Using environmentalism as leverage:
adult in Britain should be forced to carry 'carbon ration cards', say MPs. Every adult should be
forced to use a 'carbon ration card' when they pay for petrol, airline tickets or household energy, MPs say.
The influential Environmental Audit Committee says a personal carbon trading scheme is the best and fairest way
of cutting Britain's CO2 emissions without penalising the poor. Under the scheme, everyone would be given
an annual carbon allowance to use when buying oil, gas, electricity and flights.
Driver's license or national ID
card? Motor vehicle agencies must link their databases together, and perhaps
implant chips in driver's licenses, as necessary steps to ease the way for a national ID card,
the head of a group of motor vehicle officials said Thursday [2/16/2006].
ISD faulted for using fake Social Security numbers. Years after being advised by a state agency
to stop, the Dallas Independent School District continued to provide foreign citizens with fake Social Security
numbers to get them on the payroll quickly. Some of the numbers were real Social Security numbers already
assigned to people elsewhere. And in some cases, the state's educator certification office unknowingly used
the bogus numbers to run criminal background checks on the new hires, most of whom were brought in to teach
HR 418 – A National
ID Bill Masquerading as Immigration Reform. The REAL ID Act establishes a national
ID card by mandating that states include certain minimum identification standards on driver's
licenses. It contains no limits on the government's power to impose additional
standards. Indeed, it gives authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to
unilaterally add requirements as he sees fit. Supporters claim it is not a national ID
because it is voluntary. However, any state that opts out will automatically make non-persons
out of its citizens. The citizens of that state will be unable to have any dealings
with the federal government because their ID will not be accepted. They will not be
able to fly or to take a train. In essence, in the eyes of the federal government
they will cease to exist. It is absurd to call this voluntary.
license, passport combine proposed. Michigan residents may get
a first-of-its-kind driver's license that doubles as a passport.
The End of America: On
Tuesday, May 10, 2005, America became a true police state. Your U.S. senators
voted — unanimously, with no discussion, and without even reading the
bill — to create a national ID card.
(That sounds like the way they passed the Patriot
Homeland Security accepts
fake ID. The Department of Homeland Security allowed a man to enter its headquarters last week
using a fake Matricula Consular card as identification, despite federal rules that say the Mexican-issued
card is not valid ID at government buildings. Bruce DeCell, a retired New York City police officer,
used his phony card — which lists his place of birth as "Tijuana, B.C." and his address as "123 Fraud
Blvd." on an incorrectly spelled "Staton Island, N.Y." — to enter the building Wednesday for a
meeting with DHS officials.
Outrage of the Week: Senate Unanimously Passes the "Real
ID" Act. In a 100-0 vote, the U.S. Senate passed the 2nd largest supplemental spending bill in the
history of the nation. If that were not enough reason to question the common sense of our legislators, the
Republican and Democrat leaders also passed the Real ID Act which was hidden within the spending bill.
Not a Good Week. As I'm sure
all of you have noticed, the last week or so has not been a good one for the rights of free people. Not
only has the REAL ID act passed, but now those persons who claim to represent us are attempting to compel
other countries to adopt similar measures, making their ID procedures compatible with the contemptable schemes
of our elected ninnies. The effect of this is to create not just a national ID system, but in effect, a
de facto world ID system.
backs major shift to electronic IDs. The measure, called the Real ID Act, says
that driver's licenses and other ID cards must include a digital photograph, anticounterfeiting
features and undefined "machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements" that
could include a magnetic strip or RFID tag. The Department of Homeland Security would be
charged with drafting the details of the regulation.
America needs high-tech fence, ID card for foreigners. Rudy Giuliani said Friday the United States
needs a technological fence and tamper-proof ID cards for foreigners in the country.
tamper-proof ID card would prevent forgery and reduce illegal immigration, he said. "Every single
person who is here from a foreign country should be required to have one," Giuliani said. "If they don't
have one, they should be thrown out of the country."
The Editor says...
Let's think this through — since obviously Mr. Giuliani has not. There is no such thing as
an ID card that is just for foreigners. The alien can just throw away the card and immediately
he will be one of the locals. Obviously Mr. Giuliani's plan will result in everybody having
to carry a National ID card, or they will be "thrown out of the country."
National ID cards: It's very
likely that any national ID proposals that make it through will be labeled voluntary. That is, if
you never plan to get a job, vote, travel, cash a check, open a bank account, go to the hospital, enroll in a
public school, receive Medicare or other federal benefits, purchase insurance, or buy a gun, there'll be no
real need to comply.
The Real ID Act: Real Problems. The
new standards for State drivers' licenses and IDs must be implemented by the States over the next three years,
because after May 11, 2008, "…a Federal agency may not accept, for any official purpose, a driver's license
or identification card issued by a State to any person unless the State is meeting the requirements of this section."
This means you will need a Federally-approved ID, not just for interacting with the Federal government (e.g., entering a
Federal building), but for any situation where the Federal government demands you show an ID card (e.g., boarding an airplane).
