Real ID, Biometric Identification, RFID and Promiscuous Data Sharing – Details you should know
Before you take a firm stance on this issue, please be certain that you understand the implications.It is far too serious an issue to take lightly. We will have to answer to future generations for permitting this system to go in place.Choose wisely.
I had deep misgivings about the Real ID Act on a gut level from the beginning, but the devil here is truly in the details.If you don’t exactly get how it all works, don’t feel lonely.It is a complicated issue. New technology plus a climate of fear and uncertainty obscures comprehension.Here is what I have learned.
–The Homeland Security Department’s plans for sharing biometric information internationally— designed to counter the threat of terrorism — face resistance from domestic privacy advocates and European governments that follow stricter privacy laws that protect personal data.
Robert Mocny, acting program manager for the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program, sketched the outline of a Global Security Envelope of internationally shared biometric data that would permanently link individuals with their personal data held by governments and corporations.
“information sharing is appropriate around the world,”and DHS plans to create a “Global Security Envelope of internationallyshared biometric data that would permanently link individuals withbiometric ID, personal information held by governments and corporations”——-Robert Mocny
I am sure everyone has seen this astonishing (for some) article from the Financial Times that openly speaks of the real possibility of the forming of some form of global governance.
And now for a world government
One thing we can do besides wringing our hands is to start inundating our lawmakers in our very own state and ask them to protect the sovereignty of Oklahoma by adopting the Tenth Amendment Resolution as quickly as possible, as first order of business this legislative session.
Last year this resolution passes the House with overwhelming support but was somehow lost in transit on its way to the Senate. Resolutions often get no respect. Let me explain why this one should;The states of this union are the precarious position of losing their rightful sovereignty.
Why should you care? Because, when state and local governments lose the ability to make decisions over their jurisdiction you lose your influence in over lawmaking that will govern your life. Centralization of power never favors individual rights. It cannot be denied that we are suffering the effects of overzealous national legislating. The bailouts of irresponsible banks by the US government, in spite of an unprecedented outcry from ordinary Americans, are recent example of how central government tends its own interests over ours.
The Tenth Amendment Resolution garnered an extraordinary amount of attention among small government advocates everywhere. It is telling that although the news of this resolution went viral on the internet it received no attention from the mass media. Here is one of many articles written about Oklahoma and this resolution by Walter E. Williams, a much respected conservative commentator.
The Oklahoma Rebellion http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=32534
The Real ID act is the most widely known example of the sort of technology misuse we aim to stop. The fact that it is an unfunded mandate is not the worst part of this act. The collection and sharing of biometric data, not only nationally but INTERNATIONALLY that it enables would undermine our freedom on so many levels as to render the liberties we still retain a moot point. Don’t let them snow you-this is exactly what they intend to do.
Although Oklahoma has prohibited participation in the REAL ID in 2007 when we passed SB 474, Gov. Brad Henry, who signed off on the bill later submitted a request to the Dept. of Homeland Security asking for an extension. This gives the impression that we may comply but need more time or resources.
CNET States Say No (and yes) to Real ID….http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-9885311-38.html
This system is worse that a national ID, it will be a global ID
Under the REAL ID ACT, state drivers licenses’ must have a machine-readable strip that will contain personal information that could be accessed by foreign governments as well as private corporations. The biometric data and the other personal data would become part of a database accessible not only by state agencies, but by the federal government and foreign governments, including Mexico and Canada. Mark Lerner, nationally recognized biometric expert, cuts to the chase;
“With the issues facing the world; war, economic chaos, poverty, dwindling resources, population growth and so on our government and others want a system of control over people and resources. I ask everyone to consider there is only one reason our government is using standards (international) that call for global interoperability, the reason being control of the people.Biometrics is the key because biometrics allow for both the long distance and short distance identification of people.”
By the way, a simple digital photo is all that is needed to gain your facial biometrics (facial recognition technology) you can be entered in this system of networked databases without your knowledge or consent. The DMV, for example, uses your digital snapshot taken for a state driver’s license in Oklahoma this way. CCTV, the surveillance cameras you see popping up everywhere also do the trick. It’s just a matter of converting the image with some software in biometric coding. One of the bills before the Oklahoma State Legislature addresses this specifically.
–Consider Radio Frequency Identification tags, or RFIDs (which are the basis of the Animal ID program). A long-standing practice of biologists is to tag animals with tracking devices so their locations and behaviors can be monitored. In a few short years this technology will be coming to a human near you.
