This is how the Golden Shield will work: Chinese citizens will be watched around the clock through networked CCTV cameras and remote monitoring of computers. They will be listened to on their phone calls, monitored by digital voice-recognition technologies. Their Internet access will be aggressively limited through the country’s notorious system of online controls known as the "Great Firewall." Their movements will be tracked through national ID cards with scannable computer chips and photos that are instantly uploaded to police databases and linked to their holder’s personal data.This is the most important element of all: linking all these tools together in a massive, searchable database of names, photos, residency information, work history and biometric data. When Golden Shield is finished, there will be a photo in those databases for every person in China: 1.3 billion faces. - Naomi Klein, China’s All-Seeing Eye: Total Surveillance Society Coming to the Whole World, Rolling Stone, May 29, 2008
March 11, 2010
President Obama is scheduled to meet with Senators Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) later this week to discuss a Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) bill. At controversy is a proposed national worker ID which would be at the center of the Senators’ proposed immigration bill currently being worked on in the U.S. Senate.
To combat critics of CIR, who say that once it is passed more illegal immigrants will flood the United States, Senators Schumer and Graham will introduce a national worker ID. The new ID card would be embedded with information, such as fingerprints or a scan of the veins in the top of the hand, to tie the card to the worker. The ID card would be required for all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants. If implemented all new workers, including teenagers, would be phased in with an initial focus on industries that are known to employ illegal-immigrants.
Critics of the new ID card, like the American Civil Liberties Union, say it would be a massive invasion of privacy. Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union was quoted as saying:
"We're not only talking about fingerprinting every American, treating ordinary Americans like criminals in order to work. We're also talking about a card that would quickly spread from work to voting to travel to pretty much every aspect of American life that requires identification."However, Senator Graham disagrees with critics comparing the ID cards to an extension of our current system saying:
"We've all got Social Security cards. They're just easily tampered with. Make them tamper-proof. That's all I'm saying."According to Senator Schumer, employers would be able to buy a scanner to check the IDs for as much as $800; and small employers could take their applicants to a government office such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and have their hands scanned there.
The White House has yet to comment of the proposed National Worker ID.
By Laura Meckler, The Wall Street Journal
March 9, 2010
Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card which all American workers would eventually be required to obtain.
Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker.
The ID card plan is one of several steps advocates of an immigration overhaul are taking to address concerns that have defeated similar bills in the past.
The uphill effort to pass a bill is being led by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who plan to meet with President Barack Obama as soon as this week to update him on their work. An administration official said the White House had no position on the biometric card.
"It's the nub of solving the immigration dilemma politically speaking," Mr. Schumer said in an interview.The card, he said, would directly answer concerns that after legislation is signed, another wave of illegal immigrants would arrive.
"If you say they can't get a job when they come here, you'll stop it."The biggest objections to the biometric cards may come from privacy advocates, who fear they would become de facto national ID cards that enable the government to track citizens.
"It is fundamentally a massive invasion of people's privacy," said Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. "We're not only talking about fingerprinting every American, treating ordinary Americans like criminals in order to work. We're also talking about a card that would quickly spread from work to voting to travel to pretty much every aspect of American life that requires identification."Mr. Graham says he respects those concerns but disagrees.
"We've all got Social Security cards," he said. "They're just easily tampered with. Make them tamper-proof. That's all I'm saying."U.S. employers now have the option of using an online system called E-Verify to check whether potential employees are in the U.S. legally. Many Republicans have pressed to make the system mandatory. But others, including Mr. Schumer, complain that the existing system is ineffective.
Last year, White House aides said they expected to push immigration legislation in 2010. But with health care and unemployment dominating his attention, the president has given little indication the issue is a priority.
Rather, Mr. Obama has said he wanted to see bipartisan support in Congress first. So far, Mr. Graham is the only Republican to voice interest publicly, and he wants at least one other GOP co-sponsor to launch the effort.
An immigration overhaul has long proven a complicated political task. The Latino community is pressing for action and will be angry if it is put off again. But many Americans oppose any measure that resembles amnesty for people who came here illegally.
Under the legislation envisioned by Messrs. Graham and Schumer, the estimated 10.8 million people living illegally in the U.S. would be offered a path to citizenship, though they would have to register, pay taxes, pay a fine and wait in line. A guest-worker program would let a set number of new foreigners come to the U.S. legally to work.
Most European countries require citizens and foreigners to carry ID cards. The U.K. had been a holdout, but in the early 2000s it considered national cards as a way to stop identify fraud, protect against terrorism and help stop illegal foreign workers. Amid worries about the cost and complaints that the cards infringe on personal privacy, the government said it would make them voluntary for British citizens. They are required for foreign workers and students, and so far about 130,000 cards have been issued.
