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PASS Act Opponents snubbed

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WASHINGTON -The first hearing to discuss efforts to repeal the Real ID Act is scheduled next Wednesday at 10:00 AM. Murmurs from organizers behind the scenes conclude that PASS Act proponents only will be invited to join DHS Senate Committee hearing, January 15th. According to ACLU sources, S.1261’s opponents are managing their expectations about the upcoming DHS Senate committee hearing and of the PASS Act in discussions.

“It’s certainly not uncommon for opponents of legislation that a committee supports to be excluded from hearings. Though usually, they’re simply put on a second, smaller panel and are subject to much harsher questioning from members. Either way, you can usually tell how a committee feels about particular legislation by the composition and order of panels during a hearing,” said Mary Bonventre. As of yesterday afternoon the ACLU has not yet received an invitation to the hearing.

Other civil liberties and privacy groups continue to express skepticism about how the hearing will be handled by DHS Chair, Joe Lieberman.

“The idea that the hearing is about re-evaluation of Real ID is the propaganda Akaka, Lieberman, DHS and everyone wants people to believe,” says Stop Real ID Coalition advocate, Mark Lerner. “This is why Stewart Baker is being allowed to testify.”

Baker, employed by DHS, is rumored to be skeptical himself over the PASS Act’s regulations to perform national security functions. While Real ID opponent, Center for Democracy & Technology is expected to extoll the virtues of compromise presented in the PASS Act.
The PASS Act doesn’t yet meet the standards of longtime electronic privacy advocate, Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) or of the Senate chairman’s performance on the issue.

“Put another way, congressional hearings are staged performances. Here it is being controlled by Lieberman, and he ruined PASS ID,” says Tien, who found less fault with the legislation “before Lieberman got hold of it.” 

The DHS Senate Committee has neither confirmed or denied whether the PASS Act will be brought up for discussion during the hearing. The hearing was scheduled to re-evaluate the effectiveness of Real ID as a legislation.

Dear Concerned Bodies,

The PASS Act, S. 1261, a heavily compromised legislation which allows the majority of the Real ID Act to stay in place is moving toward a DHS Senate committee hearing in Washington, D.C.

After proving time and again that the technologies used [RFID, facial recognition biometrics, and fusion center databases] have a high failure rate in substantiating, retaining and protecting identity, we should not be required to accept inadequate standards for federalizing U.S. identity to redundance in the PASS Act or the Real ID Act.

Tell your State Senators, Joe Lieberman and the Senate DHS Committee that S.1261 is not acceptable for U.S. identity and to repeal the Real ID Act in its entirety.

The people of the United States are still being asked to sponsor the surveillance of their own identity in the name of immigration control and terrorism prevention . Even a casual look into the logic of mandating identity for Americans cannot guarantee an above board use of systems in the compromised identity and immigrations racketeering which sustains much of the blackmarket immigrant labor at large in the U.S. states.

There are incomplete and obscured grounds to prove identity was linked to illegal immigration and terrorism based on the 9-11 Commission reccomendations. Terrorists involved in the attacks were here on legal visas granted by U.S. immigration. One visa was renewed 6 months after a hijackers suicide in the WTC towers.

Don’t allow misappropriation of your identity to lead to an inescapable surveilled lifestyle based on the U.S. current plan for identity in the PASS Act and the Real ID Act.

VOTE NO on S.1261 : The PASS Act by contacting the DHS Senate committee today. Their numbers are located below.

Find E-Contacts for the DHS Senate Committee here

  1. Senator Lieberman (202) 224-4041 Chairman
  2. Senator Collins      (202) 224-2523
  3. Senator Akaka        (202) 224-6361
  4. Senator Bennet       (202) 224-5852
  5. Senator Burris          (202) 224-2854
  6. Senator Carper        (202) 224-2441
  7. Senator Coburn       (202) 224-5754
  8. Senator Ensign        (202) 224-6244
  9. Senator Graham      (202) 224-5972
  10. Senator Landrieu     (202) 224-5824
  11. Senator Levin            (202) 224-6221
  12. Senator McCain        (202) 224-2235
  13. Senator McCaskill    (202) 224-6154
  14. Senator Pryor            (202) 224-2353
  15. Senator Tester          (202) 224-2644
  16. Senator Voinovich   (202) 224-3353