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  • Humor of the Day

    10/31/2007 12:49:58 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 2 replies · 63+ views
  • The Part About “Illegal” Liberals Don’t Understand

    10/29/2007 5:15:43 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 16 replies · 66+ views
    Blogger News Network ^ | October 29, 2007
    Last month, New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced that the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) would reverse a post-9/11 policy by the Pataki administration to deny a driver’s license to anyone who could not prove legal status – immediately prompting at least a dozen county clerks who operate DMV offices as agents of the state to announce they would flout the new rules.To combat identity fraud, all but eight states – HI, ME, MD, MI, NM, OR, UT and WA – require drivers to prove legal status to obtain driver’s licenses.Spitzer did an about-face only after the state’s...
  • Scant Evidence? That’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...

    09/22/2007 6:01:01 AM PDT · by kellynla · 51 replies · 3,193+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | September 22, 2007 | KENNETH LOVETT
    September 22, 2007 -- ALBANY - Gov. Spitzer announced yesterday that illegal immigrants will get driver's licenses - but at a cost to legal citizens because they'll now be useless as airport ID. Spitzer said the state would no longer require a Social Security number or proof that a person is not eligible for such a number in order to qualify for a driver's license. That change clashes with the 2005 REAL ID law passed by Congress that states require, among other things, a Social Security number in order to get a license. States have until December 2009 to be...
  • Is REAL ID Ready for America?

    09/17/2007 7:45:58 AM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 24 replies · 86+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 17 Sep 2007 | Micah Hanks
    In an Executive Order titled Establishing the President's Board on Safeguarding American's Civil Liberties released on August 27, 2004, the following statement regarding government obligation to ensure privacy to Americans is made: "The United States Government has a solemn obligation, and shall continue fully, to protect the legal rights of all Americans, including freedoms, civil liberties, and information privacy guaranteed by Federal law, in the effective performance of national security and homeland security functions." The above statement was used by Jim Harper, Director of Information Studies with the Libertarian Cato Institute, at a hearing presented before the Senate Committee on...
  • National ID plan may have killed immigration bill

    06/29/2007 8:32:01 AM PDT · by gondramB · 121 replies · 2,336+ views
    CNET ( ^ | 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...
  • Delay in ‘Real ID’ undermines immigration bill

    06/19/2007 7:12:19 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 26 replies · 635+ views
    9/11 Families for America ^ | June 18, 2007 | Tim Sumner
    There is more proof of fraud within the proposed ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007.’ Native born and naturalized employees will be required to show — as proof of legal status — their employers either a “United States passport or a driver’s license or identity card issued by a State, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or an outlying possession of the United States that satisfies the requirements of the ‘Real ID Act of 2005.’” (see Title III). Yet no state or territory requires a person to show proof of citizenship to obtain a driver’s license or identification card....
  • States rebel against Real ID Act

    06/12/2007 9:38:20 AM PDT · by George W. Bush · 38 replies · 1,337+ views ^ | 6/11/2007 | staff
    Four states have passed laws that reject federal rules regarding a national identification system. This casts serious doubt on the future of the 2005 Real ID Act that goes into effect in December 2009. New Hampshire and Oklahoma joined Montana and Washington state in the passage of statutes that refute guidelines set forth in the Act. However, these actions could eventually lead to drivers licenses issued in these states to not be accepted as official identification when boarding airplanes or accessing federal buildings. In addition to these four states, members of the Idaho legislature intentionally left out money in...
  • The Real Deal On Real I D by Joan Harrold Messner

    06/01/2007 7:11:47 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 16 replies · 331+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 1 June 2007 | Joan Harrold Messner
      Exclusive:  The Real Deal On Real I Dby Joan Harrold MessnerDate: June 1, 2007   The ACLU is waging a legal war against Real ID legislation designed to create a safety barrier protecting all law-abiding Americans. FSM Contributing Editor Joan Harrold Messner makes a compelling argument that most Americans agree with the Real ID. How about you?   The Real Deal On Real I D   By Joan Harrold Messner   Terrorists, counterfeiters, murderers, identity thieves, underage drinkers, deadbeat dads, illegal voters, drunk drivers and serial criminal drivers ALL can use multiple driving licenses to escape detection.  A secure...
  • 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...
  • Liberty vs. Totalitarianism, Clinton-Style (Clinton archives)