Revamping Your Driver's
License: Let's dispense with the mythology right up front. A driver's license has never been
just about driving. When the first ones were issued in the early 1900s, the idea was to collect fees, not
to test driving skills. More recently, revoking licenses became a way to punish people who didn't pay
child support or, in Wisconsin, shovel snow off their walks. In its most coveted form, the license is
proof of age — or of fraud, as the case may be.
National ID Card Draws Fire.
New driver's license rules tucked in a military spending bill will create national identification cards for
Americans and stick state governments with the bill, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander said Tuesday [5/10/2005].
Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, joined Democrats and state officials in railing against the White House-backed
driver's license rules and other immigration measures before the Senate approved the $82 billion spending
Picture This: States Want Voters
to Produce Photo IDs. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was supposed to end the practice of subjecting
black voters to literacy tests, poll taxes and intimidation. But one civil rights leader said the use of photo
identification requirements in some states is a giant step backwards.
If the fifty states want to make voter registration cards with photographs (at
considerable expense), that's up to them individually, according to the Tenth Amendment. But
in this country, you don't have to own property (or drive a car) to be eligible to
vote. So you should not be compelled to produce a driver's license to be allowed to vote.
papers please…. Each American already has a national ID card — it's
called a Social Security card. The use of Social Security numbers for identification
purposes was somewhat limited until 1962, when the Internal Revenue Service co-opted it for
official taxpayer identification. Ten years later, the notice "For Social Security
Purposes — Not For Identification" was removed from Social Security cards. Currently,
SSNs are the most frequently used identifier in the U.S. They're required for credit and
banking relations, employee files, academic records, licenses and certifications, medical
records and health-insurance accounts, passports, and phone and utility accounts.
May I See Your Papers Please?
The national ID scheme is being sold as a way to curb illegal immigration and to secure our country. However, the
truth is the national ID cards will provide neither benefit to Americans. In three years, you will be required to
have a federally issued ID card to travel on an airplane, establish a bank or brokerage account, collect government
payments, or use any federally provided service.
The Office of Homeland Security's
National Strategy: contains proposals for increased information sharing, biometric
identification, and standardization of state driver's licenses. [PDF]
A National ID System: Big Brother's Solution to
Illegal Immigration. Republicans in the House and Senate are moving quickly forward with
Orwellian legislation that would create a national computerized registration system for all American
workers. The new federal computer worker registry, which is intended to reduce illegal immigration, is
the crucial first step toward the implementation of a national identification card system for all
120 million American workers. For the first time ever, employers would have to receive the
government's permission to hire a new worker. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has even urged that
the ID cards contain individuals' photographs, fingerprints, and even retina scans.
The Making of An American Horror
Story: The truth is, the Moran-Davis bill has absolutely nothing to do with fighting
terrorism. A national "smart driver's license" would be worthless in that effort. This bill has its
roots deeply imbedded in an effort to establish a national ID card back in 1996.
Intel bill to institute national ID
system? A Republican congressman is decrying the intelligence reform bill set to pass Congress
today [12/8/2004], saying it creates a de facto national ID-card system. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, says by
establishing standards for state driver's licenses on a federal level, the government is setting up a national
system that's "not proper in a free society."
Patriot Act II Creates a National ID
card. After a one-year study period, the Department of Homeland Security will mandate standards
for all state driver's licenses, including "biometric ID provisions," which can include your fingerprints, retinal
scans, and other biometric identifiers, such as your DNA. The new high-tech national ID cards will be
required for boarding planes, cruise ships, and for driving a car. That means they can be used as
Soviet-style internal passports, making anyone deemed "suspect" unable to travel in their own country.
Sponsors Try Sneaking National ID Card onto Iraq War/Tsunami
Aid Bill. Under section 202(b) of H.R. 418 — slated to be added to the "supplemental
appropriations bill" — the federal government gives itself the authority to determine every feature
on your driver's license. Some features are explicitly listed, but these enumerated features are A MINIMUM. In addition to these, the government can require your fingerprints,
your retina scan, your concealed carry status, or any other requirement it chooses — by executive fiat.
It's Here … The Federal ID card.
Congress is currently debating House Resolution 4633 — the "Driver's License Modernization Act of
2002." This rather mundane-sounding bill isn't nearly as scary sounding as the PATRIOT Act and is only
intended, "To amend title 23, United States Code, to establish standards for State programs for the
issuance of drivers' licenses and identification cards, and for other purposes." At least they were
honest right up front with the "and for other purposes" part.
How the Republicans
Implemented the Democrats' National ID Plan: Under the "Contract With America," the Republican
Congress enacted not one, but two national ID laws. The "Welfare Reform Act of 1996" and the "Illegal
Immigration Reform Act of 1996" both included requirements which, in application, constitute a national
Analysis of the "Driver's License Modernization Act of 2002" [PDF]
The "Not-So-Smart" Smart Driver's
License Bill: Even though government officials apparently believe a terrorist attack cannot be prevented,
legislators and government agencies continue to churn out policies to restrict, regulate and monitor the
activities of Americans — all in the name of fighting terrorism.
