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    Real ID coming at you: Will you say "no thanks"?

    Decision time is less than 24 months away.

    In 2010, Americans will have to decide whether to accept the requirements of the federal Real ID Act - and submit to what amounts to a national ID card. It would be the first time that Americans would have to show "papers" to government apparatchiks upon demand - and the first time the government of the United States would have the technical means to monitor us at virtually every turn - via "biometric" identifiers (fingerprints, retinal scans) and RFID transmitters built into "smart" National ID cards that would replace our current drivers licenses.

    That, in brief, is the essence of Real ID - and what is coming come 2010. The question is, will we accept it?

    Legitimate objections to this invasive folderol are obvious - and legion. Why should any ostensibly free citizen who has committed no crime be compelled to submit to 24-7 monitoring of his comings and goings, to the collection and collation of a vast database containing information about his buying habits, medical history - and so on? Why should any such citizen have to present his or her "papers" to government (and private sector) Overlords in order to enter public buildings, travel or conduct lawful business?

    Tedious and tendentious saws about the "post 9/11 world" and the "war on terrah" don't cut it for me - especially given a wide-open border and a do-nothing policy toward literally hordes of illegal aliens from Central and South America who are never pestered with questions about where they come from - or where they're headed.

    And if we have to surrender one of the most basic freedoms there is, viz - the ability to go where we please without asking permission or registering with some government body - then why even bother fighting the so-called war? We've lost already. Whether we're under the thumb of Big Momma (at the head of which might be the Hildebeast and her consort Clintigula) or the Sharia Law of a new caliphate - does it really matter whose whorls and swirls are pressing down upon our heads?

    Civil disobedience is cheered - when it involves certain minorities refusing to accept obnoxious maltreatment at the hands of both government and anyone else. Why should the same standard not apply here? Surely the idea of being forced to carry and present a national ID card like some bedraggled prole of the former Soviet Union is every bit as obnoxious to the dignity of man as Jim Crow? If not, why not?

    Someone, please explain it to me.

    At what point will we say "when"? How much more will we stand? Is the spirit of 1776 and July 4 that dissipated? Have we become that subservient? That weak-minded? That passive?

    Well, what can we do?

    At least two things come to mind. The first is to make it clear - by relentlessly haranguing lawmakers both local and national as well as by writing letters, speaking openly and protesting publicly - that we do not want a national ID card.

    This has already been working to great effect; roughly half of all states have either passed or are actively considering some type of anti-Real ID legislation. Virginia, for example, has two bills in circulation - SB 492, under the terms of which the state would "not comply with the unfunded mandate of the Real ID Act" - and HJR 42, which demands that Congress "repeal the Real ID Act." (See www.realnightmare.org/news/105/ for more detailed info on a state-by-state basis.)

    The second is to refuse to accept one should it come to that. If millions of us simply stood together and - peaceably - told the government in no uncertain terms that a national ID card and all it entails is unacceptable, it would be enough. As the marchers of the civil rights era - and before them, the widespread jeering and disregard of Prohibition - clearly showed, widespread refusal to comply with evil or stupid edicts of the state can and does work.

    If, that is, we have the stones to stand our ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Decision time is less than 24 months away.

    In 2010, Americans will have to decide whether to accept the requirements of the federal Real ID Act - and submit to what amounts to a national ID card. It would be the first time that Americans would have to show "papers" to government apparatchiks upon demand - and the first time the government of the United States would have the technical means to monitor us at virtually every turn - via "biometric" identifiers (fingerprints, retinal scans) and RFID transmitters built into "smart" National ID cards that would replace our current drivers licenses.

    Hey! Quitcherbitchin, it's a money making opportunity - be the first on your block to market faraday cage billfolds and purses.


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    Re: Real ID coming at you: Will you say "no thanks"?

    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Decision time is less than 24 months away.

    In 2010, Americans will have to decide whether to accept the requirements of the federal Real ID Act - and submit to what amounts to a national ID card. It would be the first time that Americans would have to show "papers" to government apparatchiks upon demand - and the first time the government of the United States would have the technical means to monitor us at virtually every turn - via "biometric" identifiers (fingerprints, retinal scans) and RFID transmitters built into "smart" National ID cards that would replace our current drivers licenses.

    Hey! Quitcherbitchin, it's a money making opportunity - be the first on your block to market faraday cage billfolds and purses.

    I*'m ready for the revolution; just hope it gets going before I'm too old, fat and tired to fight it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    Hey! Quitcherbitchin, it's a money making opportunity - be the first on your block to market faraday cage billfolds and purses.
    Mr RFID chip, meet Mr Microwave.

    Backup plan:

    Mr. RFID chip, meet Mr Ball-peen Hammer


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    Re: Real ID coming at you: Will you say "no thanks"?

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    Hey! Quitcherbitchin, it's a money making opportunity - be the first on your block to market faraday cage billfolds and purses.
    Mr RFID chip, meet Mr Microwave.

    Backup plan:

    Mr. RFID chip, meet Mr Ball-peen Hammer


    Chip H.
    Problem is these RFID devices are now at the nano level and virtually impossible to even see with the naked eye... and corporate America has plans to embed them in everything we buy, just about.

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