders. That didn't make them paradises on Earth either. Do you really want that sort of Big Gov? Imagine the East German Stasi with the electronics of 2020. It'd be a misery.

    I'm not worried about the phones OTHER people carry around. I worry about MINE. Mine is pretty low-end old-school right now. I've got absolutely no problem with the government schools staying closed till Kingdom Come. That'd be the best thing for all our children.

    Sorry, I don't agree with your logic. Thanks for the reply though.

  19. Anonymous[213] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m quite sure that the name of the bill was intentional, to trigger just this kind of childish reaction in the Right. 20 years ago it was the Left that was known for childish behavior; the Right’s now caught up with and surpassed them.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anonymous

    Quit with the stupidity, put on your mouth diaper and get yourself to the 2-minute hate, Comrade. Don't be late to the 2-minute hate. You'll miss out on free sneakers.

  20. @Anonymous
    @Achmed E. Newman


    Aren’t you condemning them to a 1984-like world?
     
    The chips do not exist outside your head. If you really want to worry about something, worry about the phones people carry around voluntarily. I've never been a supporter of the small-government freedumb stuff. I know where that crap leads, logically, to open borders. After all, why should the government tell me I shouldn't be able to hire a bunch of illegal aliens? The needs of the country must come before the needs of the individual. Stay home, stop whining!

    Perhaps you should read Mrs. Malkin’s back columns about the Orwellian happenings in the schools.
     
    Which are shut down now, but I'm sure that's all part of the plan.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Your logic is pretty peccable (opposite of “impeccable”?). The US had fairly controlled borders and very controlled immigration policy for 44 years, circa 1921 through 1965. Though the US Feral government did metastasize greatly from the Socialist bastard FDR through the Socialist bastard LBJ, that was not at all connected with immigration policy. There is no correlation between open borders and small government, unless you get all your news from the retards at Reason magazine.

    Pretty much the ONLY function of the US Federal government was to be a common defense of the nation. Though our country was wide open way back in the day (first 2/3 century), we didn’t have the welfare state that now makes hiring illegals well worth it. “Privatize the gains, but Socialize the losses”. By 1921 “Silent Cal”vin Coolidge, no fan of big government (he got the moniker because he didn’t have much to say about Jack Squat), signed the immigration bill. It was damn near a moratorium.

    Oh, yeah, the Soviet Union, Mao’s China, the East Bloc, etc, etc. had tightly closed borders. That didn’t make them paradises on Earth either. Do you really want that sort of Big Gov? Imagine the East German Stasi with the electronics of 2020. It’d be a misery.

    I’m not worried about the phones OTHER people carry around. I worry about MINE. Mine is pretty low-end old-school right now. I’ve got absolutely no problem with the government schools staying closed till Kingdom Come. That’d be the best thing for all our children.

    Sorry, I don’t agree with your logic. Thanks for the reply though.

  21. @Anonymous
    I'm quite sure that the name of the bill was intentional, to trigger just this kind of childish reaction in the Right. 20 years ago it was the Left that was known for childish behavior; the Right's now caught up with and surpassed them.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Quit with the stupidity, put on your mouth diaper and get yourself to the 2-minute hate, Comrade. Don’t be late to the 2-minute hate. You’ll miss out on free sneakers.

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