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Guess What’s Hidden in the Immigration Bill? A National Biometric Database for Citizens

Posted By admin On May 12, 2013 @ 3:46 am In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

Michael Krieger
Liberty Blitzkrieg [1]
May 12, 2013

Oh just another eight hundred page “bipartisan” bill that nobody will read,  mainstream media will refuse to cover, and that will merely further destroy any remnants of freedom left in these United States.  Never forget the George Carlin quote on bipartisanship:

“Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.”

From Wired:

The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system.

Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf)  is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.

This piece of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is aimed at curbing employment of undocumented immigrants. But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet. Think of it as a government version of Foursquare, with Big Brother cataloging every check-in.

“It starts to change the relationship between the citizen and state, you do have to get permission to do things,” said Chris Calabrese, a congressional lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union. “More fundamentally, it could be the start of keeping a record of all things.”

David Bier, an analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, agrees with the ACLU’s fears.

“The most worrying aspect is that this creates a principle of permission basically to do certain activities and it can be used to restrict activities,” he said. “It’s like a national ID system without the card.”

Good thing the terrorists aren’t winning or anything.

Full article here [2].


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URLs in this post:

[1] Liberty Blitzkrieg: http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2013/05/10/guess-whats-hidden-in-the-immigration-bill-a-national-biometric-database-for-citizens/

[2] here: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/05/immigration-reform-dossiers/

[3] Could U.S. Immigration Reform Include a National Biometric Database?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/could-u-s-immigration-reform-include-a-national-biometric-database.html

[4] Immigration reform hiding a plan requiring biometric national ID card for all US workers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/immigration-reform-hiding-a-plan-requiring-biometric-national-id-card-for-all-us-workers.html

[5] Immigration Bill Includes Biometric National ID Card For All Americans: http://www.prisonplanet.com/immigration-bill-includes-biometric-national-id-card-for-all-americans.html

[6] Report: Hidden Tariff On American Citizens In New Immigration Bill: Millions More Stand To Lose Their Jobs: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-hidden-tariff-on-american-citizens-in-new-immigration-bill-millions-more-stand-to-lose-their-jobs.html

[7] French Constitutional Court Bans Law Enforcement Use of National Biometric ID Database: http://www.prisonplanet.com/french-constitutional-court-bans-law-enforcement-use-of-national-biometric-id-database.html

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