Archive for the ‘Ron Paul’ Category

BTC – An international day of protest of news and public affairs handling of the Wikileaks incarcerations (Bradley Manning, Julian Assange) is rumored to take place at US and/or British embassies worldwide tomorrow THURSDAY 12-16-2010.

FAIR news association peition here.

Here is second life for news that matters:

Truthout interview with ANONYMOUS hackers

Celebrity sponsored bailout of Wikileaks Assange

Larry Flynt publishes on the sex lives of dead Presidents

Chairman Paul: “AUDIT THE FED

Partial defunding of the Real ID Act aggravates isolationists who want to market your identity data with as many “immigration” databases as possible.

Ahh-CHOO! *SMART DUST* A double-edged public technology for service or data/identity surveillance.

TRUE: Creepy Huxley driven Patriot app available on iPhones to iSnitch on your neighbor. Bring it with you to Wal-Mart!

GUIDE: How to “fall off the grid” 

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BTC –  Next week members of the House and the Senate will be hearing from broad based coalitions about the effort to stop the continuance of national ID card programs.

THE STATUS QUO

The Real ID law is still in place.  E-Verify has been adopted in whole or in part by some states.  The TWIC card is considered a success with the regulated transport industry by some lawmakers. The American public has been asked to support a milder version of a Real ID in the PASS ID legislation; which also did not pass the 4th Amendment test.  Sides for and against it are in a stalemate due to State laws passed against the Real ID Act, privacy and national security concerns. And finally we are now asked to give up our privacy and produce yet another form of national identity mandated in Comprehensive Immigration Reform: a biometric worker card.

There have been many strong attempts to repeal Real ID and ban national identity. There is the perennial HR 220 – a comprehensive ban on all forms of national ID introduced every session since 2003, authored by Representative Ron Paul.  In 2009 Rep. Cohen introduced HR 3471, which would effectively repeal the Real ID Act and replace it with a negotiated rulemaking process.

The passage of SB 1070 in Arizona opened a pandora’s box of problems associated with racial profiling, nativist identity and forsaking common sense American Constitutional values for “Your Papers Please!” It snapped the knob off at high volume for border security concerns and anti-Mexican frustrations began to boil over. The law burns gun owners and other American citizens now risk running into escalated problems with law enforcement. The law also muddles lines positioning local police to enforce federal immigration laws, leaving the police departments vulnerable to financial bankruptcy from successive lawsuits based on enforcing immigration law.

Constituents living in States who passed laws or resolutions opposing national ID card programs are considered “the silent majority” by friendly lawmakers.  This is why it is important to speak up now and make yourself heard.

Don’t fail America’s future by staying silent now.  Please take time now to find your congressional leaders @ Congress.org .  Unless you speak up, you will live with some version of “Your Papers Please!”

To follow is a variety of different action alerts produced and supported by a broad coaltion effort.

c/o OpEdNews

Immigration and REAL ID: Remember where you heard this
c/o Downsize D.C.


What happens in Arizona stops in Arizona 
c/o ACLU 

BTC – For many years now, Rep. Ron Paul has been the most consistent congressional leader speaking against the very persistent nonsense that everyone in America needs a biometric ID. When you hear business leaders crabbing that the opposition argument to national ID “is getting old” over that little matter of common privacy- I really believe we are really getting somewhere.

I think the biometrics legislative industry is about to lose their shirts to a repeal of the Real ID Act. They have no where to go. Ron Paul states his observation in this Great Moments in Real ID history as LewRockwell reports.

National ID Cards Won’t Stop Terrorism or Illegal Immigration

by Rep. Ron Paul, MD

May 10, 2005

(When it all started.)

The US House of Representatives passed a spending bill last week that contains provisions establishing a national ID card, and the Senate is poised to approve the measure in the next few days. This week marks the American public’s last chance to convince their Senators they don’t want to live in a nation that demands papers from its citizens as they go about their lives.

Absent a political miracle in the Senate, within two years every American will need a conforming national ID card to participate in ordinary activities. This REAL ID Act establishes a massive, centrally-coordinated database of highly personal information about American citizens: at a minimum their name, date of birth, place of residence, Social Security number, and physical characteristics. The legislation also grants open-ended authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to require biometric information on IDs in the future. This means your harmless looking driver’s license could contain a retina scan, fingerprints, DNA information, or radio frequency technology.

Think this sounds farfetched? Read the REAL ID Act, HR 418, for yourself. Its text is available on the Library of Congress website. A careful reading also reveals that states will be required to participate in the “Drivers License Agreement,” which was crafted by DMV lobbyists years ago. This agreement creates a massive database of sensitive information on American citizens that can be shared with Canada and Mexico!