Mr. Schumer first suggested a biometric-based employer-verification system last summer. Since then, the idea has gained currency and is now a centerpiece of the legislation being developed, aides said.
A person familiar with the legislative planning said the biometric data would likely be either fingerprints or a scan of the veins in the top of the hand. It would be required of all workers, including teenagers, but would be phased in, with current workers needing to obtain the card only when they next changed jobs, the person said.
The card requirement also would be phased in among employers, beginning with industries that typically rely on illegal-immigrant labor.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn't have a position on the proposal, but it is concerned that employers would find it expensive and complicated to properly check the biometrics.
March 11, 2010
The National ID Card will guarantee the federal government's complete control over every man, woman and child in the US, period!
If you want the government to have total control over your life, then do nothing and very soon we will all be carrying that blasted National ID Card.
A National ID Card will grant the federal government the power to reach into the everyday lives of people living in this country on an unprecedented level.
If you are one of the few (rare) Americans, these days, who actually believes in freedom -- actually believes you have a God-given right to privacy, actually believes the you are entitled to the freedoms and liberties outlined in the original Constitution of the United States -- then you had better rise up and fight for them because we are on the extreme edge of losing them and becoming slaves to the all powerful Central Government the "Progressives" such has Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Senator Charles Shumer of New York apparently want for their fellow Americans.
At "crimefilenews.com" we read the following:
"Washington, DC - There may be benefits to this idea. What we really get is a greater Police State. This is about total control over every man, woman and child. The power connected to those with access to the database is absolute ..." [Read the entire story HERE]
I recently saw a reminder on the internet concerning the 2,000-year-old prophecy in The Bible that tells of a time when every living person must have a number, a mark, if you will, in order to buy and sell. The writer went on to say that up to the current time, this prophecy could not be accomplished. But now, with the advent of computers, it can be fulfilled and -- it appears -- our own government will be in the vanguard of the nations ordering its citizens to have such a mark, such a number. Could it be "The National ID Card?"
As a person who values his privacy I must ask: who will have access to my personal information?
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) refers to technologies that utilize radio waves to automatically identify individual items. When RFID first emerged, it was used in tracking and access applications. Since then, it has developed as a robust technology with ever increasing processing speeds, wider reading ranges, and larger memory capacities....and can track individuals, their behavior, and monitor their lives, at home, at work and while traveling -- it is Big Brother watching.
A National ID Card could hold huge troves of information. It could include information such as: where you live, where you have lived in the past, information on your family, information on your religion and information on your ObamaCare "Public Option" Government-run Insurance policy, plus more information on your education, and even the registration of your guns!
Think about it. A National ID Card will, most likely, contain your fingerprints, a scan of your iris, or even your DNA profile on it.
Of a necessity there must be a National Database containing continually updated personal information. We already know that once that database is created by the government, it will grow larger and larger and more encompassing.
How are we going to know who would seek access to our information and how can we be sure that permission won't be granted?
A few months back I wrote the following:
"I have to ask: what is wrong with Americans? Are we sheep to be herded by a National Shepherd? Where is the individualism that won this country from the British and then stretched it across the entire continent to the shores of the Pacific? Even the oceans could not hold back our burning desire for FREEDOM! Yet, today, we are begging the federal government to take our freedoms away! This is scandalous! This borders on cowardice of the highest magnitude!We are told the National ID Card will help in the fight against illegal immigration. How exactly? Illegal aliens will continue to slip across an unsecured border and they will continue to work for cash under the table -- as has been noted by others.
Are we so quick to give back the liberties bought with the precious blood of our forefathers, our ancestors, and in many cases our immediate relatives? In cemeteries all over the globe lie the bodies of American men and women who put their lives on the line and shed their blood up to the "last full measure" to ensure you and I the freedoms we are now begging the Federal Government to take away!
Our national motto is: "In God We Trust." Apparently it's a lie! If we truly placed our trust in God, we would not be so hasty to misplace it in a government, which is already too big and intrusive."
No, a National ID Card is just another way for the federal government to gain control over the masses. That's you and me.
I don't know. Maybe it's just me. I am proud of my ancestors some of whom were bootleggers and smugglers. They left me more than fond memories. They left me with a strong distrust of government. I think that distrust is healthy. They left me something else as well. They made me understand that the government is not responsible for me. They taught me that a man is always responsible for himself. They taught me the more I depended on government, the more dependence government would require until I had nothing left to give -- and then I would find that I was a slave to that government.
