March 7, 2011
Twenty five states have passed either a law or resolution to prohibit Real ID. (even more have tried) I am happy that Iowa is joining the good fight. Unfortunately our federal government is not about to let the fact that half of the states are in open rebellion against their plans to track and catalog us all from cradle to grave, stand in its way. If you see a little gold star appear on you license-you have a “secure” driver’s license just like Mrs. Sample does. (this is the license formerly known as Real ID)
Many states are finding out the hard way that their anti-Real ID legislation is doing nothing to actually stop an international ID from being forced up their state. And yes, Real ID is actually a global ID.
Let me back up.
When the push for uniform standards began under REAL ID in 2005, each of the states had its own driver’s licenses specifications and standards.
The REAL ID Act of 2005 was intended to force the states to comply with national standards (some of which are international standards)
In order to be in compliance with the Real ID states had to meet 18 specific benchmarks.
Even in the states that prohibit participation in Real ID the 18 benchmarks are still being implemented. How?
“. . .many state motor vehicle departments are quietly doing the work to meet the law’s initial 18 benchmarks.” http://tinyurl.com/4rgrv87
All 18 benchmarks can be found here
An International ID?
On page 68 of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Real ID Act you will find a tiny little footnote that reads as follows: “The relevant ICAO standard is ICAO 9303 Part 1 Vol 2, specifically ISO/IEC 19794-5 – Information technology – Biometric data interchange formats – Part 5: Face image data, which is incorporated into ICAO 9303.”
Iowa-House committee votes to block REAL ID Act
March 3, 2011
An Iowa House committee voted Thursday to advance legislation that would prohibit the state Department of Transportation from implementing the REAL ID Act.
The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in May 2005 and created a new set of standards for identification cards, imposing federal mandates about what would have to be done in order to provide an ID. It also requires new information to be labeled on the cards, including a new, unique identifying number.
The Iowa bill — House File 237 – prohibits any agency from requiring a REAL ID to be shown, collected or used in Iowa.
This bill states the general assembly’s findings that the REAL ID Act is inimical to the security and well-being of the people of Iowa, will cause unnecessary expense and inconvenience, and violates the principles of federalism contained in the tenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The bill states the general assembly’s intent that Iowa not participate in implementation of the REAL ID Act.
What is happening is that the same 18 benchmarks that make up the Real ID Act of 2005 are still being implemented, the bureaucrats doing it will not call it REAL ID.
If you remember this much about what it takes to create a global biometric ID then you will be ahead of the game.
Your Body Is Your ID Fact sheet