Feb 5, 2011
The Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss
Now, the Star-Bell Sneetches had bellies with stars.
The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.
Those stars weren’t so big. They were really so small.
You might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.
The REAL ID Act imposed federal guidelines that States must adopt for their state driver’s licenses and identification cards. Furthermore, those federal guidelines include international standards. Why is that important? There is only one reason to set international standards and that is allow for international sharing of the information. So while we continue to debate whether or not Real ID is a national ID card, the truth is that it is actually an international ID.
The federal guidelines for REAL ID are comprised of 18 benchmarks.
Benchmark #1. Mandatory facial image capture and retention of such image.
eleven nineteen States have met all of 18 benchmarks that constitute Real ID.
Even if your state was one of the 25 that have passed either a law or resolution against Real ID, the federal government doesn’t find that fact to be any obstacle at all to continuing to force the states to implement Real ID. Your state is most likely still working to implement Real ID. Real ID compliant driver’s licenses will be marked with a gold star.
How can that be? Well, the policy is simply not being called “Real ID” although the benchmarks are the exact same ones set for Real ID.
“. . .many state motor vehicle departments are quietly doing the work to meet the law’s initial 18 benchmarks.” http://tinyurl.com/4rgrv87
The ASI card, also known as “the card with the star,” is marked with a gold star indicating that it’s materially compliant with the Real ID Act’s regulations and can be used as identification for federal purposes” March 22, 2010 Nevada link
So right under the noses of our state legislators, some of whom went to bat and got a law passed to prohibit Real ID,the administrators of State Departments of Public Safety or the Departments of Motor Vehicles are continuing to work on enrolling us all into an international biometric ID as though nothing ever happened. Neat trick huh?
That is a great idea and if those in charge on both the state and federal level had more respect for the American people and the law, this response should be adequate. The reality is that those in charge are not following the rules, they are too busy circumventing them.
They will do the same thing with the blatantly unconstitutional Health Care Reform Bill or any other DC mandate for that matter if we do not speak up.
Just saying NO! doesn’t seem to be working very well.
The states should be the guardians of their citizens’ domicile information and only share this data when the federal government has a legal need or right to know.
Back to our “Gold Star” resistors down in Florida who are demonstrating appropriate outrage to the situation that they have found themselves in.
Those Sneeches who do NOT have a star will be prohibited from:
- Accessing Federal facilities;
- Boarding Federally regulated commercial aircraft;
- Entering nuclear power plants; and
- Any other purpose that the Secretary shall determine.
That’s right! Janet Napolitano can add ANY other purpose that she decides should require the “gold star” at her sole discretion. She doesn’t need your approval or even the approval of the person you elected to represent you- your congress person.
Do you have a little gold star on your driver’s license and what does this star mean?
What happens if you don’t get the “gold star”?
This Florida resident and co-host of the radio show “Liberty Underground”, explains why the “gold star” is where he draws the line.
Read more about Florida and getting the “gold star card”