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BTC – It’s time to beat Real ID like a cheap Christmas pin˜ata.
Since the “deadline” *cough-cough* is approaching 12/31/09, yelling into your megaphones today will clear the path for the repeal effort you want tomorrow.

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For Conservative Tastes:

REAL ID is scheduled to go into effect on January 1. The good news is that it may be repealed by then. The bad news is that it may be replaced by something worse, the PASS ID.

For General civil libertarians, or Left leaning palettes: ACLU’s

Take Action! Oppose PASS ID, the Real ID revival in the Senate

PASS ID would impose the United States’ first-ever national identity card system. It would enable restrictions on who can travel, enable increased surveillance of travel and purchasing habits, burden religious minorities, and it fails in its mission to make driver’s licenses secure.

Call your Senators today and tell them to oppose PASS ID (S. 1261), Sen. Akaka’s “Real ID-Lite”!

Click here to take action. Learn more about the problems with PASS ID here. Read the ACLU’s press release on PASS ID here.

For Moderates – or independent adventurers : 5-11 Campaign’s Action Alert + Grassroots Netroots Alliance

The PASS Act is an attempt to continue policies of identity surveillance present in the Real ID Act. The PASS Act would allow Real ID regulations and policies to continue, mandating RFID and biometrics technologies, which have been repeatedly proven to be insecure and inappropriate for identity. The PASS Act does not in fact repeal the Real ID Act. It simply changes the name and a few of the regulations so it can continue move forward over laws established to stop Real ID by 25 States.

Please tell your local and federal officials to vote NO on the PASS Act and that you will not accept a substitution for the Real ID Act when it should justly be repealed.



BTC Op/Ed Commentary[brief]:

Dear distinguished members of the Trilateral Commission,

Have your populist translators on Speed Dial for this official statement. We now defer to the language of Union-American, an indigenous dialect, words directed towards the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and the Transport Worker Identity Credential.

F**k the WHTI/TWIC credential!! You want transport service??!! You’re gonna get it without a *!$d%mn biometrified port network identity card. CAN YOU SPELL A-F-L-C-I-O??!!

[Followed by flying styrofoam cup filled with scalding hot coffee aimed at nearest bureacrat enforcer.]

(Ahem.) We now defer to commerce parties affected by your reprehensible policy.

“It’s just chaos down there,” said Dick Schroeder, owner of Bay Harbor Transport, who had several truck drivers denied entry to the port complex. “This is just ridiculous.”

TWIC Rule Trips Port Workers
Source: Daily Breeze
Publication date: 2009-04-15

The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday turned away more than 250 local port workers who did not have a new biometric security card.

The ID cards were required for entry to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for the first time, as the federal government tightens security at the nation’s largest port complex.

Most of the 67,000 longshore workers and truck drivers who must carry the Transportation Worker Identification Credential – or TWIC – had already obtained it by the deadline. For them, the first day of the new program went relatively smoothly.

But for those who have yet to pick up the cards, or have not yet passed an exhaustive background check, it was a day of frustration.

“It’s just chaos down there,” said Dick Schroeder, owner of Bay Harbor Transport, who had several truck drivers denied entry to the port complex. “This is just ridiculous.”

Most of those who were turned away were truck drivers. Anthony Turner, a Coast Guard spokesman, said 200 trucks were denied access to the ports Tuesday.

Another 67 workers – longshore workers and others must carry the TWIC card – also were turned away.

Chris Viramontes, secretary-treasurer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the union hall after they were turned away.

But, overall, he said the implementation went smoothly, thanks to months and years of


“For the most part it’s gone good because we have good cooperation with the Coast Guard,” Viramontes said.

The card is designed for anyone visiting “restricted” areas of marine terminals, commercial ships, boats and other harbor facilities. Restricted areas include engine rooms, control rooms, wharves, rail yards, piers, warehouses, terminal storage areas and many cargo-handling zones.

Most of those who are still waiting for completion of their background checks are immigrants, Viramontes said. In those cases, federal officials have to review birth records that are located in the workers’ native countries. That has resulted in significant delays.

Gerhard Silvestri, 63, was born in Germany and came to this country when he was 2. He has been driving trucks in and out of the port for 25 years. He said he still has not received his TWIC card, and has not been given an explanation.

“I’ve been here since 1947. It’s not like I fell off the banana boat,” Silvestri said. “It’s not fair. All they have to do is extend it another 30 days. It’s all bureaucratic b.s.”

