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Is the Real ID Right for Americans???

From the desk of:
An American Chauvinist in Maryland!

“I have unwittingly ruined my country… We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” — President, Woodrow Wilson

Is the Real ID Right for Americans???

Currently there is a lot of discussion throughout our country regarding the Real ID Act. Questions abound — Will it protect us against terrorism? Will it dissuade illegal aliens from entering our country? Will it track uninvited guests to our country? How will it affect my privacy? How will it affect my children and future generations?

First, let’s look at some of the reasons proponents of the Real ID Act use to encourage our support. (These are directly from NumbersUSA)

  • The Real ID Act, which specifically precludes creation of a national ID card, does not create a national database of driver’s licenses.
  • Real ID establishes minimum standards for the issuance of driver’s licenses and ID cards that states must meet if these documents are to be recognized by the Federal government as secure proof of identity – a critical step in improving national security.
  • Real ID will significantly decrease illegal immigration by limiting their access to drivers licenses.

These are only three of the reasons why Americans should support the Real ID, according to proponents of this legislation. Due to time constraints, I have chosen these three to respond to. And although I have great respect and admiration for the accomplishments of NumbersUSA, Grassfire.org and FAIR, I must respectfully disagree with their synopsis on this issue. I honestly don’t believe they have researched this thoroughly; nor have they validated the Feds’ responsibility to enforce without trampling on individual freedoms.

  • The Real ID Act does not “create” a national ID card — the Real ID “IS” a national ID card! EVERY compliant state in the United States, and eventually Canada & Mexico, (North American Union???) will be tied into a central database of ALL DMV’s. Furthermore, the Department of Homeland Security and Department Of Transportation will determine the “minimum standards” required for compliance. NOT THE STATES! And DHS can reevaluate and update these standards at any given time!
  • A few months ago, a DMV employee in Florida, with access to the SAVE system, was apprehended after falsifying documents allowing numerous illegal aliens to obtain drivers licenses. Does the Real ID guarantee this will not occur in the future? NO!
  • Does the Real ID provide protection of the information contained in this massive database? NO! There are even less “safeguards” in this system than in our Social Security cards! Think — how many times in the last two years has our sacred personal information been lost or stolen? Anyone remember the Veterans Administration incident in August, 2006? And now they want us to trust them with “our” valuable financial info (Social Security #’s) which can be accessed by any possibly unscrupulous DMV clerk or law enforcement officer. NO! NO! NO!
  • This one I love! Just think about it for a few minutes. By limiting access to drivers licenses by illegal aliens, states, and thereby the Feds, are going to drastically reduce illegal aliens in the United States.

HOGWASH! BS! LIES!

Nearly every illegal caught driving on U.S. highways doesn’t even have a fake drivers license — they have NO drivers license!!! They don’t even bother to apply! How will this legislation/law preclude those illegals from driving? Driving intoxicated? Killing innocent Americans on “our” highways?

IT WILL NOT!!!

The Real ID Act managed to work its way through the House, where it overwhelmingly passed. Interestingly though, it went deadly silent, and then magically reappeared, not by itself, but as an attachment to a completely different bill, the “Emergency Supplemental Appropriation for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005”.

Now really, who would vote “No” on funding for our troops fighting “terrorism” or even think about voting “No” to a financial relief package for the survivors of the December, 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean area.

Not if they wanted to be reelected by their constitituents. So, in order to get The Real ID Act signed into law, Congress had to bury it in legislation deemed sure to pass.

“The Senate, however, never voted on the REAL ID Act, though many predicted that if it had, the bill would have failed. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced it as an amendment to the Senate’s supplemental appropriations bill but withdrew his amendment before a vote could take place. A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the REAL ID Act should not be part of a final House-Senate supplemental appropriations conference report was offered but never voted on.”

Now let’s take a further look inside …..

  • This was initially advertised to be a “voluntary” program. Guess what? If you wish to travel with your family to the Caribbean or elsewhere outside our country, you had better have a Real ID compliant identification. Otherwise you may not be allowed to return home! Do you receive a Social Security check monthly? Unless you participate in the federally mandated Real ID program, you can kiss your check goodbye!

  • The numerical limit on the number of aliens granted asylum who may become lawful permanent residents in any fiscal year has been removed. NO LIMIT!!!
  • Oh, by the way, thank you Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). You attached an amendment (the ONLY Senate amendment) that exempts seasonal workers who have worked in the U.S. in previous years from the national cap of 66,000 H-2B visas. Effectively, Sen. Mikulski’s amendment will negate the cap placed on H2-B visas, thereby further depleting jobs available for American workers. In other words, if you were here on an H-2B visa previously, you are not counted against the 66,000 for that year or any subsequent year. Therefore, the number of H-2B workers in this country will rise exponentially each and every year. Can you say, “In-source more cheap labor”? You gotta love Bill Gates!

