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FBI Doing Facial Recognition Scans on DMV Photo Records

FBI Doing Facial Recognition Scans on DMV Photo Records

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dNpIs-i1ok

FBI Building Multi-Modal Biometrics Database

 



REAL ID Back From The Dead

REAL ID Back From The Dead

Richard Esguerra
Electronic Frontier Foundation

August 24, 2009

In February, the opponents of REAL ID were given a bit of hope when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that she wanted to repeal the REAL ID Act, the federal government’s failed plan to impose a national identification card through state driver’s licenses. But what has taken place since is no return to sanity, as political machinations have produced a cosmetic makeover called “PASS ID” that has revived the push for a national identification card.

The PASS ID Act (S. 1261) seeks to make many of the same ineffectual, dangerous changes the REAL ID Act attempted to impose. Fundamentally, PASS ID operates on the same flawed premise of REAL ID — that requiring various “identity documents” (and storing that information in databases for later access) will magically make state drivers’ licenses more legitimate, which will in turn improve national security.

Proponents seem to be blind to the systemic impotence of such an identification card scheme. Individuals originally motivated to obtain and use fake IDs will instead use fake identity documents to procure “real” drivers’ licenses. PASS ID creates new risks — it calls for the scanning and storage of copies of applicants’ identity documents (birth certificates, visas, etc.). These documents will be stored in databases that will become leaky honeypots of sensitive personal data, prime targets for malicious identity thieves or otherwise accessible by individuals authorized to obtain documents from the database. Despite some alterations to the scheme, PASS ID is still bad for privacy in many of the same ways the REAL ID was. And proponents of the national ID effort seem blissfully unaware of the creepy implications of a “papers please” mentality that may grow from the issuance of mandatory federal identification cards. Despite token provisions that claim to give states the freedom to issue non-federal identification cards, the card will be mandatory for most — the PASS ID Act seeks to require everyone to show the federally recognized ID for “any official purpose,” including boarding a plane or entering a federal building.

At the moment, health care reform is commanding tremendous attention and effort on the hill, so the PASS ID Act seems to be on the backburner for now. But after the August recess, anything can happen. So stay tuned for more about PASS ID and critical opportunities to flag your opposition to this flawed national ID scheme.

 



Global Police Plan International Face Scanning Database

Global Police Plan International Face Scanning Database

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
October 20, 2008

Global security authorities are to push for a huge biometric facial scan database of international travelers so they can cross-check everyone against a database of terror suspects, international criminals and fugitives.

Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, is planning to expand its role into the mass screening of passengers moving around the world by creating a face recognition database to catch wanted suspects, reports the London Guardian.

The database will hold the records of every citizen who has ever traveled in and out of the virtually every country in the world, representing intelligence agency style bulk interception of information and sounding alarm bells for civil liberties groups.

Two months ago we reported on the moves underway to phase out passport control officers at airports and replace them with biometric face scanning cameras. The automated face recognition gates match passengers to a digital image stored on a microchip in the new e-passports.

Interpol wants a facial database to be linked into this technology and used in conjunction with its already existing fingerprint and DNA databases, according to Mark Branchflower, head of Interpol’s fingerprint unit.

We have previously noted that the vast array of databases currently being employed by intelligence agencies, government and law enforcement agencies worldwide were designed to be linked together in a system which will tie in the management and control of all facets of life for citizens to one central hub.

Earlier this year we reported on the announcement of a vast intelligence program to establish a global biometric database known as “Server in the Sky” that will collate and provide an ” International Information Consortium” with access to the biometric measurements and personal information of citizens across the globe in the name of fighting the “war on terror”.

As reported by the London Guardian, the plan is being formulated by the FBI with the cooperation of the home offices and law enforcement agencies of American allies. The technology is being supplied by the US defense company Northrop Grumman.

Furthermore, the use of such technology, as we have already seen, will not be limited to the passport control office.

A 2007 British government report muted an extensive upgrade to cctv systems all across the country to incorporate facial scanning technology. The report suggested a central database of every camera and a network allowing access to it could be beneficial.

