ID Red Alert!
who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
year 2005 is now less than two weeks away. It might be the year
what is left of Constitutional government in America faces its greatest
specific day most likely to live in infamy in 2004 was December
7. That was the day our ex-Trotskyite controlled Congress passed
the so-called National
Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (S.2845) also called the Intelligence
Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 another of those multi-thousand
page tomes all but unread by the vast majority of those who signed
it. The Intelligence Reform bill was put together ostensibly in
response to recommendations by the 9/11 Commission. Its official
title as introduced: "A bill to reform the intelligence community
and the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the
United States Government, and for other purposes." Inquiring
minds want to know: what other purposes? One thing we can
be sure of: this horrid bill contains things those in power have
wanted for years, the things Claire Wolfe once called "land
mine legislation," some of which were beaten back by public
outrage in the pre-9/11 world.
de facto national ID card, for example.
right. The National Intelligence Reform Act orders the Department
of Homeland Security to begin issuing "uniformity regulations"
requiring that all driverís licenses and birth certificates meet
certain federalized standards, along with biometrics for "security"
purposes. The provisions can be found in subsections 7212 and 7211
of the bill respectively. States will be ordered to include personal
information about every individual, and this information will be
used to build a huge federal database giving unelected federal bureaucrats
access to your information. In other words, your privacy already
severely eroded by the federal behemoth will become a thing of the
past in 2005. Control over the issuing of social security numbers
(subsection 7213) will also be federalized. Also, the bill directs
the Department of Homeland Security to establish separate standards
for national ID used to board airplanes (subsection 7220). The ramifications
here go well beyond the transformation of airports into fortresses
we have seen since 9/11. It is just possible that as a result of
this legislation, the feds will see themselves as having a green
light to begin setting up road block check points. Below we will
encounter reason to believe an "internal passport" to
travel freely in this country is in the works. This could be one
of those unstated "other purposes." If this runaway train
is not stopped, be prepared to have to "show your papers,"
just like the cannon fodder that populated the former Soviet Union
and Nazi Germany.
other "accomplishments" of this noxious piece of legislation:
creating a national director of intelligence who would oversee all
15 federal intelligence agencies, including three housed in the
Defense Department (Title I, Subtitle A). The current rule of thumb
in our political ruling class: when in doubt, centralize. Consolidate
only sensible measures in the bill were the ones that were dropped.
These were measures that blocked states from issuing driverís licenses
to illegal aliens and limited appeals for illegal immigrants facing
deportation. I have long believed that our porous borders are a
recipe for disaster on multiple fronts. Not only is the cheap labor
offered via illegal immigration one of the factors slowly destroying
what is left of Americaís middle class, but there
can be little doubt that Middle Easterners who may mean Americans
harm can cross over our Mexican border as easily as any Mexican.
I will wager money that if another terrorist attack occurs on American
soil, we will be able to trace the perpetratorsí movements back
to our Southern border. The basis for questioning the sincerity
of our political class in wanting to protect the American public
from terrorism is actually quite solid.
House passed this awful bill by a vote of 336-75. The Senate passed
it by a vote of 89-2. There is almost no doubt that President Bush
will sign it. On December 7, Bush stated, "I am pleased the
measure also contains many critical law enforcement tools that I
have called for that will help make America more secure. I look
forward to signing this landmark piece of legislation into law."
know that Ron Paul (R-Tx) voted against it. Congressman Paul had
warned that same day, "Those who are willing to allow the government
to establish a Soviet-style internal passport system because they
think it will make us safer are terribly mistaken. Subjecting every
citizen to surveillance and screening points actually will make
us less safe, not in the least because it will divert resources
away from tracking an apprehending terrorists and deploy them against
innocent Americans! Every conservative who believes in constitutional
restraints on government should reject the authoritarian national
ID card and the nonsensical intelligence bill itself."
is becoming clear, however, that putting a Soviet-style system in
place has long been one of the goals of those who want unlimited
power over U.S. citizens. The "war on terror" is looking
more and more every day like a ruse an instrument for instilling
fear and convincing the gullible that they are "unsafe"
in the absence of massive federal monitoring over every aspect of
their lives. We are indeed approaching the kind of cradle-to-grave
controls that existed over the peoples of the former Soviet Union.
those of us who are long time observers of the march toward world
government, none of this is surprising. Almost exactly 50 years
G. Edward Griffin, an unusual meeting took place between one
Roland Gaither, then President of the enormously wealthy Ford Foundation,
and a Mr. Norman Dodd, then chief investigator for the Congressional
Committee to Investigate Tax Exempt Foundations. Mr. Gaither asks
Mr. Dodd, "Would you be interested in knowing what we do here
at the Ford Foundation?" Mr. Dodd replies, "Yes! Thatís
exactly why I am here. I would be very interested, sir." Mr.
Gaither tells him, "Mr. Dodd, we operate in response to directives,
the substance of which is that we shall use our grant making power
to alter life in the United States so that it can be comfortably
merged with the Soviet Union." When he recovers from his shock,
Mr. Dodd asks whether Mr. Gaither believes he doesnít have an obligation
to disclose this aim of one of the wealthiest tax-exempt foundations
in the country to the American people. Mr. Gaither replies, "We
would never dream of doing such a thing."
some say there are no "conspiracies."
course, the original Soviet Union is no more. But Sovietization
is very much alive as an unofficial policy of the current Anglo-American
power structure, and this is no mystery when one considers the ex-Trotskyites
(otherwise known as neocons) now in control of the Republican Party.
