Your Papers, Please!

Welcome to a new week, Americans! We are now one step closer to the Total Surveillance State:

Starting three years from now, if you live or work in the United States, you’ll need a federally approved ID card to travel on an airplane, open a bank account, collect Social Security payments, or take advantage of nearly any government service.

Practically speaking, your driver’s license likely will have to be reissued to meet federal standards.

The Real ID Act hands the Department of Homeland Security the power to set these standards and determine whether state drivers’ licenses and other ID cards pass muster. Only ID cards approved by Homeland Security can be accepted “for any official purpose” by the feds.

These cards will include “machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements”, possibly a magnetic strip or RFID chip to make storage of biometric information possible.

I’ll bet a month’s pay it won’t be more than a couple of years before the Department of Homeland Security starts pushing for those RFID chips to be implanted under our skin–for our own security, of course. After all, it’s harder for terrorists to steal your ID when you carry it on the back of your hand, right?

He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark …

Wake up, Christians. This bill was pushed by a Republican president through a Republican Congress.

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