The National ID Card must be stopped. Contact your congressperson and your senators and let them know how you feel about the government having complete control over you. Remind them that the Mid-Term Election is coming up in November and you intend to vote.
In this Constitutional Republic we call America; it is up to us, the citizens, to keep our government on a short rein. Indeed, it is our duty, as citizens, to keep the tentacles of government out of our every day existence. They have no business there. We must be wary of "Knee-Jerk" responses to danger, real or imagined, such as I believe the National ID Card to be. If the government wants to "Card" somebody, why not make everyone who is not a citizen of this country carry one (an ID card) while inside our borders?
As I look about me today, at modern day America, I have to conclude we have failed at the single most important task we have as adult Americans. That task is to preserve freedom in this country... to guarantee a future for our children in a free nation.
A National ID card is much the same as a tattooed number on your forearm. It is proof of ownership... by someone other than you.
If natural progression holds true, next will come the National RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip implanted at birth. It will broadcast a radio signal all the days of your life, telling the government who you are, and where you are, at all times. National ID, of any kind, takes away one of your basic rights, the right to privacy.
It is time to get a grip, America! Our National Anthem says: "...The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave." Well, don't you think it is about time we began to act like it? A National ID card would say to the world just the opposite.
By Nicholas D. Kristof, Beijing Journal
Originally Published on March 16, 1992
Behind a locked metal grill door on the second floor of the Beijing Engineering Design Institute is a small room stacked with files from floor to ceiling. There is a file here on each of the institute's 600 employees, and although they are never allowed to peek inside, they live all their lives with their file looming over them.
As part of China's complex system of social control and surveillance, the authorities keep a dangan, or file, on virtually everyone except peasants. Indeed, most Chinese have two dangan: one at their workplace and another in their local police station.
"Here's one, a man called Ji," Zhang Yuhong, a 34-year-old Communist Party member and dangan clerk at the design institute, said as she skimmed through the loose-leaf binder that served as Mr. Ji's dangan, pronounced dahng-ahn.A file is opened on each urban citizen when he or she enters elementary school, and it shadows the person throughout life, moving on to high school, college and employer. Particularly for officials, students, professors and Communist Party members, the dangan contain political evaluations that affect career prospects and permission to leave the country.
"School records and grade transcripts," she began, offering a foreigner a rare look into the dangan system. "Entry into the Communist Youth League and the Communist Party. Family members and photo. Promotions and level of work. Performance evaluations. That kind of thing. About 10 items."
The file system in China is fundamentally different from any in the West, not only because the Chinese system encompasses all urban citizens, but because the file is kept by one's employer. The dangan affects promotions and job opportunities, and it is difficult to escape from because any prospective employer is supposed to examine an applicant's dangan before making a hiring decision. And there is no Freedom of Information Act to allow access to material in one's file.
The dangan is part of a web of social controls that insure order in China. Other elements of the web include the personal identity card that each citizen must carry, the residence permit that determines in what city a person can live, and the "work unit" that provides lifetime employment, housing, political study and permission to have a child.
It is a remarkable achievement for a poor developing country that it can maintain hundreds of millions of secret files on its urban population. From an American perspective, the extensive dangan system is one way in which China distinguishes itself as an aspiring totalitarian regime rather than a mere dictatorship.
Yet from a Chinese perspective, the absence of a comprehensive system of national files is one of the most perplexing lapses of American society, like the inability of New York to curb graffiti or narcotics. In China, which has a 3,000-year history of bureaucratic controls and no tradition of privacy -- not even a good way of expressing the idea in the Chinese language -- virtually nobody seems upset about the presence of the dangan system ...
According to Nick Sandberg ("Blueprint for Total Control," 2001):
The master plan of the global elite is to get all humanity microchipped; however, despite the progress our planet has made along the road to becoming a world consumerist superstate, most people are still highly resistant to the idea of having a chip implanted under their skin. Therefore, there is a progressive strategy that will be gradually implemented to lead us, step by step, into permitting this nightmare future to come about.National ID Cards and REAL ID Act of 2005 - The Real ID Act of 2005 was approved by both the House and Senate (the bill passed unanimously, 100-0, in the Senate on May 10, 2005) as part of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief (H.R.1268) and signed into law on May 11, 2005 by President George W. Bush. On March 1, 2007, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff extended the deadline for state compliance with the REAL ID Act from May 11, 2008 to the end of 2009. On January 11, 2008, it was announced the deadline has been extended again, until 2011, in hopes of gaining more support from states.
