Big government is as big government does. It's up to you where you want to work. If you so choose to accept your mission as a government employee, you stand to endure more personal prying about the integrity of your identity than before because of who is paying your salary.
The Real ID Act of 2005 is exceptionally unpopular with certain Democrats and Republicans. Partisan legislative decision makers are culpable based on the evidence of their voting record. Check up on your elected officials. Step into their office with a gentle voice and firm handshake and express your need for this act to be repealed. Just think of it like this: instead of spending 4 hours holed up at the DMV getting a biometric face scann and the RFID chip you paid for with your tax money; spend a lunch break scanning the face of your local representatives , eye-to-eye and tell them why this act is not a good use of your taxable earnings. I know you will get somewhere.
Contact your local, state and national leaders to repeal the Real ID Act of 2005.
BTW: Katherine Albrect from WTPRN.com's daypart program SPYCHIPS has returned to the mic. To celebrate her return from Arizona cover all things chippy and scanned pertaining to border patrols and the tracking of corporate drones, here is a recent show on Real ID. (Skip the first 5 minutes) Please check back for details of a BeatTheChip appearance on her show.
ANCHORAGE UPHOLDS LOCALS on REAL-ID in WASHINGTON VOTE
c/0 Juneau Empire/JuneauBlogger.com
The Senate on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, barring the state government from spending money to create what some fear would be a national ID card.
"We don't know the exact cost, but we know it will cost millions of dollars," Wielechowski told the Senate on Monday.
His bill passed 14-4, and now goes on to the House of Representatives.
The House is scheduled to vote today on a resolution sponsored by Rep. John Coghill, R-North Pole, urging repeal of the federal Real ID Act.
Federal Real ID legislation would require additional proof of identification to get a driver's license, including submission of a birth certificate, which would be kept in file by Division of Motor Vehicles.
It also would create a national database, turning the new Real ID-compliant drivers licenses into national ID cards. :: FULL STORY HERE::
BEAT THE CHIP HOLDS AP REPORTER TO CORRECTION REGARDING CHIP
If you read this report from AP Real ID correspondent Devlin Barrett, it cites that there will not be a microchip in Real ID licenses. This was cause for pause because he didn't cite a source. BeatTheChip caught up with the Washington correspondent to discuss this :
"The cards will have three layers of security measures, but will not contain microchips. States will be able to choose from a menu of security measures to put in their cards."
After prodding the Reuter's(AP) employee (owned by Rothschild family of note) it came to light that the DHS released documentation to the press about "3 degrees of security measures", did in fact include a microchip to embed in licenses.
I was so ready to be relieved.
ALEXANDER PREPARES CONGRESSIONAL RETURN ON REAL ID
3-25-08 c/o TheHill.com
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) wants to scrap a three-year-old anti-terrorism law that his fellow Republicans drafted in response to the Sept. 11 attacks. And with his new power in the GOP conference, he may have a chance.
Alexander’s target is the 2005 Real ID Act, which mandated that states adopt uniform federal standards for driver’s licenses. Despite the Tennessee Republican’s concerns, he was outnumbered by party colleagues who wanted to stop terrorists from exploiting loose identification laws.
This time around, Alexander has leverage. As chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, he is the third-ranking Republican in the chamber. He also has a strong ally in Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who, like most Democrats, disagrees with the law. As a former governor, Alexander also has many of the nation’s governors and state legislatures behind him. Many complain that the federal government overstepped its bounds when it enacted the legislation that included the provision and effectively passed along a huge public expense to the states. :: FULL STORY HERE::