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Should government control the people or should the people control government?

** Mark Lerner will be a guest on the Power Hour with Joyce Riley tomorrow Oct 1st to talk about his book “your Body Is Your ID”**

The Big Questionshould government control the people or should the people control government?

That is the first question we must ask ourselves. If you thing the people should be controlling the government and not the other way around then you will want to read “Your Body Is your ID”

A Surveillance Society or a Free Society?

Orwell’s prediction of a future big brother government came true. Whether acknowledged or not, Americans now live in a surveillance society.

Most of that American public falls into one of the categories the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) calls “potential threats”; environmentalists, animal lovers, anti-war protestors, pro-lifers, evangelical Christians, observant Jews, Constitutionalists, returning veterans, and third party candidate supporters are all “potential domestic terrorists.”

The Real ID Act 2005 mandated that facial recognition technology be used for all drivers’ license photos; facial recognition, a biometric, measures distances between facial characteristics – specific parts of the mouth, eyes, nose and so on — and digitizes this information. Using this technology, each citizen would be enrolled into a single global biometric identification system.

No matter where a person is – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma or Paris, France — that person can be identified with the use of facial recognition technology. Closed circuit television cameras/surveillance cameras (CCTV) and linked computer systems make possible remote surveillance and global information sharing.

Read More: A Surveillance Society or a Free Society by Mark Lerner

Excerpts from Your Body is Your ID;

“A surveillance society must be in place before the government can have absolute power over us, the citizens.”

from the book “Your Body Is Your ID”

Real ID or No Real ID-You Are Still Being Enrolled

Find out how today on Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock

Mark Lerner from the Constitutional Alliance will be a guest on Declare Your Independence today, Wednesday 15th to talk about a new book, “Your Body Is Your ID”

More about Mark, The Constitutional Alliance and the new book

Listen LIVE Online Today

Go to Liberty News Radio to listen beginning at 4pm-7pm  CST

The book and DVD, “Your Body Is Your ID” are available at www.constitutionalalliance.org

This book covers a variety of intrusive surveillance technology including ALPR with special focus on national/international biometric identification schemes utilizing facial recognition technology.  The broader overview of the book though is to explain the threat of these surveillance technologies and data sharing policies which will give the government an unprecedented amount of control over us.

The book also presents workable solutions to pressing security matters that do not require the destruction of our rights and liberties.

Audio can be accessed after the show here;

Relevant article;

National ID?  No.  It’s worse.

I was on Ernest’s show this week talking about government surveillance and a new documentary about the OKC bombing.


Battling Biometrics: Mark Lerner on The Reality Report with Gary Franchi


In this special interview, Mark Lerner, co-founder of the Constitutional Alliance joins Gary to discuss his new book and DVD, “Your Body is Your ID.” He tells us how our bodies maybe able to tell someone who we are from a great distance through biometrics.
View that interview  HERE

http://RealityReport.TV | http://RestoreTheRepublic.com |

For more information on biometrics see

Biometrics 101-Your Body Is your ID

To get your copy of the book and DVD go to the Constitutional Alliance and click on the book icon at the top of the page.

“Your Body IS Your ID” The Book-Smash the Surveillance Society!

A surveillance society must be in place before the government can have absolute power over us, the citizens.

“The U.S. government has made quite a few changes in the way it goes about protecting the homeland, while giving mostly lip service to the importance of privacy and personal freedom.  In the meantime, ever-more powerful surveillance technologies are being developed and deployed by well-heeled corporations – from surveillance cameras to scanners that sense body temperature and perspiration – sophisticated gadgetry that, used in tandem, can already supposedly analyze the behavior of citizens and track their movements on a scale never before seen.”

Excepts from the book “Your Body Is Your ID”

The Numbers Game-IBM and the Holocaust

Technology is neither bad nor good but people,  people can be murder on you.

Does the government have your number?

Let me count the ways…..

You Better BELIEVE it!

8 Million Reasons to Refuse to Be a Part of Any Government Numbering System

What do you think accounts for IBM’s association with the Nazis? What was their motivation?
It was never about the Nazism. It was never about the anti-Semitism. It was only about the money. They didn’t hate Poles when they opened up a subsidiary in war-torn Poland. They didn’t hate the Dutch when they opened up the subsidiary in Holland just before the Nazis moved in, or the French when they ramped up the subsidiary in occupied France. They didn’t hate the Brits or the Americans when Hollerith machines were used to target the V2 rockets. It wasn’t personal–it was just business.