In the US there are several schemes that use Facial Recognition Technology in conjunction with Federal agencies, tying the technology to traditional documents such as drivers licenses, passports and credit cards.

A biometric face recognition system has already been approved in China and is expected to be used at airports, customs entrances, banks, post offices, residential areas and other public places in the near future.

Other proposals include placing the cameras in every seat on aircraft and installing software to try and automatically detect terrorists or other dangers caused by passengers.

We are assured that cigarette vending machines will employ the technology in order to enforce smoking laws. Similarly, supermarkets in the UK have already started trialing the technology with the justification being a crackdown on underage drinking.

In Japan facial scanning cameras are being installed in train and bus stations to replace tickets in a move to make the individual features of the face a “unique bar code” as part of an antiterrorism and anticrime initiative.

Police in Tokyo are also asking home and shop owners to mount the cameras outside their properties. “Police investigating an incident in the neighborhood would have access to these images.” according to reports.

Cell phones and computers are now also being produced with face scanning cameras.

UK Police will use new device to take fingerprints in street
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics..canner-liberty

Oregon DMV To Use Facial Recognition Software
http://www.kuik.com/Article.asp?id=954317&spid=

Orwellian U.K. Angers People With Tree Cameras, Snooping Kids
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=..=home

Speed cameras will track drivers for 30 miles
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/3163410/..ivers-for-miles.html

 



Minority Report: Highspeed Biometric Iris Scanners

Minority Report: Highspeed Biometric Iris Scanners

Business Wire
September 23, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQbVD5hlddk

Sarnoff Corporation today announced it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to develop and demonstrate a high speed biometric capture technology solution for iris-based identification. The system will be designed to be ruggedized for field use and quickly deployable.

The new iris recognition system will leverage Sarnoff’s patent-pending Iris on the Move(R) (IOM) technology for fast and reliable identification. IOM is a proven biometric identification system that quickly captures the iris image of a person in motion. The technology is ideally suited for force protection, civil-military operations, and combat situations.

Other iris scanning technologies require users to stop, line up their eye properly, and stare directly into a scanner for a period of time. IOM technology verifies identities at speeds of up to thirty people per minute, allowing subjects to walk through the system at a standard pace, without stopping. In addition, Sarnoff’s design will automatically adjust for subjects’ height without slowing throughput.

“Current biometric ID systems take too long to identify people in high traffic areas and cause long lines to form at checkpoints,” said Dr. Don Newsome, President and CEO of Sarnoff Corporation. “This is inconvenient and poses a security risk. The IOM technology makes it easy to set up iris scanning checkpoints that are as reliable as other biometric-based options but quick enough to keep lines moving rapidly.”

The IOM system delivers accurate identification regardless of whether the subject is wearing prescription glasses, most sunglasses, or contact lenses. In addition, IOM technology can capture iris images from farther distances than any other commercial iris scanning technology.

Sarnoff has delivered IOM technology to several secure government facilities and private corporations. The technology can be used for a broader range of applications including banking ID verification, border crossing initiatives, event security, payment systems, and employee access.

 

Mass chipping of Americans has begun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU_5DzkVdlg

Big Brother’s Cafe Watches You Eat
http://news.yahoo.com/s/a..t=Akh4NAJ1WX3U9j6eiymJiZlbbBAF

Younger teens ‘to get ID cards’
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7630088.stm

Photo Ticket Cameras To Track Drivers Nationwide
http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/25/2537.asp

 



McCain and Obama Support National ID Card

Barr Blasts McCain and Obama for Supporting National ID, Again Urges Congress to Repeal Real ID Act

Bob Barr 2008
August 1, 2008

“’September 11’ has become the catch-all excuse for virtually every proposed expansion of government power,” notes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party nominee for president. “One example is a national identification card and data base, long desired by some in government, and which was mandated by legislation passed by the Congress in 2005 with the support of both Senators McCain and Obama. Although I was no longer in the Congress when this bad legislation was passed, I had vigorously opposed it in the years since it became law, just as I led the successful effort to rescind a previous mandate for a national ID card.”

