Sept 23, 2011
What did ever happen to the REAL ID Act?
In a word-NOTHING.
Remember when roughly half the states in the US said NO! by passing either a law or resolution against participating in DHS’s national ID program? Most of us assume that “no” means “no” and breathed a sigh of relief when so many states took a stand against it.
“. . .many state motor vehicle departments are quietly doing the work to meet the law’s initial 18 benchmarks.” http://tinyurl.com/4rgrv87
The fact is that little has changed.
The world is being enrolled into a single global system of identification and financial control.
One’s body is now directly linked to the control of financial transactions through biometric ID, an international ID system that uses computers to automatically identify individuals based on unique physical characteristics, such as a facial image. Facial recognition and digital fingerprinting are common forms of biometrics. Almost all states and nations now use biometrics to identify their residents. From Your Body Is Your ID
On Tuesday Sept. 21, 2011 my legal council filed suit against the state of Oklahoma for the violation of my religious freedoms and right to privacy (Okla. Constitution Article II Sec. 30) on my behalf. You can read the petition as filed here (top left)
I have watched with dismay as comment after comment in response to the news of this lawsuit express surprise even outrage that Oklahoma is collecting biometrics as they then wonder if their state is doing the same.
The answer? I know of no state that is not doing so.
Here are two updates on the ever forward march of Real ID across the US.
Sept. 22, 2011
Alabama will launch a pilot project Oct. 3 for a new, secure form of identification created to comply with the REAL-ID Act of 2005.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety has developed the STAR I.D. program, with STAR standing for Secure, Trusted and Reliable.
The IDs will be available at driver license examining offices in Montgomery, Autauga and Chilton counties as part of the pilot project. There will be a statewide launch at the start of the year.
Sept. 22, 2011
To create a global biometric system, states and nations must:
1. Enroll their citizens (DL/ID cards, passports, national ID, school ID, etc.)
2. Adopt international standards for documents, photos and data sharing
3. Link databases for global information sharing, global ID-tracking and surveillance