STOP BIOMETRICS NOW! Call to Action Oklahoma – Calls needed for HB 2811


COMMITTEE HEARING Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The “Biometric Driver License, Religious Exemption Act” (formerly HB 2943) has been incorporated into HB2811 (Rep. Key – Sen. Brogdon).

This legislation will provide:

  • A religious exemption from biometric identification (NO facial recognition – NO fingerprinting) and wipes existing biometric information
  • Prohibits the Department of Public Safety from retaining the Soc. Sec. Number
  • Prohibits RFID devices from being used in the driver license

If passed into law, this bill would be the first in the nation to actually END THE USE OF BIOMETRICS AND WIPE EXISTING BIOMETRIC DATA

  • Tell them that you support HB2811 that includes the “RELIGIOUS BIOMETRIC EXEMPTION” – Please be respectful! – Thanks!
  • CALL TONIGHT and on Tuesday– The hearing is early Tuesday. We want the voicemail boxes of these Senators to be FULL! If you get a busy signal, try again. A busy signal means our VOICES ARE BEING HEARD.

OK Senate — Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee

Sen. Don Barrington – Chair                          405-521-5563

Sen. Steve Russell – Vice Chair                    405-521-5618

Sen. Roger Ballenger                                           405-521-5588

Sen. Mary Easley                                                    405-521-5590

Sen. Jerry Ellis                                                        405-521-5614

Sen. Jim Halligan                                                  405-521-5572


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Previous history of the measure

Oklahoma’s TENTH with TEETH, Real ID/PASS ID, Biometric Identification and RFID


Oklahoma’s Tenth Amendment Resolution, Real ID/PASS ID, Biometric Identification and RFID

Understanding the implications.

Many Americans 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.

News article;

–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.

Senior DHS officials speaking at a recent conference on biometrics and privacy policy outlined the ethical imperative for technical standards that would foster unrestricted biometric data sharing.

And while they say they recognize and agree with the need for privacy policy, threats of terrorism require governments and private companies to completely eliminate barriers to biometric data sharing.

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 internationally
shared biometric data that would permanently link individuals with
biometric ID, personal information held by governments and corporations”——Robert Mocny

One thing we can do to protect our state from the many unconstitutional mandates being issued by the federal government is to tell our lawmakers that we fully expect them to protect the sovereignty of Oklahoma. They have indicated a renewal of fidelity and their solemn intent to defend our state’s sovereignty by virtue of majority vote and subsequent passage of the Tenth Amendment Resolution, HCR 1028, last session (2009).


In 2008, the Tenth Amendment Resolution authored by Oklahoma State Representative Charles Key garnered an extraordinary amount of attention among small government advocates nationwide. The news of this resolution went viral on the internet but 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.

Oklahomans are trying to recover some of their lost state sovereignty by House Joint Resolution 1089, introduced by State Rep. Charles Key.

[. . .] Federal usurpation goes beyond anything the Constitution’s framers would have imagined. James Madison, explaining the constitution, in Federalist Paper 45, said, “The powers delegated … to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, [such] as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce. … The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people.” Thomas Jefferson emphasized that the states are not “subordinate” to the national government, but rather the two are “coordinate departments of one simple and integral whole. … The one is the domestic, the other the foreign branch of the same government.”

Walter E. Williams, Oklahoma Rebellion
Thursday, July 17, 2008



The Tenth Amendment Resolution HJR passed the House with overwhelming support but was somehow lost in transit on its way to the Senate.

Resolutions often get no respect but this one should have; the states of this union are the precarious position of losing their rightful sovereignty.

Fortunately, in 2009, Oklahoma ultimately got their Tenth Amendment Resolution Passed. HJR 1003 was vetoed by Governor Brad Henry but another resolution; HCR 1028 (needing no signature from the governor) was quickly placed and passed.

Now we can see the value of a simple resolution.

All voluntary action begins with a resolution, a decision. Not a gnat is swatted without our resolve first to do so. Resolve is the step beyond identification that something is amiss as in “Houston, we have a problem”, and sets us a hairsbreadth away from doing something to rectify the situation.

Upon passage of this Resolution (HCR 1028) Oklahoma gained the moment of our common clarity. Captured and immortalized it in a formal fashion, HCR 1028 The Tenth Amendment Resolution is a declaration of resolve to us by our legislature that they will address what is plaguing our state. We are no longer bewildered, we are now resolved.