Unfortunately, he explains, “the Real ID Act establishes a new and privacy-invasive national ID card program. By forcing states to standardize their driver’s licenses and creating a vast national data base of private information on the citizenry, the law establishes through the back door something Americans would never have accepted directly—a National Identification Card.” In fact, “there was no open and honest vote on Real ID. The mandate was slipped into a supplemental appropriations bill, discouraging any real debate over the issue.”

“Creating anything close to a national ID card threatens Americans’ basic civil liberties and privacy while doing little or nothing to make us more secure,” warns Barr. The legislation also “means higher fees, longer lines, and greater inconvenience for Americans getting a driver’s license. The burden on states, which have to redesign and remake state licenses and include all manner of information on citizens applying for new driver’s licenses, would be extremely high and immensely costly, since they would have to restructure computer databases, security systems, verification measures, and more.”

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Bush Calls For More Private Funding Of Roads
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB12173..1.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

North American Union: The dream ’is dead’???
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=70864

What is the ’North American Union’?

 



Montana Governor Tells Feds “Go to Hell” on Real ID

Montana Governor Tells Feds “Go to Hell” on Real ID

Dvorak Uncensored
March 8, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QDHlakUUiY

I think it’s safe to say that Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana doesn’t like Real ID, a backdoor way for the government to impose and create a national ID card (with RFID chip which an unauthorized, knowledgeable techie can read) by requiring extensive documentation before you can get a drivers license. Here’s an interesting site devoted to the anti-side of the issue. And here’s what security expert Bruce Schneier thinks of the idea.

LISTEN to the governor explain why he thinks the Feds can shove their Real ID where… Well, you know where. I like this guy’s style!

Homeland Security, on the other hand, considers Real ID to be “pro-consumer.”

REAL ID Means Personal Info Really Easy to Steal
http://www.utne.com/2008-03-06/Politics/REAL-ID..sy-to-Steal.aspx

spent time gathering top DHS official’s email addresses. Don’t just bitch, email them personally and let them know you don’t support Real ID’
http://www.sciprose.com/dhs/

Feds warn states of ID deadline, travel hassles
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23456198/

All UK Citizens In ID Database By 2017
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jh../2008/03/06/nid506.xml

UK: ID cards are the ultimate identity theft
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/c..contributors/article3499317.ece

China Puts RFID Tags In A Billion ID Cards
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2211418/china-rfid-growing

What is the ‘North American Union’?

 



Montana Governor Forments Real ID Rebellion

Montana Governor Forments Real ID Rebellion

Wired
January 18, 2008

Fbiiraqisbein_mn

Montana governor Brian Schweitzer (D) declared independence Friday from federal identification rules and called on governors of 17 other states to join him in forcing a showdown with the federal government which says it will not accept the driver’s licenses of rebel states’ citizens starting May 11.

If that showdown comes to pass, a resident of a non-complying state could not use a driver’s license to enter a federal courthouse or a Social Security Administration building nor could he board a plane without undergoing a pat-down search, possibly creating massive backlogs at the nation’s airports and almost certainly leading to a flurry of federal lawsuits.

States have until May 11 to request extensions to the Real ID rules that were released last Friday. They requires states to make all current identification holders under the age of 50 to apply again with certified birth and marriage certificates. The rules also standardize license formats, require states to interlink their DMV databases and require DMV employee to undergo background checks.

Extensions push back the 2008 deadline for compliance as far as out 2014 if states apply and promise to start work on making the necessary changes, which will cost cash-strapped states billions with only a pittance in federal funding to offset the costs.

Last year Montana passed a law saying it would not comply, citing privacy, states’ rights and fiscal issues.

In his letter (.pdf) to other governors, Schweitzer makes clear he’s not going to ask for an extension.

“Today, I am asking you to join with me in resisting the DHS coercion to comply with the provisions of REAL ID, ” Schweitzer wrote. “If we stand together either DHS will blink or Congress will have to act to avoid havoc at our nation’s airports and federal courthouses.”

