Welcome to the 21st Century, where government will stare over your shoulder when you buy a new refrigerator.Submitted by cyndezu on Sun, 11/28/2010 - 00:33
If you're in the market for a new vehicle anytime after December 31, 2010, be prepared for a background check. If you don't pass it, hit the pavement, Jack, you're out of luck. Maybe you can buy a bicycle.
Although the Department of Homeland Security has had the rule on the books since 2008, it hasn't been enforced.
The mandate (and a watch list similar to that at U.S. airports) will affect much more than cars, trucks and motorcycles. Your family physician could get involved.
Red Flags Rule
What is being called the "Red Flags Rule" mandates that auto dealers, banks, credit unions and other "creditors" and "financial institutions" must take draconian steps under penalty of fines and prison sentences to prevent "identity theft and fraud."
Any person or entity that extends credit--even your dentist and doctor--falls under the mandate. The provision is also looking for terrorist ties or activity that might appear to be terrorist related. Names will be placed on watch lists, if yours happens to be on one (even if it's not you), better start shopping for a good pair of walking shoes--you'll need them.