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Department of Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff reports that ‘most jurisdictions meet initial REAL ID requirements’ according to its press release of April 1, 2008. The press release states “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted extensions to 49 of 50 states, the District of Columbia and all five U.S. territories, putting more than 99 percent of U.S. driver’s licenses and ID cards on the path to secure identification. Congress mandated in the REAL ID Act of 2005 that state-issued identification must be REAL ID compliant to be acceptable for official purposes.”
Of course, what isn’t mentioned in this document is the battle being waged in many states against the privacy violations of REAL ID, the unfunded mandate foisted upon states in this time of depressed revenues and inflationary costs, and the resistance of the public to the surveillance demands that are unconstitutional and an invasion of privacy.
Aside from the fact that the Federal Government isn’t supposed to be dictating to the States such matters as licensing to drive, in order to attempt to force compliance DHS has threatened to keep non REAL ID citizens from boarding airplanes.
This indicates clearly to many of us how far the Federal government has come to an extreme dictatorship. It has ‘taken over’ the function and passage of the privately owned airline industry, the demands of the DHS having turned adequately paid service and safety personnel, the flight attendants, into underpaid and over-stressed front line terrorist combat forces! The demands, expectations and enforcement of the DHS into arenas that are unconstitutional and dictatorial is causing great alarm not only among airline employees and the passengers that are harrassed by high-turnover lackey DHS ‘security personnel,’ but also States who are being forced to pay for MORE unfunded mandates.
“One reason is the price tag, estimated at $14.6 billion. Congress has so far appropriated only $40 million and twice this summer voted against additional funding.
“There’s also concern about how difficult it would be to implement. Critics question how states could verify the legitimacy of many foreign passports. ((Impossible to verify with any certainty!))
Conservative libertarians and liberal privacy advocates balk at the requirement that the cards would eventually have an infrared chip containing such personal information as Social Security numbers – machine readable from several feet away. While critics argue that having a central databank could dramatically increase identity theft, DHS contends the secure nature of the ID would decrease it.”
So, rather than speaking the truth of the situation at the press release, Chertoff mislead the public by making it sound as though the DHS plan was going forward without opposition at all.
In truth, the objections raised by states have already prompted DHS to extend the deadline for implementation from the spring of 2008 to 2013.
If states take their citizens SERIOUSLY, and the Constitution of the United States, it is entirely possible that we can still beat this hideous surveillance of the American citizens.
9/11 would NOT have been prevented by REAL ID. Those men were in the country LEGALLY, they were PERMITTED to have licenses even under current DHS requirements, and any intelligence that had been gathered was simply ignored by our government as irrelevant. That, despite the fact that the military had, that very day, conducted identical ‘test’ drills, of planes flying into the WTC and the Pentagon; Dick Cheney ordered responsive fighter planes to STAND DOWN while these terrifying events went on.
There is FAR TOO MUCH unknown information about 9/11 to give up our rights to privacy and liberty. The government has PROVEN itself unable to act upon terrorist information in such a way as to even provide available protection DURING a known incident-in-progress as 9/11. There is no reason for us to believe that they will make any better or more effective use of intelligence gathered with REAL ID cards.
THIS is the truth: “Eight states have voted in the past year not to participate in the program. Nine others are on the record opposing the proposal. In total, legislation opposing the plan has been introduced in 38 states.”
Furthermore: “”This is the federal government telling a state you must do something, and you must pay for it. Well, thanks for playing; Montana is not in,” Governor Schweitzer told NPR. When asked whether his residents will be able to board planes, he taunted DHS. “This is another bluff by some bureaucrats in D.C.”
We must, through our State governments, continue to fight for an end to RFID monitoring of all types.
As our economy has deteriorated into an inflationary recession gaining steam, with an inflationary DEPRESSION on the horizon; and Homeland Security in concert with the FDA and USDA have trashed our local farms, destroyed our food producing communities like the Amish, with AT BEST ‘overzealous’ enforcement of unnecessary regulations and monitoring devices, there has been an insidious creep of food insecurity that terrorists could NEVER accomplish without the help of Big Brother.
From family and friends in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I heard that wheat is actually being rationed. Now I hear that wheat is being rationed in Massachusetts. While the UP of Michigan may be a ‘backwater,’ NOBODY thinks that Massachusetts is one.
This news is getting much worse by the day. There are reports that there are only ten weeks left of supply, which only takes us to the beginning of the growing season.
We are hearing of panic buying of U.S. wheat.
Investors, losing their shirts in the criminal financial markets, have discovered food crops as the next ‘great’ profiteering opportunity and have therefore more than doubled the price of futures. “Wheat futures for March delivery rose 30 cents, or 2.8 percent, to a record $10.93 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade. The contract rose the 30-cent exchange limit for five straight days. The 16 percent gain this week is the biggest in history.”
