Wednesday, March 29, 2006

'Chip & Pin' us to the wall

A Government Whistleblower Reveals the Real Agenda Behind ID Cards

I started this post in January, but put it on a backburner. A disturbing email I received today has just revived it. The email contains new shocking and sinister revelations about the Government's proposed security measure. The sender apparently works in a UK government department and they provided a telephone number. I called the number and confirmed this person does work for the named office. I have as yet, been unable to speak to the sender, but will continue attempts to do so, and post any updates.

The impractical and unnecessary scheme, which has the potential for extreme abuse is being doggedly pushed through Parliament, despite being defeated numerous times, and receiving overwhelming critism from its opponents. The Government's persistance is worrying, seeing as the drawbacks far outweigh the proposed benefits.

On the Home Office website, they describe what type of data will be on the cards, and assurances are given regarding the threat to our privacy. However, they then contradict themselves on the very next page, when describing what needs to be finalised before the cards are made law. In a list of considerations comes: specifying the types of information that will be held in the National Identity Register and agreeing safeguards to protect the register. SO the type of data to be stored is, by no means finalised, and the data is by no means secure.

I did have quite a bit more to say on the issue, but this email, pretty much covers it all, and it is a shocking read:

PLEASE READ, THIS AFFECTS EVERYBODY...

You may have heard that legislation creating compulsory ID Cards passed a crucial stage in the House of Commons. You may feel that ID cards are not something to worry about, since we already have Photo ID for our Passport and Driving License and an ID Card will be no different to that. What you have not been told is the full scope of this proposed ID Card, and what it will mean to you personally.

The proposed ID Card will be different from any card you now hold. It will be connected to a database called the NIR, (National Identity Register), where all of your personal details will be stored. This will include the unique number that will be issued to you, your fingerprints, a scan of the back of your eye, and your photograph. Your name, address and date of birth will also obviously be stored there. There will be spaces on this database for your religion, residence status, and many other private and personal facts about you.

There is unlimited space for every other detail of your life on the NIR database, which can be expanded by the Government with or without further Acts of Parliament.

By itself, you might think that this register is harmless, but you would be wrong to come to this conclusion. This new card will be used to check your identity against your entry in the register in real time, whenever you present it to 'prove who you are'.

Every place that sells alcohol or cigarettes, every post office, every pharmacy, and every Bank will have an NIR Card Terminal, (very much like the Chip and Pin Readers that are everywhere now) into which your card can be 'swiped' to check your identity. Each time this happens, a record is made at the NIR of the time and place that the Card was presented. This means for example, that there will be a government record of every time you withdraw more than £99 at your bank - who now demand ID for these transactions. Every time you have to prove that you are over 18, your card will be swiped, and a record made at the NIR. Restaurants and off licenses will demand that your card is swiped so that each receipt shows that they sold alcohol to someone over 18, and that this was proved by the access to the NIR, indemnifying them from prosecution.

Private businesses are going to be given access to the NIR Database. If you want to apply for a job, you will have to present your card for a swipe. If you want to apply for a London Underground Oyster Card, or a supermarket loyalty card, or a driving license you will have to present your ID Card for a swipe. The same goes for getting a telephone line or a mobile phone or an internet account.

Oyster, DVLA, BT and Nectar (for example) all run very detailed databases of their own. They will be allowed access to the NIR, just as every other business will be. This means that each of these entities will be able to store your unique number in their database, and place all your travel, phone records, driving activities and detailed shopping habits under your unique NIR number.

These databases, which can easily fit on a storage device the size of your hand, will be sold to third parties either legally or illegally. It will then be possible for a non governmental entity to create a detailed dossier of all your activities. Certainly, the government will have clandestine access to all of them, meaning that they will have a complete record of all your movements, from how much and when you withdraw from your bank account to what medications you are taking, down to the level of what sort of bread you eat - all accessible via a single unique number in a central database.

This is quite a significant leap from a simple ID Card that shows your name and face.

Most people do not know that this is the true character and scope of the proposed ID Card. Whenever the details of how it will work are explained to them, they quickly change from being ambivalent towards it.

The Government is going to compel you to enter your details into the NIR and to carry this card. If you and your children want to obtain or renew your passports, you will be forced to have your fingerprints taken and your eyes scanned for the NIR, and an ID Card will be issued to you whether you want one or not. If you refuse to be fingerprinted and eye scanned, you will not be able to get a passport. Your ID Card will, just like your passport, not be your property. The Home Secretary will have the right to revoke or suspend your ID at any time, meaning that you will not be able to withdraw money from your Bank Account, for example, or do anything that requires you to present your government issued ID Card.

The arguments that have been put forwarded in favor of ID Cards can be easily disproved. ID Cards will not stop terrorists; every Spaniard has a compulsory ID Card as did the Madrid Bombers. ID Cards will not 'eliminate benefit fraud', which in any case, is small compared to the astronomical cost of this proposal, which will be measured in billions according to the LSE. This scheme exists solely to exert total surveillance and control over the ordinary free British Citizen, and it will line the pockets of the companies that will create the computer systems at the expense of your freedom, privacy and money.

If you did not know the full scope of the proposed ID Card Scheme before and you are as unsettled as I am at what it really means to you, to this country and its way of life, I urge you to email or photocopy this and give it to your friends and colleagues.

The Bill has proceeded to this stage due to the lack of accurate and complete information on this proposal being made public. Hand to hand, we can inform the entire nation if everyone who receives this passes it on.

Please make sure you do this.
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It is so important that this is spread throughout the UK. Send this to everyone you know, by whatever means you can.
Any means necessary! Unless the word gets out this bill will be passed by stealth and before we know it, it will be too late. We will have missed Orwells' warnings.

After sending this to every UK citizen you can, visit these websites to see what else you can do.
No 2 ID Campaign
Liberty: Shami Chakrabarti
ID Cards | A Liberal Democrats Campaign
The Justice Not Vengence Campaign Against ID Cards
Stand: Defining Digital Freedoms in the UK
DEFY-ID

An initially, humorous look at the future

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3 Comments:

At April 01, 2006 2:02 am, Blogger MrAl said...

That's freaky stuff right there...

 
At April 01, 2006 10:47 am, Blogger RedEyeJedi said...

The New World Order is coming to town.

It's funny how those backing it persistently push it, even though it's obvious it is not going to be effective in combating any of the things they say it will. It is also not economically viable.

People in Britain need to get behind the anti-ID card campaigns.

 
At April 14, 2006 7:10 am, Anonymous Zerra said...

Thank you for this. I will pass this item on to my fellow canadians. Our politicians keep trying to implement ID cards here. We keep saying no, but they keep hammering away at it and keep introducing the same legislation using different names each time. It's so obvious to me that our poiltical leaders are taking their orders from elsewhere. An elite group of rich men. Maybe the Bilderberg Group. Maybe the CFR. I don't know. I *do* know that our current Prime-Minister Stephen Harper has attended the Bilderberg meetings. This was before he was Prime-Minister and few even knew of him then...

 

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