of Cringing Wretches….
to be fingerprinted. Probably youve never been fingerprinted,
either. In fact, the majority of Americans (excepting those who
volunteered for the military or whove applied for a concealed
weapons permit both voluntary choices) have likely never
And for good
You used to
have to break the law and usually, a pretty serious law
to end up fingerprinted.
thats the way things used to be.
we may all be required to submit not merely to being fingerprinted
but perhaps also be forced to allow our retinas to be scanned,
possibly our DNA itself catalogued.
If we want
to renew or get a drivers license, anyhow.
Real ID Act is why. It specifies that new, enhanced
licenses with biometric tags be issued to all people seeking a new
license, or renewing one. The implementation date has been pushed
off a bit and a few states are balking a little but
the Long March toward the inevitable continues. These new enhanced
licenses will become our new de facto national ID cards. In addition
to the biometric info about ourselves that will be sampled and collected,
the IDs themselves will also be able to track our movements in real
time via miniaturized Radio Frequency ID (RFID) transmitters built
into them. This is not science fiction or paranoia. The technology
exists; the biometric tags are already in use
and the Real ID Act is very real indeed.
this Real ID business is all about protecting us from
everything and everyone except the increasingly Stasi-like depredations
of our own government. Like the TSA gate rapes, the true purpose
of these enhanced IDs and the associated rigmarole is
about slave training about conditioning the masses to tolerate,
then accept, being treated like common criminals duly registered,
catalogued and easy to be kept track of. That people dont
get this and react with outrage is itself an outrage.
Or ought to
be kept track of by more than merely the government. Private corporations
the other half of the tag team thats slamming us into
the pavement is licking its chops at the prospect of being
able to compile extensive dossiers on each and every one of us.
Where we go and when, what we buy and how in order to better
target us as consumers. If that sounds innocuous, keep
in mind that unlike the government which must still at least
pretend to abide by a few threadbare legalisms regarding what information
it may collect and how such information may be shared and used,
private corporations labor under no such restrictions. Indeed, the
government may (and in fact, has) used private corporations to brazenly
(and with impunity) skirt the law; the private company collects
the info and turns it over to the government. (Recent disclosures
about ISPs providing details about customers surfing habits
and e-mails being one case in point; another being the wholesale
giving over of phone records and so on.)
effect of the Real ID Act is that once we have these IDs forced
upon us, we will be compelled to produce them in order to transact
business, open a bank account, enter public buildings, travel on
commercial carriers etc. It will literally be a new America
one in which, your papers, please! is no longer
a phrase spoken by Brownshirts of a long-gone era but a depressing
reality of everyday life in post-9/11 America where by any
standard the terrorists have most definitely won.
a window into the soul of America, all right. And it laid bare the
soul of a cringing, beaten dog with its tail tucked between its
legs. Ready eager – to submit to its masters voice.
The test case was the TSA and the oddly-named Department of Homeland
Security, which sounds like something right out of 1939 Germany.
they lose the war?
accepted in the name of security and the war
on terror being physically felt up by TSA goons, allowing
routine rifling of our personal possessions, at random without
any pretext or probable cause whatever. Ditto warrantless (and probable-cause-less)
wiretaps, renditions, torture (sorry Hermann, for hanging
you the times were different back then) and, most recently,
a full frontal assault on the last vestiges of the rule of law in
the form of executive branch assertion of the right to commit extra-judicial
murder of American citizens.
dee-cided. And we abided.
What else will
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