Real ID is Global Biometrics

Posted: July 18, 2017 in Legislative Issues, Privacy Rights, REAL ID
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The article below is an excellent overview of how the calculation of your face is being tied to your ability to travel. Don’t worry, there are currently several pilot projects tying your biometric facial recognition to paying for your purchases as well. So that will be on the plate soon enough.

If you detect a bit of sarcasm and disgust in my tone, you are quite observant. Back in 2008, while we fought against the National Animal Identification System up in Jeff City, we also weighed in on a bill by Rep Jim Guest to halt Real ID and biometric identification in the state. That bill went through and FLATLY prohibited the Department of Revenue from collecting any biometric data.

Then in 2011, it came to light that the agent of the state was violating the law of the state and collecting this information anyway. So a bunch of things happened and a special session was called. The legislature then made inquiries and were given information by many people involved with property rights and freedom. After their inquiry, they fixed the law by allowing the DOR to collect the biometric information in photographs. In other words, giving the Department permission to do what they were doing that was in violation of the law passed in 2008. So that is how our representatives “fix” problems like willful violation of the law when it is done by agents of the state.

Also, despite three years of working on a law to prohibit NAIS by that name or any other name, the legislature wouldn’t agree to “or any other program of similar design”. So, we got a law through that prohibited NAIS, and then the USDA changed the name to Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) and currently they are rolling out RFID (radio frequency identification) with enforcement in some states. No worries, it will soon be required in Missouri, too.

So I am not very impressed by the legislature’s ability to see good, proactive and protective legislation through the processes in Jefferson City.

I cannot even count how many times I heard an elected representative in the State Capitol say, “Well, if the feds want it, we have to do it,” to which I replied, “Then why do we even have any state level government?” It would save a lot of money if we did away with that entire payroll if the only reason the State exists is to be the whipping boy of the federal agencies.

Alright. That is enough of my ranting. Without further adieu, here is a clip of the article that spawned my dissertation. You may click on the title to take you to read the entire article.

DHS Outlines Mandatory Biometric ID at Airports for Foreign Travel

By Nicholas West

What at first seemed like creeping tip-toe incrementalism toward the use of biometric ID for travel is quickly becoming a warp-speed reality.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been covering some disturbing developments at national airports that seem to show an acceleration of the plan to use biometric identification in a variety of ways.

On May 19th I reported on a new program initiated by Delta Airlines at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to have automated baggage kiosks for “priority customers” that will first scan a traveler’s passport, then their face in order to match identity to checked luggage. It was promoted as a “pilot program” that Delta launched to seek customer feedback in the hope that it could be rolled out more widely in the future.

This announcement was followed by JetBlue who stated they will “test facial- and fingerprint-recognition technology at two U.S. airports to replace boarding passes, building on industry efforts to increase security and ease passage through airports.”

However, these stories were nothing compared to what followed on June 20th when U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that they would integrate government databases with a private company to speed up biometric processing.(Read the rest here)

  1. LOL and we can take relief in the fact that in reality this invasion of our privacy, is 10 or 20 times worse that what most people know.

    Did you realize that it is likely that your blood was taken at birth, your were given a number, and your DNA catalogued?

    It gets a LOT worse people. Wake up and take responsibility for what has happened because of your silence….

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