Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence

0 Posted by - May 31, 2010 - Conspiracies & Scandals

 Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence

*Taken from The Barr Code. Written by Bob Barr.

Thousands of census workers, including many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry.  This is a process that takes place not only every decade in order to complete the constitutionally-mandated census; but also as part of the continuing “American Community Survey” conducted by the Census Bureau on a regular basis year in and year out.

What many Americans don’t realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for “the collection of statistics.”  If the landlord of such apartment or other  leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.

That’s right — not only can citizens be fined if they fail to answer the increasingly intrusive questions asked of them by the federal government under the guise of simply counting the number of people in the country; but a landlord must give them access to your apartment whether you’re there or not, in order to gather whatever “statistics” the law permits.

In fact, some census workers apparently are going even further and demanding — and receiving — private cell phone numbers from landlords in order to call tenants and obtain information from them.  Isn’t it great to live in a “free” country?

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5 Comments

  • Violet May 31, 2010 - 11:40 PM

    This article is pure crap. Shame on Bob Barr for spreading the lies.

  • Rob Rimes May 31, 2010 - 11:45 PM

    How so? Explain.

  • Violet June 1, 2010 - 9:21 AM

    Census workers are trained NOT to enter anybody’s living space and some don’t even enter when they’re invited in by the resident. It’s census bureau policy, as shown in the link in this article:

    http://factcheck.org/2010/05/more-census-nonsense/

    Apartment building owners or gated communities DO have the responsibility to give the census reasonable access to common spaces in the building so they can buzz the tenants or knock on their door. But census workers will never be asking to enter people’s living space.

  • Rob Rimes June 1, 2010 - 9:33 AM

    I’m not saying I don’t believe you but how is the validity of FactCheck.org? We live in a day where people trust Wikipedia to be accurate information.

  • Charlotte June 1, 2010 - 4:41 PM

    I do know that mother was receiving harassing calls from a census worker trying to locate my aunt who does not live with her. My question is, if they are able to obtain phone numbers, social security info, and other records…isn’t that enough to gather their statistics?

    What worries me further….census employees having access to my social security number.