Real ID: Security From What, May I Ask?
by Doug Newman, Feb 16, 2008
ver since 9/11, millions of Americans have been
more than willing to surrender their liberty in
the name of “national security.” Security from
what, may I ask?
Terrorists pose zero threat to our freedom.
Terrorism is not a philosophy of government, but
a means of venting political grievances.
Terrorists control no governments nor command
any armies. Even if you believe the official
story on 9/11, the 19 hijackers are – how shall
I describe this? – DEAD! 
You can’t take over a country and force its
people to speak Arabic and to pray toward Mecca
five times a day WHEN YOU ARE DEAD!
However, our government has been hard at work,
with our blessing, turning the land of the free
into a full-blown police state. While our troops
fight and die “for our freedom” in Iraq and
Afghanistan, we gladly give up our freedom here
at home. Millions of us praise grossly intrusive
airport security, warrantless searches and
wiretaps, no-knock raids, tasering, arbitrary
arrest and imprisonment, guilt without trial,
martial law as necessary for our
“protection”. Protection from what?
Another measure being implemented in the name of
protection and security is the Read ID Act (RIDA).
Last week, former Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA)
a piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
on the threats to our liberty inherent in this
act. Let me briefly summarize.
Amendment forbids Uncle Sam to regulate
state-issued driver’s licenses and
The RIDA would
undermine the First Amendment right to
petition for redress of grievances by
requiring a RIDA-compliant card to enter any
federal building, including the office of
your congressman or senator.
The RIDA would
undermine the Second Amendment by requiring
a RIDA-compliant card in order to purchase a
The RIDA could
undermine the Ninth Amendment by requiring
RIDA-compliant card to board an airplane or
even to travel between states. (Ze papers,
be required to show a RIDA-compliant card in
order to vote in federal elections.
could be denied access to a VA hospital
because he or she did not possess the
required RIDA-compliant card.
you would have no recourse to correct
erroneous information or fight identity
theft. (Even if you maintain that you have
nothing to hide, you do indeed have
something to fear.)
Feel any freer? Feel any more secure?
Hmm. Me neither.
And it is not “the terrorists” who want to do
this to us. It is our own government.
I was referred to Mr. Barr’s fine column in an
e-mail containing the following phrase: “First a
card in your wallet, next a chip in your
The RIDA moves us inexorably closer to the
“mark” prophesied in Revelation 13:18, without
which no one may buy or sell. The
is already in place for such chip implants.
When these implants become a reality, and you
step out of line, the powers that be can just
turn that chip off. It will all of a sudden be
as if you never existed. You will not be able to
so much as buy groceries. You will become, in
true Orwellian fashion, an unperson.
Our supposedly Great Christian President is
pushing the RIDA. Former Arkansas Governor – and
shameless religious hustler – Mike Huckabee
supports it. The only surviving presidential
candidate in either major party who opposes the
RIDA is – surprise! – Congressman
And if you are so trusting that a Republican
president would not abuse their power, would you
be similarly trusting of A DEMOCRAT? If you give
up your freedom to one party, you give it up to
the other as well.
two constitutions. There is the written
Constitution, which has a very simple purpose:
to restrain the federal government and to
protect our God-given rights. And then there is
the constitution of the people themselves, i.e.
what are we really made of? And if the people
are so mentally, morally and spiritually
bankrupt as to surrender their liberties for
some touchy-feely sense of security, the written
constitution becomes just a worthless piece of
Even if you are a 9/11 True Believer, the claim
that 9/11 was an attack on our freedom is
absurd. I do not subscribe to the official story
on 9/11. For the very best source of information
on why 9/11 could not have happened according to
the official story, please view these
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