The terrorists of 9/11 evidently taught us one thing, FEAR. But oddly enough, not fear of their terrorist threats, but rather FEAR OF OUR OWN GOVERNMENT!!!

Remember these?

  • “National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive”, May 9, 2007
  • “The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act” or “Patriot Act” of 2001
  • NSA warrantless wiretaps
  • DOJ declaring NO “habeas corpus” in Constitution

And they still want us to trust them implicitly???

NOT A CHANCE!!!

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. — Thomas Jefferson

I truly believe our government experienced “fear of its people” when the Congressional telephone switchboard, inundated by angry calls from constituents back home, crashed from the overload on its circuits. Subsequently the Senate resoundingly defeated the President’s “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”.

This law, Real ID, does more harm than good. It will be a bureaucratic nightmare to enforce, is threatening to individual privacy, makes citizens increasingly vulnerable to ID theft, and will further burden taxpayers due to the massive unfunded federal mandates on all the states. Once again, the “burden of proof” is placed on law-abiding American citizens – NOT the criminals. Sounds a lot like so-called “gun control” doesn’t it?

If our government wants TRUE security, they should adhere to the following guidelines (as previously enacted):

  • BUILD THE FENCE!
  • ENFORCE EMPLOYER SANCTIONS!
  • DEPORT LAW-BREAKING ILLEGAL ALIENS!
  • ENFORCE THE PREVIOUSLY MANDATED “EXIT VISA” SYSTEM!

You must decide for yourselves. But, I for one, will NEVER knowingly cede my freedom or liberty to an oppressive government such as the one that currently occupies Washington, DC. I will resist and fight for the freedoms guaranteed by our forefathers. I will succumb not to the Real ID nor a Federally mandated State drivers license!

What’s in your wallet???

Below are a few of the links I have researched in the last several days. Please feel free to peruse these and come to your own conclusion. I sincerely hope it is the correct one.

Harold Poole

Contact info:
Americans for Comprehensive Government Reform, or the ACGR Yahoo Forum, or “On The Edge” blog, or My Email

“… Political Correctness remains just what it was intended to be: a sophisticated and dangerous form of censorship and oppression, imposed upon the citizenry with the ultimate goal of manipulating, brainwashing and destroying our society.” — NewsMax.com

FAQ: How Real ID will affect you
Starting three years from now, if you live or work in the United States, you’ll need a federally approved ID card to travel on an airplane, open a bank account, collect Social Security payments, or take advantage of nearly any government service. Practically speaking, your driver’s license likely will have to be reissued to meet federal standards.
The Real ID Act hands the Department of Homeland Security the power to set these standards and determine whether state drivers’ licenses and other ID cards pass muster. Only ID cards approved by Homeland Security can be accepted “for any official purpose” by the feds.

National ID cards on the way?
Proponents of the Real ID Act say it’s needed to frustrate both terrorists and illegal immigrants. Critics say it imposes more requirements for identity documents on states, and gives the Department of Homeland Security carte blanche to do nearly anything else “to protect the national security interests of the United States.”

National ID Cards Won’t Stop Terrorism or Illegal Immigration
Think this sounds farfetched? Read the REAL ID Act, HR 418, for yourself. Its text is available on the Library of Congress website. A careful reading also reveals that states will be required to participate in the “Drivers License Agreement,” which was crafted by DMV lobbyists years ago. This agreement creates a massive database of sensitive information on American citizens that can be shared with Canada and Mexico!

HR 418- A National ID Bill Masquerading as Immigration Reform
Mr. Speaker:
I rise in strong opposition to HR 418, the REAL ID Act. This bill purports to make us safer from terrorists who may sneak into the United States, and from other illegal immigrants. While I agree that these issues are of vital importance, this bill will do very little to make us more secure. It will not address our real vulnerabilities. It will, however, make us much less free. In reality, this bill is a Trojan horse. It pretends to offer desperately needed border control in order to stampede Americans into sacrificing what is uniquely American: our constitutionally protected liberty.

Your papers, please
Uncle Sam wants you — to show him your passport. The U.S. State Department and the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that by 2008, Americans returning home from Mexico, Canada, Panama and Bermuda must have a passport to get back in. Currently, U.S. citizens returning from these countries don’t need this document.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told The Associated Press that the United States had to take every precaution to screen out “people who want to come in to hurt us.” This requirement won’t do anything to prevent terrorists from getting into the country; instead, it will inconvenience Americans who otherwise have no need to obtain passports.
Do government officials really think this requirement would stop terrorists and prevent another Sept. 11? Guess what. All the Sept. 11 hijackers entered this country legally. Passport requirements would not have kept them out. Does anyone actually believe such a directive will put a dent in illegal immigration? Along the Mexican border, thousands of undocumented immigrants cross over each day. Passport requirements will not keep them out.

