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Something is definitely amiss in the Anti-Real ID political community.
Amid chatter of neo-conservative infiltration in various Republican grassroots groups, 2 of the 5 original Governors in States opposed to the Real ID Act [Maine, Alaska, New Hampshire, South Carolina & Montana] seem to have been serially removed from effectiveness in public office. Anti-Real ID sources in Washington D.C. allege that State level leaders are being targeted, specifically Governors, for complicity in Real ID matters.  Governors, once celebrated for going against Real ID,  have been reeled in for larger offices in Washington.  They are now more formidable players in international political games and some have simply cut and run. 
Since the PASS Act was filed  June 15th, both Governor Mark Sanford[SC] and Governor Sarah Palin[AK] are facing pressures to resign from their posts.  
Governor Mark Sanford, whose detailed Argentinian exploits persist in headlines, had been a stalwart defender of South Carolina’s rights against Real ID.  Sanford has lost footing since attending the Bilderberg conference in 2008.  Bilderberg, a semi-annual gathering renown for it’s elite puppeteering of the politically ambitious,  sets the standards for New World Order policy.  Many of its members steer the United Nations.   The Council on Foreign Relations and the U.N. have prescribed international biometric identity in the European Union’s standard and for a North American Community.  Sanford’s concession on biometric identifiers in his “letter of defiance” to DHS over Real ID compliance left room for approbation from Bilderberg’s upper echelons.  
Governor Sarah Palin gathered political steam as she included wishes of Alaskans to go against Real ID.  This move is most similar to the concessions of Arizona Governor Napolitano, who is now DHS Secretary.   This added instant popularity with a base of small government Republicans. Palin, chosen as Republican Vice Presidential candidate, later created waves during the 2008 election when she disagreed with Senator McCain’s stance on “immigration”.  
“Immigration” became the mainstream media’s careful binding over the costly and humiliating requirements of State’s compliance with the Real ID Act.   Every U.S. Senator running on the 2008 Presidential bid had voted unanimously in favor of an appropriations bill for Tsunami relief and supplemental funding for U.S. troops in Iraq.  The Real ID Act, attached as a rider to the bill, became an embarrassing afterthought to any Senators voting record, due to a  floor debate which never took place. 
The 2008 election itself created a massive distraction over matters concerning Immigration policy. Republicans, Democrats, and corresponding media players obscured Real ID coverage. Third party presidential hopefuls, like Rep. Ron Paul(R-TX),  Rep. Cynthia McKinney (Gr-GA) and Rep. Bob Barr(L-GA), became heralds against the Real ID Act in their stump platforms carrying forward a marginalized national discourse. Governors, such as Mike Huckabee squarely seated, continued to facilitate discussions during the election cycle while dealing with practical demands for compliance.
State Governors are now gatekeepers for an international identity agenda. States opposition to Real ID manifested from a pragmatic place.  A combined consensus of over 25 states inaction towards a centralized data aggregate forced the federal government to reconsider the limits of their demands on identity from State governments. 
 
DHS has moved to repeal the more costly ventures of a centralized identity database in the PASS Act, which may be a slight relief to states.  A compromise was to keep some of the more controversial regulations intact:  RFID tags and the one-to-many uses of biometrics [DNA laminates, 3D facial prints] in ID.   State run and operated fusion centers could reasonably perform  database aggregation for local Intelligence ventures without systemic redundancy. However, some states are still ill equipped to manage, finance and operate a state networked fusion center.  Others States flatly refuse to cooperate with the new demands on identity.  

BIOMETRICS & DEADLINES IN LIGHT OF THE PASS ACT

At the end of 2009, States face a 2nd DHS extension deadline to comply with federal Real ID regulations. Since June 1, 2009,  DHS has been aggressively pushing biometric identifiers in State ID cards, commercial worker cards, and any form of travel ID cards to conform with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.  The use of biometrics in ID cards has been a historic sticking point with privacy and identity security advocates on both sides of the “immigration” debate.

Government technology vendors, like Digimarc and L-1 Biometrics subsidiaries, aggressively clamor to fulfill contracts on the basis of federal law in a stretched economy.  Some vendors have gone as far a threat of legal suit over States non-compliance to fulfill Real ID Act regulations.

