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  • National ID headed for your wallet, purse Homeland Security to require digital features in driver's

    12/30/2013 7:08:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 89 replies
    wnd ^ | 12/29/13 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Just as you were wrapping your mind around the idea that under Obamacare and the accompanying changes in the health-care system, your medical records will be floating around in some online repository, available to far too many people, you’re being told you’ll soon have a National Identity Card and a Western Hemisphere-compliant travel document whether you want it or not, if you plan to drive in the United States. The federal government says it soon will be enforcing its demands that state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards comply with Department of Homeland Security standards. DHS announced just before Christmas a...
  • If You Like The Surveillance State, You’ll Love E-Verify

    06/30/2013 5:08:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Free Foundation ^ | 6/30/13 | Ron Paul
    From massive NSA spying, to IRS targeting of the administration's political opponents, to collection and sharing of our health care information as part of Obamacare, it seems every day we learn of another assault on our privacy. Sadly, this week the Senate took another significant, if little-noticed, step toward creating an authoritarian surveillance state. Buried in the immigration bill is a national identification system called mandatory E-Verify. The Senate did not spend much time discussing E-Verify, and what little discussion took place was mostly bipartisan praise for its effectiveness as a tool for preventing illegal immigrants from obtaining employment. It...
  • Is there a scary biometric ‘National ID System’ tucked into the Immigration Bill?

    05/11/2013 10:30:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 05/10/2013 | Liz Klimas
    <p>A more than 800-page bill for immigration reform, which the Senate has begun debating, carries a measure privacy advocates worry could lead to the creation of a biometric database of every adult in the United States.</p>
  • Ron Paul: Gang of 8 Hiding National ID Card in Immigration Reform

    05/09/2013 5:54:22 PM PDT · by True Grit · 36 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | Thursday, May 9, 2013 | Robert Wenzel
    Ron Paul is robo-calling his supporters to sign a petition against the inclusion of a National ID card in immigration reform negotiations. From the petition: Right now, freedom-stealing Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), banding together with other statists from both parties, are scheming to sneak a massive power grab into a new “immigration reform” bill. If passed, it would require every American to obtain a National ID card to work legally in the U.S. – and you can bet it will be only a matter of time until they’re required even for simple purchases. Ron Paul calls...
  • White House Preparing National Online ID Plan

    06/26/2010 9:45:26 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 101 replies · 1+ views
    Information Week/Government ^ | June 25, 2010 | Matthew J. Schwartz
    The Obama administration is set to propose a new system for authenticating people, organizations and infrastructure on the Web. The online authentication and identity management system would be targeted at the transactional level -- for example, when someone logs into their banking website or completes an online e-commerce purchase. Making such a system effective, however, will require creating an "identity ecosystem," backed by extensive public/private cooperation, said White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt, delivering the opening keynote speech at the Symantec Government Symposium 2010 in Washington on Tuesday. "This strategy cannot exist in isolation," he said. "It's going to take...
  • White House Preparing National Online ID Plan

    06/26/2010 11:21:50 AM PDT · by Crimson Elephant · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Information Week ^ | June 25th | Matthew J Schwartz
    White House Preparing National Online ID Plan The proposed system for authenticating people, organizations and infrastructure on the web at the transactional level will require an identity ecosystem. By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek June 25, 2010 08:00 AM The Obama administration is set to propose a new system for authenticating people, organizations and infrastructure on the Web. The online authentication and identity management system would be targeted at the transactional level -- for example, when someone logs into their banking website or completes an online e-commerce purchase. Making such a system effective, however, will require creating an "identity ecosystem," backed...
  • Are Passport Cards the Beginning of a National ID?

