Your papers, please?
SCAN THIS NEWS 7/30/98
Another nail in the coffin!
Once all the laws concerning use of "identification documents"
are completely in place, then, a person will not be able to do
anything without a conforming ID. And, anyone who attempts to
live their life without a conforming ID will become a FELON. The
Senate voted Thursday to further institute this reality. These
type bills serve one purpose and one purpose only -- they solidify
the idea that the government can force people to have and use
identification documents, and the government can regulate and
criminalize the use or "misuse" of such documents.
Are your papers in order?
Better wake up people. Your appathy has done us in again!
When was the last time you excersized your Constitutional
responsibility and told YOUR representitives what YOU want?
See July 6th warning below: "Your Papers Please?"
July 6, 1998 Joseph Farah
The day is coming soon when Americans will be required to
carry a nationally approved identification card to get work
and satisfy other basic needs of survival.
No, I know you haven't seen much on this threat to privacy
on the network television news or read about it in the
establishment press. Don't let that fact lull you into a
false sense of complacency that what I am about to tell you
is black-helicopter stuff.
In 1996, Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and
Immigrant Responsibility Act. Nearly everyone rejoiced
because they assumed the legislation cracked down, as the
name implied, on illegal aliens. Few, including members of
Congress, actually bothered to read the bill.
One section of that law requires all states to make their
driver's licenses comply with strict guidelines of the act.
As of Oct. 1, 2000 -- a month before the next presidential
election -- the federal government mandates that Social Security
numbers be included as the license number. Eventually, the act
also requires the cards to include digitized biometric information
such as fingerprints, retina scans and DNA prints.
The Department of Transportation has already developed
elaborate guidelines for the new licenses. Suffice it to say
that without them, otherwise law-abiding citizens of the United
States will find it next to impossible to buy a gun, get a job,
board a plane, vote, cash a check, open a bank account,
purchase insurance, receive federal benefits, obtain a loan or
receive medical service.
And that's just what we can see from here. Remember, when
the Social Security card was instituted, and for many years
thereafter, use of the number for identification purposes was
strictly forbidden. My card still insists it is.
Don't count on the 10th Amendment guarantees to save you
from this fate, either. Executive Order 13083, issued by Clinton
last month, effectively neutered any notions about federalism
and states' rights without objection from the cowardly
Congress. As I mentioned in a previous column, the executive
order pretty much allows the federal government to do what it
wants, when it wants, for any reason it wants.
There's only one hope of stopping this march to a belated 1984
nightmare world -- and, if past results are any indication of
future performance, it isn't much of a hope. Congress still has
the power to strike this monster down -- if members can
muster the courage, foresight and boldness. That's a big "if."
But it's worth a try.
The Free Congress Foundation, one of the few activist
organizations fighting both the national ID card and Clinton's
executive order, is urging people to write and call their
representatives and senators.
For what it's worth, you can also make your voice heard at the
Department of Transportation, which is getting ready to dot the
"I's" and cross the "T's" on its plan for the national ID card.
All comments must be in writing, are limited to 15 pages and must
be received no later than Aug. 3. Two copies of your comments
should be sent to Docket No. NHTSA-98-3945, Docket Management
Room PL-401, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590.
Be sure to place the docket number on each page of your comments.
These bureaucrats will look for any reason to place your missive
in the circular file. And, no, they don't accept e-mails.
I don't know about you, but I, for one, do not want my kids
growing up in a land where they are required to carry national
identity papers. That's not what America is about. Wake up
your political representatives. Explain to them that, while they
are preoccupied with side issues like tobacco taxes, somebody
is stealing our country, our heritage of freedom, our legacy of