REAL I.D.

In 2009 the Missouri legislature did not pass the Real I.D. Act coming out of Washington, D.C., thus protecting Missourians from another Federal database.  The Real I.D. act provides for the Federal Government to issue I.D. cards which have not only printed information on them about each person, but also has a biometric feature such as a DNA sample or most likely a finger or thumb print.  It would  also have an RFID chip on it, which when scanned (knowingly or unknowingly to you) would provide everything about you, name, DOB, address, SSN, phone number, and any other information the feds deem “needed” on such a card, which may include blood type,  family names, occupation, and party affiliation to name a few.

Now the bill is again before the Missouri Senate.  So far, each state has to “approve” it to become law for their state.  As with many Federal laws regulating states, sooner or later it may become tied to Federal funding of roads, bridges, education, health care, and other things for which states have come to depend on from the feds.

The promises are, first, you can choose to keep your Missouri Drivers License or you may choose to receive the “Federal I.D. card” in place of your license.  Second, they promise the Missouri card will NOT have an RFID chip on it.

I hesitate to believe that.

RFID stands for “Radio Frequency Identification” and is used in everything from farm animals, pets, produce, and books, to credit and debit cards.   Next time you buy a book or something that has an additional label on it, carefully peel that label off and hold it up to a lamp.  If it has circuitry in it, it’s an RFID chip!

When exposed to a scanner usually in the 900 to 930 Megahertz range, there’s a very small sensor in that circuitry that activates and responds to the scanner by sending the information stored in the RFID chip.  Large stores like Sams Club, Walmart, and other big stores are able to push a pallet of items off the truck, through the door with a scanner on each side, and every item on that pallet will be scanned, counted, and entered into the store’s inventory without ever being taken off the pallet.   This could replace the UPC bar code system.

In the past an ad on TV that showed a young man walking through a grocery store, and it seemed he was shoplifting as he put things in the pockets of his long coat.  But as he exited the store a “red bar” scanned him head to foot, his bank account or credit card was apparently charged, and he walked out without ever going through a checkout lane.

That technology is here, but there doesn’t have to be a light to indicate you’re being scanned.  You may never know.

Back to the REAL I.D. cards:  IF the feds get this passed in every state, it becomes completely possible to track your every move (that is, it will make it easier for them) because every time you cross a state line, you may be scanned.   The frightening extrapolation of this is being FORCED to carry such a card to shop, buy  airline tickets, bus tickets, even get into a cab.  The next logical step is to tie this card directly to your bank account.

Up until January, the Federal Government has broken more promises than it has kept.  Hopefully, we have a president –and a governor– in office who believes in Freedom more than controlling the lives of citizens.