Archive for the ‘Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative’ Category

c/o NAU Resistance

“This recent CTV/AP article on halting inspections on buses, trains and airports does seem to give some clues that reinforces this conclusion, and is actually very insightful when taking all of this into account (the big picture). It states in the article that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency … mentioned, “Conducting intelligence-based transportation checks allows the Border Patrol to use their technology and personnel resources more effectively, especially in areas with limited resources.” 

Could RFID, Biometric/ Facial Recognition be classified as “intelligence-based”? Could a new ID system that is now fully integrated with the United States, complete with your own personal “threat assessment profile” be classified as “intelligence-based”? Could the tracking in REAL-TIME ALL travelers in North America be considered “intelligence based”?”


Obama, Harper and Calderon convene North American leaders summit Nov.13

The meeting comes as Canadians await the outcome of negotiations between Ottawa and Washington on a perimeter-security pact, which Harper and Obama first announced last February. The two countries are working on a deal to better co-ordinate intelligence-sharing at the border and to streamline cross-border trade.

U.S.-Canada retains Beyond the Border initiative, unveiling 30 pt plan

c/o Castle Diver

To TWIC or not to TWIC, that is the question? For those of you who are looking at this acronym twice and thinking it’s a chocolate bar, read on.

The Transportation Security Administration defines the TWIC card as “a common identification credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of Maritime Transportation Security Act-regulated facilities and vessels, and all mariners holding Coast Guard-issued credentials.”

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its report on challenges relating to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. Issuance of TWICs to maritime workers was delayed, but is now largely completed.

A significant source of delay was the power failure at the government facility processing TWIC data. Full recovery from that incident pends and the cost is estimated at $26m. Development of the electronic card reader faces challenges
due to inadequate planning. GAO-10-43 (12/10/09).

Source: Bryants Maritime News

c/o NO2ID

“ID cards? They’re already dead.” – “Oh no they’re not!”

[BTC – No2ID keeps us from going absolutely crazy with speculation about national ID cards as globalist agenda item.]

One of the dangers once you start winning the battle for public opinion is that people think it’s game over already. Don’t believe it for a minute – the ID scheme is NOT dead. Nor are ContactPoint or e-Borders. There are still a million innocent people on the DNA database, with more being added every week. Comms data, travel info, medical records, car
tracking, vetting and barring, profiling – despite all rumours and spin to the contrary, the database state rolls on.

The next several months are particularly risky. Even more so if people think we’ve already won.

Whitehall is doing what it can to entrench database state programmes and initiatives – making them as difficult as possible for a new government to scrap, roll back or disentangle. It won’t often be as blatant as the latest push to upload millions of people’s medical details onto the NHS Spine (newsletter 137) so we must be more vigilant than ever.

NO2ID has always been about informing yourself and informing others. Campaigning is not just about hitting the headlines, it’s about engaging people where they live. You only have to look at the local groups section of each newsletter to see the phenomenal work that groups are doing – week in, week out helping spread the word, shift attitudes and
build opposition all over the UK.

A huge thank you to everyone who gives so generously of their time and energy, working with a local group. And special thanks to NO2ID’s local and regional coordinators – we couldn’t do it without you.

As 2009 draws to a close, I wish you and your families a peaceful, surveillance-free Christmas – and here’s hoping 2010 will prove to be a good year for privacy and freedom!

Phil Booth
National Coordinator, NO2ID


In less than six weeks, the federal government will be treating New Mexicans as foreigners, as your state driver’s license may no longer get you through airport security.

Drivers Licenses Won’ Be Valid At Airports

New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Rick Homans said a federal law called “The Real ID Act” is putting your driver’s license in jeopardy to be used for travel security.

“Right now it’s a game of chicken, between the federal government and the state governments,” Homans said.

The Bush administration passed the law, designed to stop terrorists from entering the country, after Sept. 11, 2001. All 50 states have to comply with its regulations by Jan. 1, 2010.

[BTC- Nothing will happen if States do not comply. Funding will not be cut. No large electrocution from the sky will befall States. Nothing… will happen except Washington will have to accept that these regulations are inappropriate for American life. More and more Americans are adjusting to a life of inconvenience as an alternative to a life of surveillance. 36 States have already called DHS bluff. Just repeal it. Repeal the Real ID Act.]

Sec. Rick Homans said the clock is ticking and New Mexico is nowhere near close.

“The way it is right now, come Jan. 1st, residents of New Mexico and residents of about 25 other states wouldn’t be allowed to board airplanes unless they had a valid passport.”

The biggest issue is that New Mexico gives driver’s licenses to foreign nationals and illegal immigrants, which under the new law, would be illegal. The Obama administration has been promising to modify the law, but so far no action has been taken. Lawmakers in Washington have been so consumed with health care reform that the “Real ID” law issue has been put on the back burner.

“So I think that’s the issue our delegation in Washington needs to deal with,” Homans said.

PR NEWSWIRE- [Dept. Of Homeland Propaganda]

The Department of Homeland Security and the Seneca Nation of Indians today formalized an agreement to develop a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC) — signed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Assistant Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski and Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr., at a ceremony at Liberty Park in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

The ETC establishes identity, tribal membership and citizenship for the purpose of entering the United States by land or sea — enhancing safety and security of U.S. borders while facilitating legitimate travel and trade. The agreement represents Secretary Napolitano’s ongoing commitment to close coordination with tribal partners across the nation on security initiatives — and underscores the mutual commitment of DHS and the Seneca Nation to enhance border security and combat threats of terrorism and transnational crime through secure identification.