    05/15/2007 5:25:13 PM PDT · by M203M4 · 4 replies · 546+ views ^ | July 1998 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Liberty vs. Totalitarianism, Clinton-Style Monitoring by I.D. and Database Two of the principal mechanisms by which the rulers of 20th century police states maintained their control over their people were the file and the internal passport. These governments kept a cumulative file (called the dangan in Communist China) on every individual's performance and attitudes from school years through adult employment. Citizens carried an internal passport or "papers" that had to be presented to the authorities for permission to travel within the country, to take up residence in another city, or to apply for a new job. These two methods...
  • Action needed on REAL ID within the next two hours

    05/08/2007 11:55:51 AM PDT · by xenophiles · 43 replies · 1,315+ views
    Schneier on Security ^ | May 8, 2007 | Bruce Schneier
    I've written about the U.S. national ID card -- REAL ID -- extensively... The Department of Homeland Security has published draft rules regarding REAL ID, and are requesting comments. Comments are due today, by 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Please, please, please, go to this Privacy Coalition site and submit your comments. The DHS has been making a big deal about the fact that so few people are commenting, and we need to prove them wrong. This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on REAL ID (info -- and eventually a video -- here[...]); I was one of the witnesses...
  • Department of Homeland Security to Conduct Town Hall Meeting May 1 on The Federal Real ID Act

    04/30/2007 5:49:49 AM PDT · by kerryusama04 · 19 replies · 557+ views
    via email | 4/30/07 | MO State Representative Guest
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is going to have a Town Hall Meeting in California on Tuesday, May 1st, 2007. This meeting is scheduled for 10AM to 2PM PDT, which is 12PM to 4PM CDT. It will broadcast over TV, radio and the Internet. State Rep. Jim Guest of Missouri , is the head of a 32 state coalition to stop REAL ID. DHS’s purpose of this meeting is to stop the growing opposition to the REAL ID ACT of 2005. We believe that DHS will GLUT the audience, phone lines and emails with “favorable questions” about REAL ID....
  • Old foes unite against Real ID

    04/23/2007 10:30:05 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 31 replies · 1,021+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 23, 2007 | Editorial
    An especially expensive and ill-conceived federal initiative has managed to unite red and blue states; lawmakers as ideologically far apart as Sens. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and John Sununu, R-N.H.; and organizations ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the Cato Institute. At issue is the 2005 Real ID Act, which requires every state to replace all driver's licenses by 2013 with ones including an individual's name, address, date of birth, gender, signature, driver's license number, a digital photograph and features to prevent counterfeiting. Under the act, those licenses only could be issued after the state had verified a form...
  • Governor signs bill defying Real ID law

    04/18/2007 10:50:52 PM PDT · by djf · 117 replies · 1,846+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | today | AP
    HELENA - Gov. Brian Schweitzer said "no, nope, no way, hell no" Tuesday to national driver's licenses, signing into law a bill supporters say is one of the strongest rejections to the federal plan. The move means the state won't comply with the Real ID Act, a federal law that sets a national standard for driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases. Though several states have either passed or are considering resolutions or bills against the act, Montana is the first state to outright deny its implementation, according to the American Civil Liberties Union....
  • More state governments defy congress and reject Real ID

    04/09/2007 5:30:27 PM PDT · by George W. Bush · 64 replies · 1,127+ views
    ars technica ^ | 4/9/2007 | Ryan Paul
    More state governments defy congress and reject Real ID By Ryan Paul | Published: April 09, 2007 - 03:43PM CT The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted last week to block implementation of the federal government's controversial Real ID act. Since New Hampshire Governor John Lynch does not intend to veto the Real ID rejection bill, it will pass if approved by the state senate. Characterized by New Hampshire Representative Sherman Packard as "the worst piece of blackmail to come out of the federal government," the Real ID Act creates a set of uniform standards for state-issued ID cards, and...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • Is 'mark of the beast' in Real ID Act?

