If you can, please plan to attend a rally in Richmond on January 21st, 2009. The rally is a gathering of pro-freedom loving citizens of Virginia and our elected representatives in the General Assembly will stand together in support of HB 1587 Real ID Act, federal; State will not participate in compliance of any provision.
This bill is a poster child for state’s rights and simply declares that the Federal government cannot force our state to require “We, The People” to carry a new Federal ID card with high tech chips in them that will contain a great deal of personal information about each of us, that can scan that data passively as we travel about, and have the ability to record our movements and assemble a history of where we go and when into huge databases. Databases without adequate legal safeguards to prevent abuses in the hands of those that seek to “search” us without any just cause or warrant.
Since the Federal law’s enactment in 2005, at least 42 states have considered anti-Real ID legislation, and more than half have passed measures either forbidding their states from participating or urging Congress to amend or repeal the law.
At least five states have gone in the other direction, passing bills bringing their programs into compliance.
The program was born out of the commission that looked into the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Federal Commission recommended that the U.S. improve its system of issuing identification documents because the hijackers had numerous licenses and state IDs. Congress approved legislation requiring states to issue licenses and ID cards that meet certain security standards. The new IDs will be required for federal purposes, such as boarding an airplane or entering a federal building. Other federal identification, including passports and military IDs, also will be accepted.
Gestapo tactics? Check’in Zee Papers? Snell! No “papers” – no access to your Federal government!
Listen carefully to this arrogant threat from a nonelected DHS employee:
“The bottom line is that citizens of states who do not move forward with the Real ID mandate from Congress will see real consequences,” said Laura Keehner, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, which is in charge of the program.
Homeland Security or fatherland facism? We report – you decide . . .
Main Entry: [b]fas·cism [/b]
Pronunciation: \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\
Etymology: Italian fascismo, from fascio bundle, fasces, group, from Latin fascis bundle & fasces fasces
1often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control <early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge>
States had until May 2008 to implement Real ID, but DHS kindly extended that ultimatum until Dec. 31, 2009. If states need more time [b]and have met certain coerced benchmarks[/b], states can request an extension until May 11, 2011.
The devil can be found in the details – here they are:
1. Mandating that each state create a database without statutory limitations on what information can be placed in the database (i.e., in a person’s record), including source documents [§202(d)(13)]
2. Mandating that each state give every other state “electronic access” to the database (i.e., people’s records) with the ostensible but unstated limited purpose of ensuring that no driver holds more than one license and without a limitation on creating a central ID database [§202(d)(12)
3. Mandating that each state give every other state “electronic access” to the database (i.e.,people’s records) and without statutory limitations on what information can be shared between states and for what purposes; who else (e.g., other state agencies, federal agencies, third parties) can access the databases and for what purposes [§202(d)(12)]
4. Moving states toward digitally copying all highly-sensitive source documents (e.g., birth certificate, Social Security Card, passport, utility bill) and housing them in a database; and without statutory limitations on who can access them and for what purposes [§202(d)(2)]
5. Mandating that states “verify” source documents without statutory limitations related to the collection and sharing of personal information, by whom and for what purposes [§202(c)(3)(A)]
6. Mandating that each card have Machine Readable Technology (MRT); and without statutory limitations on what information is stored in the Machine Readable Zone (MRZ), who can “skim” information from the MRZ (e.g., state agencies, federal agencies, third-parties) and for what purposes; and without statutory security requirements such as encryption [§202(b)(9)]
7. No statutory limitations on “official purpose” [§202(a)(1)]
8. No statutory clarity on whether driver’s license/ID card number will be unique within a state or across the nation [§202(b)(4)]
Please share your thoughts on this new National ID card and the appropriateness of the Federal Government to dictate this to states when this is not a power enumerated for the Federal Government in our Constitution. The 9th Amendment clearly states that:
“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.”
In reading through the Constitution I can’t seem to find the part where the Federal Government has the power to force the states to adopt a REAL ID card, nor for the citizens of our nation to be required to have such a card to participate in our Federal government – and the REAL ID Act does prevent us from access to our Federal buildings if we fail to have such a card in our possession!
Think about that.