Identity Crisis
In May 2005, the Real ID Act was signed into law after it sailed through the Republican-controlled House to the Senate where it was attached to a supplemental spending bill for hurricane relief and troops in Iraq — making the bill almost impossible to vote against.

Papers Please
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. — Revelation 13:16-18

One day left to fight the US national ID card – ACT NOW!
Now instead of listening to the states, the US Senate is trying to force them to comply through the back door. As part of immigration legislation being considered next week in the Senate, an employment verification system will be created that requires everyone to have a REAL ID in order to get a job.

RFID — 1984
SPYCHIPS: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Purchase and Watch Your Every Move

Do we need internal passports?
Whatever the politicians promise you, the results are likely to be the opposite.
We were promised that the groundwork laid for a national identification system by the REAL ID Act would protect us from terrorism. Believe that promise at your own risk. National identification systems — internal passports — are one of the hallmarks of police states. Ignore this at your own risk.

National ID Cards and REAL ID Act
The REAL ID Act of 2005 creates a de facto national identification card. Ostensibly voluntary, it would become mandatory as those without the card would face suspicion and increased scrutiny. It is a law imposing federal technological standards and verification procedures on state driver’s licenses and identification cards, many of which are beyond the current capacity of the federal government, and mandating state compliance by May 2008. In fact, REAL ID turns state DMV workers into federal immigration officials, as they must verify the citizenship status of all those who want a REAL ID-approved state driver’s license or identification cards. State DMVs would far move away from their core mission — to license drivers.

REAL ID Act of 2005 Update
On another positive note, the bill will lift the cap on the number of applicants granted conditional asylum who can qualify for longer-term status each year The bill also preserves an amendment sponsored by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), to lift the cap on the number of H-2B visas for temporary seasonal workers.

REAL ID enacted: Imposes rigid driver’s license requirements
The Senate did, however, approve a noncontroversial immigration amendment to exempt seasonal workers who have worked in the U.S. in previous years from the national cap of 66,000 H-2B visas. This provision, sponsored by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), was not in the House bill but became part of the supplemental appropriations conference report subsequently approved by the House and Senate.

Schneier on Security: REAL ID
The REAL ID Act requires driver’s licenses to include a “common machine-readable technology.” This will, of course, make identity theft easier. Assume that this information will be collected by bars and other businesses, and that it will be resold to companies like ChoicePoint and Acxiom. It actually doesn’t matter how well the states and federal government protect the data on driver’s licenses, as there will be parallel commercial databases with the same information.
Even worse, the same specification for RFID chips embedded in passports includes details about embedding RFID chips in driver’s licenses. I expect the federal government will require states to do this, with all of the associated security problems (e.g., surreptitious access).
REAL ID requires that driver’s licenses contain actual addresses, and no post office boxes. There are no exceptions made for judges or police — even undercover police officers. This seems like a major unnecessary security risk.
REAL ID also prohibits states from issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. This makes no sense, and will only result in these illegal aliens driving without licenses — which isn’t going to help anyone’s security. (This is an interesting insecurity, and is a direct result of trying to take a document that is a specific permission to drive an automobile, and turning it into a general identification device.)

Real ID intrusive, says state lawmaker
Katie Boyd, spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said that the state’s senior senator, a former chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is concerned about privacy rights and wary of the government’s ability to safeguard information.
“The senator has serious concerns regarding the ability of the government to obtain and warehouse your most sensitive, personal information without a guarantee for its security,” Boyd said.
Shelby also is concerned about mandates such as the requirement to digitize and centralize documents necessary to apply for a driver’s license, Boyd said.
She said Shelby believes a rogue hacker or dishonest driver’s license division employee could misuse personal information.

Don’t want national ID? Surrender your passport (UK)
British citizens who refuse to provide personal details for the planned “voluntary” national identification card have been told they will be denied passports and be unable to leave the UK.

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About Harold

Co-founder of "Americans for Comprehensive Government Reform". Research & distribution of daily e-newsletter, "News with Attitude".

One comment on “Is the Real ID Right for Americans???

  1. Good post, lots of great links to the right information. It’s great to see so many states and individuals finally standing up to an act that will contribute nothing to national defense and everything to a “1984” scenario of monitoring everyone. The government is here to protect our privacy, not become another enormous target of identity thieves. There’s no compelling argument that justifies a national ID card.

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