May 14, 2013
On May 10th The Blaze ran a headline that asks; Is There a Scary Biometric ‘National ID System’ Tucked into the Immigration Bill?
The answer is YES!
But wait! There’s more. . .I sometimes feel like I am belaboring the point but it seems to me the distinction between a national and INTERnational biometric identity system is a very important one.
Study that graphic up there. It is the simple three step recipe for a single, global biometric identification system. Read this post then look at it again and see if you can grokk what I’m telling you.
The federal Real ID Act of 2005 imposed federal guidelines that use international standards on state driver’s licenses and ID cards. You may remeber that at least 25 states said no to Real ID by passing either a law or a resolution against the implementation of the Real ID Act. Nevertheless, Real ID has continued to be implemented in most states to various degrees.
“By the deadline of January 13, 2013, most states will be substantially or materially or fully compliant with REAL ID” –Janice Kephart, Feb. 2012
It is important to note though, that ALL states are capturing and storing applicants’ digital facial images. And although not all of the states are actually using this facial biometric as intended by the Real ID Act, eventually they will be. The immigration reform bill (S.744, the ‘Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act’) will make sure of it.
In case you missed it, now, when you apply for a state driver’s license, a state identification card or any other form of government issued photo ID really, you are having your facial biometrics captured by a high resolution photograph. High resolution digital cameras capture, map, digitize and database our facial features for the purpose of use by facial recognition technology.
Facial recognition technology enables remote identification and tracking through networked camera systems without our knowledge or consent. As a matter of fact, facial biometrics is the governments biometric of choice because it can be used to identify and investigate us at-a-distance without our knowledge or consent.
Pay close attention here: This digital image on your state driver’s license or ID card is, by definition, a biometric.
The standard specified in the Real ID regulations for your state driver’s license and ID cards ensures that the digital facial image is facial recognition compatible. That standard is the adopted standard of the ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency of the UN.
(Want more information? Read REAL ID – BIOMETRIC FACT SHEET)
International standards exist for one purpose; to enable the global sharing of that information.
“REAL ID is. . .the current face of a far larger, international government and private economic effort to collect, store, and distribute the sensitive biometric data of citizens to use for the twin purposes of government tracking and economic control.” -PA Rep. Sam Rohr
Real ID is technically voluntary for the states. What the government has always intended, is for Real ID to be practically mandatory for the citizens. This is why the threat hangs over our heads that if we do not have a Real ID card by a certian date, we will not be able to fly or enter a federal building.
“In the future, only those state issued Driver Licenses and Identification cards which are fully compliant with the REAL ID act of 2005 will be authorized for use as identification for official federal
government purposes, such as boarding commercial aircraft and entering certain regulated federal facilities.” Alabama DMV-STAR ID
The road to Real ID compliance has admittedly been a rather slow and arduous one but the Immigration Reform bill (S.744, the ‘Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act’), if passed, will put a stop to any state foot dragging on Real ID because citizens will have to have it in order to work!
A Real ID compliant driver’s license is specifically named as one of the acceptable ID documents in the bill (but all ID documents specified in the bill are biometric ID’s.)
To be perfectly clear – with S.744, producing your government issued, internationally standardized biometric ID is mandatory. You will not be able gain permission to work without it.
In authoritarian societies you must always have permission.
Forget privacy. That is not what this is about. This is about the balance of power between us and our government. This is about control. If we wish to retain control over our own lives, we will not accept government serializing of our bodies and we won’t allow the government to turn our rights into privileges
The Sec. of the Dept. of Homeland Security also has the option to add any other biometric or security feature as a requirement for those who wished to be employed so facial biometrics is the minimum biometric requirement but iris scans, fingerprints, or any other biometric could be required as well.
The new comprehensive immigration reform bill is not the first step in enrolling US citizens in the global biometric identification system. The first step was that every government issued ID (especially the driver’s license) captured and collected your biometric data and that that data was collected in accordance with international standards. The second step is to share your biometric data, to connect databases so that they can get that data flowing freely from the state and local databases on to the federal ones and eventually into global data systems.
One other important step in this global system of identification and control is to make sure we have to produce our global biometric ID for everything. Or at least everything that we do that government wants to track and control. And don’t forget that with biometric ID, your body IS your ID. It’s the databases and not the card we should be focusing on.
Here are a few more facts about the bill as drafted;
Requires ALL potential employees to be authorized to work through the Dept. of Homeland Security. Even If you are already employed when the proposed law goes into effect, you still will have to go through this authorization process.
Authorization hinges upon biometric identification. Biometric data, including but not necessarily limited to, digital facial image, is required. Real ID compliant driver’s licenses are cited as one acceptable form of biometric ID but the bill leaves the door open for the Sec. of the Dept. of Homeland Security to add other security requirements as he or she see fit.
The immigration reform bill requires employers to use a “photo tool” to verify the identity of each employee. The term ‘photo tool’ is simply a euphemism for facial recognition software that will be used to match the facial biometrics provided by the potential employee to a federal database.
Where will this federal database come from? I asked this question of Mark Lerner, co-founder of The Constitutional Alliance, the leading expert on biometrics and the Real ID Act.
Here is his reply:
“The answer will come in the Rulemaking process. There are two possible scenarios. In either scenario the “key” will be the photos stored in state DMV databases. Whether it will be DHS requiring employers to send photos to DHS and DHS having direct or indirect access to state DMV photo databases or whether DHS will require the photos the employers uses to be provided directly to states for the states to compare to photos in the state DMV database remains unclear. I also believe it is clear DHS will get the photo regardless.”
Access to the biometric data held in state DMV databases will be a must.
There are reasons I have been having a fit trying to get my biometric data OUT of the state Department of Public Safety database. I think this bill goes a long way in making my argument for me. Read more about my lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma for the unwarranted collection of my biometric data here.
There is more to this bill to be concerned about For instance, the unconstitutional lack of due process. Every person must prove they are a US citizen before they can work. If the system says you do not pass muster, you are required to be terminated from your job at the end of an administrative process. Will have more info on this and other issues soon.