Florida, the REAL EVILS of REAL ID are on their way….
Florida is compliant with all REAL ID benchmarks to date. This was inflicted upon us by the Republican led legislature in 2008. Introduced by then Senator Carey Baker, it cleared passage nearly unanimously including in the House, led then by Speaker Marco Rubio. Included among those who voted for this compliance with federal unlawfulness were Dennis Ross, Sandy Adams, Ted Deutch and Daniel Webster. All of these went on to DC where they voted for the PatriotAct extensions, indefinite detention under NDAA and other violations of the Bill of Rights. Current Florida Senate President Don Gaetz also voted yes in the Senate and current Speaker Will Weatherford voted yes in the House.-FLTAC
Written by Mark Lerner
The Real ID Act is a symptom, not the disease!!! It is growing like a weed
How much can we do in the defense of a free and decent society and remain a free and decent society that is worth defending? — John le Carré
I know time is precious to each of us. With that said we expect and want our elected leaders to take the time to read legislation before voting on it. This raises an interesting question; are we as citizens willing to take the time to become informed about arguably one of the most serious threats to our freedom since the founding of our country or do we just want sound bites? Are you willing to spend the time it would take you to cook a steak for a Lifetime of Freedom?
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
What is the Real ID status of my state?
One of the most often questions I am asked is what is the Real ID status of the state the person lives in who is asking me the question. The following link is to a web-site provided by an organization that fully embraces the Real ID Act 2005. Once on the webpage the link provides, you will see a chart that you can click on to find the status of your state http://www.cis.org/real-id-implementation-report .
Review this chart and decide for yourself if Real ID is dead. Underestimating your enemy is one thing but declaring your enemy dead is another. I have read the headlines “Real ID is Dead”, “We have Won”, “Half the States Reject Real ID” and on and on. Few listened and even fewer understood when the Constitutional Alliance, an organization I co-founded, warned all citizens to disregard the headlines and stay focused. Real ID is not dead. In fact it is arguably thriving.
This document will provide corroborated information that will allow you to make informed decisions and provides action recommendations
Real ID is a symptom, not the disease! It is one example of what our federal governments’ true goal is; to know everything about everybody.
You may think I am overstating what the goal of the federal government is. If you believe that to be the case I provide the following link to a video of a conference held by the Aspen Institutehttp://www.aspeninstitute.org/video/asf-10-luncheon-address-fran-townsend-former-assistant-president-homeland-security-counterterr
The video is one hour long but allow me to summarize. People need to “Get over it” when they their personal information is asked for and collected for one reason and then used for other purposes. “Privacy is not important to young people”. I am not sure you would want to watch the video because your beliefs about how our government protects our Constitutional rights would be changed forever. The people that attended the conference are the policy makers of past years, now and will be in the future.
On 23 March 2012 our government changed the rules again as the rules pertain to retaining information about innocent citizens http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/25912?c=federal_agencies_legislative
Biometrics play a large role in our government’s goal of knowing everything about everyone. Biometric capture or collection is required as the first benchmark that states have to achieve under the Real ID Act 2005.
Biometric can defined as measurements of the body. There is both behavioral and physiological biometrics. Fingerprints, iris scans, facial recognition, DNA are examples of physiological biometrics. An example of a behavioral biometric would be a person’s gait; they way they walk.
This paper will focus on Facial Recognition Technology. Facial recognition does not require the consent or knowledge of individuals when being used. Facial recognition works by measuring the distance between key facial characteristics of a person’s face.
What is the Real ID Act 2005?
Since we all vary in our level of understanding of the Real ID Act, I am going to start with the basics and work my way to where we are at today
The Real ID Act 2005 is incorporated into Public Law 109-13 (109th Congress)http://epic.org/privacy/id_cards/real_id_act.pdf
Real ID establishes minimum federal guidelines for the issuance of state driver’s licenses and state issued identification cards for those that do not drive. After 9/11, the 9/11 Commission made recommendations regarding the issuance of state driver’s licenses.
I am not going into great detail of what tactics were used to ensure the Real ID Act 2005 was passed and signed into law by President Bush on May 11, 2005. Suffice it to say there was no debate in the U.S. Senate about the Real ID Act 2005. Real ID was packaged with two other pieces of legislation that were considered “must pass” pieces of legislation; one was military spending authorization legislation and the other was Tsunami relief legislation. This “package” of legislation passed in the U.S. Senate 100-0.
Senator Patrick Leahy used the word “bullying” to describe the manner in which DHS (Department of Homeland Security) was coercing states into complying with Real ID
READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE AT:http://constitutionalalliance.org/work/filemgmt_data/files/Real%20ID%20is%20a%20Symptom.pdf