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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.


Private health insurance to be illegal in America

8 August 2009

Americans are furious about Obama’s socialised medicine bill, “HR 3200: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009“, and rightly so.

Here are just a few items of many more that people are seething about:

Page 16: Private health insurance will become illegal. People will lose their existing policies if they change jobs, if they change coverage, or if the price of the health insurance changes. I.e., when any aspect of their private health insurance changes, after this bill goes into effect, they can’t renew it. They will then be forced to use the government’s health insurance.

Page 29: Health care will be rationed.

Page 42: the health care commissioner will decide who gets what health benefits – the American public will have no choice.

Page 58: everyone will be issued with a national ID health card.

Page 59, The government will have real-time access to all everyone’s bank accounts for electronic funds transfer. They will then debit people’s accounts for health expenses.

Page 72: all private health care plans must conform to government rules to participate in a health care exchange. I.e., will be controlling insurance companies.

Page 195: Any individual who does not have acceptable health care, defined by the government, will be taxed 2.5% of their income each year.

Officers and employees of government health care bureaucracy will have access to all American financial and personal records.

Page 203, the bill explicitly states: “the tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as a tax“! (Ah, just like our National ‘Insurance’!). I guess Americans can expect this tax to be inflated to fund other government projects, just like our government does with NI.

Why force this government health care insurance on people?

Is this a means of forcing a biometric ID card on people? Will doctors be forced to hand over Americans’ DNA for America’s own DNA database?

Will people be refused other health care if they refuse to be vaccinated for swine flu?

Oh, by the way, Obama plans to quarantine people in their homes on any medical pretext – defined by the government, of course. For example, British Columbia brought in a new public health act last year which was described as giving health officials “stronger powers to protect the public against communicable diseases such as pandemic influenza.”

Under the new act, the province can order vaccinations or examinations and quarantine people. Health officials can also enforce the act using peace officers, warrants and even court orders.

No wonder Americans believe they’re headed for martial law. This is big government in your face. They’re not even hiding it any more.

ID cards are global: Mexico is next

1 August 2009

The Sacramento Bee reports:

MEXICO CITY — President Felipe Calderon says Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards for its citizens starting this year, and by 2012 everyone will have one.

The cards will carry the bearer’s photograph. It will also include information on fingerprints and biometric data, including facial and iris scans, on a magnetic strip.

Most Mexicans currently use their voter ID cards for identification. They contain a photo, signature and one fingerprint. They will continue to be issued.

Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont said Tuesday the new cards will help in the fight against organized crime, and ensure transparency in government aid programs.

Drug traffickers frequently use false identification documents to evade law enforcement.

ID’s are evidently a global agenda item. The type of card being pushed on the populace is the same for each country – only the spin, the selling catch-phrases used by politicians differs.

Labour tried to pass ID cards off as the solution to terrorism. That failed, so now we’re asked to believe it is for our convenience that we must have them. If we had a drug-trafficking problem, ID cards would be billed as being the solution to that.

If ID cards are a global initiative, which body is driving it?  Which organisations / bodies have the most to gain from its implementation?

State-originated data collection on such a massive scale almost always results in tyrrany tyranny – the state has too much power and power corrupts.

The “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” brigade might like to inform themselves about RFID, the technology embedded in the cards. RFID allows the state and anyone with an RFID reader to track your every movement.

An escapee from one surveillance state, Cory Doctorow tells his story in the Guardian.

ID Cards not compulsory?

1 July 2009

Hailed by Jackboot Smith as a tool to fight terrorism and illegal immigration – Alan Johnson has indicated that the government had been wrong to portray ID cards as a “panacea” against terrorism. He said that signing up for a card should be a “personal choice”. The government backpedaled on forcing the cards on airline pilots after they threatened industrial action in protest.

The cards will be offered to Mancunians and North Easterners this year and next, for £30, and will be rolled out to the rest of the country in the ensuing years as a precursor to biometric passports, although Johnson insists that they will not be compulsory. But this is hardly the case since failure to keep the authorities updated about change of address and other details, attracts a fine of up to £1,000. This is back-door compulsion.

Johnson’s stance is being seen by some media outlets as a retreat on the government’s ID card policy, but it is merely a postponement. Beset by problems, the government simply can’t afford to implement the scheme, given the Treasury’s budgetary black hole; it is unlikely to become compulsory for another 10 years.

David Davis branded the scheme as being wholly unnecessary and expressed concern at the government holding so much data on the public, particularly with its dire record on data security.

The Tories will scrap the scheme after the general election.

Kill off the ID card scheme

28 June 2009

No2ID has heard rumours that Home Secretary Alan Johnson is “reviewing the ID card” scheme, with a view to delaying or killing it off.  Any delay of a year or more will effectively kill it off because the Tories plan to scrap it anyway.

It would be a pragmatic move on the part of Johnson, since spending money the government doesn’t have on an ID card scheme the country doesn’t want, which will be scrapped anyway, will help plug the massive hole in treasury coffers.

No2ID says:

The Identity Cards Act 2006 was never a complete system. It left vast amounts about the card, and the database, enrolment and enforcement, to be determined in regulations. The first batch of those regulations has appeared and MPs will be able to vote against them at a debate scheduled for July. Together they are far longer than the act itself, and there are numerous points of revealing detail and sheer bad drafting which give scope for legal and political attack. If the regulations are not approved by parliament the whole scheme will be stalled.

Please write to your MP now, *particularly if you have a Labour MP* and ask them to vote against the new statutory instruments that would allow the ID scheme to begin.

The ID card requires of its holders a large number of personal details and many of those holders are compelled to acquire an ID card. It is a massive imposition on the privacy of individuals and should be stopped – it is the thin end of a wedge, instigated by the EU.

Write to your MP. Insist that he oppose the ID card scheme.