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Congressman warns of 'Big Brother dossier'

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The Obama administration’s extended Census survey intended for 3 million people is a plan to create a “government dossier on American citizens,” charges a Texas congressman who has introduced a bill to make the lengthy questionnaire voluntary.

“The federal government has a constitutional duty to count the number of people in the United States every 10 years,” Republican Ted Poe told WND, “but the federal government has no business keeping a comprehensive personal profile on every American citizen.”

Poe fears the government can use the American Community Survey questionnaire to compile detailed information about individuals and “use that information for its own purposes.”

“This is Big-Brother at its worst,” he said.

Poe’s bill, H.R. 3131, is co-sponsored by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who has announced she will not complete the census this year.

Bachmann told the Washington Times she will only disclose the number of people in her household when responding to the 2010 census She fears ACORN, the community organizing group currently under indictment in several states for alleged voter registration fraud, will be part of the Census Bureau’s door-to-door information collection efforts under the direction of the White House.

“A lot of Americans – myself included – have real concerns about the ultimate protection of our sensitive personal information,” Bachmann told WND in an e-mail. “I am proud to partner with my colleague, Rep. Poe, on this important initiative that respects the American people’s privacy.”

WND contacted the White House press office for comment on this story but received no response.

The American Community Survey asks 11-pages of additional questions designed to supplement the 2010 Census all Americans will be asked to complete.

The American Community Survey is available in English or Spanish on the Census Bureau’s website.