Since the beginning of the year, CBP has also signed agreements with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and the Pascua Yaqui of Arizona. CBP is currently working with approximately 25 additional tribes across the country on the ETC initiative.

Tribal leaders, including St. Regis Mohawk Chief James Ransom, have pointed out to DHS that it’s not desirable or affordable for many tribes to pay for enhanced tribal cards that would be permitted as border crossing documentation.

DHS insists Napolitano is providing more than ‘lip service’

By Rob Capriccioso
Story Published: Sep 8, 2009

Checkpoint: Sovereignty and border security , 3 of a 5 part series

WASHINGTON – The George W. Bush administration wasn’t exactly known for its care and concern on border issues affecting tribes. Some Native Americans thought the scenario would change under the Obama administration. But change has yet to come.

Early on, the administration started out with what many viewed as a positive gesture, with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano directly reaching out to tribes promising consultation.

Since the establishment of the department in late-2002, it has overseen many border issues of concern to tribes. The department’s main goals are to protect the United States from terrorist attacks and to respond to natural disasters.

At the winter session of the National Congress of American Indians in early March, Napolitano released a draft consultation policy and solicited input from NCAI and tribes, especially those hit by natural disasters and located along the borders.

“For tribes that are on the borders of Mexico and Canada, we need to work together in a special way because we have tribes and families on both sides of the borders,” she said.

“As we tighten up requirements to show lawful presence and immigration status and the like, we need to take into account how tribes will be a little bit different. We need to build that into the consultation policy from the outset.”

The words were quite welcome to tribal leaders, who had just spent a few difficult years dealing with former secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, a Bush appointee.

Of particular concern to some tribes, Chertoff waived the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and other federal laws to speed construction of a border fence between the U.S. and Mexico. NAGPRA is a 1990 federal law, which created a legal process for federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding to return American Indian human remains and cultural items to their respective tribes or lineal descendants. ::: MORE HERE:::

BTC – The POTUS does not have privacy. The Washington Post has made it a point to expose Obama’s every move through a widespread national database virulently available to …anyone.

How’s that for pressure? My thought here is that maybe the Post’s database will go away if the federal Government can find a way to keep that from happening to us. I have a suggestion: REPEAL THE REAL ID ACT.

As I have said in the past, the American people do not share the benefits, the immunity or the power of the United States Presidency or of elected officials. We need the dignity of our privacy.

Is having stalkers cool?
It’s disturbing and creepy. If someone we knew were singling us out this way, we would go get a court order to restrain them for such behavior. Why the hell should we tolerate it from our government, whatever their excuse is?

Big article in the

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels last week announced changes in the state’s new driver’s license policy, which goes into effect Jan. 1 and is meant to bring Indiana into compliance with the federal Real ID law.

Under the previously announced policy, all Hoosiers seeking a driver’s license or state identification card would be required to meet the federal Secure ID standards. But Bureau of Motor Vehicle spokesman Dennis Rosebrough said there were some objections to the new policy, so the BMV made some changes. ::MORE::

LISTEN :::H4RDW4RE : An RFID Clean Up Team

BTCRadio Frequency ID chip technologies are “too vulnerable in too many ways,” says Chris Paget, ethical hacker and partner for H4RDW4RE, a new company creating privacy and security solutions to existing RFID problems in the marketplace.

The public has been made aware of RFID or Radio Frequency ID technologies commissioned for national identity documents: passports, Enhanced Drivers Licenses, TWIC cards, Speed Passes and even Tribal Identity Cards. Unfortunately, RFID as a government sanctioned technology earned a big brother reputation from its ability to track a persons current location, storing and conveying private information from 20 – 30 feet away.

Chris Paget, a technology penetration consultant, found the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative compliant RFIDs especially troublesome. He began doing live demonstrations exposing identity security flaws RFIDs had on average cardholders. Then Chris Paget and his business partner Tim Mullen formed They have made it their business to demonstrate exactly how insecure Western Hemisphere compliant RFID chips can be for people to possess in identity cards, smart-contactless cards and credit cards.

In this interview they explain the benefits of technology penetration testing or “ethical hacking” for investors and adopters. One of Paget’s demonstrations went viral via YouTube in February, blowing apart any faint notion of RFID’s billing as a secure identity technology. Equipped with only a $250 signal reader and a conventional laptop, Paget cloned or copied private passport information from a parked car in San Francisco.

H4RDW4RE recently featured high profile demonstrations at 2009 conventions like DefCon & Black Hat. They continue to invent solutions for existing security problems and risks ordinary people face from identity technologies present in U.S. passports and other public cards.

Cindy Cohn for EFF

EFF today released an Interim Report on the Automated Targeting System (ATS) through which the Department of Homeland Security monitors and assigns risk assessment scores to Americans and others who cross into or out of the United States. The data reviewed under the ATS system includes seven large government databases, plus the Passenger Name Record data from the airlines (which includes data like whether you’ve ordered a Muslim or Hindu or Jewish special meal). Effectively, if you travel internationally, ATS creates an instant, personal and detailed dossier on you that CBP officers use to decide whether you get to enter the country, or will be subject to an enhanced (and potentially invasive) search. EFF’s report details what we’ve learned about the ATS program from the over 2,000 pages released by the government so far. We note that because of government’s very heavy redacting and refusal to release key information Americans remain in dark about how this powerful system is used on travelers. EFF’s Interim report was written by Shana Dines.

DHS has continued to release documents to EFF so we’ll update the report as additional useful information comes out.

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