Thursday, November 23, 2006

Who's OK with biometric Citizenship ID Card

Few and far-between discussions on networks about the Real ID Card program soon to be imposed on citizens of the United States of America by a traitorous Congress. we'll have to see if the new Congress with a Democrat majority rescinds this travesty on American values since the nation was founded on individual freedom, limited government, and the rule of law, constitutional law. The Real ID/Pass Card infringes on guaranteed rights of U.S. citizens. The measure is part of a North American "agreement" with Mexico and Canada which was not ratified as a treaty by the Senate.

Today, C-Span featured a rebroadcast of a panel that discussed the Real ID Card. I didn't catch everyone's name. Members of the panel included a male assistant to Rep. Louise Slaughter and others who appeared to be company representatives.

It was unclear whether Rep. Slaughter is OK with some sort of Pass card ID system for re-entry to their own country by U.S. citizens.

So searching for what the heck is going on... According to this list H.R. 417 - REAL ID Act Slaughter (D-28): Nay

H.R. 417 - REAL ID Act
Passed: February 10, 2005

A chronology of Rep. Slaughter's actions on behalf of border communities

This is the accessible text file for GAO report number GAO-06-741R
entitled 'Observations on Efforts to Implement the Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative on the U.S. Border with Canada' which was released on
June 1, 2006.

PACT Act Will Delay Implementation, Help Fix Major WHTI Problems

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-Fairport) and Rep. John M. McHugh (R-Pierrepont Manor) today announced new bi-partisan legislation that will delay implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) and correct many of its inherent flaws. The legislation is known as the Protecting American Commerce and Travel Act, or PACT Act...


Members of Congress Forced to Swallow Poison Pill

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY-28), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Rules, today led debate on the rule concerning the supplemental Iraqi War Appropriations Bill. Citing the Republican Majority’s decision to include the unrelated and controversial “Real I.D.” immigration legislation in a bill intended to help our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rep. Slaughter delivered the following remarks focusing attention on yet another Republican abuse of power

From the Liberty Coalition piece, Are You Ready for Your North American Union ID Card?... The PACT Act, introduced by Reps. Louise Slaughter and John McHugh would also require the U.S. and Canada to develop identical documents for use under WHTI.

What all this means is that we are facing a situation where U.S. and Canadian drivers’ licenses, which Americans need to drive to work, go to a tavern, and generally navigate day-to-day life, will contain sensitive personal biometric information, interlinked and readable by the governments of Canada and Mexico. And depending on the standards decided upon by Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff, our drivers’ licenses could contain more information than the documents Mexicans use to cross into the U.S. legally; nevermind those who cross our insecure southern border without permission...

Group warns bill contains national ID

While a section of the bill says no provision in it "shall be construed to authorize, directly or indirectly, the issuance or use of national identification cards," Liberty Coalition officials point out another section requires Social Security Administration, the Treasury Department and the Department of Justice to submit a report to Congress about creating a machine-readable photo ID based on social security numbers.

"This action is a clear move towards constructing a National ID program, a concept rejected by most Americans," said the group, in a statement.
James Plummer, the coalition's policy director, described the bill's language about a national ID as "Orwellian doublespeak."

"A real border security law would secure the borders, making this kind of police-state 'Big Brother' tracking of Americans unnecessary," he said.
Liberty Coalition includes such politically

Group warns bill contains national ID

Slaughter Says Alternative Travel Card is a Step in the Right Direction

Also States that More Work Must be Done for Card to Work for Western New York

Washington, DC - Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-Fairport), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, today responded to the announcement by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that their departments will produce an alternative passport card for travel to and from Canada.

"Today's announcement is a step in the right direction, but DHS and State have a lot of work to do if they are going to make this alternative travel card work for border communities," Rep. Slaughter said. "We need to know how much this travel card will cost, how long it will take to process an application, and where people can apply and receive this document," she added.

