(NaturalNews) Life in post-Constitutional America has progressively become less free, as evidenced by the actions of the federal government and the Congress. One of the latest grand schemes is the resurrection of a previously disclosed, and opposed, plan to track every single one of us.
As reported by The New American magazine, the federal government, over the years, has failed to convince states, on their own, to adopt a national identification system known as REAL ID, a Bush-era concept developed by the newly created Department of Homeland Security (DHS) using technology to verify citizenship. The problem is, the technology would also allow for tracking, much like the retail industry uses RFID radio frequency identification to track the movement of goods.
Since about 2005, a majority of state governors have opposed REAL ID, which was initially passed as an anti-terrorism measure in 2004, and which requires the standardization of drivers licenses and ID cards, for one, over concerns about privacy and the cost of compliance. The 2005 law went into effect this year.
What happened to federalism and the Tenth Amendment?
Now, as noted further by TNA, there is a renewed push to formalize REAL ID on a national scale because states continue to oppose it, in the name of fighting illegal immigration:
The controversial plan, embedded in an immigration-enforcement bill, has been in the works for years, but has consistently been met with stiff opposition from liberty-minded grassroots organizations and activists. While the plan has failed in previous Congresses thanks to a groundswell of opposition, critics of the measure say that without prompt action, the unconstitutional scheme could soon become a reality.
That federal measure, the Legal Workforce Act, seeks to prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining jobs in the U.S. One of the more troubling aspects, however, is that the legislation would mandate a national ID card for every American as a condition of working. In addition, every employer in the country would be required to purchase E-Verify technology that accesses a national database run by the federal government to see if potential employees have the right to being employed in the country.
Under provisions of the initial REAL ID legislation in the previous administration, notes DHS government approval of licenses is required before Americans can access government buildings or, eventually, board an airplane.
DHS, on its web site, notes:
The REAL ID Act of 2005:
Establishes minimum standards for the production and issuance of state-issued drivers licenses and identification cards and authorizes grants to assist states in implementing the requirements;
Prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official uses drivers licenses and identity cards from states unless the Department of Homeland Security determines that the state meets the standards. Official uses are defined as accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding federally-regulated commercial aircraft.
States don’t want it but may get it anyway
The implications to privacy are the most disturbing to critics, including former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, now chairman of the Campaign for Liberty.
Every time any citizen applies for a job, the government would know and you can bet its only a matter of time until ID scans will be required to make even routine purchases, as well, Paul warned, adding that statistics in both parties have been fighting to ram their radical national ID-database scheme into law for years.
In fact, this scheme was a key portion of the infamous so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform bills both parties have tried to ram through, he continued, as reported by The New American. And now, Paul says, some in Congress believe they have found a way to impose their national ID: Drop the amnesty provisions and focus on immigration security.
The security members of both parties in the U.S. House want doesn’t target any U.S. border, Paul added. Instead, its meant to create an all-out police state within them.
Several states have still opted out of the program, but the federal legislation, if it passes, would make their opt-out a moot point.
On Thursday, Dan Joseph of Media Research Center uncovered an old column written by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VA). In that column, Sanders bestowed upon the world his wisdom with regard to men and women:
A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy. A woman on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman abused. A woman enjoys intercourse with her man – as she fantasizes being raped by 3 men simultaneously.
The date: February 1972. The place: the Vermont Freeman. Mother Jones called this charming description of male-female sexual differences “a stream-of-consciousness essay on the nature of male-female sexual dynamics.” Thus far, Sanders’ abuse fantasies and his own fantasy that women dream of rape by multiple men have been covered by precisely zero mainstream news outlets. Mother Jones didn’t even bother quoting the essay directly, instead choosing to embed a screenshot. That’s because rape fantasies are funny and charming when they come from an aged socialist hippie.
Welcome to the 2016 presidential race, where Republicans are targeted for scandal when the media deliberately misquote them, but Democrats get away with behavior that would make Caligula blush.
