In 2009 the Missouri legislature did not pass the Real I.D. Act coming out of Washington, D.C., thus protecting Missourians from another Federal database. The Federal Real I.D. act was passed in 2005, and it provides for the Federal Government to issue I.D. cards which have not only printed information on them about each person, but may have a biometric feature such as a DNA sample or most likely a finger or thumb print. It would also have an RFID chip on it, which when scanned (knowingly or unknowingly to you) would provide everything about you, name, DOB, address, SSN, phone number, and any other information the feds deem "needed" on such a card, including blood type, family names, occupation, and party affiliation.
So far, each state has to approve it to become law for their state; 25 states have so far. As with many Federal laws regulating states, sooner or later it may become tied to Federal funding of roads, bridges, education, health care, and other things for which states have come to depend on from the feds.
The promises are, first, you can choose to keep your Missouri Drivers License or you may choose to receive the "Federal I.D. card" in place of your license. Second, they promise the Missouri card will NOT have an RFID chip on it.
RFID stands for "Radio Frequency Identification" and is used on everything: farm animals, pets, produce, books, credit and debit cards. Next time you buy a book or something that has an additional label on it, carefully peel that label off and hold it up to a lamp. If it appears to have circuitry in it, it's an RFID chip.
When exposed to a scanner, usually in the 900 to 930 Megahertz range, there's a very small sensor in that circuitry that activates and responds to the scanner by sending the information stored in the RFID chip. Many stores like Sam's Club, Walmart, and others are able to push a pallet of items off the truck, through the door with a scanner on each side, and every item on that pallet will be scanned, counted, and entered into the store's inventory without ever being taken off the pallet. This could even replace the UPC bar code system used at the checkout.
In the past an ad on TV showed a young man walking through a grocery store, and it seemed he was shoplifting as he put things in the pockets of his long coat. But as he exited the store a "red light" scanned him head to foot, his bank account or credit card was apparently charged, and he walked out without ever going through a checkout lane.
That technology is here, but there isn't always a light to indicate you're being scanned. You may never know.
If the feds get this passed in every state, it becomes completely possible to track your every move (that is, it will make it easier for them).
The Federal Government has broken more promises than it has kept. Hopefully, we have a president — and a governor — in office who believes in freedom more than controlling the lives of citizens.
We don't need more government intrusion — or control — in our lives.
Myron Blaine has lived in Hannibal since 1987. He is married and has two sons. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Courier-Post.