To: "Health Freedom, Codex Issues
Subject: VA: Call TODAY To Kill National ID Card Coming Thru VA: Other States: Check Your State Legislatures> See Info Within to Track MEHPA
From: "I A H F" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 11:06:42 -0500
IAHF List: You MUST check with your state legislature to find out the timetable on which they are deliberating passing legislation to issue a National ID card via the state because this legislation is moving fast, nationwide, and we MUST fight back!! The Virginia State Legislature votes on this today thursday Feb 7th at 7pm, see info below on what to do, and if you're from another state: contact your own state legislature to inquire about National ID legislation pending in your state.
See article below "National ID Cards Coming In Through the Back Door?"
At the same time we must oppose the Model Health Emergency Powers Act Legislation (biometrics on state drivers licenses to force vaccinations etc) see http://www.vaccinationnews.com/Recommended%20List/Bills.htm to track it in your state.
I just called all members of the Virginia state legislature on the Committee that will debate sticking us with a National ID card (see below.) I told 'em all the same thing, and if you're from VA please join me, and if from other states, please follow my lead where you live:
MY COMMENTS AGAINST THE NATIONAL ID CARD/ & Against Biometrics on Drivers licenses TO THE VIRGINIA STATE LEGISLATURE
1) I'm vehemently against the National ID Card ( VA HJRes 115, and also biometrics on drivers licenses (In VA SB 62)-I will not accept, under ANY circumstances, these attacks on my privacy. Told 'em they can take these ideas and "stick 'em where the sun don't shine."
2) I've increased my target practice from once a day to twice a day in the belief that the Federal and State governments have gotten completely out of control and must be reigned in by armed revolution if necessary. I'm encouraging people nationwide to do the same thing and to join their local militia or form one if there isn't one.
3) I'm going to be building a special website specifically to track these issues as they move through the state legislature, and that I intend to alert millions of Virginians by email as to how their Senators and Delegates voted on them, so this issue is under the magnifying glass, and no one will be able to hide. I'm urging people in other states to do the same thing.
4) I told 'em I was going to tell everyone I know, statewide, nationwide, and worldwide what I'm doing and why, that I discuss this everywhere I go, whether it be to the check out person at the super market or people on the sidewalk or with friends and neighbors, but we're tired of being lied to about events surrounding 911 and we're not about to allow ourselves to be stripped of our civil liberties. I told 'em the Feds better hold a hearing to investigate events surrounding 911 since its obvious we're being lied to on a grand scale and we're not going to tolerate it. WHAT TO DO IN VIRGINIA INFO FOLLOWS: WHO TO CALL
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 21:44:30 EST
Subject: (Update 4) Alert - Stop national I.D. card !
VIRGINIA TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
P. O. BOX 663
LYNCHBURG, VA 24505
- 29 years in the cause of freedom -
Tel./FAX No.: 434 277-5255
(Update 4) URGENT ALERT!
February 6, 2002
Stop National I.D. Card !
House Joint Resolution 115, calling on Congress to propose state issuance of national identification cards under a federal standard, will be taken up by the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 7 in House Room C.
You must call as many members of the committee as you can before 5 p.m. Thursday, February 7, and tell them to oppose HJR 115:
Telephone area code for all: 804
House of Delegates Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
Del. Beverly J. Sherwood (R), Chmn. 698-1029
Del. Clifford L. Athey, Jr. 698-1018
Del. H. Morgan Griffith (R) 698-1008
Del. Robert Hurt (R) 698-1016
Del. Glenn M. Weatherholtz (R) 698-1026
Del. Clarke N. Hogan (R) 698-1060
Del. Terry G. Kilgore (R) 698-1001
Del. William R. Janis (R) 698-1056
Del. R. Lee Ware (R) 698-1065
Del. James M. Scott (D) 698-1053
Del. Allen L. Louderback (R) 698-1015
Del. Albert C. Pollard, Jr. (D) 698-1099
Del. Thomas C. Wright, Jr. (R) 698-1061
Del. Marian Van Landingham (D) 698-1045
Del. Robert S. Bloxom (R) 698-1000
Del. William K. Barlow (D) 698-1064
Del. Charles "Bill" Carrico (R) 698-1005
Del. Jim Shuler (D) 698-1012
Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R) 698-1031
Del. Fenton L. Bland, Jr. (D) 698-1063
Del. David A. Nutter (R) 698-1007
Del. J. Chapman Petersen (D) 698-1037
Great news! Delegate Weatherholtz, chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Safety which has been considering HJR 115, is reported to be strongly opposed to this resolution, and will recommend that the measure be carried over to the 2003 session! If approved by the full committee, this will effectively prevent any action by the General Assembly this year. Delegate Ware also has reportedly received no calls in favor of HJR 115.
