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Monday, July 6, 2009

Be Afraid... be VERY AFRAID! Senate Bill S.1261: "Big Brother" Bill

Senate Bill S.1261, also known as the PASS Act, is a rehash of the previously failed REAL ID Act. This egregiously intrusive act is in committee now and, if passed, will open the door to -

1. Participation in an internationally compatible biometric identification system for all Americans. This would allow you to be identified in any country, by any government, in the world.

2. It may require a "National Driver's License" which, although not openly stated in the bill, may include an RFID chip (Radio Frequency Identification Chip). The RFID would allow your movements to be traced by any goverment, in any country in the world! (It is rumored that without the RFID, people will no longer be able to buy or sell necessities, get medical treatment, etc... which smells strongly of burning sulfur - as in "the mark of The Beast".)

Although neither of the above actions is specifically stated in the wording of S.1261, the wording does not prohibit such actions. Government never fails to take full advantage of any legal loophole, and now there is a left-wing supermajority in Congress. How much do you trust your government? If there's any question in your mind, ask a Native American how well those government treaties worked out for them.

This is a less-than-obvious attempt to circumvent the 1st, 4th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America, and an unnecessary intrusion into our right to personal privacy. Between the potential for biometric ID, and the RFID chip, and the nation-wide improper use of our Social Security Number, we subjects could be tracked anywhere in the world! The Federal Driver's License will be an intrusion upon "States Rights" - rights guaranteed to the states by the 10th Amendment: "powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." What other potentials are there in a bill like S. 1261? Does it sound like we could be moved a few steps closer to a One World Government?

Prior to the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, several states had used SSANs as their drivers license number. The law went into effect on December 17, 2005, and applies to all licenses, registrations, and state identification cards issued after that date. Under federal mandate, state DMV's are now refusing to issue or renew a driver license unless one provides their social security number, but it is no longer allowed to be used as the drivers license number. This expanded use of the SSN intrudes into one's privacy and jeopardizes one's credit, personal safety and financial security. There is an increased potential for abuse by government. Another concern is that these federal standards are being imposed in an area which has always been under state control, creating a de facto national ID.

The issuance of a single, unique number to Americans raises the risk that the SSN will become a de jure or de facto national identifier. This risk is not new; it was voiced at the creation of the SSN and has since been raised repeatedly. The SSN was created in 1936 for the sole purpose of accurately recording individual worker's contributions to the social security fund. The public and legislators were immediately suspicious and distrustful of this tracking system fearing that the SSN would quickly become a system containing vast amounts of personal information, such as race, religion and family history, that could be used by the government to track down and control the action of citizens. Public concern over the potential for abuse inherent in the SSN tracking system was so high, that in an effort to dispel public concern the first regulation issued by the Social Security Board declared that the SSN was for the exclusive use of the Social Security system. However, try getting anything without giving your SSAN to the requesting party. You need to surrender it for telephone service, utilities, to get a credit card, medical service (thank you HIPPA) or to get a mortgage, etc. It has already become your de facto National ID.

Many medical providers are using the SSN as a patient identifier, thus hardening the number as a de facto national identifier. As David Miller noted in testimony before the National Committee on Vital Health Statistics:

"It should be noted that the 1993 WEDI [Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange] Report, Appendix 4, Unique Identifiers for the Health Care Industry, Addendum 4 indicated 71% of the payers responding to the survey based the individual identifier on the Member's Social Security Number. However 89% requested the insured's Social Security Number for application of insurance. Clearly the Social Security Number is the current de facto identifier..."

Unfortunately, not everything is as it should be. We are co-opted into exposing our SSN in order to get necessary goods and/or services, and our Congress has not made it illegal for anyone other than the Social Security Administration and the IRS to require revealing our SSAN.

Who wants a national ID card? How about Senator Charles "Chuck" Schumer (D-NY)? Schumer widely takes credit for getting the first mass amnesty passed in 1986. He has worked with Sen. Kennedy (D-Mass.) ever since to ensure that immigration laws aren't enforced. Now he says that we shouldn't require E-Verify because it isn't tough enough? What he wants is a national bio-metric ID card. Big Brother is alive and well, and in the U.S. Senate!

S. 1216 is "in committee" as this Blog is being posted. The names of the Senators on that committee are:

Sen Akaka

Sen Bennet

Sen Burris

Sen Carper

Sen Coburn

Sen Collins

Sen Ensign

Sen Graham

Sen Landrieu

Sen Lieberman

Sen Levin

Sen McCain

Sen McCaskill

Sen Pryor

Sen Tester

Sen Voinovich

If you are a constituent of any of the above-named Senators, please telephone them at (202) 224-4524 (Senate Office Building), and voice your objection to this heretofore secret bill. You can probably guess WHY it was a secret! The lefties are in the majority now, and if you don't make your voice heard, tomorrow may be too late. For a "transparent administration" there sure is a lot of secret backroom legislation going on...

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