In much the same way that the NO2ID
campaign is trying to get the ID Card and NIR scheme stopped in the UK,
protestors in the US
are now getting organised with their response to the REAL
ID card scheme proposed by the US Government.
On May 1, 43 organizations
encouraged citizens to submit
public comments to stop the nation’s first national ID system: REAL
ID. The groups represent privacy, consumer, labor, civil liberty, civil rights,
and immigrant organizations.
The press release said:
We are concerned about the proposed 200-million-person database containing
not only full information needed to impersonate every citizen, but also high
resolution scanned images of their birth certificate, marriage license, and
other critical documents. The government proposes (without saying so) that
anybody who doesn’t submit their info to this database and get this ID will
become an “unperson” — unable to drive a car, travel by plane or train, sue or
defend a lawsuit, and be barred from “any other federal” government
interaction. Many people may not have the documents required to obtain a Real
ID, or they may face added requirements base on arbitrary and capricious
decisions made by DMV employees.
While providing zero security, the Real ID proposal causes an increased
threat of counterfeiting and identity theft, offers third parties unauthorized
access to machine readable info on your ID, increased cost to taxpayers,
increased costs for obtaining a license or state ID card, and false promises
that the Real ID is any more secure or un-forgeable than current state ID
Broad opposition to REAL ID already
exists in the states. Montana has
become the fifth state, following Maine,
and Washington, to prohibit its
state agencies from implementing the REAL ID
national ID card. Under the Act, US states, Canadian provinces, Mexican states,
and the federal governments would share access to a vast continent-wide
database that would include images of birth certificates, marriage licenses,
divorce papers, court ordered separations, medical records, and detailed
information on the name, date of birth, race, religion, ethnicity, gender,
address, telephone, e-mail address, Social Security Number for more than 240
million people. History teaches us that such large collections of valuable
information are always abused — and the most serious abuses arise from INSIDE
the governments that have unlimited access.
The draft regulations to implement the REAL
ID Act are open for comment until 5 p.m. EST
8, 2007. Please act! Submit comments against this fundamentally
flawed national identification scheme! Your comments can go under Docket No.
2006-0030-0001 through the public submission portal at http://www.regulations.gov,
or you can submit them via a friendlier site at EFF.
The first link above also includes other ways of filing, e.g. by postal mail.
Anyone who believed that the ID Card scheme was a British problem alone can see here that it spreads much wider. It also encompasses every state in Europe, and is co-ordinated across Europe under the e-ID scheme run by the unelected European Commission.
The political elete want every man, woman and child in the Western World to be tagged, databased and monitored. Dont let them.
Say NO to ID Cards, Say NO to the database state.