Most of us, all around the world, want to live simply; that is, freedom in choices, in making a fair wage to support our families, provide nourishment and a safe home, to aspire, create, achieve, and love. Some active duty military members, veterans and many others experiencing the lives of people and varied cultures around the world say they've discovered most humans have more in common than not, and most desire the same things regardless of religion, government, and what language is spoken.
"You are being programmed to accept the global ID control grid":
The REAL ID program was passed in 2005, hidden in a bill concerning war in Iraq and aid for victims of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. As James Corbett (The Corbett Report) states the REAL ID program ostensibly created as a nationally cohesive identification system to keep us safe from terrorists, is actually intended to be used as identification for each individual worldwide with databases of personal information, likewise shared globally.
We all know today that our Social Security numbers are used for identification purposes - and our government lied then as it does now.
Therefore, why would anyone believe REAL ID is only meant for our protection against terrorism, along with assurances it's intended only for use in our country and all personal information collected in databases will not be shared globally? (Intergovernmental Cooperation in Worldwide Implementation, a global surveillance matrix which conforms with international standards, Format ICAO 9303 part 3; with "Smart ID cards and data bases" to track population movement). Why would anyone believe the government wouldn't use our personal information in light of the facts revealed by Snowden and other NSA whistleblowers that NSA is spying on us? Further, why would anyone believe those databases are non-hackable?
Corbett also mentions Obama's 2011 national strategies for trusted identities in cyberspace (NSTIC); the goal is to provide "driver's licenses" for internet use - it'll be your way for getting onto the internet. Wonder if anyone really believes this program will also protect us and our freedom of speech...and if the FCC and DHS have plans to couple the internet "driver's licenses" to REAL ID.
Maine leads this time:
"Half the state legislatures in the country passed resolutions objecting to the REAL ID Act or bills outright barring their State from complying." (CATO Institute, pdf "Policy Analysis, REAL ID, A State-by-State Update").
However, the problem with REAL ID is gradualism; there's still no national ID, but Congress has continued funneling money into the program and has spent a quarter billion dollars on the "walking dead" REAL ID. Some state legislature's have reversed opposition (Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, South Dakota). Missouri motor vehicle bureaucrats were caught implementing REAL ID terms despite state law (Ibid).
New Hampshire is one of the leading states, along with Maine, in "REAL ID Rebellion". In April 2006, New Hampshire state representative Neal Kurk said:
"I don't believe the people of New Hampshire elected us to help the federal government create a national ID card. We care more about our liberties than to meekly hand over to the federal government the potential to enumerate, track, identify, and eventually control."
Maine became the first state to reject REAL ID in January 2007. Maine largely remained outside the REAL ID track "despite John Baldacci instituting Social Security-number collection as part of state licensing in 2008. In a March 2008 letter to then DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, Baldacci asked for a waiver for Maine due to the state meeting 10 of the 18 benchmarks."
"The (Maine) legislature has stayed hostile to the national ID law. Some Maine state representatives went so far as to repeal some of Baldacci's moves toward REAL ID with a 2011 bill, LD 1068. It was signed by current Governor Paul LePage, in May 2011, and rolled Maine back to only eight points of compliance with DHS's REAL ID benchmarks."
This writer would like to believe Maine has opposed REAL ID primarily because of privacy and identity theft issues, and negative impact on individual's rights. However, because REAL ID was initially passing costs of implementation onto the states, it seems possible program costs were the greatest detraction for participation. Because REAL ID remains a "walking dead" program with money, it also seems likely the federal government has been approaching noncompliance issues piecemeal. "REAL ID spending is hard to track, and it is getting harder...REAL ID grants to states have been folded into the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) which makes outlays more obscure." If given the money, it seems probable most states will end up capitulating to the REAL ID program.
When tracking spending it becomes more difficult to find out which states give in and are "bought", but one major component and trackable spending of REAL ID is "mandatory facial image capture". A caveat - this is not just taking a photograph, but rather a step towards machine-readable biometrics. CATO Institute reports REAL ID has been spending taxpayers' dollars on other identification and tracking systems including E-Verify and US-VISIT/the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) of about $300 to $500 million in spending per year (Ibid, Table 1, page 5).
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) attempts enforcement of REAL ID, again:
DHS announced on December 20, 2013 a plan for phased enforcement for REAL ID (see pdf: The Risk Management Process for Federal Facilities: An Interagency Security Committee Standard" August 2013). Basically, DHS wants the public to know the phased enforcement plan is in place to ensure safety for the public, by protecting "buildings, grounds, and property that are owned, occupied, leased, or secured by the Federal Government". ("REAL ID Enforcment in Brief"; with Phase 4 by 2016).
Therefore, DHS's push for REAL ID is primarily a concern with its "responsibility for protecting...buildings, grounds, and properties that are owned, occupied, leased, or secured by the Federal government", not people, and further finding ways to deny citizens accessibility to government and taxpayer-owned properties. In the pdf linked above DHS created grids, such as the "Mission Criticality Grid" giving values of risks: "very high value", "high", "medium", and "low". Some of the obvious properties of concern for terrorist activities include The White House, Supreme Court Building, The Smithsonian buildings, etc. Also included are numerous "high-risk symbolic or critical infrastructure", i.e. dams, tunnels, bridges, national monuments, national financial centers, "Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center", transportation hubs, social security administration field offices, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinics, readily identifiable U.S. classified locations, small offices in leased commercial buildings, and "as identified" facilities and areas (national parks?).
Hope for the spirit of humanity:
Some have commented on living for the day - meaning, they're not concerned with what's happening as long as they're happy in the moment and can still buy their "bread, beer, gas...and entertainment".
Interestingly, those in control and making the "rules" have tenacity, patience, and flexibility in achieving long-term goals to perpetuate and preserve their own "kingdoms" and corporations. However, perhaps they underestimate the human spirit, while over-estimating their understandings of human nature.
Humans are said to be "sloppy"; meaning unpredictable, because not all will give in to immediate pleasures, nor give in at the expense of others. Some humans also have tenacity and desire in searching for meaning in life, and doing their best to care about future lives of children, grandchildren, and others. We see these people throughout history and even today. Hope isn't in the technology, it's in humanity.
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." Viktor E. Frankl