    05/15/2010 9:51:35 AM PDT · by CodeToad · 51 replies · 475+ views
    U.S. Department of State ^ | 15 May 2010 | Self
    The US State Department now issues a Passport Card as well as the Passport Book, which every one is familiar. Here are some interesting comments about it from the U.S. Department of State web site: "We began production of the U.S. Passport Card on July 14, 2008. As of March 2010, more than 2,700,000 Passport Cards have been issued to U.S. citizens." "The passport card is the wallet-size travel document that can only be used to re-enter the United States at land border-crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The card provides a less expensive, smaller,...
  • An identity for all: India ID project fights dust, doubt

    04/30/2010 7:28:29 AM PDT · by EBH · 2 replies · 156+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed Apr 28, | Rina Chandran
    MUMBAI (Reuters) – As India gears up to build the largest biometric database in the world with the aim of providing most of its 1.2 billion citizens a Unique Identification (UID), perhaps the biggest challenge is smudged fingerprints. The UID Authority of India will issue the first UIDs linked to a person's demographic and biometric information between August and February, and issue about 600 million such IDs over the next five years to help verify citizens quickly and cheaply. It will be a boon for companies and government agencies alike. It would give millions of Indians the means to open...
  • Fighting Amnesty is going to be our last stand as freedom loving Americans

    03/22/2010 6:01:57 PM PDT · by GodSaveAmerica+Israel · 39 replies · 786+ views
    Salute to my fellow American Patriots! We suffered a blow yesterday in the battle for America's future. The Demons have succesfully weasled their Communist health policy without regard to their political future. They don't have to care! Want to know why? Amnesty This is going to be the most crucial battle we will have to fight. If the Demons get Amnesty through before November elections, they will have won it all. Millions of illegal aliens (seeking free healthcare, education, and all kinds of fantastic freebies) will have the right to vote, and who are they gonna vote for? We have...
  • Graham Pushes National I.D. Card

    03/12/2010 6:21:58 AM PST · by b4its2late · 189 replies · 3,934+ views
    Human Events ^ | 03/12/2010 | by Roger Hedgecock
    Senator Lindsey Graham, ever the faithful follower of uber-RINO John McCain, scored three RINO initiatives in just one week. Reminiscent of the "the band's getting back together" scenes from the movie "Blues Brothers", Graham and McCain reached back to the good old days of bipartisan shafting of conservative judicial nominees and offered the Democrats another "Gang of Fourteen"--this time to shaft the public with a bipartisan Obamacare bill. The offer must have been tempting to the Democrats who remember how "bipartisan leadership" from Graham and McCain spiked conservative guns when the Republicans were in the majority in the Senate. But...
  • Senate Plan Calls for National ID Card to Curb Illegal Immigration

    03/11/2010 6:13:06 AM PST · by Irisshlass · 85 replies · 1,654+ views
    Newsmax ^ | March 11, 2010 | Dave Eberhart
    A national ID card using biometric data such as fingerprints is at the center of an immigration reform bill being hammered out in the U.S. Senate – a measure that once again probably will pit advocates of homeland security and tough immigration enforcement against civil libertarians, employers and immigrant rights groups. The new effort by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R- S.C., will revive the “Real ID” debate that has festered for years with little effect on illegal immigration. Under their plan, a universally required card would be encoded with all sorts of information regarding the holder, as...
  • Lindsey Graham to President Obama: Time to ‘step it up’ [ immigration reform........]

    03/10/2010 7:43:13 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 73 replies · 1,514+ views
    Lindsey Graham to President Obama: Time to ‘step it up’ By: Glenn Thrush March 10, 2010 04:31 AM EST President Barack Obama is summoning two key senators to the Oval Office on Thursday for an update on immigration reform efforts — but one of them, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), thinks Obama should be the one giving the update. Graham, less than thrilled at the notion of providing the equivalent of a book report to the headmaster in chief, said Obama’s lack of direction on immigration reform is hampering Graham’s efforts to recruit additional Republicans to the cause. “At the end...
  • Too Late to Stop National ID

