REAL ID ~ Are We Being Herded Like Sheep?
Reject REAL ID
In May of 2005 the Real ID Act was voted in as public law. This ACT was passed by the House in its inception, however it lost steam and wasn't heard of again for sometime, mostly due to heavy opposition. Then, Wisconsin Representative, Jim Sensenbrenner, the author of the law, attached it to a military spending bill as a rider, and was approved! It made it in the back door! Very, very sneaky!
The original writ of the law caused many to heads to turn, however the coverage by the mainstream media groups was light and very vague. Finding pertinent information was like seeking a needle in a haystack! Fluke? It is no wonder that for the most part, many Americans either don't know of, or understand what the Real ID encompasses.
Now why is it that a bill signed into public law, back in 2005 took two years to come up with defined parameters? Could it be that there has been heavy opposition to this law, and if the masses did find out exactly what this law would mean, would that knowledge enhance the numbers and voices of opposition? At my last count, 17 States are working against this preposterous censorship of our civil rights!
Tennessee - June 14, 2007
South Carolina - June 5, 2007
Nebraska - May 30, 2007
New Hampshire - May 24, 2007
Oklahoma - May 23, 2007
Illinois - May 22, 2007
Missouri - May 17, 2007
Nevada - May 14, 2007
Colorado - May 14, 2007
Georgia - May 11, 2007
Hawaii - April 25, 2007
North Dakota - April 20, 2007
Washington - April 18, 2007
Montana - April 17, 2007
Arkansas - March 28, 2007
Idaho - March 12, 2007
Maine - January 25, 2007
Opposition? YES ~ There are also bills in both the House and Senate to repeal the REAL ID.
The most recent proposal allows each State the autonomy in managing the program provided the States adhere to the requirements set forth by the Department of Homeland Security. As proposed this law requires that each State would build its own proposal and punch list of how their Department of Motor Vehicles would start the process of changing our current drivers license to the REAL ID, they would also have to include how the program will be maintained financially and the security measures that will be put in place. Proposal deadline is October 2007. So now this is a REAL LAW (no pun intended)!!!!
Per the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) ~ DHS estimated the cost of implementation at $23.1 billion over 10 years, of which $10 billion to $14 billion are costs to states.
Then looking deeper into the Law itself....
-DHS may make grants to a state to assist the state in conforming to the min. federal standards.
-Authorizes such sums as necessary for the fiscal years 2005 through 2009 to carry out the law (but does not appropriate any money)
To be fair, it must be added that the House in June of 2007, approved a $50 million to the States to help with the implimentation of the Law and it's processes.
Excuse me? If I am not mistaken, most of the 50 states are already hard pressed to keep their books out of the red. Cut backs in education and health care have been the first things to take a hit! Sorry to interject, but I must, I must - That $50 million is bait and switch, because after everything is in place, we the people would still have to foot the bill to maintain the program!
In the latest updates regarding this law, by 2013 any and all persons residing in the United State of America will have to turn in their current drivers' license and apply for a Real ID.This process is to commence in 2008. REAL ID is a smart card that will replace both the drivers license and the resident ID. Without this card, no one residing in the United States will be able to enter any Federal building, travel on federally monitored aircrafts (all the major airlines), and Amtrak trains, open a bank account, or receive government assistance to include social security, and these items are just the tip of the iceberg; another restriction that have been mentioned, applying for a job. The federal government, mainly the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), states that it may expand the restrictions dependant on "Security" needs.
Obtaining it will be rather painless; (the pain starts later) just turn in your old drivers' license at DMV and process for an RID (Real ID). The documents required to process for the new card are as follows, a birth certificate, social security card, proof of your actual residential address (no PO boxes), and a picture will be taken(digital imaging). Not to bad, similar to the old process huh? These are the minimum requirements and may be changed; this information will be downloaded to a data base that will be shared nationwide. So just RID nation wide. Have you dealt with identity theft yet? Not fun in the least...
Now this is where things start to get "suspicious", for lack of a more descriptive term; the card will allow you to drive, open bank accounts, travel by air, train, apply for federal programs etc. Huh??? No you didn't miss a thing and I didn't stutter, if you don't have a RID, you will not be allowed to do any of this! Yep, our government is planning on using a form of biometric (the measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics (as fingerprint or voice patterns) especially as a means of verifying personal identity) and the use of a bar code or a "Verichip" implanted in the card will allow ALL of your personal information to be held within the card. This chip/card will be scanned to identify you when utilizing any of the above freedoms that we now enjoy, without it you will not be allowed! All in the name of national security; are we the People of the United States a danger to ourselves?
More food for thought....Any state that does not comply will not be eligible for federal funding! Huh? There goes the funding for community revitalization, roads, and health care for the children, TANF etc.
With the acceptance of this card; the government will know our every move. Where we go, how much money is in our bank accounts, what we buy, who our friends are... and this is just the beginning.
One has to wonder, if I choose not be have an electronic leash, or the State that I live in refuses to kowtow to this mandate; will I then be deemed not a citizen of the United States? Sure sounds like it to me, as I will not be ALLOWED the freedom to travel as I want, save money in our financial institutions, apply for federal aid if I need.... What will my status be? Will I then be considered a terrorist because I choose to write a blog about the downfalls of a LAW that clearly doesn't have the best interests of its people in mind?
**Section 212(a)(3)(B) - "Engage in terrorist activity" defined: (mid-way down)
to commit an act that the actor knows, or reasonably should know, affords material support, including a safe house, transportation, communications, funds, transfer of funds or other material financial benefit, false documentation or identification, weapons (including chemical, biological, or radiological weapons), explosives, or training:
Sounds like it......
Your papers please...
This scenario isn't specific to the United States; people in other countries are in opposition to their governments trying to implement the same program. The populations are in an uproar, as their governing parties use the guise of terrorism to push this technology to secure safety of their countries. Does relinquishing our identities to a world wide data base secure anyone but the big wigs and power mongers? All in all each and every one of us will have to do our homework; decide what side of the fence we want to be, no one will be allowed to sit on the fence for long. Seek the truth!