Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tennessee Driver's License

Here is a hodgepodge of stories about identification, chips in passports and driver's licenses, and my experience at the DMV... -this one's about a bill passed preventing chipping of Americans in Philly, every state should adopt this bill..Protect yourself from the Federal Govt.
"For now, chipped PASS cards and enhanced driver's licenses are optional and not yet widely deployed in the United States. To date, roughly 192,000 EDLs have been issued in Washington, Vermont, Michigan and New York."

"Indeed, in 2005, the department incorporated metallic fibers into the e-passport's front cover, since metal can reduce the range at which RFID can be read. Personal information in the chips was encrypted and a cryptographic "key" added, which required inspectors to optically scan the e-passport first for the chip to communicate wirelessly."

"But scientists are working on technologies that might enable a satellite or a cell tower to scan a chip's contents. Critics also note advances in the sharpness of closed-circuit cameras, and point out they're increasingly ubiquitous. And more fingerprints, iris scans and digitized facial images are being stored in government databases. The FBI has announced plans to assemble the world's largest biometric database, nicknamed "Next Generation Identification.""
"DMV officials say the smile ban is for a good cause. The agency would like to develop a facial recognition system that could compare customers' photographs over time to prevent fraud and identity theft. "The technology works best when the images are similar," said DMV spokeswoman Pam Goheen. "To prepare for the possibility of future security enhancements, we're asking customers to maintain a neutral expression.""

I went to renew my license the other day...while standing in line...I noticed a diminutive man of Spanish origin attempting to pass the vision test required for obtaining a TN Driver's License. It seemed that the older well dressed white gentleman that was with him was possibly his employer. After much coaxing from his supposed Boss, the small fellow continued to mumble the wrong answers on the test. This went on for thirty minutes. Three or four people in front of me got upset..stating how when they failed the test they were told to have their eye's checked and come back another day after the first failed attempt. One man, who turned out to be an Army Veteran, yelled out that the short stature man was receiving preferential treatment and that was discriminatory and reverse racism.

As we waited in line together, I remained silent, continuing to observe the microcosm of how the Federal Govt. runs a business and thought I was sure glad Obama was going to take over Healthcare like he did GM...hahaha...I encouraged the veteran to check out JBS.ORG..He typed the address into his cellphone and thanked me. As my turn approached I noticed a flier explaining that Tennessee was in compliance with the REALID ACT and that our TNDL was a valid form of identification for boarding planes and entering Federal Buildings...Curiously, I asked the clerk behind the counter what exactly did the flier mean...Appearing bothered by my choice to step out line, he explained that the TNDL will go the way of the passport...The new passports have a small metal strip or RFID chip in them...a means of tracking your movements and obtaining your personal identification/information. I went on to express my outrage and was explained that this would keep me safe and by giving up some 'freedoms' I would prevent further terrorist attacks through a central identification system run by the Federal Government. He also stated that Tennessee would soon adopt the 'No Smile Rule' so my TNDL picture could by compared to potential criminal/terrorists via facial recognition technology.

Sounds outrageous? Sounds Orwellian? Sounds fictitious? This is all happening before our very eyes. My fellow Americans, our Civil Liberties and Constitutional Rights are being trampled in the name of "National Sovereignty" and preventing further Terrorist Attacks. How is it ever sensible to trade some privacy or a God given Right in order to 'feel safe'. That would be as sensible as cutting off your arms to lose weight!

How did this happen?

What a hacker can do with your RFID info: RFID chips increase risk for cancer...

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