    03/22/2007 6:12:56 PM PDT · by mmanager · 58 replies · 2,992+ views ^ | 03/22/2007 | Derek Kravitz
    JEFFERSON CITY — A dire, apocalyptic prophecy in the Bible's Book of Revelation is getting a new audience: state legislators. Several evangelical Christian groups say the federal Real ID Act, which will standardize state drivers licenses and link them to corresponding national ID numbers by 2009, represents the "mark of the beast," the devilish number 666 that is attached to the godless. The nearly 2,000-year-old passage is referenced along with the prophetic locusts, plagues, oceans of blood and rivers of fire found in the Bible. Soon after, according to scripture, the antichrist takes control of the world and Jesus Christ...
  • 3/15 - Missouri House Votes to Reject Real ID Requirements - 3/15/2007

    03/18/2007 8:48:40 AM PDT · by kerryusama04 · 24 replies · 615+ views
    The Missouri House Home Page ^ | 3/15/07 | House Communications - News
    House Communications - News Home News Releases Speeches Legislative Monitor Photos Audio Clips Video Programs Staff 3/15 - Missouri House Votes to Reject Real ID Requirements - 3/15/2007 Jefferson City - The Missouri House this week passed a resolution objecting to the Federal Real ID Act of 2005. The legislation (HCR 20), sponsored by Rep. Jim Guest, R-King City, was approved by a vote of 146-4. The federal act was part of a homeland security bill signed by President Bush in 2005 and is scheduled to go into effect May 2008. If implemented as scheduled, it would require you to...
  • CA: Feds release ID standards (does little to resolve long-standing dispute over DL for illegals)

    03/13/2007 6:41:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 340+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/13/07 | Aurelio Rojas
    The federal government has released long-awaited draft regulations creating a national standard for driver's licenses, but left California and other states to deal with the emotional issue of illegal immigrants. The Real ID Act regulations -- which will require all 23 million California drivers to go in person to Department of Motor Vehicles offices -- do not prohibit states from issuing licenses to illegal immigrants. But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who previously said the state would wait until the regulations were issued before grappling with the issue, now wants to wait until the federal government enacts an immigration overhaul. The release...
  • Your ID card details will be sold to banks[UK]

    03/12/2007 7:42:55 PM PDT · by FLOutdoorsman · 4 replies · 283+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12 March 2007 | JAMES SLACK and SUE REID
    Banks and other businesses are to be sold access to personal information stored on the Government's ID cards database. Ministers want to raise hundreds of millions towards the Ł540million a year cost of running the controversial scheme. The Government is already facing a backlash over charging people Ł93 each for an ID card - which will contain 49 different pieces of personal data. Now ministers are planning to charge companies around 60p a time to check details held on the giant "big brother" database. They hope for up to 770million "verifications" each year. The data which banks, financial institutions and...
  • 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...
  • Driver's Licenses Get a Makeover

    02/21/2007 2:41:17 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 30 replies · 623+ views ^ | February 20, 2007 | Jennifer Nedeau
    Driver’s licenses across the country are going high-tech, with invisible features to stop identity thieves scheming to commit credit card fraud or just hoping to buy a beer before turning 21. Almost half of the states now use specialized technology to make driver’s licenses more secure, spelling an end to the days when the most personal information they carried was a driver’s name, age and weight. In November, Iowa became the latest state to adopt biometric facial-recognition technology to defend against identity theft. It joins Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas and West Virginia in using computer software to digitally map an applicant’s...
  • National ID a precursor of things to come

    02/20/2007 6:42:33 PM PST · by paladinkc · 22 replies · 771+ views
    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;
  • States rally against a national license