–In recent years U.S. manufacturers began utilizing RFIDs in a staggering array of products. Making use of the same technology that allows cars to sail through EZ Pass tolls, RFIDs are being stitched into clothing, sneakers, razors, books, boots, and just about everything else that a tiny tracking device can be attached on or in. The initial incentive is a highly practical one: “tagged” products can be readily tracked through the distribution gauntlet from factory to store shelf. Concealed like many extant antitheft devices, they will do nothing unless touched by a “reader signal,” which makes the RFID “reply” with its own unique signal – an electronic dialogue invisible to the person wearing it.
Despite being highly inaccurate, facial recognition is the biometric of e-Passport and REAL ID. Since facial recognition is used with common digital photos, collected by states and nations, PERMANENT biometric enrollment occurs as databases, containing personal-biometric-photo information, are linked. Database linking can occur without the individual’s knowledge. REAL ID requires states to link their databases, sharing personal-biometric information and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) boasts of a global personal-biometric sharing system http://www.oksafe.com/files/documents/1/REAL_ID_Your_Body_is_Your_ID_7-13-08.pdf
What about the health effects of RFID technology?
The FDA found “reasonable assurance” the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005’s top “innovative technologies.”
But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had “induced” malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.
“The transponders were the cause of the tumors,” said Keith Johnson, a retired toxicologic pathologist, explaining in a phone interview the findings of a 1996 study he led at the Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich.
[. . . ] To date, about 2,000 of the so-called radio frequency identification, or RFID, devices have been implanted in humans worldwide, according to VeriChip Corp (article published Sept. 2007)
The company, which sees a target market of 45 million Americans for its medical monitoring chips, insists the devices are safe, as does its parent company, Applied Digital Solutions, of Delray Beach, Fla.
RFID industry insiders say the within 3 years the RFID will be refined enough to be read by low orbiting satellites (within 200 miles of the earth)
Take your Biometric code entered into a database that is networked with other databases along with a pinch of RFID technology and Walla! You now have yourself a human global ID and tracking system. What could one do with one of those? Just imagine the possibilities….Please! Consider the possibilities. You can bet other’s are
If we permit these steps (Biometric collection, retention and sharing, the connecting of databases and RFID enabled documents) to be taken- then That is it!
Choose your stance in this issue very thoughtfully
It is my sincere belief that if we allow the elements of Real ID to be implemented our children will live in an America that vastly different than the one we live in now.
If we allow this system to be imposed on us the America we will become will make a mockery of the principles that this country was founded up upon. Home of the brave?No.We are on our way to becoming the land of the watched and home of the terrified.
Once those databases are linked they will not be undone. Our federal government, private corporations and international bodies will then have the ability to separate us from buying, selling, traveling, working, receiving health care and a host of other of life’s necessities. Either through malice, mistake or simply due to the inevitable glitches that are present even in the best of data management systems. Not to mention what a gold mine this would be for hackers and identity thieves.
Security experts lift lid on Chinese hack attackshttp://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-145763.html
–In early 1995 more than 500 Internal Revenue Service agents were caught illegally snooping into the tax records of thousands of Americans — often friends and celebrities. The IRS claimed that its new privacy protection measures would protect against a recurrence. But earlier this year, scores of IRS agents were again caught illegally investigating taxpayers’ personal records.From the CATO Institute
If you think that Real ID, tagging, tracking or the push for a National ID is in response to the threat of terrorism and 9-11, you are mistaken. It is a reoccurring theme tackled by administration after administration. In fact, until now, just about every time the issue has been raised, Congress or another authority said NO and usually tacked on more protective legislation to boot!
Ronald Reagan, famously responded “My God, that’s the mark of the beast.” when he was confronted with the idea of, not just a national ID, but the also the suggestion of tattooing a number on each American.
More from the CATO Institute below;
—Hughes Aircraft Company now has a new identification technology involving a syringe-implantable transponder. Described as a “safe and inexpensive” worker identification technology, the procedure involves planting a tiny microchip under the skin. The chip contains a 10-character alphanumeric identification code that can never be duplicated. The microchip is read by an electronic scanner — the type that reads the price tag on the food you buy at the grocery store.
— The ID card is hardly a novel idea. The concept once surfaced in a Reagan cabinet meeting in 1981. Then-Attorney General William French Smith argued that a perfectly harmless ID card system would be necessary to reduce illegal immigration. A second cabinet member asked: why not tattoo a number on each American’s forearm? According to Martin Anderson, the White House domestic policy adviser at the time, Reagan blurted out “My god, that’s the mark of the beast.” As Anderson wrote, “that was the end of the national identification card” during the Reagan years. H.R. 231 is proof that bad ideas never die in Washington; they just wait for another day.http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=6086
Mark Lerner of the Constitutional Alliance made this statement when he recently addressed the Michigan House of Representatives;
“Lawmakers at the state and federal level have been assured American’s personal information was not being shared with foreign governments. Obviously information is being shared through aamva.net (American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators) There is also Robert Mocny’s, of DHS, comments about sharing information with Europe, Asia and corporations to create a global security envelope http://www.gcn.com/print/26_03/43061-1.html
Finally, an article in the Washington Post recently specifically addresses the collecting and potential sharing of American’s personal information with foreign governments. It is noteworthy that DHS posted their intentions in the Federal Register. It took a month for any media outlet to discover the positing in the Federal Register http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/19/AR2008081902811_2.html
More on Mark’s and others’ anti-real ID efforts; http://stoprealidcoalition.com/
Countries obligated to share data, U.S. official says
–Mocny said governments should work together to build “a global infrastructure” of technology and systems to share information while ensuring that privacy protections and ethical practices are in place. He said “it makes no sense” to build “separate and disparate systems that don’t talk to each other.”
