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The Power to End Real ID and National ID Mandates; Use It or Lose It

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What will your life be like when the DMV systems reject every good identity document you have due to Real ID?

These are very challenging times for personal liberty. The Obama Administration has changed a lot for civil liberty. US citizens can be detained without a warrant or cause for arrest. Public protest has been criminalised and surveilled. One of the true tests of human rights in contemporary US culture will be if local governments will stand with individual citizens on those boundaries most personal, namely our identity articles.

Real ID & E-Verify, like all national identity programs, are part of a broad federal trend to actually strip citizens of natural rights to behave normally without excessive demands to prove themselves as valid to the State at every interaction. Conceding to these conditions will create an environment where your "papers" will be demanded by any & every  authority figure in America. Life will be more similar to East Berlin before the '89 wall came down.

Currently there are two identity mandates critical to the institution of a national ID or database state circulating in Congress. Both have been authored by Rep. Lamar Smith, now notorious for his role with SOPA Internet censorship bill: federal Real ID Act  and the Legal Workforce Act. Both require the EVVE system, or E-Verify, be mandated in order to work in America.  He is also Chairman of the Judiciary Committee handling an upcoming Real ID hearing.

More citizens will be denied rights to work, vote, or to travel without an internal passport commissioned by the federal mandate if Real ID goes forward. 

EVVE systems will create hardships for both employers and American workers who are citizens. EVVE's labor data will be part of Real ID regulatory conventions. There have been no improvements to privacy protections or secured identity storage to discourage internal fraud at DMVs. Real ID's machinery will compromise and expose more personal information by rule, not exception.

Americans can now suffer indefinite amounts of government scrutiny by way of DHS. Certain birth and key identity documents will never be recognised by the EVVE system because they pre-date the technologies or the systems fail to recognise citizen documents and the citizens themselves. The consequences to citizens are disastrous: women, young people, the elderly and veterans have not been allowed to vote or travel for lack of governed ID. They cannot enter federal buildings seeking representation or petition in our society.

Here's an example: a 20 year old citizen born in Denver was recently refused a drivers license because the system didn't recognize her birth certificate. Local authorities summarily initiated an attempt to deport her. This American citizen was treated exactly like an undocumented immigrant or an illegal alien. 


*Real ID will be evaluated in Congress next week by March 21st, 2012.   

States have systemically rejected Real ID in at least 25 States; while regulatory compliance for the lesser known EVVE program has crept into many States. DHS will continue to encourage citizens to "check themselves" in the E-Verify's cloud system online. Privacy and digital security experts say you cannot really be protected in the cloud from identity theft or hacks. Ground network security for existing DMV information becomes irrelevant, if a city worker commits fraud or if systems were never improved to protect the increased storage of sensitive information required for Real ID compliance today.

Congress does not currently have a positive track record to represent your interests without your input. Unless you want the interests of Big Data and eugenics driven groups like Secured ID Coalition, Numbers USA and the Center for Immigration Studies to decide if you have identity rights, you had better speak up for yourself !

Resist national identity mandates to work, to travel, to use online services or behave normally in American society by adding your name to this petition and circulating it to friends!

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Sheila Dean is the blog editor for and speaks for the 5-11 Campaign, an anti-national ID advocacy campaign. Sheila promotes American Bill of Rights retention and deliverance from the federal banking system. She also produces (more...)
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