If you haven’t figured it out by now, if these people don’t care if you and your family are homeless, as long as they can make their money off of you, they ALSO won’t care if you starve.
We are being told to ‘Forget the oil! The NEXT big crisis is FOOD!’
So, what are the reasons that YOU have to worry about food now? Will your grandmother starve because her SS won’t cover the higher food prices AND higher utilities and rent?
The first is, of course, the profit-taking of the futures market. The rich who can afford to play with futures to get their ‘fair share’ don’t care what they do to the rest of the market. They WANT higher and higher prices to increase their profits.
Corporate agri-business. It has already driven most small family farms out of business, and with this sub-prime mortgage mess, many farmers are ‘losing their shirts.’ Whether you want it or not, the ‘powers-that-be’ want to pursue genetic modification of foods like corn, and they’re FORCING it on us. “Mr. Coxe said crop yields around the world need to increase to something close to what is achieved in the state of Illinois, which produces over 200 corn bushes an acre compared with an average 30 bushes an acre in the rest of the world.”That will be done with more fertilizer, with genetically modified seeds, and with advanced machinery and technology,” he said.
Genetically modified foods do NOT grow their own seeds, no farmer anywhere can save out seeds for next year’s crops. The seeds MUST be purchased from agribusiness, guaranteeing a minimum PROFIT to corporate agriculture, no matter what happens. If corporate agriculture owns all the best farm land, and all the crops, they can EXPORT ALL OF OUR FOOD to the highest bidder, regardless of the needs of our own country. Corporate agribusiness has created entire lakes of animal poo, contaminating underground water supplies and endangering everyone around. Genetically modified crops have killed butterfly populations, contaminated other fields and has generally run riot over the safety and security of our food supply, all the while accepting huge payouts from our government to NOT grow food on land agribusiness has set aside, to keep prices high enough.
Yes, environmentalists have demanded that we pursue ethanol as an alternative fuel source, but there is NO REASON it should contribute to the destruction of our food supply because only the stalks and extra material need be used to create ethanol. The food itself can, and should remain within the food supply. Why isn’t it?
This dangerous and terrible overregulation of food production by our government, ‘justified’ by only TWO isolated cases of mad cow disease, and the drumbeat of terrorism fears affecting food supplies, is just hyperbole designed to get the public to allow the complete take over of our food production sources. As the Amish are discovering, there is no reasoning with these departments, and civil and constitutional RIGHTS to property, to religion, to privacy are GONE.
Soon the biblical prophecy of ‘a days wages for a quart of wheat’ will not just be ‘pretty words,’ but a genuine reality, thanks to our ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT and those who are profiteering at YOUR EXPENSE.
This is the path of an inflationary depression, with food prices skyrocketing as wages, wealth and equity dissolve into thin air. Thanks to Homeland Security and the USDA, YOU CANNOT EVEN GROW FOOD FOR YOURSELF ANYMORE.
A new crisis is emerging, a global food catastrophe that will reach further and be more crippling than anything the world has ever seen. The credit crunch and the reverberations of soaring oil prices around the world will pale in comparison to what is about to transpire, Donald Coxe, global portfolio strategist at BMO Financial Group said at the Empire Club’s 14th annual investment outlook in Toronto on Thursday.”It’s not a matter of if, but when,” he warned investors. “It’s going to hit this year hard.”
We MUST get rid of Homeland Security’s hold over our food supply. We must END the regulations that strangle our farmers and destroy our ability to feed ourselves. Only Ron Paul has even ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE in an intelligent manner. The rest of our candidates haven’t even NOTICED the crisis, much less thought about how to address it.
How are YOU going to feed YOUR family as this worsens? Grandma has already been living on dogfood and noodles for a year…
A Perfect Storm of INSANE governance and unnecessary suffering for… what?
Hold on to your hats- this is going to get UGLY.
Our ‘representatives’ are being ‘encouraged’ to pass some legislation to counter continuous and known voter fraud issues, prior to the November elections.
This disgraceful situation is part of the reason that the current crop of corrupted politicians are the only ones with Party nominations- the people are NOT represented and have not, as yet, EVEN HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
There have been FOUR YEARS for our representatives to deal with this issue, and the demand for the solution has been continuous and unrelenting from the people.
The “let’s reform this but not yet” attitude of the parties is simply further proof that they have both outlived their usefulness to American citizens.
In the meantime, this graft and self-service of the politicians and special interests have driven our economy into a free fall, expanded an illegal war, gutted our rights, declared a civil war against the American people through the Homeland Security Department, and abandoned any responsibility to us, the citizens.
Rather than the politicians and bureaucrats, special interests and corporate puppet-masters being tracked and monitored, they have decided Americans must be the ones to have it done to them.
We’re just not taking it anymore. We’ve had ENOUGH.