Who’s Really Looking Out for You?
Essentially, your federally mandated Real ID card will be what grants you the ability to go about your necessary, daily life functions. Our Natural Rights are granted to us by virtue of birth by our Creator- Our rights to life, liberty, property . . .those are the un-a-lien-able (intrinsic, non-transferred)rights of every one of us since the moment we entered this world! Will you allow anyone to wield the power to separate you from the essential rights you came into this world possessing as a human being?It is not hard to grasp the danger that such a system presents to a free people.
If you feel overwhelmed by the myriad of issues facing us that threaten to destroy the founding principles of the United States, let me suggest a course of action that stands a chance to protect us against most of the worst of it. Let your representatives know that you want our state to pass the Tenth Amendment Resolution. Tell them that Oklahoma must act to protect our constitutional guarantees to self-government. This is the 11th hour and not the time for compromise. Make an impression on the lawmakers who will not take steps to protect your rights. Call them-make it part of your schedule to make one call, send one email, one letter a day to your reps.
Project Vote Smart is a great resource;
I invite you to call or email me if you have any questions about any of the topics raised here.I don’t have all the answers and continue to learn more every day. But, I can pledge you this; If don’t have the answer, I will find it or I will someone who does. I sincerely believe that we are at a convergence of culture and technology that requires great caution and that I would be remiss if I did not do all I’m capable of to warn people.
We The People will have to step up to the plate now and be willing to do whatever it takes to get their attention.This is too big of an issue to just to leave to chance.Our elected officials need our input.They may need more information and encouragement from us. Let’s do whatever it takes to stop this system from being imposed upon us including making personal visits, handwritten letters and phone calls, emails.Letters to the Editor call the media and ask them to cover this issue.Let’s be thinking of more creative ways of getting the message across too.Can we send them singing telegrams?How about a quartet (or herd) of off-key, angry constituents?Caroling anyone?I’m not really joking, whatever it takes.
Call your representative and find out where he or she stands on the Tenth Amendment, Real ID, RFID, biometric identification and info sharing.How about the improper use of Social security numbers?One of the bills we need to support covers that too.
So far as I am aware, in Oklahoma we have about 8 representatives willing to take the high and narrow path by sponsoring specific legislation to prevent our information from being, collected, retained or shared in such a way as to compromise the rights of Oklahomans.Randy Brogdon (R), Charles Key(R), Mike Ritze (R), Anthony Sykes (R), Constance Johnson (D), Marion Cooksey (R), George Faught (R), and Jason Murphey (R).
Senator Constance Johnson (sponsored 464 prohibiting OK. From participation in the Real ID scheme) and Representative Charles Key (author of the Tenth Amendment Resolution HJR 1003) will be our special guest speakers at the Citizens Assembly. This issue is not one drawn on party lines. It is an issue that if not properly countered will have untold adverse effect on the rights we all assume at birth. I am not a qualified scholar of the Bible but the implications that this ID plan has in that respect are unmistakable.
I’d like to introduce to you The Constitutional Alliance; they have been helping legislators, officials and citizens groups across the country to understand the inherent dangers of biometric data collection and are largely responsible for the model legislation being used across the country, strengthening a citizen’s right to privacy and identity protection. They and other conservative groups recognize that Oklahoma, considered the most conservative state in the union, will be looked to as a leader in protecting the rights and freedoms of its’ citizens.http://stoprealidcoalition.com/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=5&Itemid=15
We can, we must prevent the federal government from forcing any more these dangerous mandates on us.
A strong turnout to the Citizens Assembly on Jan 3rd will help embolden other state officials to cast their lot for the US Constitution and will serve notice to the ones that will not that the tide is turning against big government.
Please join us.
In Faith, no fear
Nationally known biometric expert, Mark Lerner, who has travelled the U.S. extensively educating legislators and citizens’ groups on the dangers of biometric data collection, will be present and give us an overview of progress being made in other states. Donations will be accepted to help fund the travel expenses for Mr. Lerner.