Oct 2, 2007

REAL ID: Dept. of Homeland Tyranny Continues to Lobby State DMVs; Head of Nat'l Gov. Association Plays Sycophant

"Mountaineers are always free"--unless they accept REAL ID.
Preserve our way of life, tell the WV legislature and Governor to pass the pending bi-partisan bills opposing REAL ID implementation. A nation ID card is un-American, and unconstitutional.

Alot of good current information in this article on one of the most important topics that could change every West Virginian's "way of life" more than any presumed terrorist threat, which is a microscopic threat statistically. Whether "Mountaineers are always free" (the state's real official slogan that has been laid aside, while liberty has been consistently encroached upon) is up to the state legislature and Governor, whether they will pass the pending legislation opposing and nullifying REAL ID or not. (See REAL ID tags for previous articles).

As another alternative, any citizen could sue, as did the individual from Alaska to their DMV in the link at bottom, to prevent REAL ID being implemented based upon the West Virginia Constitution which requires the state to resist federalization, maintain constitutional continuity, and defend our rights of privacy, insteading of being "pre-booked" as criminal suspects (it is no longer merely an "operator's license" since they required SSN and photos) in order to have "freedom" to travel.

Homeland Security is America's Gestapo and it ought to be dismantled as well, since it is designed for federalization of the states, and contrary to the U.S. Constitution which does not authorize any such tyrannical agency to exist. Notice in this article how they found a sycophant to do their bidding, the head of the National Governor's Association, who is not representing the States, but this usurping rogue power illegally added to the Federal branch.

From Wired:

DMV Gets Educated on Real ID by Homeland Security Industrial Complex
By Ryan Singel September 25, 2007 | 6:55:58 PMCategories: Identification

The database and identity wing of the Homeland Security Industrial Complex sponsored a conference this week on Real ID, the controversial, unfunded government mandate that forces states to join in a national identification program or face having their residents unable to enter federal buildings or board airplanes.

Much of the conference agenda seemed dedicated to rallying state DMV employees to make sure the vendors get the fat contracts, regardless of the drubbing the proposal has gotten from states and the public.

Under the proposed rules all current driver's license and state I.D. holders would have to track down verified copies of "breeder documents" that prove their citizenship and marital status.

Many states are balking at the proposal, seeing it as a federal encroachment on state sovereignty, a privacy-invasive initiative and a financial strain on cash-strapped states.

Among the many sessions held Monday and Tuesday at the D.C.-based conference was a keynote from Dr. Raymond Scheppach, the head of the National Governors Association, which aimed to educate DMV bureaucrats on how they could use Real ID's bigger databases to bring in more money to pay for the databases.

What options did Scheppach suggest for states to deal with the estimated $23 billion cost over 10 years? According to the schedule, his speech included

Assessing various ways of creating the extra funding yourself, e.g. can you use a nation-wide database in other areas of your jurisdiction too, such as finding fathers who aren't paying their child support, or providing extra security for retailers using credit cards?

THREAT LEVEL thinks DMVs might think about selling the database to data brokers, Florida-style...

Jim Harper, the Cato Institute's resident identification specialist, noticed the event first, highlighting another session entitled Bringing Your Public Onboard For Smoother Legislature Changes, teaching DMV employees how to sell Real ID to the public so that politicians will make the necessary changes to state laws.

Harper comments: "State legislators who care about privacy should bar their employees from attending events like this - before the bureaucrats oust them from office."

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