Archive for the ‘Lindsey Graham’ Category


A BTC ACTION PREROGATIVE – We need to keep pressing our point of view towards Senate and congressional leaders who have not reconciled with constituents when national IDs are not an item you are willing to accept as law. [It’s something that will cause you to lose elections, Lindsey Graham. South Carolina doesn’t care for any national ID.]

We contributed a modified version of Downsize D.C.’s action alert to OpEd news which is now equipped to reach the media and to send direct correspondence to congressional leaders in D.C. If you haven’t sent your letter against the push for biometric worker cards, or simply want to say it again any way you can, use this link to give your 2 cents. Some readers are at a veritable comfort level with Downsize D.C.’s Educate the Powerful engine, which is still available for interactive use with leadership.
You can add additional information and insights gained straight from the Huffington Post:

ID Cards are Obsolete Technology

Before we become too enamored of the concept of ID documents of any sort as a form of security, or fearful that any other technology will be abused, we must ask two questions, how we prove who we are to each other when we need to do so, and how to do that without impinging on the right to live our lives without a sense of being monitored and overseen?


Addtional supplemental reading on biometrics, surveillance, and Immigration reform:

On biometrics and the politics of a national ID c/o Grits for Breakfast

Commentary by Elwood Sanders for Virginia Right!

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reports that Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC is trying to make a deal with President Obama:

Graham has provided Obama a way out of this standoff: Send KSM to a military tribunal in exchange for Congress abandoning legislation that would deny funding to close Gitmo. Next, the administration would work with Congress to create a “national security court,” which would govern how other current and future terrorism suspects can be held in preventive detention.

This was criticized rightly by Glenn Greenwald who suggested it might lead to something like Minority Report, the adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story where the police receive telepathic indications of crime before it happens. But the real crime is having the venue of a criminal trial decided by political branches like a health care bill. Where is due process in all this? This invites intervention by the federal courts in a way injurious to the cause of justice. How would you like politicians deciding whether say you get tried by a jury or not? It’s outrageous.

Besides, Senator Graham is also involved in an intrusive effort that is more dangerous than the Dangerous REAL ID that the states beat back in an monumental political effort. It would require an ID card for all legal workers in the United States. Check this out from the New York Times:

In addition to opening a path to legal status for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, the bill Mr. Schumer and Mr. Graham are shaping would tighten enforcement against hiring illegal immigrant workers by creating a national biometric identification card for all workers, including American citizens and legal immigrants.

A national BIOMETRIC identification card? ALL workers? This is what the Wall Street Journal described for such an ID card:

A person familiar with the legislative planning said the biometric data would likely be either fingerprints or a scan of the veins in the top of the hand. It would be required of all workers, including teenagers, but would be phased in, with current workers needing to obtain the card only when they next changed jobs, the person said.

I once admired Senator Graham so much I sent him an email hoping he would someday run for President. But any politician who would advocate a biometric ID card for all American workers is beyond the pale of my support. “I know not what course others may take,..” the most famous Hanoverian once said, but I know my choice. As a follower of Christ, I have no choice. If Senator Graham does not repudiate this idea I will not support him for any office nor encourage others to do so.