UPDATE: This enactment has been postponed, but not eliminated in order to give States time to comply.
“On March 4, 2011, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano extended by 20 months (to January 15, 2013) the May 10, 2011 deadline for states to be in full compliance with the Real ID”. Nice of her!
Under the REAL ID state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards have to meet federal standards or they will not be accepted for federal purposes–boarding commercial aircraft, gain access to federal facilities or enter nuclear power plants.
And they laugh that we believe in such conspiracies. No doubt some delay in this. At least we can hope. The Congress was opposed several years ago, but that won’t slow down this regime with Janet at the helm.The real ID Act is going to go into effect on May 11, 2011.
As of May 11, all driver’s licenses across the United States will be required to conform to federal national security standards. In essence, our licenses are now going to be federalized. UPDATE: Russia just decided too that this is a swell idea! Rian.RU
A Fox News article from a couple weeks ago confirmed that these “national ID cards” will be required to board airplanes and enter federal buildings…. Put this together with our earlier story: the DNA from eveyone at points of entry and it is complete: TSA to Start Collecting our DNA at Points of Entry
States must be in compliance by May with the regulations laid out in the 2005 REAL ID Act. The law, a recommendation of the Sept. 11 commission that investigated the 2001 terror attacks, creates a national security standard for state-issued identification cards to be used for purposes like boarding airplanes and entering federal buildings.
Of course the Department of Homeland Security insists that the Real ID Act is just here to “help” us and to make life “better” and “more secure”. According to their website, some of the goals of the Real ID Act are “to help prevent terrorism, reduce fraud, and improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents.”
From the government on the type of chip to be used: www.gpo.gov
Now, there is no debate as to whether or not the card will contain a chip that is capable of tracking people, the only debate has been around which tracking technology better suits their needs. Here are a few quotes again from the official government document:
“ DHS also invites comments on how States would or could incorporate a separate WHTI- compliant technology, such as an RFID-enabled vicinity chip technology, in addition to the REAL ID PDF417 barcode requirement.”
“States can leverage the same infrastructure that they will need to purchase for REAL ID to incorporate MRZ, proximity chips, and vicinity chip technology onto a driver’s license.”
“The use of RFID is essential to the WHTI program in order to ensure facilitation at crowded U.S. land and sea crossing points. Similar concerns are not implicated by REAL ID, which is one of the factors that led DHS to select the 2D bar code as the common machine readable technology on driver’s licenses and identification cards. DHS encourages States to explore alternative technologies on their driver’s licenses and identification cards in order to promote security and technology advances as well as e-government initiatives a State may wish to explore.”
“DHS does not believe that non-compliant driver’s licenses or credit cards are acceptable documents to establish identity.” Meaning – no chip, no ID. Doesn’t this remind you of something else?
Can you see where all of this is headed? Many of the people that are attempting to implement this thing may have “good intentions”, but we all know what they say about “good intentions”.
If we put up with a national ID card, then the Obama administration will be emboldened to try to implement the “universal Internet ID” that they have been talking about.
The sad truth is that America is no longer “the land of the free“. The government has decided that in order to keep us “safe”, everything that we do must be watched, tracked, traced, recorded and controlled. Full Story here: Before its News
P.S. Update: Russia to do the same thing…. now what a coincidence
Russia plans to introduce a universal identity-payment card for all of its citizens, Kremlin aide and chief presidential economics advisor Arkady Dvorkovich said on Monday.
The proposed card, which would look similar to a regular bank card, would contain an electronic chip with the holder’s personal information, including fingerprints and a photograph, Dvorkovich told a news conference on Monday. It could also be used to pay utilities, transportation and medical bills.