Knight Of The Mind

I'll do my best to present a philosophical and generally conservative look at current events and life, the universe and everything. Readers are invited to take all that's posted herein with a grain of salt. or if they prefer, a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

National ID's - Big Brother Likes To Know Who He Is Watching.

Congress has come under manifold political pressure to impliment all of the recommendations of the recently completed 9/11 Commission. In response, they've written a bill that enacts these recommendations into law. Perhaps, a more nuanced approach should have been taken. Not all of these 9/11 Commission ideas necessarily make America a better place to live.

One measure bans federal agencies from accepting Driver's Licenses as ID's unless the license shows a facial portrait and a Social Security Number. In effect, the State Driver's Licenses become a National ID. A simple database query now allows the governement to track individual citizens wherever they may choose to go.

The actual legal requirements for accepting the Driver's License as a form of ID follow below.

b) MINIMUM DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS.—To meet the requirements of this section, a State shall include, at a minimum, the following information and features on each driver’s license and identification card issued to a person by the State:

  1. The person’s full legal name.
  2. The person’s date of birth.
  3. The person’s gender.
  4. The person’s driver license or identification card number.
  5. A photograph of the person.
  6. The person’s address of principal residence.
  7. The person’s signature.
  8. Physical security features designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting, or duplication of the document forfraudulent purposes.
  9. A common machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements.

This, of course, does nothing to stop a terrorist who drives someone else's car illegally or who just catches to the next hijacking. What it does do is give the government the ability to track and observe almost every aspect of our official and financial lives. Every time we run a license through a scanner, we now pop up on Big Brother's grid.

Freedom of Movement and Freedom of Association fall under potential threat from this legislation. Strongly urge your Congressmember and Senators to rescind this piece from the 9/11 Commission legislation.


As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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