Analysis: States - cost of Real ID is $11B
"The report says the biggest costs, nearly $8.5 billion, or
70 percent, are those associated with
re-issuing all 245
million American drivers licenses so that they comply
with the new standards."
BlueBear Network Teams with VisionSphere to Target U.S. Real
OTTAWA, Ontario, June 1, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) --
BlueBear Network International, Inc (Pink Sheets:BLBR)
announced today it has extended its exclusive licensing of
facial recognition and secure distributed search technology
from Ottawa-based VisionSphere Technologies,
to offer State motor
vehicle agencies the ability to link driver's license
databases between all U.S. states, Canada and Mexico -- as
proposed by the sweeping REAL ID Act approved by Congress
"The passing of the Real
ID Act by Congress earlier this month will enable BlueBear
to position itself to be a key technology player in
license databases throughout North America," said
Andrew Brewin, President and CEO of BlueBear Network.
"Given that BlueBear
is already deploying information sharing systems in Law
Enforcement, adding Driver's Licenses is a logical
BlueBear, as the exclusive
licensee, adapts that technology for law enforcement by
building applications for forensic identification,
background checks and
the fight against
International, Inc. (Pink Sheets:BLBR) is a
Nevada registered company based in Ottawa, Ontario,
Document Security Alliance
DSA - Discussion Paper - with Recommendations
Bluebear - Integrated Digital Law Enforcement (IDLE)
An educated guess would be that
the ultimate goal is to have the Real ID number assigned at
birth. It will be a lifetime number to identify a
person. Support for that conclusion is that a
integrated school-workforce development system is being
installed in the schools.
And students are being
conditioned to accept RFID cards.
REAL ID for Children
In Texas, 28,000 students test e-tagging system
Tucson Schools Considering RFID BusPass
Parents and Civil Liberties Groups Urge Northern California
School District to Terminate Use of Tracking Devices
The ultimate goal of course
would be to have RFID chips with the REAL ID number on the
chip embedded in the skin at birth.
'Smart ID' with the RFID chips, then the Verichip - one
step at a time towards totalitarian control.
EVERYBODY will have to have newly issued government ID - "Real
Washington State "Real ID"
NAU ID Database
for Canada, U.S. and Mexico
To have a combined data base
requires compatibility of the numbering system and
information captured (EDI compliant). That's the real reason behind
the Real ID. No doubt the driver's license number will
include country code and state-province code.
Even though the card stock might look different depending
upon the issuing agency, the data will be designed to reside
in a single database for all three countries.
(See Washington State license
AAMVA - Comments on DHS Proposed Rulemaking
Pg. 6 "In June
2005, the federal governments of Canada, the United States
and Mexico published a ‘Report to Leaders’ entitled
‘Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America’. It
provides general direction on a number of security issues,
although it does not specifically mention the use of driver
licences as part of any security solution. Under the section
headed ‘Securing North America from External Threats’ is the
following statement. “We will develop standards for
lower-cost secure proof of status and nationality documents
to facilitate cross-border travel, and work to achieve
optimal production before January 1, 2008.”
Pg. 5 "The United
States Real I.D. Act mandates that beginning in May 2008, a
state driver license or ID card cannot be used for any
federal purpose (including boarding an airplane) unless it
meets specific federal requirements."
Pg. 10 "As a first
step, a bi-national working group should be established to
identify and develop proposals for alternative forms of
"secure documentation", such as a new, more secure driver
license or other forms of documentation that would comply
with the requirements of the U.S. Real ID Act of 2005.
Today a driver license, whether issued by a department of
motor vehicles in a Province of Canada or a U.S. State is
the most common form of identity document. With a
photo signature and physical description, the driver license
assumes a role beyond its original purpose of identifying a
licensed driver and is frequently used for personal
identification when crossing the border.
White House Meeting on REAL ID
- Phased Implementation
Ron Paul - Floor Speech on HR 418- A National ID Bill
Masquerading as Immigration Reform
bill establishes a massive, centrally-coordinated database
of highly personal information about American citizens: at a
minimum their name, date of birth, place of residence,
Social Security number, and physical and possibly other
characteristics. What is even more disturbing is that, by
mandating that states participate in the “Drivers License
bill creates a massive database of sensitive information on
American citizens that will be shared with Canada and
...This legislation gives authority to the Secretary of
Homeland Security to expand required information on driver’s
licenses, potentially including such biometric information
as retina scans, finger prints, DNA information, and even
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) radio tracking
technology. Including such technology as
RFID would mean that
the federal government, as well as the governments of Canada
and Mexico, would know where Americans are at all time of
the day and night."
