Archive for the ‘DHS’ Category

BTC – On March 30th, Florida Sen. Anitre Flores submitted an amendment with high ambitions for Floridian driver identity. The amendment was passed out of the local Transporation Committee in SB 1150 and is now headed for Florida State’s Budget Committee. The Committee Substitute now contains language may allow for RFID tags to be added to Florida drivers licenses. However, that’s not the worst of what’s ahead. Online authentication of drivers license information is being added as an alternative to another Big Database DHS program, E-Verify.

SEE ALSO: Amendment Waters Down E-Verify Bill on Eve of Judiciary Committee Hearing

Our guest, Paul Henry of Floridians against Real ID, discussed more about meeting the challenges ahead for driver identity in Florida and how it might soon be Real ID on the Internet.

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BTC Commentary – There are reasons why there is a bloodless, unenthusiastic delivery amid the Congress when it comes to the enactment and furtherance of Real ID related matters in 2011. DHS, consumed by the new ability to electronically X-Ray search everything in sight, held their nose as they kicked implementation down the road to 2013.  Is it possible that the smell of the “dead” law is now so repellant that even the neo-con sympathetic, Sen. Joe Lieberman, has raised concerns toward the problem of legal cadaver management?

It might be beneficial to dust off one or two of the aged arguments surrounding Real ID’s effectiveness to improve domestic national security. It is resoundingly unconvincing that “failure” to implement Real ID regulations will put Americans at risk to spontaneously combust in fiery acts of sheer domestic TERROR, as Senator Grassley has complained.

It might be a good idea to put yourself in the shoes of a government agency who doesn’t yet have a national operating budget to continue through the rest of 2011.  DHS, like every other federal agency or program, will be making hard decisions like, which shoestrings to go without.

GHETTO FABULOUS GOVERNMENT

Arianna Huffington, a naturalized citizen and immgrant to the United States, has not been shy in pointing out the great problems of America’s nosedive into 3rd world status.  She points to the excesses of financial mismanagement and underrepresentation of domestic financial interests by the US Congress’.

Our government is considering, in a matter of weeks, a temporary shut down.  It may result in a sober and humiliating moment of silence for our leaders to reconsider the indebted future they are handing off to their children and grandchildren.  They might find they will not escape a form of instant karma, where they lose temporary power and the efficacy of their jobs.  The may feel the damaging pains of purposelessness experienced by whordes of America’s underemployed.  The lights may go down for a few days. The aides/interns, whose education debt vastly outspends their hourly wage earnings, might play frisbee and chase squirrels on the Captiol Hill lawns.  Free recreational diversion is more positive than thinking about how to recover from shortages to pay their car note or college loans.  Seething fiscal conservatives may continue to flash the $40 million daily bill Americans get to intervene in the Libyan revolution.  A government shutdown might be a great way to concretely inform Congress that the American people are broke.  [If we don’t get paid, no one else gets paid either.]

Middle Eastern and North African interventions to date don’t help the majority of Americans pay bills.

An intervention simply holds up a flashy powerful veneer. Who are we fooling?  The joke should go, how many 1st world nations does it really take to unscrew a North African dictator from his regimen?  Is that really any of our business, when we should be exiting Iraq and Afghanistan? Our idle occupying forces are now killing civillians for sport. We have truly lost our way!

It further amazes that an increase of US humanitarian aid has not really been mentioned as prolifically towards the cause of Japan’s disaster stricken state.  It boggles the mind why other nations are not yet on the scene to assist in staving off the volatile nuclear reactors.  We provided war ships.  Where is our nuclear crisis management?  The world is filled with resources for war; yet a much more far reaching problem of nuclear wastewater fallout into the seafood chain is not so much a priority?  I guess the world will just have to eat it!  Our humanitarian focus is really plied more on unwilling Libyans, from a much less willing American public who were ignored in due process.

We’ve been reduced to a ghetto fabulous gunmetal facade against a failing economic structure; where JP Morgan and Citibank owns most of the debt and China owns us and employs their own.

The prospects for Real ID truly pale in competition of the list of immediate federal fiscal priorities.

EQUAL TIME: Aviation Security: Policy Responses to Address Terrorism Threats c/o Heritage.org

c/o friend Tim Biancalana @Natural News

“The real question in all this, of course, is how far will this go? The TSA is already reaching down your pants and feeling up peoples’ genitals as part of the “security” measures. Will DHS soon just start subjecting people to body cavity searches as a necessary security requirement before entering a football stadium, for example? Will Americans now be X-rayed with cancer-causing ionizing radiation — without their awareness or consent — merely because they are walking down the street or boarding a train?”   :::MORE HERE:::

BTC-  You should read the many headlines; which essentially took over the Real ID wire to your right.  The best gist is that DHS has indeed kicked the can until 2013.  Some of you may want to celebrate; we know others are….

The most noteworthy line of reporting came from Rep. Lamar Smith’s side of the fiscal fence.

“Noticeably absent from the DHS 2012 budget request is the Real ID program.”  

In keeping with the can-kicking tradition here at BeatTheChip, we post an energetic can-can dance.

However, some Obama Fan Admins dominantly redirected Fatboy Slim’s Can Can Can, so it would be unfair to feature it for you (against the rules).   I have to default you Baz Luhrman’s dedicated footage; which is luridly appropriate for the times.

BTC –  1-11-2008  DHS Secretary Chertoff announces plans to give everyone a national ID card with a “menu” of  items including: a national data surveillance hub network, RFID chips, barcodes and an expanded border wall fence.  It was a first in American domestic checkpoint society.

Yep… and The People hated it.

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/assets/swf/CSPANPlayer.swf?pid=203566-1