    02/07/2007 6:06:12 PM PST · by kerryusama04 · 28 replies · 706+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 2/7/07 | AP via KC STAR
    WASHINGTON | 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, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington state also balked at Real ID.“It’s the whole privacy thing,” said Matt Sundeen, a transportation analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures. “A lot of legislators are concerned about...
  • Several States Seek To Kill Federal 'Real ID' Requirements

    02/01/2007 7:55:53 AM PST · by 7jason · 21 replies · 630+ views ^ | 2-1-2007 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — Risking broad penalties for their residents, lawmakers in several states are fighting implementation of the Real ID Act, a federal measure that seeks to prevent non-compliant cardholders from boarding airplanes or entering federal facilities. Opponents say national standards for drivers' licenses would be a costly creep into the arms of big brother. Supporters say it is intended to protect Americans' from fraud and potentially terror-related crimes. "We don't want it, we can't afford it, get rid of it," said Montana Democratic state Rep. Brady Wiseman, who authored the bill ordering the state not to participate in the federal...
  • Maine revolts against digital U.S. ID card

    01/28/2007 12:04:36 AM PST · by XR7 · 19 replies · 965+ views
    Rueters ^ | 1/28/07 | Jason Szep
    Maine lawmakers on Thursday became the first in the nation to demand repeal of a federal law tightening identification requirements for drivers' licenses, a post-September 11 security measure that states say will cost them billions of dollars to administer. Maine lawmakers passed a resolution urging repeal of the Real ID Act, which would create a national digital identification system by 2008. The lawmakers said it would cost Maine about $185 million, fail to boost security and put people at greater risk of identity theft. Maine's resolution is the strongest stand yet by a state against the law, which Congress passed...
  • Maine Rejects Real ID Act

    01/26/2007 8:13:43 AM PST · by steve-b · 48 replies · 1,006+ views
    CNet ^ | 1/25/07 | Declan McCullagh
    Maine overwhelmingly rejected federal requirements for national identification cards on Thursday, marking the first formal state opposition to controversial legislation scheduled to go in effect for Americans next year. Both chambers of the Maine legislature approved a resolution saying the state flatly "refuses" to force its citizens to use driver's licenses that comply with digital ID standards, which were established under the 2005 Real ID Act. It asks the U.S. Congress to repeal the law....
  • Are You a Citizen? Prove It.

    01/08/2007 11:00:48 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 58 replies · 2,429+ views ^ | January 8, 2007 | Kavan Peterson
    When Colorado state Sen. Andy McElhany (R) championed adoption of the strictest identification requirements in the country, his aim was to keep illegal immigrants off state welfare rolls. He didn’t anticipate making it harder for his 15-year-old daughter to get a learner’s permit. But that’s what happened when his wife and daughter showed up at the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Colorado Springs in September. They brought the teen’s passport, only to discover DMV had changed the rules and a passport was no longer a sufficient form of identification. “There's no reason to believe a 15-year-old girl is going...
  • The Real ID Rebellion (National ID)

    04/17/2006 8:50:15 AM PDT · by af_vet_rr · 104 replies · 1,772+ views
    CNET, ^ | 17 April 2006 | Declan McCullagh
    In 1775, New Hampshire was the first colony to declare its independence from oppressive laws and taxes levied by the British crown. Now it may become the first state to declare its independence from an oppressive digital ID law concocted in Washington, D.C. New Hampshire's House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a remarkable bill, HB 1582, that would prohibit the state from participating in the national ID card system that will be created in 2008. A state Senate vote is expected as early as next week. The federal law in question is the Real ID Act (here's our FAQ on...
  • Immigrant drivers in limbo

    12/23/2006 10:11:56 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 643+ views
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 12/23/6 | TRAVIS LOLLER
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ When the state Legislature began allowing immigrants living in Tennessee to obtain driving certificates, regardless of whether they were in the country legally, Alicia Leon jumped at the chance. Then last February, after several high-profile cases of fraud that delivered driving documents to illegal immigrants living outside Tennessee, the Department of Safety suspended the program. Immigrant advocates hoped the problems would soon be worked out, but with the last of the certificates issued before the suspension set to expire in the next couple of months, there is no word on when or even if the program...
  • Homeland Security chief defends Real ID plan