But Homeland Security spokeswoman Laura Keehner says DHS has no intention of blinking.

“That will mean real consequences for their citizens starting in may if their leadership chooses not to comply,” Keehner said. “That includes getting on an airplane or entering a federal building, so they will need to get passports.”

Keehner says DHS’s policy won’t change even if Georgia — one of the 17 states that has signaled strong opposition to the rules — declines to apply for an extension.

If that scenario came to pass, every Georgian who flies out through the nation’s busiest airport — Atlanta-Hartsfield International — would have to be patted down by Homeland Security agents and have his carry-on bag hand-screened, likely resulting in massive delays.

Keehner also suggests that patted-down citizens will turn their wrath not on the feds but on their state government.

For his part, Schweitzer wants Congress to step up and pass alternative legislation that would stop Real ID and re-instate a commission that was working on driver’s license rules before the REAL ID Act was slipped into must-pass defense legislation in 2005. That legislation assigned DHS the task of setting the rules single-handedly.

Keehner is adamant that the rules will make the country safer and that the price tag is not too high.

“The ability to get false identification must end, and Real ID is that step,” Keehner said.

Privacy groups counter that the rules create a de-facto national identification card and won’t stop terrorism or identity theft.

For his part, Schweitzer struck back at DHS statements he obviously considers arrogant.

“I take great offense at this notion we should all simply ‘grow up’,” Schweitzer wrote, referring to Thursday remarks from DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff about border rules regarding Canada. Schweitzer says those remarks “reflect DHS (sic) continued disrespect for the serious and legitimate concerns of our citizens.”

A DHS policy maker suggested earlier this week that Real IDs could also be required to buy cold medicine and to prove employment eligibility.

Schweitzer’s letter went out to the governors of Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington.

 

Mainstream Media Acknowledges The National ID Card

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOQgerd0m2g

What’s Behind the REAL ID Act?
http://www.plrc.org/blog/2008/01/16/real-id-act-16-january-2008/

Status of Anti-Real ID Legislation in the Experts Challenge DHS Strategytates
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18118652

Status of Anti-Real ID Legislation in the States
http://www.realnightmare.org/news/105/

US.gov sets Real ID rules in stone
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/14/realid_changes_issued/

What is the ‘North American Union’?

 



Born After 1964 You Will Need Real ID

Born After 1964 You Will Need Real ID
By 2014 Americans under 50 must present a REAL ID-complaint driver’s license before boarding a plane, entering a federal building or driving a motor vehicle.

CNN
January 11, 2008

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=327505806198342590&hl=en

Americans born after Dec. 1, 1964, will have to get more secure driver’s licenses in the next six years under ambitious post-9/11 security rules to be unveiled Friday by federal officials.The Homeland Security Department has spent years crafting the final regulations for the REAL ID Act, a law designed to make it harder for terrorists, illegal immigrants and con artists to get government-issued identification. The effort once envisioned to take effect in 2008 has been pushed back in the hopes of winning over skeptical state officials.Even with more time, more federal help and technical advances, REAL ID still faces stiff opposition from civil liberties groups.To address some of those concerns, the government now plans to phase in a secure ID initiative that Congress passed into law in 2005. Now, DHS plans a key deadline in 2011 — when federal authorities hope all states will be in compliance — and then further measures to be enacted three years later, according to congressional staffers who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not yet been made. DHS officials briefed legislative aides on the details late Thursday.Without discussing details, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff promoted the final rules for REAL ID during a meeting Thursday with an advisory council.“We worked very closely with the states in terms of developing a plan that I think will be inexpensive, reasonable to implement and produce the results,” he said. “This is a win-win. As long as people use driver’s licenses to identify themselves for whatever reason there’s no reason for those licenses to be easily counterfeited or tampered with.”In order to make the plan more appealing to cost-conscious states, federal authorities drastically reduced the expected cost from $14.6 billion to $3.9 billion, a 73 percent decline, according to Homeland Security officials familiar with the plan.The American Civil Liberties Union has fiercely objected to the effort, particularly the sharing of personal data among government agencies. The DHS and other officials say the only way to make sure an ID is safe is to check it against secure government data; critics like the ACLU say that creates a system that is more likely to be infiltrated and have its personal data pilfered.In its written objection to the law, the ACLU claims REAL ID amounts to the “first-ever national identity card system,” which “would irreparably damage the fabric of American life.”The September 11 attacks were the main motivation for the changes.The hijacker-pilot who flew into the Pentagon, Hani Hanjour, had a total of four driver’s licenses and ID cards from three states. The DHS, which was created in response to the attacks, has created a slogan for REAL ID: “One driver, one license.”By 2014, anyone seeking to board an airplane or enter a federal building would have to present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, with the notable exception of those more than 50 years old, Homeland Security officials said.The over-50 exemption was created to give states more time to get everyone new licenses, and officials say the risk of someone in that age group being a terrorist, illegal immigrant or con artist is much less. By 2017, even those over 50 must have a REAL ID-compliant card to board a plane.Among other details of the REAL ID plan:

