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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.

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.

RFID, Smart cards, Google – privacy and liberty issues

14 July 2009

Katherine Albrecht, co-Author of Spychips, discusses plans to incorporate RFID into every item we own, giving corporations and governments the ability to track everything we buy, when we buy it, when we use it and our locations at all times. In so doing, they can build up a database profile on you – a history which they can (and do) share with governments.

Scared?

What about the privacy issues that Google represents? Google claims to know more about us than our doctors do and if the government lets Google hold our medical records, it will know all of our most intimate details – even more so if we have Google email accounts.

Even if we don’t have Google accounts, or don’t use Google to search the internet, any sites we visit which have Google ads, can extract our IP addresses and browsing habits from those sites and build up a highly marketable personal history. Insurance companies, doctors – and the government would take a keen interest in it, as would hackers.

Find yourselves another email provider and search engine. The Startpage search engine is customisable, hides your IP address from destination sites and has stringent privacy controls.

Watch Katherine at the 2009 Libertarian Party of Connecticut Convention:

Find out more about RFID services and which products and public areas which house RFID readers at RFID Journal.

Uber surveillance – freedom under attack

2 May 2009

If you think that we are heavily surveilled now, watch these videos to see what’s coming.

Wake up, people. You are about to lose all semblance of freedom, thanks to the over-powerful State in collusion with power-hungry and greedy multi-national corporations.

Make sure all your friends and associates see these videos. We need to stop this.