What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
KUTV reports that the State of Utah has introduced a new iteration of the official driver’s license.
Officials from the state’s Driver License Division announced the new look and added security features today. The division says the new temporary permits are already in circulation but the new cards could take until November first before they’re out.
Among the security features are an intricate, almost maze-like, design that comprised the backdrop of the license and gradually shifts in color from red to blue. Images on the license also overlap text.
These security features are designed to make it tougher for counterfeiters to make fake ID’s.
Part of me wonders what other “security features” this new license includes. With the Real ID Act implementation date of May 2008 soon approaching we’re all reminded of the concerns with being tagged by an RFID chip.
I strongly oppose the National ID and being tagged with an electronic chip. I don’t want Big Brother keeping track of my every move. I value my anonymity when I choose to use it. If possible, I will resist acceptance of such an ID card. For those who do accept one, I suggest buying a conductive material-laced wallet to disable the passive RF signal and protect your privacy. Or you can get a Tag Zapper when it comes out.
“Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.”
—John Perry Barlow
“We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government.”
—William Orville Douglas
“The ultimate aspect of the privacy issue is the possibility of complete social control”
—Robert Ellis Smith