The fact is, all your phone calls against HJR 115 have made a tremendous difference! Our VTA alerts have been posted on at least four national web sites that we know of, and the informed grass roots is really energized on this issue!
But the chairman, Delegate Sherwood, is not convinced, and the way they operate, almost anything can happen! If you have not checked the excellent Fight the Fingerprint website:
You may not be aware how formidable an apparatus Congress and the Bush administration, together with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) have built up in the last few years to promote this national I.D. card!
So call them again, even if you have already called, and give them new information!
HR 115 must be stopped now!
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Subject: ID Cards Coming In The Back Door?
ID Cards Coming In The Back Door?
January 30, 2002 by: Phyllis Schlafly
Having had to retreat from legislative attempts to establish a national ID card through Social Security numbers or unique health care identifiers, Congress seems to be trying a new tack to implement this wholly un-American idea. Congress has suggested that the Department of Transportation develop "model guidelines for encoded data on driver's licenses."
That's bureaucratese for turning driver's licenses into a de facto national ID card. This ominous suggestion was buried in last year's conference report on the Department of Transportation's appropriations request.
Even though this is not legislation, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) is already working with the Justice Department and the General Services Administration to set up the system. This non-official organization asserts that it has the "responsibility and obligation" to eliminate the lack of uniformity in state driver's licenses, and is demanding $70 million to close the "loopholes."
Sorry, AAMVA, under our federal system of government, driver's licenses are in the exclusive jurisdiction of the states, and you have no authority to require uniformity. The diversity of federalism is part of what we call freedom.
The pushers of a national ID card are trying to ride the wave of worries about the September 11 tragedies. But there is no evidence that a national ID card would have prevented the hijackings, since all 19 hijackers had visas issued by government officials, most of them had Social Security numbers, and several had legally issued driver's licenses.
Americans already have experience with the Federal Government giving everyone a number. When Social Security was instituted in the 1930s, we were promised "This card is not to be used for identification."
Demands that we provide our Social Security number are now so ubiquitous that identity theft has become big business. Before we even talk about new national numbers, the government should clean up the mess it has already created by allowing Social Security numbers to be used for non-Social Security purposes.
In arguing for a national ID card, an AAMVA spokesman said that birth certificates and Social Security cards can be forged. Yes, but driver's licenses can be forged, too, and several states even issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens.
This plan is clearly a vast expansion of federal power, with AAMVA CEO Linda R. Lewis calling bluntly for "federal intervention." But AAMVA is less than forthcoming in describing the mailed fist in the velvet glove of the driver's license system it is proposing.
This plan is not just a simple process of requiring airport security guards to match your face with the card you present. Transforming state driver's licenses into a national ID card poses bigger problems than just an offense against federalism.
What's lurking behind this new proposal is a computer, which is tied into a giant national database, which is administered by government officials, which is subject to abuse and error. Government busybodies would have access to your entire life history: your travels, your money, your medical treatments, and your school records.
But that's not all. This information would become available to banks, lending agencies, credit card companies, gun shops, auto dealers, colleges and, of course, all law enforcement agencies.
The accuracy of the database would pose persistent problems. Computers have glitches, humans make mistakes, and we all know how hitting one wrong digit or letter prevents the proper file from appearing on the screen.
The error rate in current government databases, such as Internal Revenue and Social Security, is already an embarrassment. Those mistakes, which may take weeks to rectify, are a costly annoyance.
But what if the mistake prevents you from boarding a plane to meet a scheduled appointment? Or withdrawing money to pay your taxes or mortgage on time? Or being admitted to the emergency room?