Schroeder said that some drivers tried to get into the port complex with an e-mail showing they had passed their background check, but were turned away.

The Coast Guard had announced it would accept such e-mails until May 13. But in practice, it appeared that the process was more complicated, and approval was not automatically granted.

Some trucking companies had their drivers with TWIC cards come down to the port in their personal vehicles and take over for drivers without the credential who had been pulled out of the line.

As of Monday, 7,000 workers who had been approved for TWIC cards still had not picked them up from an activation center at the Queen Mary.

“With all those thousands of hours of outreach, it’s like ‘Cool Hand Luke,”‘ said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dennis Miller. “You try and you try and there’s some people you just can’t reach.”

“The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.”

Thanks alot, Big Brother. We hope you go bankrupt.

c/o PR Web

What affect will the new administration have on the widespread adoption of government smart card identity and security initiatives currently underway? The 7th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference will look at the industry challenged with meeting a new administration’s timetable and market demands, as well as what lies ahead for government issuers, accreditation and testing authorities, and procurement programs.

“This event is where colleagues will gather to look ahead to the next four years, share first-hand experiences and gain a thorough understanding of best practices and technologies available to help them achieve theirprogram goals,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance, the conference organizer. It will be held October 22 – 24, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtownWashington, D.C. Register for the conference by visiting the Smart Cards in Government Web site.

Eight hundred attendees will join leaders from the federal government and industry in an interactive, instructive forum on the business issues, implementation, best practices, and technology advances happening in thegovernment identity and security market. The three-day conference featuresmore than 75 speakers in keynotes, plenary sessions, and concurrent tracksessions focusing on technical, business and implementation issues, andinclude:

— Karen Evans, administrator of e-government and IT, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), on “Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12 – Four Years Later”– Kathleen Kraninger, director, Office of Screening Coordination, Department of Homeland Security, on “Developing a Comprehensive Border and Travel Security Policy”– Craig Wilson, H.R. 1 coordinator, National Preparedness Directorate/National Capital Region Coordination, FEMA, on “Why State First Responders Need Standard Credentials”– Bob Gilson, program management analyst, Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), on “Defining Future Interoperability and Federation for CAC”– Paul Hunter, Department of Homeland Security, on “Passport Card at Land and Sea Border Crossings”– William MacGregor, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card program manager, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), on “Strategic Direction for NIST ID Card Standards and Special Publications”– Judith Spencer, chair, federal identity credentialing, Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration, on “Crossing the Identity Divide: Trusting Commercial Credentials in the Federal Enterprise”

The conference program includes further discussion on all of the majorgovernment identity initiatives underway, including the HSPD 12 implementation of PIV cards for federal andcontract employee, electronic passports, REAL ID Act driver’s licensereform, Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) passport cards, theTransportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program involvingthe U.S. Coast Guard, registered traveler cards coming to dozens ofairports, and the first responder authentication credential pilots thatinvolve federal, state, and local agencies throughout the country.

The event also features a technology exhibition involving up to 55 companies, moderated birds-of-a-feather sessions, and networking lunchesand receptions. Pre-conference workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5p.m. on October 21st. The Smart Card Alliance Educational Institute willhost a full-day workshop aimed at government agencies attempting to meetits HSPD 12 directive deadlines, covering the nuts and bolts of PIV cards, from the physical makeup of the cards, toissuance options, to use of the cards, and procurement of hardware andsoftware. OATH will also host a full-day workshop on open standards forstrong authentication.

The Federal Smart Card Interagency Advisory Board (IAB) will hold its regular open meeting prior to the start of the conference, from 9 a.m.until 12 p.m. on Wednesday morning, October 22nd. This is a bi-monthly gathering of government and private industry leaders to discuss smart card adoption and implementation; no fee is required to attend this portion ofthe event, and lunch will be served in the exhibit hall.

The conference is open to all individuals and organizations that wish tolearn about the role of smart cards in government. Smart Card Alliance member organizations and government employees receive complimentary ordiscounted pricing for single day or full conference registrations. Earlyregistration discounts are available through September 23rd. Conferencesponsors include Gemalto, L-1 Identity Solutions, HID Global, OberthurTechnologies, BearingPoint and Intercede.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespreadapplication of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research,advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Allianceis the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussionon the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. Formore information please visit