Ars Technica, written by Joe Mullen
TSA screening passengers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The citizens of several US states may soon find that they can’t use their drivers’ licenses to get into federal facilities or even board planes. Enforcement of a 2005 federal law that sets identification standards, known as “Real ID,” has been long-delayed. But now Department of Homeland Security officials say enforcement is imminent. The “Real ID” law requires states to implement certain security features before they issue […]
And to think that it all began with the social security card.
“I think the American people should be extremely concerned about their personal rights and privacy. As I was being searched at the airport, there was a Latino couple to my left, and an Asian couple to my right also being aggressively searched. I briefly had to remind myself that this was not North Korea or Nazi Germany. This is the land of the Free.
– Anthony Silva, Mayor of Stockton, California
Just in case you’re still under the infantile illusion that you reside in a free country.
Stockton, California Mayor Anthony R. Silva attended a recent mayor’s conference in China, but his return trip took a bit longer than usual. At the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this week, agents with the Department of Homeland Security detained Silva and confiscated his personal cell phone among other electronics. According to comments from the mayor, that may not even be the most alarming part.…
Tyranny Alert: Beginning in 2016, the TSA will require that travelers (age 18 and over) present a “Real ID compliant license” aka enhanced driver’s license (also referred to as a “DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license.”) in order board domestic flights or enter federal buildings “where ID is required without showing a passport or other documentation.”
Real ID compliant licenses will differ from regular driver’s licenses, which will be marked “Not for Federal Use.”
The Real ID compliant licenses will have a gold star in the upper right hand corner and contain biometric security features such as “a front-facing digital photograph of the passenger’s face, which is ultimately used with a facial recognition database.” (What are the odds that this has become an undertaking by the government to designate the “good sheep” from the “bad sheep?”)
Use of a passport remains acceptable; however, if the traveler does not have a passport, then the traveler must present the Real-ID Compliant License in order to board a domestic flight.
‘It is a choice,’ said David Fierro, Public Information Officer for the Department of Motor Vehicles. ‘It’s not mandatory. It’s a choice for secured identification. If you use a passport when you’re traveling you don’t have any problems….The Real ID has a white star with a gold circle around it in the right top corner of the ID; the regular driver’s licenses will be stamped with ‘Not for Federal Official Use.’
A choice….really? Not mandatory? I don’t think so. David Fierro is misrepresenting the facts.
How can anyone claim that Real-ID Compliant Licenses are not mandatory when the TSA website states clearly that all “Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel” and then presents a list of what the DHS has designated “valid” identification. Note: A permit for firearms (“weapon” is the term used on the TSA site) is not considered a “valid” form of id. A dig at firearm owners?
As noted on Nevada’s DMV website, Getting a Real ID License or ID Card:
You need to present proof of identity, lawful status, Social Security number, and two residency documents in person at a DMV office.
These are generally the same documents you used to obtain your Nevada license or ID the first time. You must show them again, plus two documents that show your Nevada residential address. You cannot obtain a Real ID card online or by mail.
You may upgrade to a Real ID license or ID at any time without a renewal. The fee is $8.25 or $12.25 for a commercial license…
What is next a chip in the arm? Retina scanners? Oh too late, fingerprints, retina scans, RFID chips we are already there.
Former Senator Ron Paul referred to Real-ID Compliant License as a “Trojan horse.” See his article “HR 418: A National ID Bill Masquerading as Immigration Reform”
…With the utmost sincerity and a deep conviction, I am quite confident that this bill, if you vote for it, you will be voting for a national ID card. I know some will argue against that and they say this is voluntary, but it really cannot be voluntary. If a State opts out, nobody is going to accept their driver’s license. So this is not voluntary.
As a matter of fact, even the House Republican Conference, which sent a statement around with some points about this bill, said “the Federal Government should set standards for the issuance of birth certificates and sources of identification such as driver’s licenses.”
This is nationalization of all identification. It will be the confirmation of the notion that we will be carrying our papers.
As a matter of fact, I think it might be worse than just carrying our papers and showing our papers, because in this bill there are no limitations as to the information that may be placed on this identification card. There are minimum standards, but no maximum limitations.