Washington State - Enhanced Dual Purpose Driver's License -
Border Crossing Card (with RFID chip).
Washington State - Info about Enhanced ID
Washington State Teams Up With Homescam Security Dept
State legislation on Real ID
Email update by D. Niwa
The federal REAL ID Act (P.L.10913)
was a sneaky way to set up a Big Brother NATIONAL ID system.
Thus far in 2007, 24 states have introduced
legislation to refuse compliance with REAL ID (the
federalization of driver's licenses, and other types of ID
cards, as well as the linking of all state motor vehicle
databases). To date, legislation rejecting REAL ID has been
enacted in Maine, Idaho, and Utah; legislation is "pending"
in the other states.
You can look up
state info in the NCSL REAL ID State
Also see attached pdf of all state legislation
regarding IDs (as of 3/14/07).
REAL ID incorporates the
technologies that will allow government to track and
monitor holders of REAL ID compliant identification cards.
In addition to the problems of privacy invasion and
increased identity theft risks, federal control over ID
standards -- which tramples state rights -- eases the path
to creating a North American ID card and database for
citizens of the developing North American Union.
At the U.S. Congressional level,
Senate bill (S.717) and House bill (HR 1117) have been
introduced to repeal REAL ID (pdfs attached), however:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears that the
congressional proposals are a case where
the cure is worse than the disease.
Instead of just repealing the REAL ID Act, it is also
proposed to insert (national) ID standards setting from
another similar law! The proposed bills also increase
federal funding -- which will expedite state
implementation of a national ID system.
The REAL ID ACT isn't the only
problem: the "Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention
Act of 2004 (section 7212)" falls in the same category.
Download the "Intelligence
Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 "
(PL 108458‹ 12/17/04) -- see
section 7212 :
Two puzzling questions:
Why are there TWO Congressionally approved bills
about "driver's license and personal identification card"
Why would language from one law (section
7212 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act
of 2004) be proposed to replace the language in the
other law (REAL ID)?
In the broader picture...
There are disturbing historical accounts of abuses connected
to governments collecting and storing data on citizens. A
paper titled "Government Statistics and Individual Safety:
Revisiting the Historical Record of Disclosure, Harm, and
Risk" contains eye-opening information on incidents.
Download the document:
Congressional Bills Proposed
HR 1117 was introduced by Maine Rep. Thomas Allen
on Feb. 16, 2007 -- "To repeal title II of the REAL ID Act
of 2005, to reinstitute section 7212
of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of
2004, which provides States additional regulatory
flexibility and funding authorization to more rapidly
produce tamper-and counterfeit-resistant driver's licenses
and to protect privacy and civil liberties by providing
interested stakeholders on a negotiated rulemaking with
guidance to achieve improved 21st century licenses to
improve national security."
Cosponsors of HR
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 2/16/2007
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] - 2/16/2007
Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] - 2/16/2007
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] - 2/16/2007
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 2/16/2007
Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] - 2/16/2007
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 2/16/2007
Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3] - 2/16/2007
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] - 2/16/2007
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 2/28/2007
Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] - 2/28/2007
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 2/28/2007
Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] - 3/9/2007
Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] - 3/9/2007
Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] -
Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39] - 3/9/2007
S.717 was introduced
2/28/07 by Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka -- "A bill to
repeal title II of the REAL ID Act of 2005, to
restore section 7212 of the
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004,
which provides States additional regulatory flexibility and
funding authorization to more rapidly produce tamper- and
counterfeit-resistant driver's licenses, and to protect
privacy and civil liberties by providing interested
stakeholders on a negotiated rulemaking with guidance to
achieve improved 21st century licenses to improve national
Sen Sununu, John E. [NH] - 2/28/2007
Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] - 2/28/2007
Sen Tester, Jon [MT] - 2/28/2007
Find out more about
"National ID Cards and REAL ID Act":
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Electronic Frontiers Foundation website
Schneier on Security
A weblog covering security and security technology.
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