This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 12, 2015:
Politicians have a knack for naming their bills with titles that are backwards, intended to deceive. There’s the Patriot Act, instead of the Fourth Amendment Obliteration Act. There’s the Affordable Care Act, which makes healthcare more expensive and less available.
And then there’s the Girls Count Act, a deceptive title designed to lead one to believe that it has something to do with empowering girls worldwide, making certain that they have access to services and are able to exercise all their rights. Even the opening paragraph expands the deceit:
This bill states that it is U.S. policy to encourage countries to support the rule of law and ensure that boys and girls of all ages are able to fully participate in society….
The bill does nothing of the sort. Continue reading:
…by providing birth certifications and other official documentation … to coordinate with multilateral organizations … for the registration and documentation of all girls and boys in developing countries.
Republican leadership in both the House and the Senate considered the bill – sponsored interestingly by Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio – so noncontroversial that it offered it by voice vote only. So no one knows who voted for it specifically, just that the Congress approved it and sent it over for President Obama to sign on June 1.
On that day, the Ron Paul Institute noted that the previous bill, which died in the 113th Congress before being voted on, would have made it
the policy of the US government to encourage other nations to require all citizens to have their own national identity cards, as well as direct the US government to work with multinational organizations and private entities on imposing registration, identification, and documentation laws on people around the world.
The new bill is slightly softer in language but just as treacherous in its intentions and purposes:
The new bill avoids explicitly stating that its purpose is to require people worldwide to have national ID cards … but … the imposition of national ID cards [fits] squarely within the broad powers in the new bill….
After reviewing the bill that died at the end of the 113th Congress and the new one about to be signed into law, Norm Singleton, writing for the Campaign for Liberty, says that under the new law:
The U.S. Government is going to use your money to work with the UN, the World Bank, and other “multinational organizations” to set up a system of National IDs in other countries.
These IDs will no doubt be identical, as it is doubtful the international bureaucrats would go through the effort to create separate ID cards for every country.
Once fully in place, it is easy to contemplate an international United Nations database that can, and will, track the location, the movement, and the conversations of every individual on the planet, all in the name of security.
The US has its own national identity card, only it’s called REAL ID. It was foisted on the unsuspecting American illiterati back in 2005, but was met with so much resistance from states over privacy invasion and constitutional issues that it was repeatedly postponed. It was only when the TSA got into the act that it performed a de facto implementation of REAL ID. It set up four phases of indoctrination, the fourth phase of which will be implemented on January 1, 2016.
Travelers without REAL ID “compliant” driver’s licenses will be turned away from airport checkpoints starting on New Year’s Day. But, hey, they’re not mandatory, says one Nevada official conversant with Orwell-speak. Nevada’s DMV Public Information Office David Fierro said the new rules aren’t really mandates. Hear this:
It’s not mandatory. It’s a choice for secured identification. If you use a passport when you’re travelling you won’t have any problems.
If you use your driver’s license for identification, you’ll need to either apply for the REAL ID card or get a passport.
And just what is needed on the new REAL ID compliant driver’s license? Every essential piece of information that the government needs to know to verify you as a legitimate and legal citizen: name, address, social security number, gender, state driver’s license number, digital front-facing photograph, and signature. To show that it’s valid, the TSA will emblazon its star in the upper-right-hand corner just to remind everyone that the holder’s identity has been “verified” by the government and that it now allows him to travel freely.
The politicians considered adding an RFID chip back in 2005, but that was just too much too soon. Now, the TSA is free to add that requirement in the future whenever it’s convenient and acceptable.
Citizens of Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, and Idaho will find themselves turned back by TSA security if they venture to fly on or after January 1 because these states have passed laws prohibiting their participation in the national REAL ID program.
Resistance to the original law resulted in its being repeatedly postponed, giving states time to change their minds and become compliant. The TSA set up four phases of implementation with Phase Four starting January 1, 2016.
Privacy and constitutional issues remain, however. Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2007 stated: “Real ID is an unfunded mandate that violates the Constitution’s 10th Amendment on state powers, destroys [the] states’ dual sovereignty, and consolidates every American’s private information, leaving all of us far more vulnerable to identity thieves.”
When former Texas congressman Ron Paul was quizzed about the issue in 2010, Paul said:
People over the decades now in this country … have wanted this national ID card. They’re looking for every opportunity to do it.
To me it violates the whole principle of privacy, the principles of the Constitution, the principles of the republic. And to me it is a gross distortion of what we should be doing. It’s part of an authoritarian society. Dictatorships have this, but not a republic.
But thanks to politicians and the drip-drip-drip of the TSA, REAL ID, for all intents and purposes, will be fully implemented in January 2016. It’s called “revolutionary parliamentarianism,” defined by Ed Griffin as “the strategy used by collectivists to convince the majority that they are hopelessly outnumbered and that the loss of their freedom is of their own choosing.”
When Ben McClintock, blogger at www.defendingutah.org, called to see if any of Utah’s federal representatives had acquiesced in going along with the voice vote that foisted the Girls Count Act onto sovereign citizens and countries, he was chagrined to learn that all of them did, including worthies like Senator Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch. The only one who didn’t was Representative Jason Chaffetz, who was in the hospital undergoing gallbladder surgery – a surgery which no doubt kept him from otherwise violating his oath of office along with his peers.
Benjamin Franklin put the matter succinctly:
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
TruthinMedia.com: REAL ID to Launch in 2016: TSA Will Force Airline Passengers to Show National ID Before Flying
DMV.org: The REAL ID Act: Are You Ready for a National ID?
KTVN.com: TSA to Require Secured Identification to Board Flights in 2016
DefendingUtah.org: Utah Votes Unanimously for Soviet Style National ID?
Ron Paul Institute: Today in Congress: House to Pass Legislation Promoting National ID Cards Worldwide
Ron Paul Institute: US House to Vote on Imposing National ID Cards Worldwide ‘For the Children’
CampaignforLiberty.org: While you weren’t looking Congress endorsed Global ID cards
CampaignforLiberty.org: Does Congress support Global ID cards?
H.R. 3398 (113th): Girls Count Act of 2014
GovTrack.us: Summaries for the Girls Count Act of 2014
Congress.gov: S.802 – Girls Count Act of 2015