Here is the content of that resolution;

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and

WHEREAS, the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and

WHEREAS, today, in 2009, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and

WHEREAS, many federal laws are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of the United States of America and each sovereign state in the Union of States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal government may not usurp; and

WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 4 says, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”, and the Ninth Amendment states that “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has ruled in New York v. United States, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and

WHEREAS, a number of proposals from previous administrations and some now pending from the present administration and from Congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States.


THAT the State of Oklahoma hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.

THAT this serves as Notice and Demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.

THAT all compulsory federal legislation which directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited.

THAT a copy of this resolution be distributed to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate of each state’s legislature of the United States of America, and each member of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation.

We have their word by virtue of a formal agreement that was duly considered, weighted and passed. Now we must remind them of this and hold them to it!

We live in a Republic, not a Dictatorship

Centralization of power never favors individual rights.

When state and local governments lose the ability to make decisions over their jurisdiction we lose our influence over the lawmaking that will most directly impact your life.

It cannot be denied that we are suffering the effects of overzealous national legislating.  The bailouts of irresponsible banks by the US government and the continuing effort to establish national healthcare, in spite of an unprecedented outcry from ordinary Americans, are recent example of how central government tends its own interests over ours.

The Real ID act is a widely understood example of the sort of policy abuse we need to stop.


26 states over the past 2 years have passed resolutions and binding law denouncing and refusing to implement the REAL ID Act.

The fact that REAL ID was passed as an unfunded mandate is the least offensive of its many problems. It is the collection and sharing of biometric data, not only nationally but INTERNATIONALLY that it enables that make it untenable to a nation founded upon the precept of individual freedom.

Although Oklahoma has prohibited participation in the REAL ID in 2007 when we passed SB 464, the program of enrollment into a biometric system of identification, the collecting of our biometrics and sharing that information has continued unabated.

CNET News;

States say no (and yes) to Real ID before May deadline

March 4, 2008


A seemingly odd phenomenon is occurring among some U.S. states that have flatly rejected the Real ID Act.

Even though officials in these states have publicly assured privacy-conscious voters that they steadfastly oppose Real ID’s requirement of nationalized driver’s licenses and ID cards, these same politicians and bureaucrats are quietly asking the Bush administration for more time to comply with the law.

The latest example is Oklahoma. In our special report published last month, we listed five states that–at the time we wrote the articles–indicated that they would not comply with Real ID. Those were Maine, South Carolina, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma; residents of states that don’t comply will likely face hassles traveling on commercial flights or entering federal buildings starting May 11.

Oklahoma’s legislature had approved legislation saying that Real ID “is inimical to the security and well-being of the people of Oklahoma” and, therefore, “the state of Oklahoma shall not participate in the implementation of the Real ID Act. The Department of Public Safety is hereby directed not to implement the provisions of the Real ID Act…”

That seems pretty clear; in fact, it would be difficult to be any clearer.

But now we’ve learned that Oklahoma’s DMV has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for an extension anyway. An official DHS map puts the state squarely in the will-comply-if-you-give-us-more-time category.

Capt. Chris West, an Oklahoma Department of Public Safety spokesman, told us this week:

There was a request for an extension on a deadline to a rule that would have (been) implemented in May of this year. We got an extension until the end of December 2009, so Oklahomans can still use the driver’s licenses that they have. And really that’s the extent to what I can answer.


SB 464, opposing the implementation of Real ID in Oklahoma was enacted May 23, 2007.

This item was published on May 30, 2007

Better Face Recognition Software

http://www.itl.nist.gov/iad/News/FaceRecog2.htmlAt Carnegie Mellon, Ralph Gross says that among other efforts, he and his colleagues have been “involved with local DMVs in order to scan images for driver’s licenses.

It’s a growing trend. States using such technology include Massachusetts, Illinois, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, North and Southern Carolina, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Arkansas, and Mississippi.


Biometric identification systems are not national ID’s. They are international ID’s!

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.

Why would our government want to do this?

to 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 into biometric coding.


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


–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.




RFID industry insiders say that within a short time the RFID readers will be refined enough to read passive RFID tags (such as the ones in identification documents and individual products) by low orbiting satellites that are deployed within 200 miles of the earth.

DHS report faults use of RFID for human identification

Says threat to privacy outweighs benefits

[. . . ]While the authors of the report acknowledge that RFID is useful for such tasks as inventory management, the report said that the technology, overall, is undesirable for processes connected with people. The benefits of its support for rapid communication over distances and its uses in security are outweighed by its risks to privacy, the report stated.