  • The traditional driver’s license photograph would be taken at the beginning of the application instead of the end so that should someone be rejected for failure to prove identity and citizenship, the applicant’s photo would be kept on file and checked in the future if that person attempted to con the system again.
  • The cards will have three layers of security measures but will not contain microchips as some had expected. States will be able to choose from a menu which security measures they will put in their cards.
  • Over the next year, the government expects all states to begin checking both the Social Security numbers and immigration status of license applicants.
  • Most states currently check Social Security numbers and about half check immigration status. Some, like New York, Virginia, North Carolina and California, already have implemented many of the security measures envisioned in REAL ID. In California, for example, officials expect the only major change to adopt the first phase would be to take the photograph at the beginning of the application process instead of the end.

    After the Social Security and immigration status checks become nationwide practice, officials plan to move on to more expansive security checks, including state DMV offices checking with the State Department to verify those applicants who use passports to get a driver’s license, verifying birth certificates and checking with other states to ensure an applicant doesn’t have more than one license.

    A handful of states have already signed written agreements indicating plans to comply with REAL ID. Seventeen others, though, have passed legislation or resolutions objecting to it, often based on concerns about the billions of dollars such extra security is expected to cost.

 

Real ID Rules May Complicate Air Travel

Devlin Barrett
AP
January 11, 2008

Fbiiraqisbein_mn

Millions of air travelers may find going through airport security much more complicated this spring, as the Bush administration heads toward a showdown with state governments over post-Sept. 11 rules for new driver’s licenses. By May, the dispute could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes, but privacy advocates called that a hollow threat by federal officials

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who was unveiling final details of the REAL ID Act’s rules on Friday, said that if states want their licenses to remain valid for air travel after May 2008, those states must seek a waiver indicating they want more time to comply with the legislation.

The deadline is an effort to get states to begin phasing in the REAL ID program. Citizens born after Dec. 1, 1964, would have six years to get a new license; older Americans would have until 2017.

Chertoff said that for any state which doesn’t seek such a waiver by May, residents of that state will have to use a passport or certain types of federal border-crossing cards if they want to avoid a vigorous secondary screening at airport security.

“The last thing I want to do is punish citizens of a state who would love to have a REAL ID license but can’t get one,” Chertoff said. “But in the end, the rule is the rule as passed by Congress.”

The plan’s chief critic, the American Civil Liberties Union, called Chertoff’s deadline a bluff — and urged state governments to call him on it.

“Are they really prepared to shut those airports down? Which is what effectively would happen if the residents of those states are going to have to go through secondary scrutiny,” said Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU’s technology and liberty program. “This is a scare tactic.”

So far, 17 states have passed legislation or resolutions objecting to the REAL ID Act’s provisions, many due to concerns it will cost them too much to comply. The 17, according to the ACLU, are Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington.

