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Secretary Guttierez pushes "Biometric Worker ID Card"

Secretary Gutierrez pushes the idea of a guest worker program and mandatory Biometric Identification cards for employment while speaking to the Professional Landcare Network's 17th annual legislative conference. These ID cards would ostensibly only be required for illegal aliens.
Gutierrez holding a Biometric ID Card
Gutierrez holding a Biometric ID Card
RFID tag on back of sticker label
RFID tag on back of sticker label
Implantable VeriChip
Implantable VeriChip
Secretary of Commerce, Gutierrez, pushes the idea of a guest worker program and mandatory Biometric Identification cards for employment while speaking to the Professional Landcare Network's 17th annual legislative conference. Relevant quote from the speech:
[W]e need a temporary worker's program. It would create a legal means for workers to enter the United States for a limited time.

And we need a biometric card identification system.

We have the technology today to quickly and effectively use a person's unique characteristics, such as a fingerprint, to verify immigration status.

When we have a biometric system--and we have a temporary worker's program--dynamics will change.

Over time, it will become unlikely that people will risk their lives coming across the border illegally if it is well-known that unless you have the temporary worker's permit, you will not find a job.

Gutierrez once again pushed an Orwellian idea of mandatory employment identification cards encoded with biometric data. This is of course to protect us all from the illegal aliens.

Unfortunately many Americans will not question this relinquishment of liberty because they aren't "illegal aliens". And why care about someone else's liberties? Well lets stop and think about how a system such as this would work. All guest workers would be required to have both a temporary worker permit and a Biometric Worker ID Card in order to be employable. So why not just sneak into the country and apply for the job as if you were an American? All thats stopping you is a few documents, a fake SSN, etc. And there it is, these "Worker ID" cards would only work if it were completely mandatory for every employee.

Gutierrez does also want new employment laws requiring more identification and punishment for companies that hire people with their "papers". But if it will be possible with these new laws to punish companies who hire undocumented workers, then why do we need a Biometric Worker ID Card? If the new employment requirements are enough to weed out every illegal alien then what is the purpose of an expensive and complicated Biometric Worker ID Card? Isn't that just a huge waste of money? The temporary workers are already required to have a "temporary worker permit", and this could be tied to a website to check a workers immigration status just as the Worker ID card is supposed to do.

So why is there a push for a Biometric Worker ID Card?

The Biometric Worker ID Card could be the first step to setting up a mandatory employment identification card, which itself could be a step in rolling out a National ID card. The REAL ID Act sets national requirements for data that must be on drivers licenses. The act has provisions for adding biometric and genetic identification to the requirements, so if such a system were to go into place it would likely be tied to driver's licenses.

The technology required for such a system is costly and takes time to setup. If it is beta-tested on a group that many American's don't have feelings for then when the time comes to add biometric data to the REAL ID Act's requirments the congressmen can say "We already have the system in place, this won't cost the taxpayers anything to protect them from (terrorists, meth, illegals, etc)!"

The primary technology being considered[1][2] for this card is RFID. RFID has so far been successfully read at distances of up to 150 feet. This makes it a good tracking technology since no batteries are required and the cards are supposed to be "tamperproof".

All of this may sound far-fetched or impossible, but consider the fact that former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson is now on the board of directors for VeriChip, maker of RFID technology and implants. Thompson has been championing the use of implantable RFID, even going across the country on a "Get Chipped" ad campaign. The CEO of Applied Digital, the parent company of VeriChip, has suggested using RFID for immigrants. The first director of US Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, joined the board of directors for Savi Technology (a leader in RFID solutions), last year. Why would the director of homeland security be interested in RFID? Possibly to track people and find terrorists? That would explain why the Government so quickly accepted RFID for passports. In case you weren't aware, an RFID tag will be embedded into all passports starting next month (August 2006).

It appears as though the plan is to first embed biometric data into passports with RFID. Second, build a system using the same technology for illegal immigrants but with the added ability to terminate employment, track and locate individuals for the purpose of stemming illegal immigration when one's temporary worker permit is over. Third, slowly add small groups to the list including sex offenders, prisoners, mentally ill, those in assisted living, etc. These people might be required to have embedded identification in case they get "loose" Then it will move to persons with severe medical conditions, mentally handicapped, newborn babies, and children while they're at school or daycare. This will be for the purpose of tracking and keeping tabs in case of a medical or other emergency and the RFID would likely be in a bracelet or similar non-embedded fashion. The last step is requiring everyone to have identification, or you cannot work or travel.

The ramifications of these draconian systems currently being erected are huge. Once a system like this goes into place it is hard to undo and is capable of exerting a large amount of control. Gone will be your privacy, your freedom of speech, your life as you know it. And for this reason everyone should join together and resist these encroachments of liberty. For this reason those who hate illegal immigration or illegal immigrants should stand alongside the rest of the country because this affects us all.

Read the entire speech.

More reading:
http://www.spychips.com
http://www.epic.org/privacy/id_cards/
http://www.eff.org/Privacy/Surveillance/RFID/


RFID is secure, right? 25.Jul.2006 09:58

razeleft

Good thing RFID is so secure... oh wait its easily clonable:

http://blogs.reuters.com/2006/07/22/high-tech-cloning/
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-hacked.html

Check out this quote from an RFID PR firm on how RFID needs to be renamed to something that people will think is a good thing:

The industry is trying to frame the debate in friendlier terms. Fleishman-Hillard, the industry's public relations counsel, in a 2002 report called "Managing External Communications," advised the Auto-ID Center to give radio tags friendlier-sounding names such as "Bar Code II" or "Green Tag," while developing a plan to "neutralize opposition."