Terrorism is the excuse given for virtually every new power grab by the federal government, and the national ID is no exception. But federal agencies have tried to create a national ID for years, long before the 9-11 attacks. In fact, a 1996 bill sought to do exactly what the REAL ID Act does: transform state drivers’ licenses into de facto national ID cards. At the time, Congress was flooded with calls by angry constituents and the bill ultimately died.

Proponents of the REAL ID Act continue to make the preposterous claim that the bill does not establish a national ID card. This is dangerous and insulting nonsense. Let’s get the facts straight: The REAL ID Act transforms state motor vehicle departments into agents of the federal government. Nationalizing standards for driver’s licenses and birth certificates in a federal bill creates a national ID system, pure and simple. Having the name of your particular state on the ID is meaningless window dressing.

Federally imposed standards for drivers’ license and birth certificates make a mockery of federalism and the 10th amendment. While states technically are not forced to accept the federal standards, any refusal to comply would mean their residents could not get a job, receive Social Security, or travel by plane. So rather than imposing a direct mandate on the states, the federal government is blackmailing them into complying with federal dictates.

One overriding point has been forgotten: Criminals don’t obey laws! As with gun control, national ID cards will only affect law-abiding citizens. Do we really believe a terrorist bent on murder is going to dutifully obtain a federal ID card? Do we believe that people who openly flout our immigration laws will nonetheless respect our ID requirements? Any ID card can be forged; any federal agency or state DMV is susceptible to corruption. Criminals can and will obtain national ID cards, or operate without them. National ID cards will be used to track the law-abiding masses, not criminals.

BTC EXCLUSIVE

WASHINGTON – Based on reports from Liberty Coalition mover, Michael Ostrolenk, Representative Ron Paul has picked up a legislation to comprehensively repeal the Real ID Act of 2005 with no substitutions.

Several privacy, civil liberty and technology coalitions increased discussions about the Real ID Act calculating efforts towards a comprehensive repeal late last year. A draft was hatched during that time. Congressional leaders were solicited in order to seek a repeal. Rep. Ron Paul was the first to step up to the plate.

More news on coalition based developments to come.

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A Letter from The Editor

In the near future you may be hearing from more Congressional and national candidates stumping it about privacy.

There is something to T.M. I. – Too much information. Unwanted attention. That unnerving idea that you are being monitored and you don’t even have the benefits of being a public official. While it’s flattering that someone cares that you might say the word “bomb” more than once in daily conversation, you might have only been using late 90’s vernacular to describe Mos Def’s new album dropping. While everyone else in your neighborhood is trying to be better than you, the girl at the snack bar shows you how much of a nobody you are, and the guy ahead of you doesn’t care enough to flush – you still get echoes and crackling on your cell due to government intrusion.

This is the nature of government waste.

BeatTheChip is a living chronicle of news based on the U.S. government’s obsession with making American dregs their personal reality television programming. Over the summer we plan on bringing you more coverage of national agencies who are perversely fixated on the American public’s private beings and doings. It’s shameless and wierd – you can start with an Ixquick search on Artificial Telepathy and Remote Viewing. The government could be defending the defenseless and instead they are blowing whatever’s left of the public funding on DARPA and Total Information Awareness. So be on the lookout for BeatTheChip’s cost analysis of what is being spent to watch you shop, wash clothes and fart in bed if you choose to do more than write an e-letter to your State Senator: Beat The Chip’s Top 10 Domestic Surveillance Agencies in America and what it really costs you.

While the ATF really wishes we would burn something down, we are more apt to just leave a flaming bag of dog dump on the Governor’s doorstep. That’s who we are and that’s why we write; because we don’t have the YES Men’s budget or legal defense team.

Yours truly,

Sheila Dean

It’s best during times of moral insanity to be politically ambidextrious, if you can. It’s challenging, but you need to use both hands to get the hardest work done.

In light of recent events, the exposure of torture memos released and CIA exonerations; we spoke with David Swanson of AfterDowningStreet.org. He informed us of why NOW is the best time to impeach Bush and Cheney for their war crimes and how a prosecution would come about.

Hear the KOOP 91. 7 FM report here:
http://wakinguporwell.podOmatic.com/entry/2009-04-23T21_36_22-07_00

From the respective right, an outburst worth a re-run. We need to see that again… Keep your chin up.

http://www.youtube.com/p/DD524776734C3FEE&hl=en