    12/15/2006 11:13:52 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 41 replies · 1,251+ views
    CNET ^ | 15 Dec 2006 | Anne Broache
    WASHINGTON--U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Thursday defended forthcoming national ID cards as vital for security and consistent with privacy rights. Chertoff said one of his agency's top goals next year is to forge ahead with recommendations for the controversial documents established by a federal law called the Real ID Act in May 2005. By 2008, Americans may be required to present such federally approved cards--which must be electronically readable--to travel on an airplane, open a bank account or take advantage of myriad government services such as Social Security. "I think this is an example (of) when...
  • A generation is all they need: One day we will all happily be implanted with microchips

    12/12/2006 6:04:15 AM PST · by ActionNewsBill · 57 replies · 1,310+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Dec. 10, 2006. | KEVIN HAGGERTY
    One day we will all happily be implanted with microchips, and our every move will be monitored. The technology exists; the only barrier is society's resistance to the loss of privacy Dec. 10, 2006. 08:46 AM KEVIN HAGGERTY SPECIAL TO THE STAR By the time my four-year-old son is swathed in the soft flesh of old age, he will likely find it unremarkable that he and almost everyone he knows will be permanently implanted with a microchip. Automatically tracking his location in real time, it will connect him with databases monitoring and recording his smallest behavioural traits. Most people anticipate such a...
  • Drivers license changes will cost you time -- and money[Texas]

    12/01/2006 7:20:54 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 79 replies · 2,051+ views
    KHOU ^ | 27 Nov 2006 | Nancy Holland
    Beware. Big changes are coming for anyone with a Texas drivers license or state ID. If you thought you could avoid the lines at the DMV and renew by mail -- think again. A new federal law will force you to renew the license in person. Beginning in 2008, every driver will have to get a new license -- even if their old one hasn't expired. Right now states have different requirements to get a license. But Congress, driven by Homeland Security concerns, recently passed the Real ID act. That means Texas will have the same standards as California, New...
  • Brown wants to expand GPS monitoring beyond tracking sex offenders

    11/10/2006 7:33:26 PM PST · by bigdcaldavis · 28 replies · 1,026+ views
    San Francisco Gate ^ | Nov 10, 2006 | Chip Johnson
    Gunshots ring out in a neighborhood, and law enforcement's first move is to pull up a computer screen to see whether the sound came from areas equipped with electronic devices that track the source of gunfire. Then a public safety employee keys up another monitor and uses Global Positioning System technology to identify the locations of the city's worst-known violent offenders -- to determine whether any of them are in the spot where the shots were fired. Such a brave new world is coming to Oakland -- and it seems likely that it will become a reality elsewhere in California...
  • China's Satellite Navigation Plans Threatens Galileo

    11/08/2006 6:49:54 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 640+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-8-2006 | PaulMarks
    China's satellite navigation plans threaten Galileo 13:34 08 November 2006 news service Paul Marks China's decision to expand the functionality of its satellite navigation network could undermine the economics of Europe's nascent Galileo system, according to sources close to the project. Until now, experts believed that China's "Beidou" navigation system ? a 35-satellite constellation ? would only be used by its armed forces. This explained China's decision to invest ?200 million in Europe's ?2.5 billion Galileo programme. But things appear to have changed in Beijing. On 2 November, the country's official news agency Xinhua reported that Beidou would, from...
  • Military Taking Another Look at Blimps

