[IWAR] national ID imminent

From: Mark Hedges (hedgesat_private)
Date: Wed Jun 24 1998 - 12:05:16 PDT

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    Looks like everything's on schedule for Judgment Day, eh? -hedges-
    >From freecongress.org<-Scan This News:
    >Implementation of National ID Imminent
    >By Scott McDonald, SCAN THIS NEWS
    >On Wednesday, June 17th, the U.S. Department of Transportation published
    >the proposed "Driver's License/SSN/National Identification Document"
    >guidelines which all states will be compelled to comply with over the
    >next two years. The "Notice of Proposed Rule Making" (NPRM) sets out the
    >"standard feature" requirements for driver's license cards and other
    >"identification" documents. States that do not comply will find that
    >their citizens will not be allowed to participate in routine,
    >life-essential functions after the imposed federal deadline of October
    >1, 2000.
    >Non-conforming licenses will not be accepted for identification by any
    >federal agency. Once implemented no one in the U.S. will be able to
    >engage in many basic, fundamental societal activities unless they carry
    >with them at all times a conforming government-issued identification
    >card. Not surprisingly, under the proposed rule it will become MANDATORY
    >that social security numbers must be submitted in order for anyone to
    >receive a state-issued driver's license.
    >Perhaps the most pervasive implication of this new National ID scheme is
    >that in the near future an identification card will be required just to
    >engage in activities we now take for granted.
    >Under the federal "New Hires Database" system and the related
    >"Employment Eligibility Confirmation System" program, EVERYONE will be
    >required to possess an approved identification document in order to get
    >a job and work in the United States.
    >Also, as a condition of the new and upcoming healthcare-provider
    >requirements everyone will have to submit a conforming identification
    >document in order to receive health care. Otherwise, the healthcare
    >provider will forfeit all federal compensation for their services --
    >Medicaid, Medicare -- and you know they're not about to risk that.
    >Of course other activities such as banking, purchasing insurance,
    >writing a check, obtaining a passport, boarding a commercial airliner --
    >and the list goes on and on -- will all likewise require the new IDs.
    >The proponents of this measure are intent on establishing a universal,
    >nationwide identification system -- and state-issued driver's licenses
    >are the method they have chosen as the "path of least resistance."
    >Under the "Administrative Procedures Act" federal agencies must announce
    >their intention to promulgate new rules, (as they have now done in this
    >case), and they must provide an opportunity for the general public to
    >comment on their proposal. Watch for more information on how to oppose
    >this rule in upcoming editions of the CfCL Weekly Update.
    >Read the Proposed DOT Rules (cut and paste URL into browser):

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