Maine officials said Friday they were unsure if their own state law even allows them to ask for a waiver.

“It certainly seems to be an effort by the federal government to create compliance with REAL ID whether states have an interest in doing so or not,” said Don Cookson, spokesman for the Maine secretary of state’s office.

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Real ID is postponed for 5 years
http://www.latimes.com/news..tory?coll=la-news-a_section

Rules toughen for new ID cards
http://kob.com/article/stories/S310937.shtml?cat=519

New Real ID Rules To Shut Down Nation’s Airports in May?
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/01/new-real-id-rul.html

States Will Get More Time For Real ID
http://www.washingtonpo..1/10/AR2008011003971.html

17 States Stuck In License Showdown
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20..9ndPir3KQRw3Adzf6zSs0NUE

U.S. readies “reasonable” ID card rules after debate
http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/i..randChannel=10003

What is the ‘North American Union’?

 



DHS License Rules May Come Sooner
December 1, 2007, 4:05 pm
Filed under: biometrics, DHS, DMV, Drivers License, Homeland Security, North American Union, Real ID

DHS License Rules May Come Sooner

Govexec.com

November 30, 2007

The final rules for stricter driver’s licensing standards are being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget and are not due to go public until March. But the director of the so-called REAL ID program at the Department of Homeland Security offered a few hints on the timetable Thursday as he spoke to technology executives in McLean, Va.

Darrell Williams said OMB officially received the rules Tuesday and has 90 days to respond and another 60 days before the rules could be implemented.

Williams said Homeland Security has worked closely with OMB to show the changes made in response to 21,000 comments from states. He said because the department essentially did a lot of the homework, OMB may finish its review in less than 90 days.

Williams said the 21,000 comments from states included substantive complaints about the cost of implementing the program in less than four years.

Marshall Rickert, who leads the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, said the problem is that most of the adult U.S. population would have to visit state Department of Motor Vehicle offices to get new licenses within three-and-a-half years, and the infrastructure to handle that does not exist.

The normal cycle to replace a driver’s license in person varies among states from five to 10 years. Rickert said motor-vehicle administrators have heard that the new deadlines “will be linked to the regular cycles, so the biggest cost-driver is gone.”

Rickert said original estimates of state costs to comply with the largely unfunded federal REAL ID mandate were as high as $11.5 billion, with driver’s license fees for customers as high as $150. He said the biggest cost would be building offices to accommodate customers.

“We really took the comments seriously and then looked at the latitude DHS had to make changes,” Williams said. But he declined to confirm what the final rule would be on that issue.

He did answer some questions that technology executives had over how and when the states would be looking to contractors to help implement REAL ID.

Williams said Homeland Security compliance audits likely would be done by outside contractors, and Rickert added that innovators could help states regain productivity lost by offices having to deal with customers in person instead of online.

In 2006, Congress approved $40 million to help offset state costs for REAL ID, and more funding is up for a vote this year. So far, $7 million has been allocated to a pilot project in Kentucky that electronically verifies vital records.

Williams said he is working with OMB “to detach release of funding to release of the bill.” He said if that happens, he expects states would have access to funds before Christmas. He did caution that there are groups lobbying Congress to remove the $50 million for REAL ID now attached to a military operations appropriations bill.

What is the ‘North American Union’?

 



Amero Coming Within Decade

’Amero coming within decade’
Strategist expects currency changes as Canadian dollar matches greenback

Jerome R. Corsi
World Net Daily
October 5, 2007


A commemorative amero coin

BankIntroductions.com, a Canadian company that specializes in global banking strategies and currency consulting, is advising clients that the amero may be the currency of North America within the next 10 years.

“The amero would compete against other regional currency blocks,” BankIntroductions.com says. “At present, with the Canadian dollar approaching par, more talk for an amero currency unit will become popular in Canada.”

The company says that with the successful implementation of NAFTA, “the one dragging component for the amero will be Mexico, but in time this will change.”