The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security can add anything it wants. So if they would like to put on our driver’s license that you belong to a pro-gun group, it may well become mandatory, because there may be an administration some day that might like to have that information.
But there is no limitation as far as biometrics and there is no limitation as far as radio frequency identification. That technology is already available and being used on our passports. This means that you do not have to show your papers. All you have to do is walk by somebody that has a radio frequency ability to read your passport or read your driver’s license. There is no limitation as to what they can put on these documents.
This bill also allows the definition of “terrorism” to be re-defined. There are no limitations.
In many ways I understand how well intentioned this is, but to me it is sort of like the gun issue. Conservatives always know that you do not register guns, that is just terrible, because the criminals will not register their guns. But what are we doing with this bill? We are registering all the American people, and your goal is to register the criminals and the thugs and the terrorists.
Well, why does a terrorist need a driver’s license? They can just steal a car or steal an airplane or steal a bus or whatever they want to do. So you are registering all the American people because you are looking for a terrorist, and all the terrorist is going to do is avoid the law. But we all, the American people, will have to obey the law. If we do not, we go to prison.
How long before these DHS designated “Real-ID Compliant License licenses” are required for Americans to get a job, go to school, enter a mall or walk the streets of America.
How long before Americans are divided into good Americans based on their compliance with government tyranny while others are designated outcasts for doing otherwise.
H/t Before Its News.
MCALLEN, Texas—Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). ‘The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,’ NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza, told Breitbart Texas.
‘This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel,’ said Garza. ‘This just adds insult to injury. Not only are we releasing unknown ….
The National Border Patrol Council was recently notified that as recently as July 9, 2014, illegal aliens, who had been processed by Border Patrol agents in the Laredo Sector, were released with an I-862, Notice to Appear, and used that document as identification to board commercial aircraft at Laredo International Airport.
Border Patrol agents witnessed illegal aliens present the I-862s to Transportation Security Administration officers, who accepted the form, and cleared the illegal aliens through a security checkpoint. The Border Patrol agents notified the TSA officers that the I-862 is not a government issued form of identification. The TSA officer then notified a supervisor, who reviewed the documents, made copies, and told the Border Patrol agents that because the documents were issued by the Border Patrol that TSA was willing to accept them. Another supervisor looked over the documents and said they were going to forward them to their national headquarters for guidance.
Subsequent inquiries made by National Border Patrol Council representatives indicate that TSA in Laredo has been accepting these documents as valid identification to travel for several weeks. The I-862 is issued as part of an illegal alien’s case file, contains no photograph, and has no security measures to prevent forgery or alterations. It does not positively identify an individual and could be reproduced on the most basic of home computers.
We stand behind the statements of Border Patrol agents and are confident that surveillance from the Laredo Airport will support these assertions. Any thorough investigation will show that TSA officers and supervisors were aware that the individuals were illegal aliens, had no valid identification, and were still cleared to fly. Our members, federal law enforcement agents, are willing to give sworn testimony as to what they witnessed.
Americans must provide government identification and suffer the humiliation of being groped by perverts at the TSA but illegal aliens are given a pass literally.
This is shameful; Barack Obama is rolling out the red carpet for illegal aliens even if it results in the loss of American lives and taking into account the many illegal aliens being radicalized by Islamic terrorists, how long before this blows up (no pun intended) in our faces.
The video is shameless propaganda bordering on child abuse.
A government that lies to its people, let alone its children deserves neither our trust or our respect or that of innocent children.
Missing from the video are the backscatter x-ray machines that expose and take pictures of one’s body parts from head to toe as he or she steps into the machines with arms raised while shooting bands of cancer-causing radiation through one’s body.
There is also no mention in the video that the TSA’s invasive procedures are invasive, a fourth amendment violation, anything but voluntary and a show of might by the police state against the individual.
As reported by News Life, not portrayed in the video are the forced invasive enhanced body pat downs by TSA agents of one’s body private body parts even that of children by offending TSA agents because they are the police state and the commission of gate-rape has been ordained a prerequisite of their employment.
The rationalization: “’Children who grow up in this age are exposed to police state activities on all fronts,’ explains PoliceStateUSA.com. ‘When an entire generation has been brought up to accept these behaviors as normal, they are conditioned to offer no resistance in the face of the police state as an adult.’”