    11/07/2006 7:38:47 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 12 replies · 717+ views
    CantonRep.Com ^ | November 7, 2006 | Renae Merle
    WASHINGTON — In the era of $300 million fighter jets, satellite-guided rockets and complicated battlefield computer networks, Multimax Inc. is trying to revive an old-fashioned technology to thrust the information technology firm onto the front line. The Largo, Md., company has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this new project, the design looks like an elliptical UFO, but the result will be familiar: It’s a blimp. “It is somewhat uncharted waters” for the firm, said Ron Oholendt, a retired Air Force colonel and the program manager. The company has enlisted help from NASA and scientists at the Wright-Patterson Air...
  • Real Bad ID

    10/10/2006 4:21:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 1,177+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 10, 2006 | Wall Street Journal
    It's unfair to say that the Republican Congress has done nothing on immigration. In one respect, according to a new report from state officials, Congress made matters worse. In May of last year Congress passed the Real ID Act at the urging of House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.). It was yet another border-security measure, intended to thwart illegal immigration by denying drivers' licenses to undocumented aliens. President Bush signed the legislation in hopes that Republicans then would meet him halfway on comprehensive immigration reform. Didn't happen. We now know that the Tom Tancredo "enforcement first" crowd has no...
  • Border bill will mark citizens` licenses

    05/27/2006 12:12:18 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 550+ views
    United Press International (excerpt) ^ | May 27, 2006 | Shaun Waterman
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- Buried in the huge border bill the U.S. Senate passed Thursday is a provision that would allow states to put citizenship details on new secure driver`s licenses. The pilot program, which would allow those getting new licenses the option to have the card confirm their citizenship as well as their identity, would make licenses an effective substitute for a U.S. passport at the nation`s borders and throughout the Caribbean. And critics say it would be an important step towards a national identity card system. The license provision is one of a series...
  • YOUR PAPERS, PLEASE …Is coming national ID 'mark of the beast'?

    05/05/2006 7:21:22 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 467 replies · 3,661+ views
    WND ^ | May 5 06 | Ron Strom
    Is the national ID card the next step toward the imposition of the biblical "mark of the beast" Christians believe will be required to buy and sell during the Last Days? That's the contention of a growing group of believers who are working to turn back the approval of the Real ID Act by Congress last year. Public Law 109-13 requires the national ID portion of the plan go into effect by May 2008. "There is a prophecy in the Bible that foretells a time when every person will be required to have a mark or a number, without which...
  • New Hampshire Defies National ID

    04/26/2006 12:50:42 PM PDT · by HannagansBride · 21 replies · 529+ views
    New Hampshire Legislature | New Hampshire Legislature
    HB 1582 – AS INTRODUCED 2006 SESSION 06-2986 05/03 HOUSE BILL 1582 AN ACT prohibiting New Hampshire from participating in a national identification card system. SPONSORS: Rep. Marple, Merr 9; Rep. Souza, Hills 11; Rep. Phinizy, Sull 5; Rep. L. Christiansen, Hills 27; Rep. Kurk, Hills 7 COMMITTEE: Transportation ANALYSIS This bill prohibits New Hampshire from participating in a national identification card system. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -...
  • Restricted license urged for illegal immigrants

    01/22/2006 9:31:24 PM PST · by Coleus · 53 replies · 875+ views ^ | 01.22.06 | ELIZABETH LLORENTE
    A Hudson County lawmaker who sits on the Assembly Transportation Committee has drafted legislation that would enable illegal immigrants in New Jersey to obtain a restricted driver's license. Assemblyman Brian Stack, D-Union City, plans to submit a bill to the committee in the spring that calls for illegal immigrants who pass driving tests to obtain a document that allows them to drive, but that could not be used as official identification. "The bill would make them able to operate a vehicle," Stack said on Saturday. "These are people who need to get to jobs, people who are helping the economy."...
  • States Face National ID 'Nightmare'