“Most difficult and troubling is the situation in which RFID is ostensibly used for tracking objects (medicine containers, for example), but can be in fact used for monitoring human behavior These types of uses are still being explored and remain difficult to predict. For these reasons, we recommend that RFID be disfavored for identifying and tracking human beings”



The Report further states;

In a visual ID-check environment, a person may be briefly identified but then forgotten, rendering them anonymous for practical purposes. In a radio ID-check environment, by contrast, a person’s entry into a particular area can easily be recorded and the information permanently stored and repeatedly shared. In this way, RFID may convert identification based security into an effective surveillance program of all people passing certain locations.


RFID and Biometric Identification is a Recipe for Human Control

Take your Biometric code
entered into a database that is networked with other databases along with a pinch of RFID technology and you now have yourself a human global ID and tracking system.

Just what could one do with one of those?

Imagine the possibilities….Please!  Consider the possibilities

Our government is!

we permit these steps (Biometric collection, retention and sharing, the connecting of databases and RFID enabled documents) to be taken- then we have just handed over to others the ability to control us physically, financially and spiritually

It is my sincere belief that if we allow the elements of a national ID to be implemented our children will live in an America that vastly different than the one we live in now. It will be an America that was in no way resembles the country our founders envisioned.

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. Whether by malice, mistake or simply due to the inevitable glitches that are present even in the best of data management systems, our ability to secure our basic needs can be taken from us.

Trust the Government?

–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. Source-the CATO Institute

Who’s Really Looking Out for You?

Essentially, your federally mandated Real ID or PASS 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 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 the 9 11 attack, every time the issue of national ID systems 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 actual suggestion of tattooing a number on each American.

More from the CATO Institute below;

— 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. H.R. 231 was a bill propose in 1997 “To improve the integrity of the Social Security card and to provide for criminal penalties for fraud and related activity involving work authorization documents for purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” 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


“Mocny sketched a federal plan to extend biometric data sharing to Asian and European
governments and corporations, so as to create a Global Security Envelope of identity management.


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


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.”

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 these bills;

HB 2810 the Sovereignty Protection Act by Rep. Charles Key

HB 2943 Biometric Driver License Religious Exemption Act by Rep. Sally Kern

HB 2569
Prohibiting RFID in Oklahoma drivers licenses by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft

The Tenth Amendment Resolution, HJR 1028 was passed last session after Gov Brad Henry vetoed HJR 1003 because he said it suggested, among other things, that Oklahoma should return federal tax dollars.

The Tenth Amendment Resolution was the first steps warning the federal government to respect our right to govern within the constitutionally guaranteed sphere of authority allotted to state governments.

HB 2810 the Sovereignty Protection Act has become known as “The Tenth with Teeth”

HB 2810 states; “In light of the continuing unconstitutional withholding of the benefits of the taxes, the State of Oklahoma hereby asserts its claim of sovereignty.”

Explanation of HB 2810

Right now we pay our federal taxes directly to the IRS and the federal government takes it and hold it over our heads to get the states to do the federal government’s bidding.

HB 2810 is designed to reverse that role.

If HB2810 passes then we will all send our federal taxes to the state government who will in turn pay them to the federal government for all of us.

If the federal government should do something that the state of Oklahoma believes is not in accordance with the constitution, (there is a procedure for doing this) then the state can delay or even withhold the funds.

It gives the state government some clout by which it can protect the sphere of authority that is rightfully ours in which to govern.

Putting TEETH into the TENTH!

Read the Bill HB 2810


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.

Call your representative and find out where he or she stands on the Tenth Amendment, Real ID and the PASS ID ACT, RFID tracking, biometric identification and personal information sharing.

These issues are not drawn on party lines.  These are issues that if not properly countered will have untold adverse effect on the rights we all assume at birth. I am no Biblical scholar, but the implications of these national ID systems, in that respect, are unmistakable.


Kaye Beach


Let’s Pass on PASS ID!

There is good news and bad news on the REAL ID front . . .

* The good news: 46 states were not in compliance with REAL ID by December 31, forcing DHS Secretary Napolitano to extend the deadline to May, 2011 – and there’s no sign the states have any intention of complying with it by then
* The bad news: the Senate could pass REAL ID’s equally-bad replacement, the PASS Act, this month

Please tell Congress to oppose the PASS Act and instead repeal the REAL ID Act with NO replacement.

You may copy or borrow from the following letter . . .

The refusal of states to comply with REAL ID has led to its virtual nullification. This rebellion was one of the few bright spots of the past decade. Indeed, I hope the states get into the habit of opposing federal intrusion.