    03/09/2010 8:21:51 AM PST · by RogerFGay · 27 replies · 188+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | March 9, 2010 | Roger F. Gay
    The Wall Street Journal reports that lawmakers are working on a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain. The "national ID" thing again. Let's do a little quick catching up, with a reprint of a 2001 article; Too late to stop national ID. "Imagine a state in which you must register your name and address with the authorities, just so they can find you in case you break the law. In an age when bills vaunting protections for privacy abound, and when surveys of consumers rank privacy as a top concern, could that...
  • ID Card for Workers at Center of Immigration Plan

    03/08/2010 8:39:04 PM PST · by Domandred · 17 replies · 177+ views
    WSJ via FoxNews ^ | 3/8/2010 | WSJ
    Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain. Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker. The ID card plan is one of several steps advocates of an immigration overhaul are taking to address concerns that have defeated similar bills in the past.
  • You're Bob Dylan? NJ police want to see some ID

    08/15/2009 11:41:02 AM PDT · by Dadofmany · 92 replies · 2,574+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 14, 8:49 PM (ET) | WAYNE PARRY
    Rock legend Bob Dylan was treated like a complete unknown by police in a New Jersey shore community when a resident called to report someone wandering around the neighborhood. Dylan was in Long Branch, about a two-hour drive south of New York City, on July 23 as part of a tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp that was to play at a baseball stadium in nearby Lakewood. A 24-year-old police officer apparently was unaware of who Dylan is and asked him for identification, Long Branch business administrator Howard Woolley said Friday. "I don't think she was familiar with his...
  • Bob Dylan Detained By Cops Week After Gates, Story Buried Until Now

    08/15/2009 2:01:39 PM PDT · by pissant · 69 replies · 2,702+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/15/09 | Noel Sheppard
    Exactly one week after the highly-publicized arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates stirred a national discussion on race relations, legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was detained by police officers in a "low-income, predominantly minority neighborhood" in Long Branch, New Jersey. Makes one wonder why it took so long for this to get reported, and if news outlets that were convinced Gates's arrest was racially motivated will see the delicious irony in a white rock star being questioned by police just because he was "wandering around the neighborhood." The Associated Press sure didn't (h/t Clarence Page): Rock legend Bob Dylan was...
  • Resolving Identity: The Importance of Who's Who

    08/12/2009 6:10:18 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 5 replies · 723+ views
    http://www.erepublic.com/ ^ | 8/12/2009 | Center For Digital Government
    Despite the advances in technologies and solutions, the concern that remains central to the objective of providing security to the nation is the question of “who is who?” The federal homeland security laws directed toward enhancing the security of the United States — and the federal government’s confidence in the adequacy of such efforts — is, at the most basic level, grounded in the process of identity determination and the use of powerful databases to accurately determine individual identity to best evaluate threat and risk. Much of government’s effort to protect the borders, minimize the risk to infrastructure and ensure...
  • Ordering A Pizza In Obama's USA

    08/07/2009 2:21:40 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 16 replies · 1,325+ views
    ACLU.ORG ^ | 8-7-2009
    Absolute must watch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf
  • Privacy and the double meat pizza (national ID number - Audio spoof!)

    04/02/2006 10:24:17 PM PDT · by restornu · 10 replies · 414+ views
    Policy and regulation | Privacy The notion of a national ID number is being considered for a variety of reasons: the Social Security number was never intended as a national ID number, but is used that way, the illegal immigration crisis is due in part to the difficulty of identifying valid U.S. citizens, and law enforcement, insurance agencies, and health care providers all like the idea of having a better way to keep tabs on people. Meanwhile, we have Google and the credit card companies tracking and aggregating information on everything we do. For an idea of how this might...
  • Intelligence pick wants national ID

    03/10/2009 12:20:14 PM PDT · by hope · 40 replies · 1,382+ views
    WND ^ | 3-10-09 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Following the 9/11 attacks, President Obama's nominee for a top intelligence post advocated that to effectively combat terrorism, the U.S. government should implement a national identity system, "so we better know who is who." In testimony before the 9/11 commission, Charles "Chas" Freeman, the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War, also recommended conducting the war on terrorism primary as a law enforcement effort. Freeman is slated to head the U.S. National Intelligence Council, or NIC, a crucial component of the U.S. intelligence apparatus. The NIC serves as the center for midterm and long-term strategic...
  • Exclusive: How Many Subprime Mortgages Were Awarded to Illegal Aliens?

