The Campaign for Liberty: Pittsburgh Message Board › REAL ID Act of 2005 Overview
Recommended and touted by the 911 Commission as a counter-terrorism measure, the U.S. Congress, with no customary hearings and debates, attached the REAL ID Act to an unrelated emergency-spending bill to fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and tsunami relief. It was passed on May 10, 2005.
Will do absolutely nothing to deter terrorist attacks on U.S. soil until our borders, coastlines and ports are secured. Will only punish law-abiding American citizens.
Requires the federal takeover of state drivers' licenses and state identification cards.
Forces the states to adopt a uniform drivers license or state ID card capable of tying into a national database, thus creating a national identification card.
Forces the states to link their databases of individual driver information both nationally, and eventually internationally, under the "Driver License Agreement" crafted by Departments of Motor Vehicles lobbyists and ratified by 48 states in 2000.
At a minimum, a REAL ID must include an individual's full legal name, date of birth, residential address, Social Security Number(SSN), signature, physical and possibly other characteristics, a digital facial facial photogragh and machine-readable technology.
Grants the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, along with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, open-ended authority to require biometric information, Radio Frequency Identification(RFID)chips and other mandates.
Biometric information (or data) is defined as all information relating to a biological characteristic of an individual that makes him or her unique from any other individual.
Biometric data includes fingerprints, faceprints, retinal scan, iris recognition, DNA, hand geometry, voice recognition and handwriting characteristics. Note: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(PennDOT) is converting, and has already coverted, the (digital?) facial photos of residents applying for or renewing driver's licenses and state ID's into biometric images without their informed consent. In fact PennDOT, with the full knowledge of Gov. Rendell, has already spent $20million of taxpayers' money implementing 11 of the 18 U.S. Department of Homeland Security(DHS) REAL ID mandates despite the fact that the Pennsylvania legislature has not yet accepted the federal requirements for REAL ID, and PennDOT's contract with Viisage Technology to design and implement the program, the costs associated with it and the data compiled under it have not been closely examined to ensure that PennDOT is not usurping the legislature's powers.
The DHS plans to enroll the United States into a single global identification system constructed on biometric data and the global sharing of highly sensitive personal information about American citizens, collected by governments and corporations.
The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators(AAMVA) is a driving force behind and vital link in the REAL ID effort via its network and access to data collected at DMV and DOT centers located in the various states (see "Diver License Agreement" above). The AAMVA is a nongovernmental, tax-exempt, nonprofit, international organization developing model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement and highway safety, and acts as the international spokesman for these interests.
The AAMVA provides driver and vehicle data to third-party service providers through the "Driver and Vehicle Data Online Access", an electronic means for jurisdictions to sell their records using these approved third-party service providers, thus allowing expanded opportunity for identity theft especially when these records are stored together in multiple locations
The AAMVA is working to standardize all traffic laws in the U.S. and Canada, and eventually Mexico.
REAL ID is a key lynch-pin in the U.S. government's "Security and Prosperity Partnership"(SPP) agreement with Mexico and Canada, a non-legislative effort to form a North American version of the European Union called the North American Union(NAU), thus violating U.S. sovereignty. The U.S. government could easily establish an agreement with Mexico and Canada to provide equal and non-supervised access to American citizens' most confidential information.
Federal law allows any federal, state or local agency to access the information collected and stored under REAL ID.
The REAL ID Act offers absolutely no controls on what confidential data can be collected from driver's licenses/state ID's, where and how long it can be stored, and who is authorized to access the data for unknown purposes which could include obtaining, sharing, trading or selling that data.
There are no limits on what happens to the database of sensitive information on Americans once it leaves the U.S., which opens the door for corrupt foreign goverment officials to sell or give this information to human traffickers or even terrorists.
With a standardized machine-readable zone, REAL ID will make it easier for police officers, retail clerks and unscrupulous credit card companies and telemarketers to access Americans' most personal information.
The REAL ID Act could overrule any state controls over what type of data can be included or excluded from state driver's licenses/ID cards, thus violating states' rights and sovereignty.
Biometric faceprints, such as those now being used by PennDOT, can be easily linked into surveillance camera networks . Using a biometric image database, a closed captioned TV operator could click on an individual's face, easliy convert it to a biometric image, compare that image with those in the database, and thus identify that individual. This could occur at an airport, a train station, on the street and just about anywhere surveillance cameras are present. Unfortuntately, none of these systems is foolproof, and one individual could be misidentified as another who is suspected of having committed a crime and be arrested and booked for that crime.
With the inclusion of an RFID chip in the cards, the federal government would have unchecked authority to track our whereabouts any time, any place. With interlinked databases, officials in Mexico, Canada and eventually the world over could do the same.
While the REAL ID program is considered voluntary, and states technically are not forced to accept the federal standards, any state that refuses to comply will essentially make non-persons out of its citizens. Eventually, anyone not possessing a REAL ID compliant driver's license/ID card may be prohibited from accessing federal facilities/buildings, obtaining government services such as Social Security benefits, visiting a national park, obtaining a job or boarding a federally regulated aircraft.
Edited by Gary D on Sep 28, 2011 8:58 PM