“Implementation of the amero currency may actually give Mexico an economic boost, thus helping to alleviate Mexican immigration pressures into the United States for those Mexicans seeking financial gain,” BankIntroductions.com advises.

“The amero one day may well be circulating throughout North America.”

Matt Bell, president of BankIntroductions.com, told WND in an e-mail to “feel free to quote our currency research on Canada. Our general opinion on the amero stands as stated.”

As WND reported, coin designer Daniel Carr has issued for sale a series of private-issue fantasy pattern amero coins that have drawn attention on the Internet.

WND also reported the African Union is moving down the path of regional economic integration, with the African Central Bank planning to create the “Gold Mandela” as a single African continental currency by 2010.

The Council on Foreign Relations also has supported regional and global currencies designed to replace nationally issued currencies.

In an article in the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs, entitled “The End of National Currency,” CFR economist Benn Steil asserted the dollar is a temporary currency.

Steil concluded “countries should abandon monetary nationalism,” moving to adopt regional currencies, on the road to a global “one world currency.”

WND previously reported Steve Previs, a vice president at Jeffries International Ltd. in London, said the amero “is the proposed new currency for the North American Community which is being developed right now between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.”

A video clip of the CNBC interview in November with Jeffries is now available at YouTube.com.

WND also has reported a continued slide in the value of the dollar on world currency markets could set up conditions in which the adoption of the amero as a North American currency gains momentum.

In DMV hologram, some see sign of plot
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/growth/traffic/story/723090.html

What is the ’North American Union’?

 



North American Union Driver’s License Created

North American Union Driver’s License Created

Jerome R. Corsi
WND
September 6, 2007


New security logo on the reverse of North Carolina’s driver’s licenses

The first “North American Union” driver’s license, complete with a hologram of the North American continent on the reverse, has been created in the state of North Carolina.

“The North Carolina driver’s license is ‘North American Union’ ready,” charges William Gheen, who serves as president of Americans for Legal Immigration.

Gheen provided WND with a photo of an actual North Carolina license which clearly shows the hologram of the North American continent embedded on the reverse.

“The hologram looks exactly [like] the map of North America that is used as the background for the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America logo on the SPP website,” Gheen told WND. “I object to the loss of sovereignty that is proceeding under the agreements being made by these unelected government bureaucrats who think we should be North American instead of the United States of America.”


Security and Prosperity Partnership logo

“To protest, I don’t plan on applying for a North Carolina driver’s license,” Gheen told WND, “even though I am a resident of the state. I don’t see how a Division of Motor Vehicles authorized in a Department of Transportation of a state of the United States can force me to have a license place that is designed with a North American Union insignia printed on the backside.”

“My decision not to get a North Carolina driver’s license could have very difficult consequences for me,” Gheen told WND. “Without a valid driver’s license, I may not be able to drive a car, fly on an airplane, or enter a government building.”

Gheen told WND he does not have a U.S. passport.

In 2005, WND reported North Carolina was the state where illegal immigrants go to get a driver’s license, with busloads of aliens traveling south on I-95 to get an easy ID.

The Tar Heel State’s requirements to obtain a license are weaker than those of many surrounding states.

Marge Howell, spokeswoman for the North Carolina DMV, affirmed to WND the state was embedding a hologram of North America on the back of its new driver’s licenses.

“It’s a security element that eventually will be on the back of every driver’s license in North America,” Howell told WND.

Howell explained the hologram of the North American continent was the creation of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that, according to the group’s website, “develops model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement and highway safety.”

Founded in 1933, AAMVA represents state and provincial officials in the United States and Canada who administer and enforce motor vehicle laws. The government of Mexico is also a member, though the individual Mexican states have yet to join.

According to the group’s website, AAMVA’s programs are designed “to encourage uniformity and reciprocity among the states and provinces.”

“The goal of the North American hologram,” Howell explained, “is to get one common element that law enforcement throughout the continent can look at on all driver’s licenses and tell that the driver’s license is an official document_”

Jason King, spokesman for AAMVA, affirmed the North American hologram was created by AAMVA’s Uniform Identification Subcommittee, a working group of AAMVA members.