    09/23/2008 1:32:40 PM PDT · by Kimberly GG · 29 replies · 588+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 8/23/08 | M. Cuttler
    September 23, 2008 Exclusive: How Many Subprime Mortgages Were Awarded to Illegal Aliens? This short news report [see my comment below] might have been a bit longer if it had been written a couple of weeks later than it was. This story is dated September 5th and deals with one of the key issues about immigration that virtually no one is willing to talk about - especially politicians and others who subscribe to the open borders philosophy and to the idea of providing the millions of illegal aliens who are in our country with a Guest Worker Amnesty Program and...
  • Undocumented Immigrants Closer to Getting Driver's Licenses[California]

    08/31/2008 3:35:07 PM PDT · by BGHater · 50 replies · 618+ views
    KMPH ^ | 31 Aug 2008 | Dani Carlson and Kyra Jenkins
    A California bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses is one step closer to becoming a state law. State senate bill 60 passed through the assembly Friday. If the bill becomes law, legislators say the estimated 2.2 million undocumented immigrants in California will apply for one, an idea that's creating a lot of controversy. "I think they should be able to get licenses just like everybody else," said Nicole Holland, a Fresnan who supports the bill. "They are already committing a crime coming over here," said Albert Ratliff, a Fresnan who opposes the bill. "I don't think...
  • $20 Million Sought for DMV Upgrades (Real ID; Dems Don't Want It)

    06/24/2008 4:49:56 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 20 replies · 188+ views
    JSOnline ^ | June 23, 2008 | Patrick Marley
    Madison, WI - If you're irked by long waits at the Division of Motor Vehicles, brace yourself. Things could get worse.The state Department of Transportation is asking legislators to approve a funding package today that includes $3.7 million to remodel DMV service centers — much of it to go toward expanding the waiting areas of four centers. Also included in the package is $1.4 million to install or upgrade take-a-number systems at 33 centers because drivers will soon have to make two trips from the waiting area to the service counter. In all, the department is asking lawmakers to release...
  • Reid, Ensign Announce Nearly $3 Million in Grant Funds for Real ID

    06/23/2008 7:50:27 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 143+ views
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | June 23, 2008 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2.8 million to Nevada under the 2008 REAL ID Demonstration Grant Program.  Nevada is one of four states receiving funds for partnering with the lead hub state, Missouri, for pilot implementation and verification testing.This program is designed to standardize drivers’ licenses and protect against fraud and identity theft.  These funds will be used to help the Department of Motor Vehicles enhance the integrity of driver’s licenses and ID cards, their issuance and security. “I am pleased...
  • Passport cards called security vulnerability

    05/17/2008 8:00:42 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 3 replies · 156+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2008 | Bill Gertz
    The State Department will soon begin production of an electronic passport card that security specialists and members of Congress fear will be vulnerable to alteration or counterfeiting. The agency has contracted with L-1 Identity Solutions Inc. to produce electronic-passport cards as a substitute for booklet passports for use by Americans who travel frequently by road or sea to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. About the size of a credit card, the electronic-passport card displays a photo of the user and a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip containing data about the user. The State Department announced recently that it will begin...
  • Microchip future not sci-fi

    02/08/2008 4:24:56 PM PST · by BGHater · 18 replies · 277+ views
    AP ^ | 27 Jan 2008 | Todd Lewan
    Technology already exists that could lead to the tracking of purchases and people. Critics fear a loss of privacy. Here's a vision of the not-so-distant future: • Microchips with antennas will be embedded in virtually everything you buy, wear, drive and read, allowing retailers and law enforcement to track consumer items — and, by extension, consumers — wherever they go, from a distance. • A seamless, global network of electronic "sniffers" will scan radio tags in myriad public settings, identifying people and their tastes instantly so that customized ads, "live spam," may be beamed at them. • In "Smart Homes,"...
  • Leaked UK gov't doc reveals plan to "coerce" Brits into national ID register[UK]

