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Obama resurrects Real ID with biometric data

10 August 2009

Despite the dangers of the ID card system, as testified by Bruce Schneier*, Congress is currently attempting to resurrect the failed REAL ID Act, more accurately named “Dangerous ID.”

Dangerous ID, which passed in 2005, establishes a de facto National ID System paving the way to Federal biometric tracking of every US citizen.

No state currently complies with the mandates of the 2005 bill and 23 have passed legislation refusing compliance.

So now Obama wants to “Fix it,” and ram it down states’ throats.

Surveillance Czar Janet Napolitano is pushing for a revamp of the system to get the invasive federal program up and running while many are fighting for an outright repeal of the original legislation.

Although Dangerous ID is a clear attempt to establish a National ID System, the reality might be much worse – an International ID System.

We know that’s true because the UK and even Mexico are pushing for the same thing, based on the same standards.

You see, Dangerous ID actually requires that driver’s license photographs meet the UN’s biometric format standards. At this level of sophistication, government software can analyse facial characteristics and generate a unique ID number.

Think about that for a moment – your identity reduced to a single number in an international database that can be tracked globally by one-world government surveillance cameras and facial recognition software.

Last month, Senator Daniel Akaka introduced The PASS ID Act to tweak the 2005 Dangerous ID legislation and ram this program into action over state opposition.

Supporters claim this Real ID Redux bill softens requirements on states, supposedly making the breach of federalism a little more palatable. But it is merely a transparent attempt to get the Dangerous ID system implemented in any form, only to be augmented later to meet government’s needs.

Campaign for Liberty claims that there is evidence that this reincarnated Dangerous ID bill could wind up being worse than the original.

Chief among the bill’s supporters is Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who stands to wield expansive and virtually unchecked power to set standards.

Under Dangerous ID, Napolitano can unilaterally expand required information on driver’s licenses, potentially to include biometric information such as retinal scans, fingerprints, DNA information, and even Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) radio tracking technology.

International databases, RFID and biometric ID cards, and constant government surveillance are what’s in store if this bill passes.

The name of the bill has changed but the game is still the same.  The same tactics are being used in the US as are used by the EU – viz the EU Constitution being renamed the Lisbon Treaty.  Same deal in a different wrapper.

While the country is busy talking about the Health bill, the PASS ID (ex-Real ID) Act comes in under the radar.

Make no mistake; if this bill is passed in the US, we’ll be next.

* Bruce Schneier, Security technologist, author, founder and CTO of BT Counterpane, gives testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the dangers of the ID card system.

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