He explained the goal is to create a continental security device that could be used by state and provincial motor vehicles agencies throughout North America, including the United States, Canada and Mexico.

King referenced a document on the AAMVA website that describes guidelines for using the North America continent hologram as an Optical Variable Device (OVD) that AAMVA has now licensed with private manufacturers to produce.

AAMVA supplies member motor vehicle agencies with a quantity of North American continent hologram OVD foils to use on their driver’s licenses and ID cards as needed.

As the guidelines document on the AAMVA explains, each North American continental hologram OVD foil is embedded with a unique set of control numbers that permit law enforcement electronic scanners to identify the exact jurisdiction and precise individual authorized to hold a driver’s license or ID card with that particular OVD foil embedded.

“AAMVA understands its unique positioning and the continuing role identification security will play in helping the general public realize a safer North America,” King explained to WND in an e-mail. “The association believes ID security will help increase national security, increase highway safety, reduce fraud and system abuse, increase efficiency and effectiveness, and achieve uniformity of processes and practices.”

Jim Palmer, press director for ALIPAC, told WND that ALIPAC first became aware of the hologram when Missouri State Rep. Jim Guest held a seminar in North Carolina to protest the Real ID law.

“The surprise came at a meeting on the Real ID that Palmer held in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday, July 28,” Palmer told WND.

“When Rep. Guest asked participants to take out their driver’s license and see what was on it,” Palmer explained, “one gentleman was a state employee and on his license there was this hologram with the North American continent on the back. We were all surprised to see that on a North Carolina driver’s license. Right there, that stopped the show.”

Guest has formed a coalition called Legislators Against Real ID Act, or LARI.

“I was astonished when I saw that North American hologram on the North Carolina driver’s license,” Guest told WND. “I thought to myself that the state DMV has already included this North American symbol on the back of the driver’s license without telling the people of North Carolina they were going to do this.”

“I thought right then that this was going to be the prototype for the driver’s license of the North American Union,” Guest told WND.

“When we called the North Carolina DMV, they hedged at first,” Guest said, “but finally they admitted that, yes, there was a North American continent hologram on the back of the license.”

“This is part of a plan by bureaucrats and trade groups that act like bureaucrats to little by little transform us into a North American Union without any vote being taken and without explaining to the U.S. public what they are doing,” Guest argued.

King explained AAMVA’s Uniform Identification Subcommittee created a number of task forces, including the Card Design Specification that developed the North America continent hologram OVD.

“The Task Group surveyed and met with many stakeholders during the development effort,” King wrote to WND. “The Task Force gathered information from government and non-government users of the driver’s License/ID card to determine their uses for the DL/ID card and how they believe the card should function. In addition, the Task Group surveyed and met with industry experts in the area of card production and security to gather their advice, especially about the physical security of the card.”

King told WND the Task Group work was repeatedly reviewed by the UID Subcommittee as a whole, with final approval coming from the AAMVA Board.

Pastor Rios Sanchez, 55, an illegal alien, was accused of killing three people, including two North Carolina State University students and a 26-year-old, while driving drunk.

“People who think the Real ID was created to keep illegal aliens from getting driver’s licenses and IDs should come to North Carolina,” Gheen told WND. “What the North Carolina DMV is doing is creating the basis for a continental driver’s license.”

“What difference does it make to North Carolina if an illegal alien gets a driver’s license?” Gheen asked. “The photo on the license creates a close face scan that can be identified by face recognition technology, whether the DMV admits it or not.”

“Illegal aliens who get driver’s licenses are just being scanned in advance,” Gheen concluded.

“Illegal aliens who get driver’s licenses or IDs in North Carolina are just being prepared for their admission into the North America Union driver pool that North Carolina is at the vanguard of creating,” Gheen said. “That is the truth, whether the North Carolina DMV or the AAMVA want to admit it or not.”

King told WND North Carolina is the first AAMVA member jurisdiction to use the North America continent hologram on a driver’s license or ID card.

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