Yesterday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was quoted speaking about the benefits of ultrasounds, which he said were “a cool thing out there.” The media spun the quote as though Walker had called it “cool” to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds when Walker wasn’t even talking about transvaginal ultrasounds.
Two days ago, actress Rose McGowan took to Twitter to vent her spleen over a fake quote from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
: “While there may have been an age difference, Josh Duggar’s transgressions are far less an affront to God than what gays do with each other.” She called Cruz a “blight on the soul of humanity.” One problem: the quote was entirely fabricated. When confronted with that inconvenient fact, McGowan reacted with class: “I could give a f***.”
Meanwhile, Democrats and media members continue to ignore the following raft of stories that would sink any Republican candidate for dogcatcher, let alone president of the United States:
Sex Slave Island. Imagine a candidate whose spouse flew to the private island of a convicted sex offender who trafficked in underage girls. Imagine that contact information for the candidate’s spouse popped up 21 times in the sex offender’s contact list. Imagine an underage sex slave telling the media that the candidate’s spouse hung out with her at dinner. Imagine that that candidate’s foundation accepted a $3.5 million donation from that sex offender after a probe into his underage sex slavery trade began. Imagine that the sex offender took the Fifth when asked about his relationship with the candidate’s spouse. And finally, imagine that the so-called “social fixer” for the sex offender came to the wedding of the candidate’s daughter. Would that effectively end a Republican candidacy? Because it hasn’t gotten serious play with regard to Jeffrey Epstein and Hillary Clinton.
Laughing About Child Rape. What would the media’s reaction be to revelations that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
had defended a child rapist in his youth? What if he hadn’t just defended that child rapist, he had then laughed about slandering the child victim on tape? That’s precisely what Hillary Clinton did in 1975, on tape, talking about how she successfully plea bargained on behalf of a child rapist and laughing that she knew he was lying about his innocence: “I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.” Clinton, as defense lawyer, also pushed the narrative that the 12-year-old girl “sought out older men” and was “emotionally unstable.”
Targeting Victims of Sexual Assault. What if Carly Fiorina’s husband, Frank, had been accused of rape, sexual assault, and been convicted of perjury? What if Carly had done her best to slander all the women who made the accusations? Bill Clinton allegedly sexually harassed Paula Jones, allegedly sexually assaulted Eileen Wellstone and Kathleen Willey and Cristy Zercher, allegedly raped Juanita Broaddrick. When any such allegations hit the press, Hillary went into full attack mode against the women. She attacked Gennifer Flowers, with whom Bill had an affair, as “trailer trash,” Monica Lewinsky as a “narcissistc looney toon,” and targeted Willey, who later said, “She is the war on women, as far as I’m concerned, because with every woman that she’s found out about…she’s orchestrated a terror campaign against every one of these women, including me.” Broaddrick has claimed Hillary threatened her two weeks after she claimed rape. Here is Broaddrick’s account of the encounter:
She came over to me, took ahold of my hand and said, ‘I’ve heard so much about you and I’ve been dying to meet you. … I just want you to know how much that Bill and I appreciate what you do for him.’…This woman, this little, soft-spoken — pardon me for the phrase — dowdy woman that would seem very unassertive, took ahold of my hand and squeezed it and said, ‘Do you understand? Everything that you do.’ I could have passed out at that moment and I got my hand from hers and I left. … She was just holding onto my hand. Because I had started to turn away from her and she held onto my hand and she said, ‘Do you understand? EVERYTHING that you do,’ I mean, cold chills went up my spine. That’s the first time I became afraid of that woman.
Magical Seances With The Undead. Wasn’t it weird when Nancy Reagan brought astrologers to the White House, it became the subject of jokes for the next two and a half decades, with Barack Obama even mocking her. But Hillary Clinton actually held séances with the undead in the White House, according to legendary journalist Bob Woodward. She chatted with Eleanor Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi. She did feel it would be over the top to talk to Jesus, however. Presumably she’s just not that into him. Hillary brought Jean Houston, co-director of the Foundation for Mind Research, into the White House; Houston urged Hillary to write It Takes a Village and “virtually moved into the White House” to help the First Lady with the project. Hillary actually wrote about her tete-a-tetes with the undead Eleanor: “She usually responds by telling me to buck up, or at least to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros.”
