Friday, February 6, 2009

No Fly List = No Gun, says Rahm Emmanuel

Here is a new-to-me blog + online newscaster that has really gotten my attention:

Media  {OMG!!}

They got my attention with the following headlines
... borders, biometrics & stupor bowl security

TX LATELY: Voter ID Strikes Again

"Frustrated by the failure of legislation requiring voters to show photo identification — touted as an anti-fraud measure — Texas senators abandoned tradition to put the voter ID bill at the head of the line. Never mind that there is little evidence that even small numbers of people are impersonating voters at the polls. Indeed, an expensive investigation by the attorney general's office found a relative handful of cases of voter fraud, and those cases involved ballots that were cast by mail — not in person." -  The Austin American Statesman

It looks like Voter ID is wreaking havock in Texas.  I'm simply at a loss for words since Texas KAOS said it all really.  I am relieved  voter ID isn't married to Real ID, but that doesn't make it any less awful, redundant... Voter ID is not going to get the stink off for voter disenfranchisement.

Constituents go to the phones.....


WAKING UP ORWELL - 91.7 FM  Austin  2/12 - Artivist Film Festival 
5-11 Campaign Meeting  2/15  @ Brave New Books   Austin 
We Are Change Meeting  2/21 @ Brave New Books  Austin 

Nevada Eats The Chip- but WHY?

Nevada, Nevada, Nevada - why in the world would you submit now to a Real ID?   The American public is not facing the music the financial world has been playing for over 10 weeks now.  We are flat busted.  We don't have money to finance a bailout or other federal-to-state programs. Things have been engineered to go bankrupt.   The NWO cannot have it both ways.  They can't find the cash to federalize fascism when the fiscal system is broken. Good luck.

This is why I would turn to a State like Nevada and say, WHY CAVE NOW?  Wyoming I can see because they begat the monster a.k.a Dick Cheney.  Maryland I can see caving because Washington D.C. has them on the short leash.    This..from a state who has the freedom to get away with the Bunny Ranches?  C'MON!! 

As I have said before, greenlighting Real ID is like committing to a federal railroad infrastructure plan when the surrounding states have shrugged it off.  In this case, Nevada gets their fascist IDs and moves them forward to the border annnnd?  And no one in the next state will observe or translate the technology or coordinate databases.  What a waste.

Maybe their officials should stop frying in the desert on the good drugs the biometrics lobbys are paying for and wake up to their own prospects of identity theft and family violence.  Nevada is going to wind up on the wrong side of the RFID deal.

Hacker Chris Paget on RFID

Chris Paget is the newest Anti- RFID  vlogger considered  "worth watching" by various news sources.   He reveals the hows and whys of black market identity racket terms of identity raids where RFID would be used on the common man.

Passport RFIDs cloned wholesale by $250 eBay auction spree

{Video demo shows you how}
By Dan Goodin in San Francisco

Posted in Security, 2nd February 2009 06:02 GMT

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Using inexpensive off-the-shelf components, an information security expert has built a mobile platform that can clone large numbers of the unique electronic identifiers used in US passport cards and next generation drivers licenses.

The $250 proof-of-concept device - which researcher Chris Paget built in his spare time - operates out of his vehicle and contains everything needed to sniff and then clone RFID, or radio frequency identification, tags. During a recent 20-minute drive in downtown San Francisco, it successfully copied the RFID tags of two passport cards without the knowledge of their owners.

Paget's contraption builds off the work of researchers at RSA and the University of Washington, which last year found weaknesses in US passport cards and so-called EDLs, or enhanced drivers' licenses. So far, about 750,000 people have applied for the passport cards, which are credit card-sized alternatives to passports for travel between the US and Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. EDLs are currently offered by Washington and New York states.

"It's one thing to say that something can be done, it's another thing completely to actually do it," Paget said in explaining why he built the device. "It's mainly to defeat the argument that you can't do it in the real world, that there's no real-world attack here, that it's all theoretical."

Use of the cards is expected to rise as US officials continue to encourage their adoption. Civil liberties groups have criticized the cards and a travel industry association has called on the federal government to suspend their use ( until the risks can be better understood.

The cards make use of the RFID equivalent of optical barcodes known as electronic product code tags, which are widely used to track cattle and merchandise as it's shipped and then stored in warehouses. Because the technology employs no encryption and can be read from distances of more than a mile, the tags are highly susceptible (PDF) ( to cloning and tracking, researchers have concluded.

Paget's device consists of a Symbol XR400 RFID reader (now manufactured by Motorola), a Motorola AN400 patch antenna mounted to the side of his Volvo XC90, and a Dell 710m that's connected to the RFID reader by ethernet cable. The laptop runs a Windows application Paget developed that continuously prompts the RFID reader to look for tags and logs the serial number each time one is detected. He bought most of the gear via auctions listed on eBay.

And if you read on, we'll show you video proof that the thing actually works.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Maine Seeks to Repeal Real ID

Some in Legislature say they will attempt to repeal Real ID requirements

Now opponents are hoping to repeal parts of the law. And they're hoping the change to a Democratic presidential administration will result in changes to the national law, known as Real ID.

"It really centers around what I see as an erosion of our freedom, our liberties," said state Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, who is submitting legislation to change the state law. "The supposed safety benefit coming out of this does not balance out with the loss of who we are, and our freedoms."

Under the Maine law, applicants for driver's licenses must prove they are they are state residents and that they are in the country legally. [MORE]