Friday, April 27, 2012

Boycott TSA ID Scanns

REDUX: International Edition 4-27-2012

BTC - Here is the comment I left at the Chicago Tribune, based on facing the argument that the US needs a national ID in order to stave off the economic strain of Mexican immigrants.
"Immigration is a beast - and by no means is it in any way a simple matter.  However, I think you make a great motivating point about the welfare conventions; which allows people to understand why small government conservatives are actually considering national ID. Granted, a real small government conservative and even the Statist can see that national ID cards are a way to round up citizens in a hurry. Not a good prospect post-NDAA FY 2012. Unfortunately, the only ones who are going to get caught by ID cards are the ones already indoctrinated into that system: i.e. us. A bigger problem is hidden - our government is broke and most everyone will be Libertarian by default. There is an element of illusion that we are "big daddy" pouring tax cash into the mouths of vagrant immigrants when we actually considered shutting down the government 3 times in a year. Welfare has got problems. Corporate subsidies are a problem. Government waste at the Pentagon is a huge problem. Get at those tax gobblers and national ID is left far far behind in consideration. National identity systems are mass dragnets who will not only eat the poor, but everyone in between.  In the case of Real ID, many states won't even consider it.  It's an unnatural choice for a lot of people who instinctually know that pemitting national ID checkpoints is one Big Government concession gone too far." 

Here is second life for International news that matters: 

The One that got away: "Iran squeezes Web surfers, prepares censored national intranet [using ID]"

TOP STORY: Uganda: Kagoda 'Ready' to Throw in Towel
"Dr Stephen Kagoda, the Permanent Secretary of the Internal Affairs ministry, appears resigned to fate as the messy national ID project threatens to tarnish his outstanding career record. Surrendering his fate to Parliament, Kagoda told The Observer last week that he is ready to relinquish his position if the MPs so demand. He is accused of contracting German firm Muhlbauer High Tech at the cost of 64 million Euros (Shs 200bn) to produce national identity cards without following the procurement law."
*LESSON: You can lose your government post if you deal in National ID cards against public interest.

BRAZIL certifies G&D for national IDs

US Green Cards Eat The Chip, HID receives additional Green Card order

UK: Tim Berners-Lee urges government to stop dataveillance bill citing "human rights"

LSE, Privacy Intl Conference unpacks the latest Dataveillance Dragnet

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Arizona Immigration Argument May Lead to National ID

c/o Bloomberg

"Can the police stop you and make you show your papers? In Europe, the answer has long been yes. 
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court took up the issue -- and from what the justices said at oral argument, it seems the U.S. might soon be getting more European. Or at least one step closer to requiring a national ID card."
:::MORE HERE::: 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

FILM: The Cats of Mirikitani

BTC-- Filmmaker Linda Hattendorf took in homeless, elderly artist, Jimmy Mirikitani.

Mr. Sitomu Mirikitani is an internment camp survivor.  At the end of the war, he was asked to renounce his citizenship by the internment camp.  This is the story of what happened to him.

THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI- a film by Linda Hattendorf


“OBAMA: Stop Attacking Elderly U.S. Citizen Latinos in Texas”

"According to immigration attorney Jaime Diez, along the Rio Grande River in Texas, there are cases where Elderly Latinos have to relinquish their U.S. Citizenship because they cannot provide enough evidence to substantiate their birth on U.S. soil by either a hospital or a credible midwife."

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Ohio driver’s licenses will take more time, proof

c/o  [OH] Middletown Journal

"New Ohio driver’s licenses and identification cards debuting in January 2013 likely will cost more, require additional documentation and take longer to get. 
Federal and state officials have no current cost estimates to implement the programs in Ohio or nationally, but a 2008 Department of Homeland Security document detailed an 11-year national rollout cost at $9.9 billion under mandates that since have been relaxed. 
Foes of the controversial Real ID Act of 2005 say the federally mandated measure has serious security questions and will never be fully implemented because 15 states have passed bipartisan legislation to bar its enactment and 10 more have passed resolutions denouncing it."