Bill of Rights Press

L. Neil Smith's
Number 457, February 24, 2008

"Media so putrescently corrupt they
glowed in the dark like rotten fish"

Previous Previous Table of Contents Contents Next Next

Real ID: Security from What, May I Ask?
by Doug Newman

Special to The Libertarian Enterprise

Ever since 9/11, millions of Americans have been more than willing to surrender their liberty in the name of "national security." Security from what, may I ask?

Terrorists pose zero threat to our freedom. Terrorism is not a philosophy of government, but a means of venting political grievances. Terrorists control no governments nor command any armies. The 19 9/11 hijackers are—how shall I describe this?—DEAD! (1) You can't take over a country and force its people to speak Arabic and to pray toward Mecca five times a day WHEN YOU ARE DEAD!

However, our government has been hard at work, with our blessing, turning the land of the free into a full-blown police state. While our troops fight and die "for our freedom" in Iraq and Afghanistan, we gladly give up our freedom here at home. Millions of us praise grossly intrusive airport security, warrantless searches and wiretaps, no-knock raids, tasering, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, guilt without trial, torture and martial law as necessary for our "protection". Protection from what?

Another measure being implemented in the name of protection and security is the Read ID Act (RIDA). Last week, former Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA) wrote a piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the threats to our liberty inherent in this act. Let me briefly summarize.

  • The Tenth Amendment forbids Uncle Sam to regulate state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards.
  • The RIDA would undermine the First Amendment right to petition for redress of grievances by requiring a RIDA-compliant card to enter any federal building, including the office of your congressman or senator.
  • The RIDA would undermine the Second Amendment by requiring a RIDA-compliant card in order to purchase a firearm.
  • The RIDA could undermine the Ninth Amendment by requiring RIDA-compliant card to board an airplane or even to travel between states. (Ze papers, please.)
  • Citizens could be required to show a RIDA-compliant card in order to vote in federal elections.
  • A veteran could be denied access to a VA hospital because he or she did not possess the required RIDA-compliant card.
  • Under RIDA, you would have no recourse to correct erroneous information or fight identity theft. (Even if you maintain that you have nothing to hide, you do indeed have something to fear.)

Feel any freer? Feel any more secure?

Hmm. Me neither.

And it is not "the terrorists" who want to do this to us. It is our own government.

I was referred to Mr. Barr's fine column in an e-mail containing the following phrase: "First a card in your wallet, next a chip in your flesh...."

The RIDA moves us inexorably closer to the "mark" prophesied in Revelation 13:18, without which no one may buy or sell. The technology is already in place for such chip implants. When these implants become a reality, and you step out of line, the powers that be canturn that chip off. It will all of a sudden be as if you never existed. You will not be able to so much as buy groceries. You will become, in true Orwellian fashion, an unperson.

Our supposedly Great Christian President is pushing the RIDA. Former Arkansas Governor—and shameless religious hustler—Mike Huckabee likewise supports it. The only surviving presidential candidate in either major party who opposes the RIDA is—surprise!—Congressman Ron Paul.

And if you are so trusting that a Republican president would not abuse their power, would you be similarly trusting of A DEMOCRAT? If you give up your freedom to one party, you give it up to the other as well.

America has two constitutions. There is the written Constitution, which has a very simple purpose: to restrain the federal government and to protect our God-given rights. And then there is the constitution of the people themselves, i.e. what are we really made of? And if the people are so mentally, morally and spiritually bankrupt as to surrender their liberties for some touchy-feely sense of security, the written constitution becomes just a worthless piece of paper.


(1) Even if you are a 9/11 True Believer, the claim that 9/11 was an attack on our freedom is absurd. I do not subscribe to the official story on 9/11. For the very best source of information on why 9/11 could not have happened according to the official story, please view these very fine documentaries.

First published at


Help Support TLE by patronizing our advertisers and affiliates.
We cheerfully accept donations!

to advance to the next article
to return to the previous article
Table of Contents
to return to The Libertarian Enterprise, Number 457, February 24, 2008

Big Head Press