Ex-Lawmakers Endorse National I.D.
System: Three former Republican legislators call for state-run biometric
smart card systems linked on a nationwide network. Just don't call it a
national I.D. card.
Standardized Driver's Licenses and Tracking Databases. In order to understand the overall objection to
federal standardization of driver's licenses and to huge centralized databases, you must first understand the
intended uses of such documents and databases.
New National I.D. Legislation Causes Uproar.
The [Georgia] Driver's License Bureau told me today [1/13/2005] that they had merged with the Social Security Department this
December, and that's why I can't get a driver's license. Social Security is federal and the Driver's License Bureau
is state. How can they merge?
Just Say No to National I.D. Cards. The "Driver's License
Modernization Act of 2002" is a $300 million federal takeover of State issued driver's license and ID card issuance
and standards which would turn the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles into a satellite office of the federal Department of
Transportation. Yep, the same folks who seize tweezers from little old ladies boarding airplanes would be in charge
of the new national ID card.
National ID Card Proposal Still Stinks. Among
other things, the Driver's License Modernization Act would federalize state driver's license issuance standards,
link up even more government databases to the license, introduce the collection of bio-metric identifiers and open
the door to yet more collecting of information on us by both government agencies and "authorized" private sector
contractors. In other words, it would change the lawful purpose of the card from licensing qualified drivers
to justifying and tracking our existence. Yet another expansion of the surveillance state.
National ID Card Is Now Federal Law.
Buried at approximately page 650 of the new national Defense Bill, also known as Public Law 104-208, Part B, Title IV,
the American public was given a national ID card. With no fanfare, no publicity and no scrutiny, the bill
easily avoided the watchful eyes of even its most aggressive opponents.
Oppose Backdoor Attempts to Institute
a National ID! One reaction to the terrible events of September 11 has been a renewed discussion
about instituting a national ID card as a counter-terrorism measure. Direct passage of a national ID card, however,
is only one possible path to such a system. A national ID is much more likely to evolve bureaucratically
through existing forms of ID, such as state drivers' licenses.
The Road to a National ID Card:
Bush Homeland Security proposal calls for Driver's License Standardization.
ID Cards Coming In The Back Door?
Having had to retreat from legislative attempts to establish a national ID card through Social Security numbers or
unique health care identifiers, Congress seems to be trying a new tack to implement this wholly un-American idea.
Congress has suggested that the Department of Transportation develop "model guidelines for encoded data on
A License to Live, Not Just
Drive: The two basic keys to a national ID system are a unique identifier and linking databases.
Driver's license standardization relies on these principles and achieves a national ID card through a bureaucratic
President Bush to resist the standardization of state drivers' licenses
as a de facto national ID card system, Feb. 12, 2002.
Opposition to National ID System Grows:
By compelling standardization of the issuance and content of driver's licenses, including additional immigration
and biometric data fields, and obtaining legislative support for the implementation of its Driver Record Information
Verification System (DRIVerS) to link state and national driver records, the American Association of Motor Vehicle
Administrators (AAMVA) hopes to effect a nationally interoperable repository of drivers' personal information:
a National ID system in all but name.
the State Identification System: Fake ID cards are so common as to be
almost a rite of passage for American teenagers. The industries that rely on the
wildly unreliable identification system we have today have watched identity theft grow
into a major industry. Worst of all, the ease with which criminals can obtain false
identification documents in some states renders the entire system suspect, as possession
of a valid driver's license is taken as unquestionable proof of identity for the
distribution of other important identity documents — passports, social security
cards, employee ID cards, and many more.
The authors of the article above seem to be in favor of high-tech ID cards,
as if that would be a permanent solution to the problems of forgery and abuse.
White House Interested in National
Driver's Licenses: Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge for the first time has disclosed that the
Bush administration is studying ways to set national standards for driver's licenses that would assist in
preventing fraudulent identification and expose aliens who overstayed their visas.
IDs: One way or the other.
cards will not stop the terrorist assault: In our legitimate and moral
determination to win the war against terrorism, we must be careful not to sacrifice
Licenses Could Serve as National IDs: While federal lawmakers kick around the
idea of making national IDs mandatory for every U.S. citizen and legal immigrant, some
states are already taking steps to use the most common form of identification among
Americans, the driver's license, for that very purpose.
Papers, Please: The Social Security card virtually all Americans
have was originally sold as a means solely to track our retirement "contributions," i.e.,
taxes. Indeed, the front of my card explicitly states that the card and number are
"for social security and tax purposes — not for identification." Have you tried
to cash a check lately without that number available for the teenaged store clerk to
peruse? Try to get a credit card or a loan without it? File
your taxes? Get a job?