This proposed driver's license system is not about preventing terrorism, and it's not even about identity. It's about requiring individual American citizens to get government permission for traveling, banking, medical care, renting or buying housing, attending school or college, and even getting a job.
The problem that confronts America today is foreign-sponsored terrorism, and we must draw a bright line of different treatment between U.S. citizens and aliens. Our government should monitor the whereabouts of aliens, but NOT require U.S. citizens to relinquish our freedom.
Aliens, both the illegals and those in our country on temporary visas, should be required to carry and show a smart ID card with photo and fingerprint. It is long past time for the Immigration and Naturalization Service to implement an Entry-Exit system so we can deport the some ten million illegals and the temporary visitors who promised to depart on a date certain.
And yes, airlines should engage in profiling. The St. Louis police warned repeatedly that they would be profiling scalpers at the Rams football playoff game. If it's OK to profile scalpers, it should be OK to profile people who are trying to murder us.
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Frequently asked questions about licenses and security
Q. What are the most common ways a fraudulent license is obtained?
1. Bribery of DMV officials
2. Using fake identifying documents, using identifying documents fraudulently
3. Home made licenses (made by hand, on DMV stolen equipment or on equipment that is similar to DMV machines)
Q. By adding a biometric (fingerprint/facial recognition/retinal scan) to the Virginia license, can identity theft be prevented?
A. No! Biometrics collected by the DMV cannot prevent identity theft. No biometric could prevent any of the scenarios discussed above.
Showing a fingerprint on the license would only confirm the information on the license, i.e. the photograph and description of the individualâ€"which is more than sufficient to confirm an individual's identity (several states and provinces issues licenses without a photoâ€"and the description of the person is still sufficient.) Clearly a fraudulent license with a photo of the wrong individual will also have a fingerprint of the wrong individual.
Q. What do other states do?
A. Six states collect fingerprints for licenses (CA, CO, GA, HI, TX and WV.) Only Georgia attempts a comparison of the fingerprint on license renewal to the original fingerprint (a process satisfactorily accomplished by looking at the existing license picture in the database.) The other states only collect the data (though CO and TX have used the fingerprints to confirm the identity of corpses "hardly a reason to enact fingerprint legislation.)
Georgia encodes the fingerprint on the back of the license in a bar code readable only by law enforcement. It remains unused since law enforcement uses the picture and licensee description satisfactorily "and confirming the fingerprint would require taking another fingerprint "which is not allowed by law unless the person is under arrest.
West Virginia's fingerprint collection is optional "approximately 20% of driver's decline to give a fingerprint.
Illinois and West Virginia use facial recognition (comparing an individual's photo to others in the database) to see if the person has been issued another license. Mostly, this prevents individuals from obtaining another license when their driving record has been tarnished (this applies rarely to holders of operator licenses, only holders of commercial licenses.) The larger the population, the higher the likelihood of the computer finding two faces similar "increasing false positives and making license issuance complex.
It is possible to compare fingerprints to each other, however that requires collecting prints from all ten fingers and they need to be "rolled" (professionally collected, usually by an officer.) No state rolls fingerprints, nor does any state collect a print from more than one finger. Federal courts have ruled that prints collected for licenses cannot be compared to criminal print databases.
Retinal scanning has all but been abandoned "the scanning is complex and invasive. In addition, the eye structure changes under macular degeneration, cataracts and when certain prescription medications are used for eye ailments.
DNA collection is extremely expensive and not feasible.
Q. What factors increase the occurrence of fraudulent licenses?
1. Population. The population of a state is the biggest determinant of how many fraudulent licenses the state will issue. In spite of the most advanced licensing system in the nation (plus fingerprint collection) California issued 100,000 fraudulent licenses in 2000. There is little that can be done to avoid this.
2. Perceived security and value of license. These two issues are related. The more secure the license is perceived to be, the more uses will develop for the license, the higher the value of a fraudulent license, the more fraudulent licenses will manifest. The only solution to this is to discourage use of licenses for ID purposes, or reduce perception of the license as a secure document.
Q. What can Virginia do to reduce identity theft (with respect to ID cards)?
(1) Remove Social Security Numbers from driver's licenses
(2) Encourage multiple document verification (do not accept just a driver's licenses. Driver's licenses are not and should not be considered "guaranteed" documents)