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004 will require all individuals to present a passport or comparable documentation when entering the United States from Canada. This requirement, referred to as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), is set to go into effect on December 31, 2007. The announcement made today by Secretaries Rice and Chertoff states that they will be creating a secure alternative passport card that will meet the security requirements of the IRTPA, but provided few details on the program.

"I am afraid that the current vision for this card does not address the spontaneous travelers who pump millions of dollars into the Western New York economy," Rep. Slaughter said. "If these individuals are unable to easily acquire this travel card, or if the card is prohibitively expensive, then spontaneous trips to and from Canada will dry-up," she added.

Rep. Slaughter also commented that drivers' licenses should not at this time be eliminated as an acceptable border-crossing document.

"Drivers licenses pose the least burden on cross-border travelers, and so they shouldn't be prematurely excluded from consideration," she said.

Are You Ready for Your North American Union ID Card?
Human Events Online has been leading the coverage of the so-called “Security and Prosperity Partnership,” a unilateral program implemented by the Bush Administration designed to set the course for a North American Union that would subsume our national sovereignty. A de facto treaty signed by the leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., the agreement was never submitted to the Senate for ratification. Now it can be revealed that plans for the North American Union include a tri-national “North American Union” ID card.

Recent testimony to Congress by a Homeland Security official reinforces the point. At a June 8 hearing before an immigration subcommittee, DHS counselor and acting assistant secretary Paul Rosenzweig touted something called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). In doing so, he cited the SPP and bragged that under the SPP, “Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers convened trilateral working groups to develop concrete work plans and specific timetables for securing North America and ensuring legitimate travelers and cargo efficiently cross our shared borders.”

The WHTI was established to implement legislation passed as part of the 2004 intelligence reform bill, which was in turn spurred on by the findings of the federal government’s ad hoc 9/11 Commission. A provision in that legislation required that everyone entering the United States, including Americans, present identity documents -- but all of the details were left to the Department of Homeland Security. The result was the WHTI, which aims to require that people entering the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Bermuda present either a new document called a “Passport Card” or other documents to be named which will meet certain standards to be determined. This requirement would also apply to Americans, who currently do not need a passport to travel to those countries but would need a document compliant with WHTI to return home.

By folding the WHTI into the SPP’s agenda for a North American Union, the Bush Administration is brazenly laying the foundation to turn WHTI into a backdoor tri-national ID system. And Americans may have little choice but to be integrated into it...


CNET reports what we have knowns for some time...

Microsoft has warned that the U.K.'s national identity card plans pose a security risk that could increase the likelihood of confidential data falling into the hands of criminals.

UK Say NO to ID cards and the database state!

U.S. opposition

state groups oppose

Living the outlaw life: National ID — Our Line in the Sand
By Claire Wolfe Backwoods Home


Where did the government acquire the authority to freely inspect your life? What legitimate law enforcement or security purpose is served by surveiling the innocent?

The question isn’t what do you have to hide but why is the government so persistently determined to find out everything about you.

The third big deal is that national ID violates your rights

When you have to prove your identity to government agents on demand, you’re being treated as a criminal -- and your Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights are being trashed.

When you have to produce identity papers on demand, you’re being searched illegally. If you’re “detained” until you prove your identity, you’re being seized illegally. Both are violations of the Fourth Amendment.

If you must give information that could get you prosecuted (for instance, the information that you’re not carrying your national ID), you’re being forced to provide evidence against yourself -- a Fifth Amendment violation.

If your religion forbids universal numbering, your First Amendment rights are being broken by national ID.

And by extending its authority into areas forbidden to it by the Constitution, the federal government violates the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.

Is it worth it to you, to gain national ID and lose all these historic protections?

Worse. Your loss of freedom won’t do anything to make you safe

Senate approves electronic ID card bill
By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET Published: May 10, 2005


110 Congress United States

Aaron Russo's America: from freedom to facism

Are you aware by May of 2008 the law will require you to carry a national identification card? ...

Includes trailer of movie

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