Editor’s note: The government agency that distributes passport books that have an RFID chip(since approx 2005) also distributes passport cards with RFID chips(since 2008). BUT, the BOOK CHIPS are not the same as the CARD CHIPS and therefore are not useable/authorized for the READY LANE program at the border. We get the government we deserve.
The U.S. State Department wants to gather technical and capabilities information from prospective vendors that can provide the hardware, equipment, maintenance and, possibly, the printing of many thousands of credit-card-sized Passport Cards and Border Crossing Cards that can be used as alternatives to traditional book-style U.S. passports.
These cards have been used at land and sea-ports of entry into the United States since 2009, according to a special notice published by the State Department’s office of consular systems and technology services on May 8.
The notice was for a “full and open” request for information (RFI), says the notice, and does not commit the State Department to any specific future procurement.
“The Passport Card is functional in the DHS ReadyLane system, an integrated, automated border-crossing identification system including programs such as NEXUS, Secure Electronic Network for Travelers’ Rapid Inspection (SENTRI), and Free and Secure Trade Program (FAST,” says the notice.
The State Department issues Border Crossing Cards to some qualified citizens of Mexico. “The BCC allows them to enter defined border zones in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas for business and pleasure,” explains the notice. “When presented together with a valid Mexican passport, the BCC allows the holder to travel for business or pleasure anywhere in the United States.”
The State Department did not make clear how many of these cards it intends to print in the foreseeable future. However, it did include a few sentences that might tantalize prospective vendors looking for new markets.
“Additionally, the Department may use the existing support infrastructure, such as printers and readers, to create additional types of travel cards,” said the notice. “These travel cards would be functionally similar to the Passport Card but would be used to denote other travel privileges.” It is conceivable that the State Department is entertaining a new requirement for travel cards of one kind or another for some or all of the 11 million “illegal aliens” currently residing in the United States, though the recent notice made no specific reference to this possibility.
Interested vendors have until June 3 to submit their capabilities information. Further information is available from Adrienne Bell at 703-516-1667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And in a related story today…The Dollar Vigilante…
The total state needs total information. How else can it track every dollar to snatch, every child to draft, every opinion to slap down? The monitoring of movement will always be done covertly or – if revealed – in the name of safety and fairness.
Obama assumed office with a vow to lead the most transparent White House in American history. Now another Godzilla Act has another massive gotcha that steps closer to the total state. The 800 plus page Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S.744) was introduced in the Senate on April 17 by a powerful group of bipartisan senators known as the “Gang of Eight.” And, as the comedian George Carlin once said of bipartisanship, it “usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.”
Section 3101 of S.744, “Unlawful Employment of Unauthorized Aliens, contains a mandatory “Identity Authentication Mechanism” that mandates a biometric ID database for almost every adult in America. The so-called “Photo Tool” database would be administered jointly by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It would include not only personal information but also photographs from state-issued ID such as a driver’s license. Every adult who drives or travels, who opens a bank account or intersects with a government agency requires a state-issued photo ID. This means almost every adult in America will be on record with the most powerful domestic surveillance and police force in the world.
The ostensible purpose of the database is to prevent the illegal employment of undocumented immigrants. Employers would be legally obligated to “E-Verify” every person they hired; that is, they would be required to “match the photo on a covered identity document provided to the employer [by the job applicant] to a photo maintained by a US Citizenship and Immigration Services database.”
The American state does not care about the financial cost E-Verify inflicts on business or taxpayers. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) estimates the cost at “about $4.1 billion in initial setup costs and $8.5 billion in ongoing annual costs to government, businesses, and employees.” Additionally, if a specified 5,000 special agents are hired at an annual compensation that starts at “$45,416 per year, the new hires will likely cost taxpayers at least $2.27 billion over the next decade.”