24
Apr
08

The Real ID – A Real Bad Idea

Digg This Americans – my dear fellow Americans. The new millennium has ushered in times of great uncertainty. We are a society that seems to be unsure of many things. For granted, life is confusing… and scary. However, as I look around, we seem to be overtly fearful.

Now, I am not going to pull a Bowling for Columbine on you here and say that we should not have guns because having guns means that we are fearful. No guns are a different story and a story that I think can only be fully discussed in another post – one about the role of guns in this country. (Actually, I think gun control in general is asinine). I am talking about the general fear that exists in our everyday lives.

Next month (May 2008) States will slowly start implementing the Real ID. Indeed safety is important. But should we give up our liberties for potential security? As Benjamin Franklin said, “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.” And as Ron Paul said, isn’t the government’s responsibility to protect our privacy, not to invade our privacy?

Oddly enough, I am here speaking down about being fearful; however, I am fearful – I am fearful that we will become a nation that is required to carry papers around like Communist Russia or Nazi Germany. In those examples, if you were stopped, you had to show your papers and tell the ‘enforcers’ where you were going, etc. In this country, I think we should be free – free enough to go wherever we want without having to provide papers and reasons for our doings.

I think one of the biggest problems with the Real ID is the bureaucracy and information security. We already have a big problem of identity theft – and now we are try to make a mega-database that combines them all? This is going to be an identity theft thief’s dream come true. I am ‘OK’ with giving my information to Discover Card. After all, if I find out that Discover leaked my information, I can use the laws in place to recoup my losses caused by Discover. However, with the government, how am I going to go after them? What happens if they have a massive leak and a lot of people try to recoup their money from the government – we just bankrupt the government? LOL, please…. Point is that the government will not be liable for any mishaps that happen (and this includes any sort of bad information that is in your “file,” which could prove to be impossible to clear up a discrepancy. “Sorry sir, we have conflicting data on who you are. We are going to have to get with the Naturalized Citizens Bureau Office to see if we can clear this up. Until then, please stand by.”).

And what when they start requiring you to submit to biometric identification?

What are you going to do? I’ve already written my Representative and two Senators twice each (just to make sure they got my message).

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4 Responses to “The Real ID – A Real Bad Idea”


  1. 1 Roach
    25 April 2008 at 09:02

    Freedom and liberty rests in the human spirit. We are free when we choose to think and act freely. True liberty means growing our mind, body, and spirit to combat slavery. Ron Paul is absolutely right 95% of the time. I don’t necessarily agree with his views on abortion or religion, but when it comes to the size of government and our failed foreign policy, he is dead on balls every time. Abortion and religion are fake political views crafted by socialists to represent our fight for freedom. Our fight for freedom is in the mind. The more power we give them, the more they will take and create loopholes to keep on taking more. We must not live in fear. We will beg for our slavery in the end. We will all learn to love big brother.

    One more note on the Real ID – has anyone noticed the background image on the card? The pyramid with the all-seeing eye? Shouldn’t these symbols bother us and be a wake-up call to learn about our real masters?

  2. 25 April 2008 at 17:19

    Roach,
    I have not really seen the new card so I can’t speak for the background image. However, I do not doubt your words in the least.

    Sadly, even if you mention something like this, people always sell you off as a conspiracy kook. A lot of people are afraid of the truth, though, and they will do anything to deny that truth. In this case, they are willing to drown the truth with things such as pseudo security, etc.

  3. 3 DJ
    25 April 2008 at 19:25

    1) Actually the FEDs have proven they are not capable of maintaining appropriate securty over the personal data of Americans, here three recent examples.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14232678/
    http://www.ngms.state.ms.us/statefamilysupport/VA%20Lost%20Data.htm
    http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0207/021207p1.htm

    2) “Abortion and religion are fake political views crafted by socialists to represent our fight for freedom.”- Sadly the Abortion is issue is political becuase the left believes the “CHOICE” is post conception, common sense (which I know is dead) dictates the “CHOICE” was made PRIOR to conception and the unborn Fetus is the result of the choice! How is religion crafted by socialists? Socialism’s religion is the State, not a “God”, or a “Creator” or a “Higher Power”, the goal of Socialism is to remove completly all forms of religion that are not the state. Fighting to save your belief system is VERY political, not something fabricated by the left or the right.

  4. 4 bob
    12 May 2008 at 10:00

    There will be hacks, databreaches, and loss of data. If they can’t keep the Chinese out of the Pentagon computers, they won’t be able to safeguard this. Once there are breaches, the “old” compromised data will need to be replaced with something new, which would usher in a new level of biometrics that will include fingerprints, palm prints, retinal scans, and DNA. Each time one thing gets compromised, a new data element will need to be added.


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