In 2005, a Republican controlled Congress and Republican President betrayed the American people and passed – signed a very dangerous piece of legislation that has George Orwell’s ‘Big Brother’ written all over it. Known as the REAL ID Act, it was allegedly passed as a national security issue to standardize all official forms of state and federal identifications. Supposedly, the REAL ID’s would help prevent terrorists from boarding commercial aircraft or military bases in the US.
One of the main aspects of this insidious piece of legislation is to establish federal standards for issuing state driver’s licenses and non-driver forms of identification. Federally accepted driver’s licenses are also known as ‘enhanced driver’s licenses’. According to the Department of Homeland Security:
“Enhanced driver’s licenses make it easier for U.S. citizens to cross the border into the United States because they include
- a vicinity Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip that will signal a secure system to pull up your biographic and biometric data for the CBP officer as you approach the border inspection booth, and
- a Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) or barcode that the CBP officer can read electronically if RFID isn’t available.”
So, what is a radio frequency identification chip? Per DHS:
“Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology uses radio waves to identify people or objects. There is a device that reads information contained in a wireless device or “tag” from a distance without making any physical contact or requiring a line of sight.”
So, what kind of biographic and biometric data will be stored or accessed via your REAL ID driver’s license?
A bill to create REAL ID drivers licenses just passed the Kentucky House and now goes to the state Senate and then on to Gov. Matt Bevin for signature or veto. If passed, a person would be required to produce their original birth certificate, Social Security Card and piece of mail addressed to you at your address. These items will them be scanned in and entered into a national ID database and your RFID chip will be programmed with the necessary identifiable information on you.
Gov. Bevin vetoed a REAL ID bill in 2016 because it required all state driver’s licenses to be the federally approved enhanced driver’s license. This year, the bill has been re-introduced with a modification that will allow Kentucky residents to choose between the enhanced or traditional driver’s license.
If someone does not have an enhanced driver’s license but wants to fly somewhere, they will be required to produce a valid passport or valid US military ID. Note that currently, a US passport costs $135 and takes a minimum of 6 weeks to obtain. Currently, about 25 states and DC have passed laws to comply with the REAL ID Act. Five states are non-compliant with the REAL ID Act and 20 states and Puerto Rico have received extensions on compliance, although many of those extensions end this year or next year.
However, the underlying purpose of the REAL ID Act is to establish a national tracking database of American citizens that can be used for a variety of sinister things including behind the scenes gun registration, gun confiscation and more. According to an email sent out by the National Association for Gun Rights organization:
“Kentucky’s bill to comply with Real ID (HB 410) passed the state House this week and will soon be debated in the state Senate.”
“It should be called ‘Dangerous ID’.”
“Dangerous ID does not track terrorists or stop them at our border, and it doesn’t make our borders secure.”
“If Kentucky complies with Dangerous ID, the daily lives of undocumented individuals will not be interrupted.”
“But YOU will pay a heavy price — YOU will be tracked in a federal database.”
“Dangerous ID establishes a national database of all American citizens and requires them to carry ID cards containing biometric features.”
“Call it a backdoor National Gun Registry.”
“The very thing the gun grabbers have been salivating over for decades — the first step to outright gun CONFISCATION. . .”
“. . . all under the guise of making your driver’s license ‘secure’.”
“The goal has always been to establish a national DANGEROUS ID database to help centralize as many private records as possible.”
Whether this email is accurate or not, the use of the REAL ID driver’s licenses does provide the federal and state governments with the ability to establish a national database on everyone who has an enhanced driver’s license. In the hands of the wrong party or wrong government, the information in the national database could be potentially used against many law-abiding Americans, especially those of us who are conservative and Christian.