National ID? No. It’s
I have spent the last few years learning everything
I possibly can about biometrics, RFID and the systems and policies our
government is using to stealthily lock us into a national ID. Actually, it’s
worse than a national ID, it’s international.
The whole thing is complicated, too complicated.
Fortunately for me I have had the pleasure of
working with a gentleman, Mark Lerner, who possesses tremendous knowledge about
how it all works. He’s also smart enough
to know that while the devil truly is in the details, the truth remains simple.
This is what his body of knowledge that
comes from inside the boardrooms of the Biometric industry, and from dissecting
policy and working for years with legislators all over the country to craft
legislation in order to stop what he discovered in those boardrooms was being planned
for all of us.
He would tell you that the simple and undeniable
truth (and also the reason that Mark is on a non-stop mission) is that;
“The world is being enrolled into a single global system of
identification and financial control.”
“Your Body Is Your ID”
If that strikes you as outrageous let me assure you
that the truth of that statement is based upon stone cold, demonstrable fact. I will provide links at the end of this
article for the diggers out there. I
know how you are because I’m a digger too.
I have read and dug and spent way too many hours verifying and
re-verifying for myself that in fact, this is
really happening. I know so much
about it that it has caused me a terrible case of information constipation. Here
I am just full of information, yet often unable to relieve myself of any of it
when asked a simple question.
This is something Mr. Lerner had to overcome. And he has.
His self appointed job is to convey the meaning buried in the systems,
facts and history to people who are in a position to do something about
it. The complexity of the situation is
largely the reason that we have failed to comprehend the monster in our midst
in the first place!
Biometric, as you probably already know, simply means a measurement of the body-some
unique aspect of you is collected, stored and shared. Records about you are connected to this
biometric data much as social security numbers have been (wrongly) used. The trouble with biometrics is that this
piece of digitized information is even more exclusive and it is literally you, a
unique characteristic of your very being.
With biometrics, your Body is your ID
Your DNA is a biometric and is to become
one of a multi-modal (using more than 1 biometric identifier at once) menu of
biometric information used to identify all of us. All biometrics are being collected and
managed in a common format to allow for international interoperability.
Standards are based on guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO), a body run by the United Nations.
I am about to
start making this complicated, which I have already assured you isn’t
necessary. My apologies, I’m back on
According to Mark Lerner, this is what we need to
understand about a global biometric ID system;
To create a global biometric system, states and nations must:
1. Enroll their citizens (DL/ID
cards, passports, national ID, school ID, etc.)
2. Adopt international
standards for documents, photos and data sharing
3. Link databases for global
information sharing, global ID-tracking and surveillance
as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Driver’s Licenses, Passports and many if not most
photo ID’s use a high quality digital photograph that meets the international
standards set by the ICAO. Databases are
being linked and systems made interoperable as a matter of policy and practice. You might have heard of Fusion Centers. They are aptly named because their function
is to “fuse” data, systems, and agencies, on the state and local level, but fusion is not a center. It is really a driving, overarching concept
that our government has adopted wholeheartedly. Sometimes the fusion concept is masked by terms like “streamlining, seamless,
consolidation, reorganization or any of a number of similar terms but the reality
is that the fusion is happening, we are fusing state, national and international
governments, military and civilian forces, public and private entities and all
the databases and systems that each of them possess.
collection of our Biometrics, especially facial recognition is desired by
governments partially because it allows for “at a distance” identification and
allows for quick and easy categorization of the population. That means they don’t have to mess with
gaining our cooperation or permission, we don’t even have to know we are being
identified or having or biometrics captured.
The importance of identification is that we are
permitted (or denied) access to places, services and privileges based on what
our ID indicates about our worthiness, our threat rating or whatever the entity
querying decides to measure us up against.
If they have a CCTV camera and a database populated with suspects (I
mean people) then they have you.
The important thing is to realize
that this system is it is less about security and more about CONTROL.
Clarke warns that any high-integrity identifier presents a threat to civil
liberties, in that it would have enormous power over the populace.
behavior would become transparent to the state, and the scope for
non-conformism and dissent would be muted”
This plan was not designed in response to terrorism, terrorism was used to
justify the system that was already rising, albeit more slowly before 9 11.
Way back in 1996 some were sounding the alarm about the danger of National
ID schemes. Ms Claire Wolfe penned a plea
to sanity in that year. As a historical
slice of legislative life in the mid 90’ the article is priceless. For the accurate litany of warnings and
predictions about where the cataloging of humans will take us, it is
singular. And as a righteous Freewoman
liberty rant, it’s just invigorating.
I could rattle off for you 101 reasons that our nation should not take one
more step towards this International Biometric Identification System of human
control, but really, this should be enough for any sane person right here;
Except from “A Number, Not a Name” by Claire Wolfe;
Every one of these laws is being passed in
the name of “safety,” “security,” “anti-fraud,” “crime control,” or
“stopping illegal immigrants.”
But Why Worry? Some may say, “Well, good.
It’s about time they found some way to stop illegal aliens, deadbeats and
criminals.” Certainly, others will react, “Gee, I’d like to have my health
record on my drivers license in case I’m in an accident or something.” Or,
“Criminals ought to have their records where police can easily get them.” And
then there is the standard:
“Why should I worry about the government
having information about me? I don’t have anything to hide.”
these responses, all of which imply face-value acceptance of the federal
government’s claims of “security,” ignore the long-term harm
which will inevitably come from a national ID and database system.
Why should you worry? You should worry because all these laws work together
for one purpose, and that purpose is control of your life. Every one of these
measures implies government ownership of the information about your
life–and by projection, of your life itself.
They imply that we are subjects,
not citizens. Serfs, not free
people. Cattle, not independent and equal humans. By assuming it has the
unlimited right to collect and maintain data on us, to require us to use
numbering systems and ID systems of its design, and to “allocate” its “human resources”
as it sees fit, the federal government is treating us precisely as a modern
farmer treats his herds. Certainly, he wants them to be healthy, to be grazing
in the right pasture at the right moment, to be secure against predators…but he
wants them most emphatically to be under his constant watch and control.
If we don’t value our privacy, we
should surely guard our self-ownership and oppose all
federal ID and tracking laws on their face and on principle.
Before I spent all of that time examining government
documents, technical dissertations and reconstructing the progression of our
march towards the end of autonomy, I already knew that my identity was mine
and that any move to make my everyday life more contingent upon
approval from some government ID drone, made me unacceptably less free. I
already knew that the right to be left alone was foundational to my freedom.
It wasn’t an entire waste of time though because now
I know that we have people running the show that want more than just half of
the money we earn, they want total control. With this insidious ID system, they
are taking it and the evidence is staring us right in the face.
Mark Lerner and the Stop Real ID
For you diggers, here just a handful of interesting
documents to get you started;
Army War College Bio
Metrics Task Force April 15, 2009
Solutions and the World Bank Partner
DNA the Code for
Unlocking Identity at Our Borders 2009
License Could Be Tomorrows Digital ID AAMVA
AZ Fusion Center Facial Recognition 2007