It may unfold in three concurrent stages:
For the past fifteen years we have been slowly led towards giving up cash in favor of electronic money, and in the last five years, the heat has been turned up. The increased promotion of credit cards, debit cards, mail order, phone and Internet banking, and Internet shopping have all helped to bring about a society where the need for cash transactions is greatly reduced. Yet many people still like carrying cash, meaning more will have to be done if it is to be eliminated completely.
- Firstly, cash will be gradually eliminated.
- Secondly, all personal and financial data will be placed on individual "smartcards" or national ID cards.
- And, thirdly, smartcards or national ID cards will be themselves gradually eliminated to be replaced by microchip implants.
Already, we are being conditioned to accept the loss of our civil liberties with the passing of the Patriot Act, as well as the loss of our privacy with warrantless wiretapping and tracking systems such as GPS technology in our cars, cameras, wristwatches, and cell phones.
Talk radio host Alex Jones interviewed Hollywood producer and documentary filmmaker Aaron Russo on January 29, 2007. Aaron explained that, through his growing popularity, he met Nick Rockefeller and became friends. Aaron described the astounding admissions of Nick Rockefeller, who told him that the global elite's ultimate goal was to get everyone microchipped so that they could have total control. Nick explained the New World Order agenda for absolute power, which includes a total cashless society and an "RFID chip" to control peoples' money and to track them. Nick told Aaron that "if someone got out of line, they would just turn off their chip."
Aaron Russo met Nick Rockefeller in 1998. He and Rockefeller's friendship ended before September 11, 2001. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2002 and died on August 24, 2007. The following are videos of the interview Alex Jones conducted of Aaron Russo on January 29, 2007, seven months before his death.
Aaron Russo on Nick Rockefeller and a Microchipped Population
Full Interview of Aaron Russo by Alex Jones (Video)
Applied Digital, Verichip, RFID Implantable Microchip
According to Nick Sandberg ("Blueprint for Total Control," 2001) and Serge Monast ("NASA's" Project Blue Beam," 1994):
By first removing cash and then by introducing problems into electronic money systems while simultaneously promoting microchip implants as a safe and acceptable alternative, the global elite will lead us slowly into accepting personal implant technology.NSA to Build $1.5 Billion Cybersecurity Data Center
The phasing out of cash most likely will begin with some kind of worldwide economic disaster—not a complete crash, but enough to allow the New World Order to introduce some kind of in-between currency before they introduce their electronic cash to replace all paper money. The in-between currency will be used to force anyone with savings to spend or turn in their cash, because the global elite understand that people who have money are not dependent upon them and might be the very ones who will mount an insurrection against them. If everyone is broke, no one can fund a war of any kind; paper currency will cease to exist; this will be one of the first signs.
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Google Asks NSA to Help Secure Its Network
Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks
NSA and Google Form Alliance
The government has your baby's DNA
Newborn babies in the United States are routinely screened for a panel of genetic diseases. Since the testing is mandated by the government, it's often done without the parents' consent. In many states babies' DNA is stored indefinitely in a government lab.
Obama backs national DNA database, tests
President Barack Obama’s embrace of a national database to store the DNA of people arrested but not necessarily convicted of a crime is heartening to backers of the policy but disappointing to criminal-justice reformers, who view it as an invasion of privacy.
Obama Supports a National DNA Database
Obama tells John Walsh he supports a national DNA database of all arrested Americans.
TIME pushes biometric ID card in the name of immigration reform
A bipartisan pair of Senators, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), recently presented an immigration-bill blueprint to President Obama that includes a proposal to issue a biometric ID card to all working Americans.
There is Now a U.S. Biometrics Agency Fully Integrated into DoD Activities
Where Are Your Papers? Judge Napolitano Covers the Biometric ID Scheme
Immigration Bill Requires All Citizens and Immigrants to Obtain Biometric Social Security Cards
National ID Card for All Legal Workers Is at Center of Immigration Plan
Creating a Success of Biometrics in Government
Lawmakers Eyeing National ID Card
Biometric ID Proposed for All or Face Unemployment
The Proposed National ID Card - Your Passport to a Police State
Dems spark alarm with call for national ID card
Is a biometric, national ID card an immigration game changer?
National ID and the REAL ID Act
The National ID Card That Isn't, Yet
U.S. Government Launches Official Agency to Manage Biometric Database
White House Cybersecurity Plan Will Aim to Protect Health Data
House votes to expand national DNA arrest database
India Building the World's Largest Biometric Database
Biometric scans of skaters' thumbprints planned for California skate park
Deadlines, risks and the future of electronic, chip-based biometric e-passports
Australia's e-Health Bill Paves the Way for PositiveID Human Implantable RFID Microchips
Updated 8/23/10 (Newest Additions at End of List)