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PSA from GOA, re: National ID Card

Discussion in 'Legal' started by geekWithA.45, Dec 3, 2004.

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  1. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

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    Time to Make one Last Push Against the Anti-gun National ID Card
    -- Please contact your Senators and Representative

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
    http://www.gunowners.org

    December 3, 2004


    It's "crunch time" for the 9/11 bill -- and the future of the
    anti-gun National ID proposal attached to it.

    Those who want to trade their constitutional liberties for a little
    false security are aware of this. They were on ABC News on Tuesday
    night, demanding National ID's for American citizens.

    Gun Owners of America has been educating the public and rallying the
    troops against this horrendous idea. GOA Executive Director Larry
    Pratt and former Rep. Bob Barr teamed up to place an editorial in The
    Washington Times right before Thanksgiving.

    Among other things, the editorial notes how this National ID card
    will be "a driver's license that, more than likely, will include a
    radio identifier chip and some biometric data, allowing the
    government to track individual Americans' movements with ease. Every
    time we pass through a toll, or board an airplane, or enter a state
    or federal government facility, that will be tracked and recorded."

    Will microchips really be inserted into your new driver's licenses?
    Well, H.R. 10 does not yet call for that, but the momentum is already
    pushing in that direction. Realize that the passports which will be
    issued by the end of 2005 will have microchips which can read
    electronically from as far away as 30 feet.

    And according to State Department documents that were released last
    week, the Bush administration has opposed safeguards that privacy
    advocates contend are needed to prevent identity theft or government
    snooping.

    In addition to being used as a method of tracking your movements,
    these microchips can be, of course, infused with all kinds of
    personal information -- such as your medical, financial and library
    records, and, oh yes, even your gun owning status.

    Those who love the Constitution, love liberty, and love America need
    to be vigilant in fighting for their rights.

    National ID cards will NOT keep us safer from terrorism. Israel has
    a national identification card that uses biometric identifiers -- a
    requirement that has hardly stopped suicide bombers from detonating
    bombs in crowded areas.

    And no one should think that these National ID cards will be
    counterfeit-proof. Despite our best efforts and after using
    anti-counterfeiting technology, bad guys have still managed to
    counterfeit the new $20 bill.

    Right now, no one knows whether the impasse on the 9/11 bill --
    otherwise known as the Intelligence Reform bill -- will be broken, or
    whether pro-Constitution negotiators have succeeded in finally
    striking this abomination from the bill.

    But we cannot assume that we have won, or that the bill will die.

    Rather, we must make one final push -- and must fight every bit as
    hard as those who hate our Constitution and want to take away our
    liberties.

    ACTION: Contact your senators and representative. Ask them to vote
    against any Intelligence Reform conference report which authorizes
    National ID cards or creates large government databases on the
    private affairs of American citizens.

    You can use the pre-written message below and send it as an e-mail by
    visiting the GOA Legislative Action Center at
    http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm on the GOA website.

    ----- Pre-written letter -----

    Dear

    Those who would trade their constitutional rights for a false sense
    of security deserve neither.

    Provisions in the Intelligence Reform bill which authorize National
    ID cards and create large government databases on the private affairs
    of Americans do not enhance our security. They diminish it.

    On November 24, 2004, GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt and former
    Rep. Bob Barr teamed up to place an editorial in The Washington
    Times. Among other things, their editorial notes how this National
    ID card will be "a driver's license that, more than likely, will
    include a radio identifier chip and some biometric data, allowing the
    government to track individual Americans' movements with ease. Every
    time we pass through a toll, or board an airplane, or enter a state
    or federal government facility, that will be tracked and recorded."

    I realize that this microchip requirement is not yet in H.R. 10, but
    the momentum is obviously pushing in that direction. I'm sure you are
    aware of the fact that the passports which will be issued by the end
    of 2005 will have microchips which can read electronically from as
    far away as 30 feet.

    Let's be honest: allowing the government to track U.S. citizens is
    not going to do anything to stop real terrorists. Israel has a
    national identification card that uses biometric identifiers -- a
    requirement that has hardly stopped suicide bombers from detonating
    bombs in crowded areas.

    Please vote against the conference report on any Intelligence Reform
    bill which contains the National ID card or government database
    provisions.

    Sincerely,


    ****************************

    Note: You can read the Pratt/Barr Washington Times piece online at:
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20041123-080539-8041r.htm
     
  2. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman Senior Member

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    As the CapitalOne commercial says, "What's in your wallet?"

    Perhaps we will need tin foil for our butts (wallets) as well as our heads.
     
  3. Hawkmoon

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    Lead foil would likely be more effective
     
  4. RevDisk

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    Hmm. If it passes, I will have to dig out the ol' soldering iron and make up a few jamming devices.
     
  5. bg

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    When you find out, let me know..
    I've called my Rep who is Jerry Lewis of Cal as well as called to let his
    office know how much I think this is a terrible idea. Should this go thru
    it's just another step to the infamous "Your papers, now" except there
    won't be any "please" about it.

    Just too much interference for me. :(
     
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