These are your 2016 Democrats. Fortunately for them, that label absolves them of rape fantasies, defense of rapists, association with sex criminals, and even insane chats with undead historical figures. It’s sure good to be a Democrat.
The surveillance society continues to expand across America, with those who refuse to go along subject to recriminations and reprisals.
That’s what’s happening to students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School in San Antonio whose parents refuse to have their children tracked by school officials.
According to reports, the school districts implemented new rules Oct. 1 that require each student to attend classes with photo ID cards embedded with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip, so officials are able to track every pupil’s location. Educators have said the requirement is necessary to stem rampant truancy, which is, in turn, taking a huge chunk out of the school’s funding. If the program is eventually judged to be effective, officials plan to roll it out to all 112 schools in the district, covering some 100,000 students.
Kids who won’t wear the ID trackers – which are supposed to be carried in pockets or around the neck – complain they are being targeted by teachers and are not permitted to take part in certain school functions. Some have even said they have been refused entrance to common areas like libraries and cafeterias.
Mark of the beast?
One student, Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore at John Jay, said in an interview that educators have turned a deaf ear to her pleas to respect her privacy and have told her she can’t participate in school elections if she doesn’t comply with the tracking program (apparently the Constitution really isn’t taught in many U.S. schools these days).
In an interview with Salon, Hernandez said subjecting herself to such continual monitoring was like being branded with “the mark of the beast,” a Biblical reference to the Book of Revelations.
Later, in a separate interview published by WorldNetDaily, Hernandez said the school responded by threatening her with the loss of her right to vote in the school’s homecoming king and queen contest for disobeying.
“I had a teacher tell me I would not be allowed to vote because I did not have the proper voter ID,” Hernandez told WND. “I had my old student ID card which they originally told us would be good for the entire four years we were in school. He said I needed the new ID with the chip in order to vote.”
Upon refusing to wear the RFID-chipped ID, the web paper said Deputy Superintendent Ray Galindo fired off a statement to her parents: “We are simply asking your daughter to wear an ID bad as every other student and adult on the Jay campus is asked to do.”
If she still refused; he went on, later repercussions would be stiffer than merely revoking her rights to vote in homecoming contests once the school decides to make the monitoring a mandatory attendance rule.
“I urge you to accept this solution so that your child’s instructional program will not be affected. As we discussed, there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card as we begin to move forward with full implementation,” Galindo wrote.
Steve Hernandez, Andrea’s father, told WND that the school seemed somewhat willing to work with his daughter, but went on to say the family is simply unwilling to “agree to stop criticizing the program” and endorse it publicly.
“I told him that was unacceptable because it would imply an endorsement of the district’s policy and my daughter and I should not have to give up our constitutional rights to speak out against a program that we feel is wrong,” Mr. Hernandez said.
Profiting from privacy destruction
But there’s money in tracking and privacy violation, you see – at least in this case.
The Northside Independent School District is set to collect north of $2 million in state funding to revise its poor attendance records; the RFID program will cost only about a quarter of that amount, with another $136,000 in annual maintenance costs.
But that money will likely not offset damages from unintended privacy violations on the back end: Heather Fazio, of Texans for Accountable Government, told WND she filed a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the program, for which she paid a $30 filing fee, and received the names and addresses of every student in the district.
“Using this information along with an RFID reader means a predator could use this information to determine if the student is at home and then track them wherever they go. These chips are always broadcasting so anyone with a reader can track them anywhere,” she said.
A spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union told the local San Antonio Express-News earlier this year her organization expects to file a legal challenge to the tracking program.
But Rebecca Robertson, who is with a local branch of the organization said that, “the ACLU of Texas will not be able to represent you or your daughter in this matter,” saying the case did not meet the group’s criteria.