    01/31/2008 1:44:14 PM PST · by BGHater · 2 replies · 69+ views
    BoingBoing ^ | 29 Jan 2008 | Cory Doctorow
    Phil from the UK anti-ID-register group NO2ID sends in this nugget -- note the call to action there. We've got a sensitive government document revealing the British government's plan to trick us into a database state and we need as many copies as possible, as quickly as possible! If you mirror this document, please add a link to it in the comments for the post. UK campaigners NO2ID this morning enlisted the help of bloggers across the world to spread a leaked government document describing how the British government intends to go about "coercing" its citizens onto a National...
  • Taxman loses sensitive personal data on 25m people [U.K.](Why National ID is a Bad Idea)

    11/20/2007 1:46:13 PM PST · by SubGeniusX · 1 replies · 56+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | November 20, 2007 | Nico Hines and Philip Webster,
    The personal and bank details of 25 million people - almost every child in the country as well as their parents and carers - have been lost by HM Revenue & Customs, the Government admitted today. Names, addresses, dates of birth, employment and bank details all went missing when two CDs containing the information were mislaid. Alistair Darling told the House of Commons that the discs containing the highly sensitive information failed to arrive after they were sent in the ordinary internal mail between government departments. MPs gasped as they heard the scale of the catastrophic breach of security guidelines....
  • The National Electronic Vaccine Tracking Registry

    10/22/2007 11:10:15 PM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 129+ views
    909 Shot ^ | N/A | BARBARA LOE FISHER
    How The Plan To Force Vaccination Gave Birth To The National ID, A Government Health Records Database, and the End of Medical Privacy History of Mandatory Vaccination Immunization laws in the US are not federal, but state mandates. The authority of U.S. states to promulgate regulations which protect the public health and safety is well established, having historical roots in health regulations created in the colonial states during the 18th century. A seminal Supreme Court decision in 1905, Jacobsen v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905), affirmed the authority of state legislatures to assign "police powers" to health officials to enact...
  • Scant Evidence? That&#8217;s Voter Fraud Calling

    09/26/2007 4:44:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 86+ views
    Cato-at-Liberty (Cato Institute blog) ^ | April 12, 2007 | Jim Harper
    One of the more clever country song titles I ever heard was If the Phone Don’t Ring, You’ll Know It’s Me.That’s something like the predicament of searchers after the menace of voter fraud, who can’t seem to find much of it. The New York Times today reports that “scant evidence” exists of a significant problem.Voter fraud is the idea that individuals might vote multiple times, in multiple jurisdictions, or despite not being qualified. This is distinct from election fraud, which is corruption of broader voting or vote-counting processes. While voter fraud (and/or voter error) certainly happens, it is apparently on...
  • National IDs: One way or the other

    12/07/2001 6:54:14 AM PST · by sam_paine · 17 replies · 169+ views
    ZD Net ^ | 12/7/2001 | David Berlind
    REALITY CHECK National IDs: One way or the other By David&nbsp;Berlind December 5, 2001 Since September 11, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy have become this country's most vocal cheerleaders for forgery-proof digital identification. Civil libertarians in turn have twisted the messages of both men into something they are not, creating a national ID opposition movement. Idiots. My father used to repeat his favorite rule of life to me every time I said something stupid (which is still pretty often). "Put your mind into gear before your mouth into motion." As McNealy implied in my recent ...
  • Who's Afraid of Voter ID?

