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BTC Editorial

I’ve noticed the amount of coverage that passes as news about Real ID and national identity, my own angles included is actually editorial. That’s why I don’t print Numbers USA’s longwinded and desperate comment tirades on this blog. Everything currently on the news market about Real ID is editorialized.
The important question to ask is, why?
As Real ID news complies with current national news trends; he who has the dollars is buying the news. Secure ID Coalition can beat the drum all day long, but it won’t change the actual number of States from 25 opposed to 13. The corporate press and Washington can say the number of States opposed to Real ID is 13 instead of 50% of the United States. It doesn’t changes the fact that Governors signed off on bills from the ground up through 2 chambers of State government which established their policy and legal application of how to not handle Real ID. If you merely rebrand it PASS ID and continue Real ID on the books, the States will punt your sorry game back to your court doorsteps, just like it has done over a year’s time.
Maintaining Real ID as hubris to save Sensenbrenner fiscal loss and embarassment, and others like him, is really a bad championship for the identity of every adult American. We here at Beat The Chip, represent a voice who will carefully explain truth to the powers, without apology, who have underestimated exactly how personal this is. The Senate and Congress can repackage Real ID 10 times, as they have – once people know what is wrong with what you are doing THEY ARE GOING TO STOP YOU FROM DOING IT.
Someone, maybe several, is going to lose their seat for attempting to shove Real ID down our throats 2 and 3 forms over. The U.S. government has simply gotten it wrong this time. We are not the only countrymen on this planet who have a big problem with a national ID card process.
We know what national identity is about.
National identity has not much if anything at all to do with security according to varied sources. There’s not a hint of moderation about Real ID. It works exclusively in the favor of a select few businesses, who are continually asking for permission to continue with an agenda to create identity that goes against both democracy and a constitutional republic. They are overly attached to the RFID technology as a consequence.
Case in point, regulations inclusive of RFID technology which are unsafe and insecure as part of the continuance of the Real ID Act sing the symptomatic problems with the PASS Act. The information trade is a huge boom, if businesses can glean your information for no extra costs from RFID tag trails and then sell this information idefinitely as their property, it’s better than slavery for them. Specifically, if you don’t protest and you don’t know about it. As usual, those who know security believe they know what’s best for Americans as long as it means that it profits them.
They aren’t just wrong this time; their hands will be tied behind their backs again and again for insisting against the gentleness of the American people. The same people who have been repeatedly betrayed by their immediate government. There is none left to trust among the 3 branches, so they must either stop what they are doing or be replaced. It’s entropy.
The matter in question:  Is TSA collecting fliers personal information on a “list” if they show up to fly without an ID? (Flying without an ID is legal, but against TSA policy paradoxical demands for ID.)
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration has collected records on thousands of passengers who went to airport checkpoints without identification, adding them to a database of people who violated security laws or were questioned for suspicious behavior.
BUT… TSA authorities say they really aren’t doing that, in a way, sorta, well, of course…
“An August 13 USA Today article overstated the Transportation Security Administration’s interest in passengers who come to airport checkpoints without identification but cooperate in establishing their identity. The story gives the public the impression they might be put on a “list” if they forget their ID. That is false.

Passengers whose identity is confirmed will not be added to any watch list or face additional scrutiny during future checkpoint visits…Because our mission requires this capability, we do collect information about individuals who present false identification or misrepresent themselves to get in an airplane.”
Yes, but what about NO identification. Are they included with those who “misrepresent” themselves?   Who are you going to believe?

TSA, who uses the 9-11 Commission Report as a reliable comprehensive document based on facts and the Lexus Nexis corporate database to confirm your  walk-in /walk-out identity?
“The information is only shared with other law enforcement partners on a need-to-know basis. The ability to “connect the dots” on emerging situations can not be underestimated. In the post 9/11 world, such analysis is so fundamental to protecting the American public that it was a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission.” – Evolution of Security 
OR
The coverage of a Rupert Murdoch owned dumbed-down newspaper soup document called USA Today,
“Later Tuesday, {Kip}Hawley called the newspaper to say the agency is changing its policy effective today and will stop keeping records of people who don’t have ID if a screener can determine their identity. Hawley said he had been considering the change for a month. The names of people who did not have identification will soon be expunged, he said.

Civil liberties advocates have been fearful that the database includes passengers who have done nothing wrong yet may face extra scrutiny at airports or questioning by authorities investigating possible terrorism. “This information comes back to haunt people,” said Barry Steinhardt of the American Civil Liberties Union.” – USA TODAY
BeatTheChip’s answer: the one that doesn’t need to have your face on file to fly in the U.S.

http://aclu.tv/sites/default/modules/contrib-5/flvmediaplayer/mediaplayer.swf


BeatTheChip’s suggested approach to Fly-by-ID TSA searches is as follows:

1) Don’t go get a new ID, present the one you have in your wallet.
2) Get a passport.  Smack the RFID with a hammer or throw it in the microwave for 7 seconds.
3) Mail your laptop a day ahead of time to your destination or add it to your regular luggage in a different suitcase to avoid TSA carry-on harassment.
4) Stop giving out your personal information to random gratuitous surveys or stupid contests you won’t win or customer “advantage” cards.   That’s how Lexus Nexis got your info in the first place.
5) Contact your legislator and tell them you want TSA out of your airports-they are wasting your tax money.