[conspire] Idiot waiver demands

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Sep 26 10:15:20 PDT 2010

Quoting Ehud Kaldor (ehud.kaldor at gmail.com):

> Out of interest and a fetish for new world order (in the morning) - has
> anyone asked and maybe got a response s to why they need this information?

Call me cynical, but I would not expect to get a straight answer, but
rather a press release written by spin specialists (who don't have any
actual idea what the executive staff do and why), frantically citing
every justification they can think of.  Meanwhile, the exec who made
that decision will remain carefully obscure.  

Note for ham operators:  To better help ARC in its quest for
irrelevance, follow Wikipedia's tip to hook up with Salvation Army Team
Emergency Radio Network (SATERN):


  Volunteer background and credit check controversy

  In 2006, the American Red Cross imposed a new policy requiring mandatory
  checks of all volunteers' backgrounds, including credit check and "mode
  of living" investigations. Objections were raised over both the
  intrusive nature of the checks and the lack of limits on the use of the
  information gathered.

  As a result, many longtime volunteers chose not to continue their
  association with ARC. Amateur radio operators especially resisted,
  complaining that volunteers who bring hundreds or thousands of dollars
  in communications and computer equipment to an event have more to worry
  about from the ARC than the ARC does from them. Some of these
  transferred their activity to the Salvation Army and its SATERN [link]
  disaster radio network.[citation needed]

  In response, ARC extended the deadline for compliance, and announced
  that the credit and "mode of living" checks would not be required.
  However, the updated application forms have continued to include an
  authorization for these checks, listing them only as a "consumer
  investigative report," according to the American Radio Relay League.

Link is to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATERN, which in turn leads to
http://satern.org/ .

If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say it was a clueless executive
overreaction to some volunteer incident, somewhere.

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