    01/13/2006 4:32:08 AM PST · by ovrtaxt · 70 replies · 1,012+ views
    newsmax ^ | Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Reprinted from Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 12:01 a.m. ESTStates Face National ID 'Nightmare' An anti-terrorism law creating a national standard for all driver's licenses by 2008 isn't just upsetting civil libertarians and immigration rights activists. State motor vehicle officials nationwide who will have to carry out the Real ID Act say its authors grossly underestimated its logistical, technological and financial demands. In a comprehensive survey obtained by The Associated Press and in follow-up interviews, officials cast doubt on the states' ability to comply with the law on time and fretted that it will be a budget buster. "It is...
  • Passengers tackle man charging cockpit on Honolulu flight

    12/10/2005 5:03:13 PM PST · by WatchingInAmazement · 203 replies · 10,610+ views ^ | December 9, 2005 10:00 PM | Gina Mangieri
    A suspect is in federal custody after passengers say he threatened an infant and tried to charge the cockpit of an airplane en route to Honolulu. No air marshal was aboard, but seven passengers tackled and subdued him. Passengers say the man's strange behavior started just a couple hours after Northwest Flight 91 took off from Los Angeles. "He came up to first class several times, and at one point he really startled me... He came up to my left shoulder, and he got right in my face and he said something in Spanish -- he said something about medicine,...
  • Road to digital drivers' licenses chaotic (Real ID Act implementation growing pains)

    10/10/2005 6:43:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 604+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/10/05 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has embarked on a massive effort to create a secure digital driver's license system by early 2008 but some experts warn that the plan may be hugely expensive and lead to chaos. Congress passed the Real ID Act last May and gave states three years to implement it. It laid out minimum national standards for licenses, which will have to include a digital photo, anti-counterfeiting features and machine-readable technology. States will have to verify all documents presented to support license applications, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards and utility bills, with the issuing...
  • Report: State Rights, Authority Threatened - REAL ID Act Requirement by 2008

    08/16/2005 5:16:21 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 24 replies · 426+ views
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- States are continuing to see their authority stepped on by the federal government, something that not only curtails their independence in dealing with such matters as elections and education, but in the case of a new national ID card, could cost them financially, according to a new report.The REAL ID Act that passed in June as part of an $82 billion military spending bill requires states, by 2008, to verify whether license applicants are U.S. citizens or legal residents of the United States.
  • WSJ: Deputizing the DMV

    07/25/2005 5:50:05 AM PDT · by OESY · 21 replies · 709+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2005 | Editorial (full text)
    Bowing to pressure from immigration restrictionists in his Republican caucus, President Bush signed an emergency spending bill in May with an unrelated rider that denies driver's licenses to illegal aliens. But a funny thing has happened on the way to implementing the law, which effectively delegates border patrol and FBI duties to clerks at that model of speed and efficiency -- your local Department of Motor Vehicles. At a National Governors' Association meeting in Iowa last week, Democrats and Republicans alike denounced the measure, known as the Real ID Act, as impractical and vastly underfunded. Republican Mike Huckabee of Arkansas...
  • U.S. judge slams new deportation law (REAL ID Act)

    07/12/2005 9:01:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,357+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/12/05 | Michael Kunzelman - AP
    BOSTON (AP) - The chief judge of U.S. District Court in Boston lashed out at Congress on Tuesday for putting what he called a "chokehold" on all federal district courts, stripping them of the authority to rule on deportation cases. In a scathing ruling, Judge William G. Young said he had been prepared to halt the deportation of a Nigerian national who says the government promised he could stay in the United States after he was charged with drug smuggling in 1986. But Young said Congress took that decision out of his hands in May when it passed the REAL...
  • Security 'burden'?

    05/30/2005 9:35:22 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 8 replies · 290+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 05/31/05 | Editorial
    Security 'burden'? Tuesday, May 31, 2005 If the National Governors Association really wanted illegal immigration reduced and homeland security increased, it would support the Real ID Act of 2005. This legislation kills two birds with one stone. It requires states to issue more uniform driver's licenses and verify the citizenship or legal status...snip Even though some of the 19 hijackers were in this country illegally on 9/11, and even though they had several driver's licenses, the governors' association claims the act would impose unrealistic standards and burdensome verification procedures on the states. Since the nation's governors think creating national standards...