We've all heard people say:
"It's all about control!"
"The chip will control your mind!"
"I'll have one last bullet ready for when they try to chip me!"
"No way! I'll be off the grid before then!"
"I'm stocking up on supplies!"
"I will never submit!"
"They are taking away our freedom!"
And much more....
RealID is a step forward in identification technology. It is a predecessor for things to come. Being scared of it, and the "chip", for the above
reasons is paranoid delusions - unless you believe in Dr. Gene Ray and his view that you are taught evil stupid, or whatever he goes on about!
If you don't know what I'm talking about, go Google "Timecube"
In another thread, a certain user wrote this:
To me that means, CONTROL!!!
As far as ID's go, we already have means of ID:
Social Security Card
Movie Club Membership Card
I'm sick to death of cards ......
He is so sick of IDs, that he can't see the implications of the RealID except for it's existence as another ID. It is not simply another ID, it is
the real-world implimentation and testing of a new technology. The RealID is the predecessor for the consolodation of our wallets and purses full of
countless cards that we see people bumbling around for in front of us in line. Our current modelis an outdated model. It is inefficient. When a system
becomes outdated and inefficient, we have always changed it. We will always change it... unless it involves NASA, John Lear, and the Space Shuttle!
The RealID/CAC cards have been tested in the government/military as a whole for around 8 years or more.
The technology was proven successful in that "more secure field" so to speak. RealID is the next step of that testing - to test it in the "untamed
field" of the civilian population, complete with all of it's uncertainty, immoral behavior, crime, and people who can't keep track of their
belongings for one reason or another, be it pick pocketed, lost, or stolen. It is not a perfect system. Neither are credit cards or ATM cards - they
can both be used by virtually anyone at the Gas Pump or grocery store. If you have the appropriate equipment, you can retrieve and decrypt pin numbers
from the debit cards. Many places don't even ask for IDs, and these cards don't even have pictures on them. It is not efficient.
Technology is progressing, not as a means of control, but as a means to allow people to get that little extra bit of time out of their day. There is a
bit of tracking involved, but I'll get to that practically benign feature later on.
We used to have to wait in line at the bank to withdraw and deposit money, sometimes for a very long time. It's now an option for the most part.
Checks have all but disappeared, to be placed with the faster and more efficient credit card - which you have to pay back, and that takes away more of
your valuable time paying bills. Then came direct deposit: Not about someone controlling your paycheck, but about convenience. Soon after, ATMS. ATMS
only control your money as much as they give you access 24 hours a day.
Yet, The ATM didn't get rid of the line. Due to this, there was a small technological evolution that introduced the debit card and then the one card
that could act as ATM/Credit/Debit card all at once. Consolidation of function is what it amounted to. Once this happened, we no longer even had to
wait in line at the ATM to withdrawal money unless we absolutely needed to, we could pay at the pump, pay in the store, etc...
Using the principals and (logic?
) used when identifying the RealId as a means of control is not hard to place on any one of those small advances
in banking that gives us just that little bit of extra personal time.
... and the question of Control:
Aren't all of those cards a form of control?
Your ATM card tracks your time and location every time you use it; so does your debit card, and moreover your credit card and what you spend. Having a
library card means you're on a computer and have your library activities recorded. A Passport tracks you where ever you last traveled out of country,
and it is all stored in a database. If you some type of store discount card, they use that to track and record your purchases when you use cash. Movie
club, not sure - but if you have it, your name is probably in a Database along with your movie viewing habits. If you rent movies from a video store,
your porn selection and faces of death rentals are input into a database. Your insurance company has details about your health and life. You have a
big plate on the back of your car that can be looked up at anytime. Much of your criminal record is publicly available (sometimes free, and through
the internet) at the county clerks office where you committed your crime, or violated a statute. Your telephone calls are monitored and screened, and
your e-mail is saved in giant databases.
The Local law enforcement can
get that information, and the Federal government will
get that information whenever they request it. It
just takes more tax money and more man hours to get it. Of course, they're not going to do it unless you are a criminal or a suspect.
If it was on a centralized, government system, how much money and man hours would be saved when trying to access this information on a wanted
criminal, terror suspect, child molester, rapist, murderer, serial killer, etc.. It wouldn't take days of coordination between local/state/federal
agencies. It would take minutes.
Many people here seem to have paranoid fantasies that the government is on the verge of gaining the power to track them and control, when they've had
the power for a very long time. You can be put in jail on a whim, just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The government can take your
house from you; they can take your car. You can be taken out by a police officer who just had a bad day, and we can see in the news that it happens
all the time.
Stop signs, speed limit, traffic lights, permission to drive, permission to buy alcohol, permission to buy cigs, permission to own land, taxes for
this, taxes for that, permission to buy a car, etc.. that's just the small stuff. It's all control. You are living in it already.