Saturday, March 3, 2007

A National Driver's License and the Fading Right of Anonymity

Describes the Real ID Act as a the act of a totalitarian dystopia. Since those are $50 words I think he means totalitarian and domineering governments. Think of the movie portrayal of totalitarian governments, and you have a stern police officer demanding "papers, please". Today we have machines that scan our bodies, we have other machines that scan for metals, we have coming machines that scan biometric features of our bodies (such as iris pictures) and more. Taken together the technology has increased to where we can no longer go about our lives in anonymity.

Supposedly there is a right of anonymity we've had all along, which is now being threatened. I wonder, where did that right get written down? It doesn't list this right in the U.S. Bill of Rights, for example.

Hmm...

... to date, the most vocal condemnation has come from the far right. Religious fundamentalists, in particular, claim that it portends the "mark of the Beast" described in Revelation 13:16-17: "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

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