However, I realize the states opposed REAL ID primarily because of costs and technological problems. While these are valid concerns, the main reason I oppose REAL ID is because I value my privacy and freedom.

I therefore ask that you ignore the requests of governors and other state politicians to replace REAL ID with the S. 1261, the PASS Act. While the PASS Act does give the states more flexibility and financial aid, it still fails to guard my privacy or keep me safe. Here are just some of PASS ID’s problems: http://www.realnightmare.org/about/114/

* It requires innocent Americans to provide a broad array of identity documents, snarling them in long lines and bureaucratic red tape
* By requiring storage of identity documents like birth certificates in a central location for even longer periods than Real ID, PASS ID will cause identity theft
* PASS ID permits “enhanced drivers’ licenses,” which contain long-range radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, which can be used for tracking by anyone with a reader.
* If passed, the PASS ID will likely be expanded to serve other purposes, like riding a bus, purchasing a gun, or registering to vote.

The PASS Act will impose new burdens on the American people and actually make us less safe.

I therefore insist that you oppose the PASS Act. I also demand that you repeal REAL ID and replace it with nothing.


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James Wilson
Assistant Communications Director

Real ID Follies Continue with PASS ID Waiting in the Wings

The Electronic Frontier Foundation Reports;

December 11th, 2009

News Update by Richard Esguerra

As 2009 draws to a close, we’re inching ever deeper into the corner that Congress painted us into by passing Real ID under the table in 2005. (Recall that Real ID is the failed, Bush-era attempt to turn state drivers licenses into national ID cards by forcing states to collect and store licensee data in databases, and refusing to accept non-compliant IDs for federal purposes, like boarding a plane or entering a federal building.)

The official deadline for states to comply with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) final Real ID rule is December 31, 2009, and an estimated 36 states will not be in compliance by then, leading to some ambiguity for many citizens. For example, will residents of Montana be able to board planes in January 2010 with only a driver’s license (a state-supplied, technically non-compliant document) and without a passport (an identity document issued by the federal government)?

Past history strongly suggests that DHS will issue last-minute waivers to states that have not amped up their drivers licenses to adhere to Real ID. Early in 2008, states that actively opposed Real ID received waivers from DHS, nominally marking the states as “compliant” despite strongly-stated opposition to ever implementing Real ID.

But waiting in the wings is PASS ID, a bill that attempts to grease the wheels by offering money to the states to implement ID changes. Despite having the appearances of reform, PASS ID essentially echoes Real ID in threatening citizens’ personal privacy without actually justifying its impact on improving security. For this reason, PASS ID is not popular — privacy advocates refuse to support the bill because it still creates a national ID system. It still mandates the scanning and storage of applicants’ critical identity documents (birth certificates, visas, etc.), which will be stored in databases that will become leaky honeypots of sensitive personal data — prime targets for malicious identity thieves or otherwise accessible by individuals authorized to obtain documents from the database. And on the other side, short-sighted surveillance hawks are unhappy with the bill because they support the privacy violations architected into the provisions of the original Real ID Act.

As such, advocates of PASS ID are publicly wringing their hands over the deadline in order to encourage Congress to approve the PASS ID Act before the end of the year. But the fracas over health reform is suffocating any chance for meaningful debate about the merits of PASS ID before the Dec. 31st deadline.

A pragmatic analysis should show that Real ID is dead. To date, 24 states have enacted resolutions or binding legislation prohibiting participation in Real ID, and the varied, desperate efforts to reanimate it are misguided. Whether the states or the federal government signs the invoice, the cost ultimately falls to taxpayers, who should be troubled that neither Real ID nor PASS ID is likely to fulfill the stated goal of stopping terrorists from obtaining identity documents. (Just this week, noted security expert Bruce Schneier linked to a report about government investigators successfully using fake identity documents to obtain high-tech “e-passports,” which were then used to buy plane tickets, and board flights — the point being that a fancy, “secure” identity document doesn’t stop individuals from exploiting a weak bureaucracy.)

On the other hand, the resulting databases filled with scanned identity documents will create tantalizing targets for identity thieves and headaches for people whose digital documents are pilfered; and a national ID system will invite mission creep from the government as well as private entities like credit reporting agencies and advertisers. It’s high time for reason to replace the reflexive defense of a failed scheme. Congress should repeal Real ID for real and seek more inspired, protective solutions to identity document security.


A Surveillance Society or a Free Society?