- http://www.wsj.consumerreports.org/wsjreport177.html

Nothing spells freedom and liberty like having to have your "papers, please!"


Here we go ... 25.Jul.2006 13:40

Jody Paulson

Whenever the "powers that be" suddenly make a big deal out of something, you can bet they have an agenda behind it. A few years ago, the news was constantly churning out stories about kidnapped children, even though the overall rate of child abduction had gone down that year. That probably helped spearhead many pilot programs where children were required to wear RFID tags to school (see  http://www.eff.org/Privacy/Surveillance/RFID/schools/ ) -- but overall this was a hard sell, people are very wary of this kind of invasion of privacy ... after all, there's practically a Biblical prophesy against it (Rev. 13:16-17)! So I'm not surprised that perhaps one of the objectives of "crisifying" the immigration problem is to gradually introduce these Big Brother electronic tracking devices into the population.

Think about it. If everybody was forced to carry around -- or worse, have these chips implanted under their skin -- you couldn't go anywhere without the authorities knowing where you are and who you're associating with, what you're up to, etc. With data mining technology and more and more powerful computers, there is virtually no limit to how the government (and I guess whoever's willing to pay enough) can categorize and single out people by their movements, consumer patterns, medical history, credit history ... what this does is tie your every move to with your social security number, and whatever that can be connected to. I dare say their ultimate goal is a cash-free society, one in which every human being is subject to truly Owellian surveillance.

Just as there is no such thing as an illegal human being, people are not numbers to be manipulated and controlled. We cannot allow "illegals" to be de-humanized in this way -- this would only hasten the dehumanization of all Americans.

link removed from commerce.gov 25.Jul.2006 15:24

missinglink

The link to the Gutierrez speech has been removed from the front page of www.commerce.gov, and if you click on "Speeches" under Gutierrez it doesn't come up. Also under the press releases section for the Secretary, this speech doesn't come up:

 http://www.commerce.gov/opa/press/Secretary_Gutierrez/press_releases.htm

But today's top story does show up...

more orwellian propaganda 31.Jul.2006 16:47

gutierrez_communista

Gutierrez is still pushing these biometric worker id cards...

Here's his recent speech at the Southern Legislative Conference in Louisville, Kentucky:

 link to www.commerce.gov
Gutierrez pimping Orwellian
Gutierrez pimping Orwellian "Worker ID Cards"

$111 million to be spent on expanding databases, homeland security spying 01.Aug.2006 13:37

oq242

Check out this exchange from Ask the whitehouse
Craig, from Hayward, CA writes:
Why isn't there more focus on enforcing the law against employers who are not taking appropriate precautions in hiring? That's far more effective than the pursuit of the aliens directly, and the lack of enforcement implies a desire to facilitate 'cheap labor'.

Carlos Gutierrez
Great question, Craig. You?re absolutely correct that worksite enforcement is a critical component of comprehensive immigration reform.

This Administration has more than doubled the resources used for worksite enforcement. But employers still confront the difficulty of verifying the legal status of their employees due to fraudulent documents and IDs. To help businesses verify the legal status of their employers, we believe that legal foreign workers should be issued biometric, tamper proof identification cards.

The Administration also supports the use of the a Basic Pilot system that allows employers to quickly and accurately confirm the work status of new employees by checking their information against Federal databases. The President's FY 2007 budget requests $111 million to expand the program. Congress needs to make this program mandatory and provide the Department of Homeland Security with the authority and resources needed to make it work.

The President has always said that employers have a responsibility to abide by our laws. These tools would leave employers with no excuse for violating the law and it would help us better enforce the law. The businesses that knowingly employ illegal workers are undermining those laws, violating the public trust, and most importantly, are contributing to the problem of illegal immigration. Those businesses need to know that this Administration will not tolerate it.

It turns out Gutierrez is talking about expanding the SAVE Basic Pilot system which is a huge database of all immigrants and peoples staying in the US on visas used to verify employment eligibility, etc.

But then read what Chertoff said on June 27th:

Q. On movement of people. In the U.S. congress there has been a lot of talk about a biometric card. What stage are we at in developing the biometric card for a North American perimeter?

Secretary Chertoff: I think it?s absolutely right that the way forward ultimately, not just with respect to North America, but with respect to the world, is biometrics. Biometrics give us the capacity to move beyond names, which is the most simple and primitive way of identifying, into something that is much more secure and much more specific and actually eliminates a lot of false positives. What we want to do moving forward is build a compatible, inter-operable set of chips and documents that will allow us essentially to assimilate all of these various programs into a single trusted-traveler program. And ultimately I think as we look out across the entire world, we?ve been dealing with the Europeans on the visa waiver issue for example, we are looking to having passports that also incorporate a common biometric standard that is inter-operable and inter-changeable.

My bottom-line message on biometrics is this: biometrics not only enhance security, they enhance privacy. What they do is, they guarantee people that they control their identity with something that cannot be changed or forged or counter-fitted. Something that we in government can rely upon, but also something that gives private citizens the assurances that they need that their identity is unique and will be protected about the kinds of misuse and theft that, unfortunately, we have read about increasingly in the last few months.

This is very telling indeed, we have DHS Sec Chertoff pushing for a biometric card for the North American Perimeter, meaning all people not just immigrants... and this perimiter idea is evidence that the plans for the FTAA haven't diminished but rather are moving ahead at full speed.