From PJ Media (pjmedia.com) >> Rick Moran’s original article here -> The PJ Tatler » Hidden in Immigration Reform: Bio-Metric Data Base of All Adult Americans. Moran quotes the article from Wired and I quoted the major point below:
Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.
Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.
This piece of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is aimed at curbing employment of undocumented immigrants. But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet. Think of it as a government version of Foursquare, with Big Brother cataloging every check-in.
This is pretty freaking huge (and scary) and I’m surprised this came from bipartisan legislation – has anyone read the whole thing? If so, do they understand it? How much is this thing going to cost and why is it only for males? This country cannot legislate its way out of everything – that isn’t sustainable.