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02/08/2005 Archived Entry: "HR 418"

Gordon P. sends along the following alert from the organization "DownsizeDC". Hmm...the goal of downsizing to "zero" has a nice ring about it. Since people were urged to pass it along, the alert is reproduced in full...

House to vote on HR 418 on Wednesday. That's tomorrow! HR 418 would take the next step toward establishing a national identification card, controlled by the Feds. This is the undone part of the Intelligence Consolidation Bill we fought just a couple of months ago, sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's (R-WI). Here's how the American Policy Center described this dangerous bill:

* H.R. 418 would require the linking of all state driver's license databases -- thereby creating one massive database harnessing the private details of every U.S. citizen. It also would force all states to subscribe to the "Driver's License Agreement," which would make the contents of this database available to bureaucrats in Canada and Mexico.

* H.R. 418 would require all state driver's licenses to have a common machine-readable technology, including a digital photo of the card holder.

* The database may grow to contain far more than simply information relevant to driving. H.R. 418 gives the Secretary of Homeland Security the unprecedented power to dictate what data states collect for license holders. This could include virtually anything, including fingerprints and/or eye retina scans known as "eye-prints."

Please go to www.DownsizeDC.org and click on the link to the top campaign on the page titled, "House to Vote on National ID Card." Send your Representative a message to vote NO on HR 418. Please act now. Time is short. IF YOU'RE USING OUR SYSTEM FOR THE FIRST TIME, YOU MUST REGISTER. PLEASE PICK YOUR OWN MEMORABLE PASSWORD - DON'T LET THE SYSTEM DO IT FOR YOU. Thank you for your prompt action.

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