    09/15/2007 4:30:19 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 21 replies · 1,251+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 September 2007 | Editorial Staff
    Last week a federal judge in Georgia upheld a state law requiring photo identification to vote. Courts have upheld similar laws in Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi and Arizona. The trend is encouraging. And as U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy noted in his 159-page ruling, arguments that these laws disenfranchise minorities don't hold up to scrutiny. "Voters who lack photo ID undoubtedly exist somewhere," wrote Judge Murphy, "but the fact that plaintiffs, in spite of their efforts, have failed to uncover anyone 'who can attest to the fact that he/she will be prevented from voting' provides significant support for a conclusion that...
  • Graham: Social Security cards should be revamped

    08/18/2007 8:31:36 AM PDT · by TCarnes · 27 replies · 1,028+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/08/2007 | Seanna Adcox
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday he will introduce legislation to replace all paper Social Security cards with plastic biometric cards that can't be duplicated, so employers can be certain of the legal status of their workers. The South Carolina Republican said Congress must address the out-of-control illegal immigration problem, and last month's defeat of comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate means the problem must be tackled piecemeal.
  • In China, a High-Tech Plan to Track People

    08/11/2007 10:47:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 508+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 12, 2007 | KEITH BRADSHER
    SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 9 — At least 20,000 police surveillance cameras are being installed along streets here in southern China and will soon be guided by sophisticated computer software from an American-financed company to recognize automatically the faces of police suspects and detect unusual activity. Starting this month in a port neighborhood and then spreading across Shenzhen, a city of 12.4 million people, residency cards fitted with powerful computer chips programmed by the same company will be issued to most citizens. Data on the chip will include not just the citizen’s name and address but also work history, educational background,...
  • National ID? How about a global ID?

    08/10/2007 10:34:27 AM PDT · by APRPEH · 4 replies · 303+ views
    Computerworld ^ | August 10, 2007 | Maggie Biggs
    The Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Systems (FiXs) -- a little-known group of non-profits, government contractors, commercial entities, and government agencies -- has just unveiled a first-of-its-kind global infrastructure to support distributed, integrated identity management and cross-credentialing across organizations. The implementation combines several existing security technologies along with a set of trusted models, policies, and operating rules to insure the accurate identity of personnel accessing physical sites or logical systems. Already in a pilot mode at a handful of government agencies and defense contractors, the FiXs identity management initiative does not have a hard date for broad deployment, although the...
  • Chertoff appears with Graham to demo Social Security card technology

    08/07/2007 7:43:37 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 42 replies · 1,178+ views
    Lou Dobbs Tonight ^ | August 7, 2007 | Casey Wian
    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff today joined Senator Lindsey Graham, Graham a leading proponent of amnesty, to promote a new crackdown on illegal workers. .... CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff traveled to South Carolina, home to Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. The visit was disguised as a demonstration of an upgrade to the nation's eligibility employment verification system, which checks social security numbers. CHERTOFF: I came here because we have a senator who I had the privilege of working with who I think is about as clear eyed and farsighted an observer and a...
  • National ID plan may have killed immigration bill

    06/29/2007 8:32:01 AM PDT · by gondramB · 121 replies · 2,336+ views
    CNET (News.com) ^ | Published: June 28, 2007, 12:18 PM PDT | Declan McCullagh
    The U.S. Senate definitively rejected President George Bush's immigration bill on Thursday, just hours after senators expressed deep misgivings with portions that would have expanded the use of a national ID card. Because the procedural vote was 46 to 53, with 60 votes needed to advance the immigration legislation, the proposal is likely to remain dead for the rest of the year. Privacy advocates were quick to claim that a vote against Real ID cards the previous evening doomed the bill. Wednesday's vote showed that senators were willing to delete the portion of the labyrinthine immigration bill that would require...
  • N.H. governor signs law banning Real ID, citing concerns about privacy, cost

    06/27/2007 7:39:52 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 10 replies · 637+ views
    CBS 4 DENVER ^ | 27 JUNE 2007 | AP
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire on Wednesday rejected the federal Real ID Act as tantamount to requiring a national ID card, joining five other states in opposing it. South Carolina, Montana, Washington, Oklahoma and Maine also have rejected the federal act. ``Here in New Hampshire, we pride ourselves on being frugal, and here in New Hampshire, we pride ourselves on respecting the privacy of our neighbors,'' Gov. John Lynch said at the bill signing. The law's supporters say it is needed to prevent terrorists and illegal immigrants from getting fake identification cards. Critics say it is too intrusive, too...
  • How easy is it to cross the U.S.-Mexico border?

