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J. Bradley Jansen
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J. Bradley Jansen is the director of the Center for Financial Privacy
and Human Rights, part of the Liberty and Privacy Network, a
Washington DC-based non-profit founded in 2005 to defend privacy,
civil liberties and market economics.

Previously at the Free Congress Foundation, Jansen safeguarded privacy and other Constitutional liberties including testifying before Congress on the USA PATRIOT Act proposal, National ID, and other issues. While working for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, he initiated and lead opposition to the “Know Your Customer” proposal. Jansen holds a BA in International Studies from Miami University (Ohio), learned Spanish at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), and with advanced studies in economic history at Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile) and law and economics at George Mason University School of Law. He can be reached at

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More on's Privacy Policy

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 12:22 AM

I recently brought to attention Thomas MacEntree's redline analysis of the updated privacy policy at here along with a few thoughts of my own to put it in perspective. My main point was to hark back to warnings I've been making for years that privacy policies of...

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Protect Privacy of Living People on

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:54 PM

If you haven't heard, has changed it's privacy policy. Over at geneabloggers, Thomas MacEntee has a wonderful post red-lining the changes. See this PDF linked here:

More generally, it's a good idea to follow news on developments not only of changes to privacy policies, but...

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Rand's Filibuster Two-fer

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 1:00 AM

As I write this, I'm cheering Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster against renewing a part of the USA PATRIOT Act.

He was several hours into his filibuster making many of the same points on privacy, surveillance, etc., that I've been making for decades -- since I started working for his father....

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JFK Not Killed in Fed Conspiracy

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 4:44 PM

President Kennedy was not assassinated for being anti-Fed.  I don't know how much more clearly that can be said.  His death on November 22nd, 1963 was a sad tragedy, but it had nothing to do with any stupid and baseless Executive Order silver certificate conspiracy.

Baseless conspiracy monger Jim Marrs peddled...

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Stopping the Spread of Bad Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 3:26 PM

Bad ideas can spread across borders just like contagious diseases, with the similarly unwelcome consequences.

One bad idea spreading across international borders is regulating the prices businesses pay each other to process electronic payments.

Payment cards are processed in what are referred to...

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Are Federal Reserve Board Employees 'Essential' Government Workers?

(5) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 1:06 PM

All the news in D.C. right now is focused on the federal government shutdown. (In the spirit of full disclosure, I live here, and many of my neighbors are the ones that are affected, so there's no escaping it.) All "non-essential" federal employees stay home.

So my question is: Are...

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Who Will Occupy the Bubble?

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 12:26 PM

Occupy protesters and Tea Party activists both rail against the financial bailouts that benefited Wall Street and the large money center banks at the expense of Main Street where those same banks are foreclosing on peoples' homes. Politicians of left and right, Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, Paul Ryan and...

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ObamaCare's Congressional Intent

(8) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 6:15 PM

The chattering class in Washington is waiting anxiously for the U.S. Supreme Court to hand down its verdict on the constitutionality of what is commonly called ObamaCare. Traditionally, the court builds suspense regarding its most notable cases until the last day of the session approaches. As such, speculation continues to...

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Time to Safeguard Electronic Communications

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 1:35 PM

The technological advancements outpacing legal updates now threaten our privacy, security and economic competitiveness. The Digital Due Process coalition (of which my center is a part) has taken the lead trying to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Although the ECPA was forward-thinking when passed a few decades...

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Golden Opportunity for Social Security

(5) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 6:29 PM

The time has come to get our financial situation in order. I'm not talking about the pros and cons of another stimulus or if the Bush/Obama plans "worked" or not, but a more substantive proposal. Let's get some of our gold back from the International Monetary Fund, monetize it, and...

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US Rep Bob Etheridge's "Right"

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 2:19 PM

The video of US Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC) assaulting a student has gone viral. In the video, the students film Etheridge walking down the street and try to ask him some questions when the Congressman physically assaults the student and justifies the attack saying he has a right to know...

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Bizarre Bernanke

(28) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 5:01 PM

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke got grilled today at the House Financial Services Committee hearing on monetary policy. Bernanke continues his practice of style over substance, dismissing uncomfortable truths.

As the New York Times reported:

Representative Ron Paul, the Texas Republican and persistent libertarian critic of...
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Senator Kirk, Please Resign

(14) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 12:52 PM

The following is an open letter to Sen. Kirk (D-Mass.).

Sen. Paul Kirk,

If you want to continue to honor the legacy of Sen. Ted Kennedy, you would resign your seat immediately after the special election to determine his predecessor. Sen. Kennedy served with distinction and had a career of...

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The Fed Is Too Powerful To Be Unaccountable

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 12:42 PM

Now is the time to examine the proper functions of the Federal Reserve System--especially those of the Board--and make systemic changes.

The popularity of US Rep. Ron Paul's bill to audit the Fed taps into a great pent-up frustration about the unaccountability of the very powerful...

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Connecticut's Nutty and Spicy Senatorial History

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 11:49 AM

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), son of the late Sen. Thomas Dodd (D I-Conn., is expected to announce today that he will not seek re-election.

Without descending into the Washington parlor game of conventional wisdom about what this announcement signifies for the horse race of who's up...

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Facebook Privacy Debate

(2) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 3:39 PM

Like others, I'm sure, my friends are quarreling about Facebook changing its privacy policy. Unlike others, my friends are squabbling in a very public way.

On one hand Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center organized a coalition letter and filed a complaint with...

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Health Care Reform as a Backdoor National ID

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2009 | 1:13 PM

As I type this, the US House and Senate have both passed health care reform bills. While not an expert on the health care debate, I think there are good and bad parts in both versions, but I am disappointed with the outcome so far. Decisions seem to be made...

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Conservatives for Privacy, Where is the Left?

(41) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 3:15 PM

Last week, the  New York Times wrote about privacy concerns because the Federal Bureau of Investigations relaxed their standards after September 11th, 2001.  What the reporter did not mention was that many conservative, religious and libertarian groups spoke up when the post 9/11 guidelines were adopted.  We voiced our...

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For Liberty Examines the Kingmakers

(35) Comments | Posted September 26, 2009 | 2:36 PM

For Liberty, a documentary of the Ron Paul grassroots movement, deserves attention.  Ron Paul enthusiasts will recognize familiar names and faces and relive unforgettable moments, and students of elections, campaign managers and political activists of all persuasions should see it.  Everyone concerned with the direction of the...

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A Way Out Of The Iranian Stalemate

(8) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 7:01 PM

Allowing a presidential run-off may be the best solution to the current Iranian crisis. Thankfully, the situation has avoided large-scale bloodshed thus far, and the principal leaders seem to want to avert that scenario.

The Iranian presidential election of June 12th has created a stalemate with an increasingly high...

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