Sept. 26, 2009

By Mark Lerner, for the Constitutional Alliance, Inc.
The Big Question ‐ should government control the people or should the people control government?
Orwell’s prediction of a future big brother government came true. Whether acknowledged or not, Americans now live in a surveillance society.
Most of that American public falls into one of the categories the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) calls “potential threats;” environmentalists, animal lovers, anti‐war protestors, pro‐lifers, evangelical Christians, observant Jews, Constitutionalists, returning veterans, and third party candidate supporters are all “potential domestic terrorists.”  Just how far is the American public willing to let the government go in order to assure public safety? Do the people want the police on every block, all emails read by the government, phone calls overheard, or every financial transaction monitored? Do the people want sensors placed in cities that detect how much an individual perspires, in order to assess and monitor supposed guilt?


How about computer software programs that decide whether or not the way people walk or dress presents a threat to the government? In Britain citizens are captured on surveillance cameras an average of 300 times a day; does the American public want to be subjected to this level of scrutiny?

The Real ID Act 2005 mandated that facial recognition technology be used for all drivers’ license photos; facial recognition, a biometric, measures distances between facial characteristics ‐ specific parts of the mouth, eyes, nose and so on – and digitizes this information. Using this technology, each citizen would be enrolled into a single global biometric identification system.

No matter where a person is ‐ Oklahoma City, Oklahoma or Paris, France that person can be identifiedwith the use of facial recognition technology. Closed circuit television cameras/surveillance cameras (CCTV) and linked computer systems make possible remote surveillance and global information sharing.

The “standard” for the digital facial image/photograph in the Real ID compliant driver’s license was contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Real ID ACT 2005. This “standard” is from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency of the United Nations.The Real ID Act 2005 has not yet been implemented ‐ 26 states have rejected this federal law and have said “No” to this act.
The Real ID Act is but one of the many laws, programs and initiatives that have one thing in common: track, surveil, and control. Government tells the people these laws, programs and initiatives are needed “to protect” them and that giving up privacy, freedom and mobility are small prices to pay for security.
When did rights become privileges?
A rare agreement: Both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), representing the left and the right, stand opposed to the federal Real ID Act of 2005.  Who redefined privacy? It is one thing to believe that people should have no expectation of privacy
when in public; it is another to say when in public, technology will be used to identify and profile people, without their knowledge or consent. Courts have gone too far when they rule that a police officer does not need a warrant to go onto private property, install a GPS device on a vehicle, and track both car and driver wherever.

Are Americans so afraid that they are not willing to accept some risk in order to preserve freedom?
Isn’t it time the discussion took place on the growing surveillance and monitoring of the American public? What about the time‐honored presumption of innocence?  Americans have the responsibility to pass on to their children and grandchildren the rights, liberty and freedom that so many sacrificed for, in order to live in a free society. Americans have the responsibility to resist a surveillance society, which is contrary to those rights, that liberty, and that freedom.

The men and women in law enforcement, the military, and in intelligence agencies commit to upholding the U.S. Constitution. They share in the responsibility of protecting those rights, that liberty and that freedom. It is time for American public to put aside partisan differences and decide if they want government to control the people or the people to control government. Media has a responsibility to facilitate such a discussion. Just as the American public must put aside their partisan differences, so too must the media.

Mr. Olbermann, Mr. Matthews, Ms. Maddow, Mr.Hannity, Mr. Beck, , Mr. O’Reilly, Mr. Dobbs, Mr.Sanchez, what say you? Each of you is an intelligent individual. The public may not agree with each of you on every subject but on the issue of protecting our liberty, rights and freedom nearly all citizens would agree it is time to have the discussion we propose. Which of the aforementioned hosts has the courage to have the discussion on their show?  Healthcare, immigration, wars, the economy, terrorism, corruption in government, unemployment and other issues are all very important issues. Which of these issues should take precedent over a discussion concerning our civil liberties in the context of national security?

If not now, when?

The Constitutional Alliance will be issuing a call for action alert next week.

In this alert we will be asking every organization, group and citizen to stand with us demanding such a discussion as we
propose take place immediately.

We expect every group from the “far” right to the “far” left to stand with us. We have already started contacting potential panelists for such a discussion. These panelists are well respected and represent the views of many on the right, left and in the middle. The federal government and more specifically the DHS would be expected to participate in the discussion.

Let’s get down to brass tacks and stop the name calling, insults and playing of the “blame game” long enough to have a serious discussion about where we are headed as a country. What type of society do we want to leave for the children of today and the children of the future?