Friday, February 2, 2007

Will Oklahoma join the Rebel Alliance?

Montana is the latest state to join in on the fight against the intrusive Real ID legislation that got pushed through Congress in 2005. Maine recently voted to resist as well. Currently, there is legislation pending in the OK state legislature. Here's what the Oklahoma Libertarian Party has to say about Real ID (scroll down to the Jan. 9, 2007 meeting notes):
Michael Hammer, Independent candidate for state house 59, spoke to the OKC Libertarians about the Oklahoma Defense of Freedom Project (ODFP), which he recently founded. ODFP is addressing the potential abuses of privacy and property rights with the Real ID Act and the National Animal Information System (NAIS). Mr. Hammer started his talk by saying, "It is dificult to undervalue to concern of liberty...Nothing could have provoked me to run for office except concerns for liberty." He then related a recent comment by John McLaughlin: "Authoritarianism is on its way out...Libertarianism is on its way."

Mr. Hammer said the Real ID Act is an "enormous expansion of federal power into the domains of the state." The act was passed in 2005 and May 2008 is the deadline for compliance. Mr. Hammer said that it: established national standards for drivers licenses, gave standard setting power to the Dept. of Homeland Security (which has not issued final standards yet), opened up possibility of biometrics requirements, and requires all state drivers license information to be shared in a federal database.

"What if a state does not agree?" asked an audience member. Mr. Hammer responded that New Hampshire almost opted out, which would have meant drivers licenses would not be accepted as valid federal ID. But they eventually capitulated, and were one of just three states to get money for complying. "That $3 million was their 30 pieces of silver." But the hope is that if just a few states opt out then the logic and support of the process will fall through.

"It's simple to stop the Real ID," said Hammer, "We just add one line with legislation that stops DOT from complying...We could be the ones to set the trend nationally." He also added that national legislation has been introduced that could repeal some of the onerous provisions of the Real ID Act. "We'll fight this on two fronts," said Hammer.

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS), which will require livestock to have a RFID chip implanted by 2009, threatens due process and property rights, said Mr. Hammer. Although the program is still technically voluntary, it places disproportionate cost on small farmers. It originated with the USDA and is an expansion of bureaucratic power. This reminded Mr. Hammer of former state speaker Todd Hiett's reasoning for getting into politics: federal agents almost put his farm out of business with a supposed disease control program.

Once registered with the program, if an animal leaves your grounds, you must report it to the federal system (apparently run by a private group). "This is an unprecedented architecture of monitoring...and a shift in how we view property rights to being given permission for ownership," said Hammer.

Whereas Texas has implemented the NAIS program already, only 3% of Oklahomans have enrolled in the voluntary program so far. The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Assoc. has expressed resistance to the program. Although large ranches may voluntarily comply with the system because of economic pressures (one of the reasons Japan said they banned US beef is the lack of a system to track back just 72 hours, but the NAIS is much broader than what international requests.), but small ranchers may not want or need to track cattle, especially they focus on a domestic or local market. He also noted, "If we promote a market based alternative to NAIS, the we have a more coherent argument."

"It's about concentration of power," said Hammer about his concerns regarding the Real ID and NAIS. "I highlight these two issues because we have the potential to inform and motivate enough people to act for change."
And this via Orcinus is well worth a read for understanding the problems this piece of crap legislation poses for our civil liberties:
The always-insightful Trefayne wrote something on the Real ID thread below that was simply too good to leave buried down there at Comment #43. Here's his description of just how the Real ID database might be used against anyone who disagrees with anyone in power -- and to drive the point home, he names names:
There are plenty of U.S. fascists, proto-fascists, and pseudo-fascists who are not currently in office. If these private authoritarian forces ever came to greater power (for example, by election, appointment, or the creation of private intelligence agencies, private armies, or paramilitaries), I expect that they wouldn't mind having access to very-detailed databases and mandatory "papers" that would be even more invasive than Real ID. Heck, how do we keep the currently-recorded data from being leaked to these folks now?

Looking at a person's personal data can help a political street-thug or budding dictator identify the opposition. Remember, they don't have to kill us all. As Ann Coulter pointed out, you only need to harm a few to intimidate the rest.

You could use various forms of identification to tag immigrants, dissidents, particular ethnic groups, former Gulag prisoners, and other "risk groups". (see here) Deny them jobs and bank accounts, limit their residence and travel to certain areas (see here), force them to pay arbitrary spot-fines that no one else has to pay, etcetera. Basically make them so miserable they have to learn their "place" or leave the Mother-/Father-/Homeland. That is, of course, if they are allowed to.

(Remember that passports were revived around World War One to keep potential soldiers and other useful people from leaving their home countries. Even now you can't emigrate from the United States without a letter of clearance from the FBI. What if they say, "No, he's more of a threat to The Leader if he can speak freely abroad. We'll keep him here, thanks.")

Don't think there are any "populists" who would love to have this kind of power? Think again:
Jim Gilchrist
Bo Gritz
Patrick Buchanan
Samuel Francis
Lyndon LaRouche

Hey, while we're at it, let's add RFID chips to each card, so you can scan people from a few feet away. It makes it easier for the political beat-cops to find the right people to harrass in the street. (see here).

You could mine the data to see who belongs to the right churches. In fact, you could put a little code or symbol on the card to indicate what someone's religion is. Connect the travel records with the spending profile to see who is showing up at church AND financially supporting it.

R.J. Rushdoony
Gary North

You could indicate the person's race and religion on the card or in the database. Who needs yellow stars or colored triangles? The card will tell you how (or if) to treat potential customers and subjects, er, citizens.

Tom Metzger
William L. Pierce
David Duke
Willis Carto
Don Black

Ultimately, this kind of snooping makes it easier to figure out who to kill or intimidate.

Timothy McVeigh
Eric Rudolph
William Krar
Demetrius Van Crocker

If you want to catch up with what this blog is about, read Dave Neiwert's "The Rise of Pseudo Fascism" (see here). Fascist tendencies are a problem in this country, a genuine threat, and not one limited to the Cheney Regime. (And those Democrats you mentioned may be fools, but I don't think they're fascists.) If you really do believe in liberty _for everyone_ (and no special rights for men, for whites, for straight people, for Christians, etcetera) we'll be happy to have you join us in our fight against the authoritarian and totalitarian forces in our midst.
Nicely done.
Indeed. My hope is that there is a sufficient libertarian streak among our legislators in OK to join Montana and Maine in fighting a federal government that's gone wild.

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