Bureaucrats at every level of government are obsessed with our identities and stalk us like paparazzi.
But Sheila Dean has been stalking the stalkers since 2008 at BeatTheChip ("devoted to preserving US citizens from the progress of Real ID legislations") and at the 5-11 Campaign ("a grassroots effort against national identification and data surveillance").
She's also an advocate of "free identity, Bill of Rights retention and deliverance from the federal banking system."
Her OpEdNews bio has more.
In her "spare time" Dean has agreed to serve as a special correspondent to the Libertarian News Examiner on national ID and surveillance issues.
The following is Part I of an interview with Sheila Dean conducted by the Libertarian News Examiner.
LNE: How did you get involved with Real ID resistance?
Dean: I started out as an activist in Los Angeles with involvement in several anti-war, anti-torture and 9-11 Truth groups through 2007. I attended a few of their film festivals where I saw Zeitgeist. This film was instrumental in informing me towards doing something about the incorporation of global data surveillance, based on your identity. I started BeatTheChip in January of 2008.
LNE: Can you give readers a brief overview of Real ID?
Dean: The Real ID Act is a law creating a national identity system primarily to use states' drivers' licenses or identity for US federal purposes, as decided by DHS. Drivers' licenses would essentially function as internal passports to travel in US States, to board an airplane, enter nuclear facilities or enter federal buildings. States refused to adopt laws or regulations rejecting both the expenses and the burdens to citizen's freedoms. When over 20 states pushed back either by the State governor, state law or some form of state resolution the law was considered nullified and unenforceable by DHS.
LNE: Real ID was resurrected at one time as PASS ID but many called it a Real ID pig in lipstick. What happened there?
Dean: Yeah... PASS ID also did not make it. It wasn't dissimilar enough from the Real ID Act. The 9-11 Security hawks who propelled Real ID actually came into a highly indirect alliance with civil liberties opponents who understood it to be "Real ID light." No one really liked it from either side.
What's next for the federal voyeurs? Dean tells us in Part II
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