Biometrics is one of the most heavily argued matters in State legislatures. Considering the whopping price tag of itemized Real ID regulations, biometric incorporation seem to be within reach with some federal grant funding available.  DHS continues to push for biometrics on the auspices of the Real ID Act and 9-11 Commission recommendations.  State governments have been torn between those who seek out the benefits of a secured drivers license and those who raise issues of privacy and the 4th Amendment.  

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Matt Welch’s RNC convention coverage for Reason Magazine

The View on Palin from an Alaskan Anti-Real ID Activist and Democrat

I ran into anti-Real ID activist Bill Scannell, “the man who helped kill CAPPS II,” and asked him what intelligence he can give us about Sarah Palin, governor of the state he’s lived in for the past several years. Scannell is a Democrat, a long-time acquaintance of mine, and as such should be taken with a few grains of salt.

He called Palin “a poster child for the Evangelical Right,” but said that “frankly most Alaskans don’t even care” about that stuff, and at any rate, a McCain/Palin White House wouldn’t deliver whatever it is the Religious Right wants. More excerpts from our conversation…

:::Q & A Here:::

Sarah Palin, did some good work to end the reign of Real ID in Alaska.

“Governor Palin and the Alaska legislature deserve praise from all Alaskans for standing up to the federal government,” added Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the ACLU of Alaska. “Officials of both parties came together to pass legislation that will not only protect the privacy of Alaskans, but will protect their pocketbooks as well by rejecting Real ID’s massive financial burden.”

What happens when Ron Paul’s sidekick changes horses to tow the Republican party line? You get VP nominee, Sarah Palin. Here is just one example of how this woman can do-no-right after hitching her train to McCain’s straight-to-war express.

According to Liberty Maven, Palin is against offshore drilling.

According to Progressive news makers, Palin is a big oil champion.

Neither one has a favorable report on Palin, amid other press reports Palin is both fat and unattractive and then given too many advantages because she is attractive, has both no control over her children’s reproductive morality and is also lauded for standing by her pro-life principles. Voters… YOU DECIDE!!

This election is proving the base stupidity of people who are paid to report the news. One thing is for sure, this state Governor has a tough election ahead of her and the mud slinging has just begun.

The War Party Takes a Pre-Emptive Strike on Protestors.

Upon recieving personal reports that snoopy paratroopers were rooting in Minnesotas moving garbage like racoons in riot gear, I am not convinced over-policing grassroots opposition is the best execution of tax money. I have recently learned of a term called COINTELPRO we should all be aware of when dealing with steroid driven, amped police who may be given extra $$ for arrest quotas.

I wonder how much these Military Police were paid to arrest and attempt to discredit Democracy Now! producer, Amy Goodman.

Is there any question that this might-is-right mentality is communicating that the US Constitution is under suspension? You may not love Amy Goodman and her political roots but she had a right to report the news and so did her producers.

MORE JOURNALISTS DEFENDING THEMSELVES HERE

Grassroots Netroots Alliance will be at this event:
Oil Change International- Protest of Delegate Support for Oil Companies
WHEN: 8:30pm, Tuesday, September 2nd
WHERE: 510 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

If you are not detained or beat up from that event, you can crash this breakfast party.

Join the CEOs of Big Oil in Thanking the Texas Republican Delegates at their Hotel
WHEN: 8:00am, Wednesday, September 3rd (Yes, 8:00AM)
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel 11 East Kellogg Blvd. ST. Paul, MN

“The CEOs of ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP, Shell and Hess will be hosting a party at the hotel where the Texas Republican Delegates are staying to thank the Republican Party, the Bush Administration and Senator John McCain for the war in Iraq, skyrocketing gas prices at the pump, record breaking corporate profits for Big Oil and their excellent performance in blocking every effort to reduce carbon emissions and our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Wear your finest Republican Party clothes and we will provide Republican Party hats, “Oily Dollars”, loot bags, “Freedom Flags” (flags with oil company logos) and yellow “Support Our Oil Companies” ribbons.

Be prepared to dance and roll around in the millions of “Oily Dollars” that the industry gives back to Republican candidates (74% of Big Oil contributions go to Republicans) and the $1.2 million Senator John McCain has received from oil companies–three quarters of which came immediately after he reversed his previous opposition to offshore drilling.

CodePink, Courage to Resist, Global Exchange, Oil Change USA, Rainforest Action Network and the Ronald Reagan Home for the Criminally Insane had no part in organizing this Republican Rally. “

HAVE FUN.. AND DON’T FORGET TO PROTEST REAL ID!!