    06/20/2007 6:57:07 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 41 replies · 1,576+ views
    msnbc ^ | 6/20/07
    JUAREZ, Mexico - We're on the streets of Juarez, a few feet from the bridge leading across the U.S. border. NBC News producers with hidden cameras came here this week to see how easy it is to get fraudulent documents to enter the U.S. The first offer came within 15 minutes. A man offered U.S. residency and Social Security cards for $1,000. For about $500, we could rent what is known as a lookalike document — a real "green card" — with a photo of someone resembling our undercover producer. Because the document is authentic, it will pass inspection unless...
  • Get Immigration Right

    05/28/2007 12:50:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 77 replies · 1,681+ views
    Townhall ^ | May 28, 2007 | Michael Barone
    As the Senate is mulling the details of a compromise immigration bill hammered together by the odd couple of Sens. Edward Kennedy and Jon Kyl, and as members of Congress hear from their constituents over the Memorial Day recess, it may be worthwhile to put the issue in historical context. For most of our history, the United States had no restrictions on immigration at all. I am told that my Canadian-born grandfather was a "nickel immigrant": He took the five-cent ferry from Windsor, Ontario, north to Detroit roundabout 1896. This situation resulted from America's strong demand for labor, coupled with...
  • Immigration Bill Could Outlaw Gun Shops

    05/23/2007 7:26:52 PM PDT · by Revtwo · 67 replies · 3,029+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | May 23, 2007 | Gun Owners of America
    Senator Ted Kennedy and the anti-gun zealots who wrote the bill just couldn't resist the temptation to get their hands on our guns. They have included language that GOA has been able to defeat in the past. When Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced these anti-gun provisions in 1998, the GOA grassroots were able to convince seven senator cosponsors to pull their names from Hatch's bill. The current language in the amnesty bill is only slightly different from Hatch's original language almost 10 years ago, but it would essentially do the same thing -- threaten every gun store in America. In...
  • Giuliani: Immigrants must have 'tamper-proof' IDs [Rudy's only objection to 2007 amnesty bill]

    05/18/2007 1:41:15 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies · 704+ views
    Palm beach Post ^ | May 18, 2007 | By Brian E. Crowley
    <p>ORLANDO — Rudy Giuliani said he will not support any legislation to make it easier for illegal immigrants to stay in this country unless there is a requirement to force all immigrants to have "tamper proof" identification cards.</p> <p>"We need to know everybody who is in the United States," the Republican presidential candidate said today.</p>
  • Chertoff visits state to endorse security-enhanced driver's IDs

    03/26/2007 10:46:28 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 18 replies · 511+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Saturday, March 24, 2007 | By David Bowermaster
    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff visited Seattle on Friday to help Gov. Christine Gregoire kick off a pilot program that will allow Washington state residents to use a security-enhanced driver's license, rather than a passport, to travel to and from Canada. Chertoff predicted the new licenses will help meet the department's dual goals of enhancing security and reducing wait-times at the border. In a wide-ranging discussion with The Seattle Times editorial board after the event, Chertoff spoke repeatedly of his agency's efforts to balance competing demands. On issues ranging from port security to air travel to home-grown terrorism, Chertoff described...
  • Real ID Anxiety (No Driver's Licenses for Illegals)

    03/25/2007 2:05:41 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies · 848+ views
    Madison.com ^ | March 24, 2007 | Pat Schneider
    (Will new requirement for driver's licenses create unsafe roads and second-class citizens?) Laws requiring motorists to prove they are in the country legally to get a driver's license will force immigrant workers further underground, make roads more dangerous and inconvenience all drivers, local workers' rights advocates say.A state law goes into effect April 1, requiring proof of legal presence in the United States before a driver's license or state ID card is issued. The new law will put Wisconsin in compliance with the federal REAL ID law, which requires states to adopt a legal presence requirement by May 2008. Civil...
  • Wash. state to test 'enhanced' licenses

