For several years OK-SAFE, along with most Oklahomans and the rest of the United States, has objected to the REAL ID national/international ID card and the continued expansion of the collection of personally-identifiable biometric information from the everyday citizens by the government.
We’ve issued position papers/fact sheets on the REAL ID, (REAL ID, A Global Security Envelope), and asked the moral question: Is it right for Oklahoma to collect biometrics from its’ citizens? (REAL ID – Objections).
Photo: L-I Identity Solutions
Through two Oklahoma administrations (Brad Henry’s and now Mary Fallin’s) we’ve work to reverse the liberty-killing legislation that changed the OK drivers license laws to require fingerprinting (“Press your index finger on the pad, Grandma”), and high-resolution photos (“Take your glasses off ma’am, and don’t smile – we want to be able to identify you remotely when you’re out in public. This is for public safety purposes.”)
Photo: L-I Identity Solutions, DL contract holder in Oklahoma.
We’ve written language preventing the imbedding, or affixing of an RFID tag in the OK drivers license – twice. It passed the first time in 2010, but Brad Henry vetoed the anti-RFID chip bill in a maneuver that was planned ahead of time with the Republican-led legislature. Fallin’s administration wouldn’t even allow the bill a hearing this year.
ALL of the proposed legislation objecting to the expansion of the collection of personally-identifiable biometrics on the OK drivers license or to protect the privacy of citizens have failed – whether the objections were based on civil liberties concerns or moral and religious objections. None of the requests for restoration of the protection of the rights of innocent, law-abiding citizens have been allowed, in either Gov. Henry (Democrat) or Gov. Fallin (Republican) administrations.
It is evident that educating the elected officials about the dangers of a national/international ID hasn’t worked; objecting to legislation expanding the biometric “collection net” hasn’t worked; sponsoring legislation that protects religious freedom hasn’t worked; protecting civil liberties hasn’t worked. Writing meaningful legislation, single subject, or multi-pronged, hasn’t worked.
Changing Administrations hasn’t worked.
What’s next? The Courts.
One Oklahoma woman – wife, mother, Christian – has made the difficult decision to not renew her biometric Oklahoma drivers license in order to bring this issue to court, the only option left to the concerned law-abiding citizens of Oklahoma. That brave woman is Kaye Beach. Recently, (June 28, 2011) FOX 25 News in Oklahoma City featured Kaye in one of their Top Stories – video and story here.
OK-SAFE recognizes that the decision to go to court was not made lightly, and was made only after all other legal options were exhausted. As a matter of course, what remains is to bring this issue to court.
OK-SAFE supports Kaye Beach in this effort and asks that anyone who can, to please contribute to the Kaye Beach legal defense fund. Prayers are appreciated as well.
You may contribute to Kaye’s effort by sending a check or money order to:
Kaye Beach, P.O. Box 722381, Norman, Oklahoma, 73070 (please write legal defense fund in the memo section of your check or money order). For those that wish to use a credit card (click here to donate) to Kaye’s legal defense fund.
This fight is really for all of us – please help financially, if you can.
Below is an excerpt from a July 1, 2011 article appearing here, http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/38063 .:
The REAL ID “Kill Shot” – Fired From Oklahoma, by Howard Houchen, July 2, 2011
In the early morning hours of 04 June 2011, a lady in Norman, Oklahoma receives a traffic ticket from local law enforcement. The lady is a former small business owner, a good mother, a Christian, and a loving wife who has just finished a long day of work related research and activities. The reason for the stop is not a moving traffic violation and the citation she ultimately receives is for an expired, Oklahoma state issued, drivers license. How do I “know” these things? The lady is Kaye Beach…and she happens to be a dear friend.
A hair-dresser, turned researcher, turned activist – Kaye had, just a few months earlier, made the very difficult decision to no longer bow to the unjust demands of government relating to her driver’s license that she believes to be morally wrong, unconstitutional, and unnecessary. Oklahoma requires both fingerprint and a facial-recognition-compatible photo to be placed on the drivers license (BIOMETRIC IDENTIFIERS). Kaye, like many Americans, views government collection, storage, and dissemination of very personal and unique individual characteristics as a potential threat to privacy, autonomy, personal freedoms, and individual liberty. She also happens to know quite a bit about REAL ID.
Contrary to what many Americans may have heard, REAL ID is not dead nor is this INTER-national identity scheme even close to becoming an endangered species…YET. REAL ID was passed by FEDERAL lawmakers in 2005 to mandate all state-issued drivers’ licenses met FEDERAL and some international standards…these minimum standards are known as REAL ID compliance benchmarks. It must be noted that 26 states appeared to push back against this federal intrusion into state affairs by passing laws and/or resolutions against participation in REAL ID…Oklahoma is one such state. Knowing this, Kaye repeatedly attempted to renew her DL without submitting her biometric information. The standard low-resolution photo (which is virtually indiscernible from the digital facial-recognition-compatible sort) is no problem. The digital, high-resolution, photo allows for an individual to be “scanned” from afar without knowledge or consent. From local DMV office to the state-level, she asked questions and the result was the same…submit your biometric identifying information or you will be unable to renew your license: Have a Nice Day!
Seemed a bit “strange” for a state that vowed non-compliance with REAL ID mandates.
Read the rest here.