It seems that everytime there is a “incident” that causes public concern, our elected leaders take that incident and turn it into a free-for-all to establish more invasive technologies and polices that make it easier for them to gathering intelligence on us.
Throughout the last fifty years, various law enforcement agencies were prevented in using these surpetious technologies to spy on Americans. But, our Congress and Senate had balls during those times, and informed those same agencies that spying on Americans without probable cause was a big No-No…
Now, in the wake of the various “terrorist” incidents occuring around the country, and the all to prevelant mass-hysteria at official levesl that the upcoming “American Insurrection” is at hand—these ageneices have been given the green light to do just about anything that they want..
First and foremost in my opinion are the following trends that will ultimatley lead America into a likely Orvillian “1984” style scenario:
National Identification Card:
Panel calls for national ID vetting standards:
“The Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP) released a report calling for the development of an American National Standard on identity verification as a tool to help combat terrorism and identity theft. The report calls for national standards to verify the identity of individuals before being issued identification documents.”
The synopsis states that; “The report cites benefits of identity verification guidelines to include reducing waste, fraud, and abuse in government programs; limiting underage access to alcohol, tobacco, or other age-limited products and services; and reducing or eliminating criminals’ ability to evade law enforcement through the use of fraudulent identities. They will also enhance the security and credibility of government and commercial credentials issued downstream, such as public and private-sector employment identification cards, U.S. passports, Medicare/Medicaid cards, and credit/charge cards”.
Huh? What A Crock Of Bullshit!
“limiting underage access to alcohol and cigarettes” I thought that most vendors these days abided by a very strict “Show Me Your ID” policy at the cash register when purchasing cigarettes or Beer. I know that even at my age, I am repeatedly being asked for my ID card—of course I also promptly tell them to go straight to hell immediatley after they ask…
Here’s a novel idea in motion already…
New driver license legislation proposed:
“Some believe that new proposed driver license legislation would help states better secure IDs while also protecting citizen privacy. Others say it “guts” an existing law and takes states back to pre-9/11 identity vetting for IDs.
A hearing held in the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the proposed bill called the Providing Additional Security in States’ Identification (PASS) Act of 2009. Testimony revealed very different takes on the bill that would basically roll back, REAL ID. It’s not clear how the proposed change would impact states already complying with REAL ID and rolling out new documents. Even with this new bill looming, some states are still moving ahead to comply with REAL ID.”
DOD official: U.S. needs identity czar:
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Lentz said a national leader is needed for reducing problems with anonymity on the Net
BLACK HAT USA — LAS VEGAS — A top Defense Department official today called for a second national cybersecurity czar dedicated to handling problems and risks associated with anonymity on the Internet.
Robert Lentz, who is the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber, identity, and information assurance in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense as well as the chief information assurance officer for DoD, in his keynote address here at Black Hat USA told attendees here that identity is at the heart of securing the Internet.
“In my opinion, there needs to be a cyberczar just for identity. Without that, we’re going to be done,” said Lentz, who said reducing anonymity is key to ensuring security and resiliency on the Net. He noted that reducing anonymity also will generate debate over “legitimate privacy concerns,” too.
“We need a national leader focused on this important topic, which is without a doubt a foundation for this fragile ecosystem,” he said.
The Obama administration plans to name an overall cybersecurity czar, but has not yet announced who that will be.
Lentz said the DoD’s public key infrastructure (PKI), one of the largest in the world, is not easy to use. “One of our greatest challenges is and continues to be that it’s still not easy to use,” he says. “We have to continue to embrace that technology and help others deal with identity assurance and drive anonymity out of the Net as much as possible.”
Other areas that need work, he said, are directory services and the integration of physical and logical security. “Directory services has been our Achilles heel since I’ve been here,” he said. “We need to clean up directory content.”
And authentication could be used to help unite physical and logical security, he said. Lentz said a good example of the rift here is that he has his PKI-based CAC card for computer access, but he needs a separate badge to get into the Pentagon. “And we need multi-factor authentication: we’re ready to turn the corner in biometrics and we need to leverage it for both logical and physical access,” he said.
“We need to deploy risk-based access control and the ability to authenticate ourselves to the Net [and in] the cloud,” he said.
And educating the public about secure Internet practices is also crucial to ensuring the infrastructure is sound and resilient. It will require a culture change, he says, and a campaign akin to the “green” movement for security. “We need to have a culture change like with the green movement but focusing on cybersecurity,” he says. “I think having a ‘cyber-green’ movement is something we can all rally around.”
The eyes have it:
“When talking about biometric technologies the list typically goes fingerprint and then iris, in that order.
Fingerprint biometrics have been the standard because it has been around longer and have a proven track record. But advances in iris technology along with new vendors and products may signal that the technology is about to take off.”
FBI using facial recognition to find fugitives:
“The FBI is searching driver license databases using facial recognition technology, according to an Associated Press news report.
In North Carolina the technology was used to catch a double-murder suspect. The FBI learned the suspect was in North Carolina, took a 1991 booking photo and then compared it with 30 million photos stored by the motor vehicle agency. The search returned a dozen or so results and from there the suspect was identified and a week later he was arrested.
The ACLU has concerns over how the information is being used and the mission creep with drive licenses, said Christopher Calabrese, an attorney who focuses on privacy issues at the ACLU. “Now you need them to open a bank account. You need them to be identified everywhere. And suddenly they’re becoming the de facto law enforcement database.”
The FBI has set up a group to set standards on how driver license photos can be used in criminal cases. “
What we are witnessing with these new laws and proposals plays directly into the hands of the much touted US Census intelligence operation.
Let’s look at this another way:
a) Suppose that the government had the name of every person in the USA, and ALL of their personal information…
b) Each of these people are required to have the National identification Card, and the Biometric Social Security card, as well as the Biometric Passport Document…
c) You identity credentials MUST BE checked and verified every time that you;
Apply for employment with a potential employer
Every time that you use your credit card
Before you are allowed to travel using the public transportation system
Before you are allowed to purchase anything from the internet
Then my friend, we will have truly entered a new era of government surveillance.