    03/25/2007 7:43:09 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 5 replies · 412+ views
    AP ^ | 03/25/07 | CURT WOODWARD
    SEATTLE - High-security driver's licenses aimed at letting U.S. citizens return from Canada without a passport could be adopted elsewhere if Washington state's experiment works, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said. The pilot project, signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire and formally approved by Chertoff on Friday, calls for Washington to begin issuing new "enhanced" driver's licenses in January. They will look much like conventional driver's licenses, but will be loaded with proof of citizenship and other information that can be easily scanned at the border. Radio frequency ID chips and other advanced security features also would make the...
  • Is a National ID Unconstitutional?

    03/18/2007 12:05:20 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 54 replies · 1,299+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 16, 2007 | David Ferguson
    Jim Harper of the CATO Institute wrote an outstanding article on the REAL ID Act. While trekking through our local Fox News Headlines in the dense jungles of Washington DC, Harper's article put me on the scent of four fine specimens of RINO. The RINOs I found are four Republican Senators who have cosponsored the REAL ID Act most recently authored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). I thought I was on the trail for five, but it seems as if though Sen Carper (D-DE) was just another liberal democrat trying to increase the size and scope of government by cosponsoring...
  • Biblical prophecy finds way to legislators in battle over ID plan

    03/11/2007 6:45:26 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 22 replies · 1,939+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | March 11, 2007 | Jon Gambrell
    Excerpt - LITTLE ROCK --As state legislators line up against the U.S. government's attempt to standardize driver's licenses nationwide, some believe it is a beastly plot that will draw the world closer to the apocalypse. Their inspiration: a magazine dedicated to biblical prophecy. Their fear: national ID numbers given to residents are the mark of the beast, the 666 from the Book of Revelation. "The ramifications are horrendous," said Sen. Ruth Whitaker, whose resolution opposing the Real ID Act of 2005 has passed the Arkansas Senate. "If there is anything akin to Nazi Germany, it is this act." ~ snip...
  • National ID a precursor of things to come

    02/20/2007 6:42:33 PM PST · by paladinkc · 22 replies · 771+ views
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    Something I came across on the radio quite by accident, I don't know if any of you have done any digging on this but definately a check on this. The REAL ID Act of 2005 is Division B of an act of the United States Congress entitled Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005, Pub. L. No. 109-13, 119 Stat. 231 (May 11, 2005)[1]. This legislation is intended to deter terrorism by: Establishing the national standards for state-issued driver's licenses and non-driver's identification cards;
  • Rebellion Growing as States Challenge a Federal Law to Standardize Driver’s Licenses

    02/06/2007 8:37:52 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 20 replies · 585+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2/5/07 | ERIC LIPTON
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 — Opposition among state officials is turning into an open revolt against a federal law calling for the creation of standardized driver’s licenses nationwide that are meant to be less vulnerable to fraud. Maine legislators started off the rebellion late last month by passing a nonbinding resolution that rejected the law, called the Real ID Act, which Congress passed in 2005. They said that it would cost the state $185 million to put into place and that instead of making Maine’s residents more secure, it would leave them more vulnerable to identity theft. Since then, legislatures in...
  • States challenge nat'l driver's license

    02/04/2007 9:17:11 AM PST · by Brilliant · 36 replies · 990+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 02/04/07 | LESLIE MILLER
    A revolt against a national driver's license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states. The Maine Legislature on Jan. 26 overwhelmingly passed a resolution objecting to the Real ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases. Within a week of Maine's action, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington state also balked at Real ID. They are expected soon to pass laws or adopt resolutions declining to participate in the federal identification network. "It's the whole...