Doubtless they see Bushís reelection as a green light to move ahead
at full speed. Perhaps we might find a clue in the Bush Administrationís
hiring of two ex-KGB chiefs, General Yevgeni Primakov and Alexander
Karpov, to work in the now infamous Office of Information Awareness
(DARPA) to help design the equivalent of an internal passport for
Americans. These two are now Homeland Security consultants.
has to do with the total subjugation of a population to police state
conditions, destroying whatever indigenous cultures or revered bodies
of ideas encountered along the way. It has to do with herding people
into collectives, treating them as potential enemies, and controlling
them psychologically by encouraging groupthink and invoking fears
of various sorts in the present case, of terrorism. The Soviet mindset
expects absolute obedience and, when empowered, enforces it. (Think
here of what has actually happened to the small handful of people
who refused to be treated like criminals by federal airport nazis.)
body of ideas most at stake is the one holding that the federal
government answers to the Constitution, which limits its powers.
There is nothing in the Constitution authorizing the federal government
to mandate national identification of any sort from any federal
agency, much less to federalize airport security or plan and issue
internal passports to law-abiding citizens. For that matter, the
majority of federal agencies extending their reach into our lives
Sovietization of America would be a key step toward the creation
of global authority. It would apply what Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
once called the "Four-Prong
Devilís Fork": (1) Gradualism, originally conceived in
the late 1800s by the Fabian Socialists, leading to instituting
changes over such long periods of time that the masses of people
do not recognize what is happening; (2) semantic deception, using
traditional-sounding labels as a means of sugar-coating and deception;
(3) using an endless supply of taxpayer dollars; and (4) applying
Hegelian dialectic (thesis, antithesis, synthesis:
the deliberate creation of a problem resulting in a panicked
reaction, leading the masses to accept a predetermined solution
it would never have accepted before. The entire "war on terrorism"
is taking on a character very much like this. (I sometimes tell
people that when the federal government declares "war"
on anything, your best bet is to put your hands over your head and
run for cover. All one need do is look at the "wars" on
poverty and drugs, and wonder why the "war" on terrorism
will be any different.)
in sum, as 2005 looms, we have reason to worry! Regarding national
ID, the you-know-what is about to hit the fan. Ladies and gentlemen,
now is the time to act. Avoidance of having unconstitutional national
identification shoved down our throats by an unconstitutional Department
of Homeland Security depends on how many law-abiding citizens contact
their representatives and senators in Rome on the Potomac and protest
a "war on terrorism" being waged under the assumption
that they are potentially the enemy. It depends on how many
State governors, senators and representatives remember that the
Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has never been officially
repealed. It may depend on whether U.S. citizens are willing to
stand up and declare their refusal to cooperate to engage in civil
disobedience, if it comes to that, as author Devvy Kidd has done
in her just-published call
means protesting something the globalists want badly. There
is no guarantee, moreover, that a Constitutionalist with a "dream
team" of libertarian attorneys would win a court fight over
this thing. Supreme Court rulings have upheld federal authoritiesí
declarations of a right to demand identification from any American
at any time for any reason as not being violations of their Constitutional
rights. Legal precedent is no longer on the side of limitations
on federal power. Finally, much of corporate America especially
banks, credit unions and credit card companies would likely applaud
a national ID system as the best available solution to the problems
posed by identity theft and other forms of fraud. An important organization
of software companies has
endorsed the intelligence reform bill. Entire industries all
of us are compelled to interact with in a technologically advanced
society may well adopt a uniform policy of requiring federalized
ID as a condition of doing business with them.
the same time, there is a growing number of people who have had
it with all the centralization, consolidation, etc. A freedom-loving
people will not long tolerate the growth of powers they have no
legal defenses against. So are we freedom-loving, or do we just
want security? If we choose the latter, I predict along with Ben
Franklin that we shall have neither. If you want freedom, the time
has come to say so. Not to me, in emails, but to those in
power in Rome on the Potomac! The bill may have been signed, but
it is not too late to give the powers that be some serious second
thoughts. Here is a link to
the House of Representatives with telephone contact information
(recommended over both email and snail-mail); here
is one to the Senate. Go for it!
National Intelligence Reform Act is not specific in what it is requiring
Homeland Security to do. So we do have some wiggle room, and it
is at least conceivable that a massive outcry might yet thwart our
headlong rush into Sovietization. This places a large onus on the
American public this means you! Unless you want your
children to look back on 2005 as the year the "old America"
simply ceased to exist.
December 18, 2004
Yates [send him mail]
has a Ph.D. in philosophy and is the author of Civil
Wrongs: What Went Wrong With Affirmative Action
the forthcoming Worldviews:
Christian Theism versus Modern Materialism
Defense of Logic.
He directs the Worldviews
Project and has joined Stratia
Corporation as a part-time consultant. He lives in Columbia,
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