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Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk - "If You Like The Surveillance State, You'll Love E-Verify" - 7/01/13


Ron Paul | Texas Straight Talk | July 01, 2013

From massive NSA spying, to IRS targeting of the administration's political opponents, to collection and sharing of our health care information as part of Obamacare, it seems every day we learn of another assault on our privacy. Sadly, this week the Senate took another significant, if little-noticed, step toward creating an authoritarian surveillance state. Buried in the immigration bill is a national identification system called mandatory E-Verify.

The Senate did not spend much time discussing E-Verify, and what little discussion took place was mostly bipartisan praise for its effectiveness as a tool for preventing illegal immigrants from obtaining employment. It is a tragedy that mandatory E-Verify is not receiving more attention, as it will impact nearly every American’s privacy and liberty.

The mandatory E-Verify system requires Americans to carry a “tamper-proof” social security card. Before they can legally begin a job, American citizens will have to show the card to their prospective employer, who will then have to verify their identity and eligibility to hold a job in the US by running the information through the newly-created federal E-Verify database. The database will contain photographs taken from passport files and state driver's licenses. The law gives federal bureaucrats broad discretion in adding other “biometric” identifiers to the database. It also gives the bureaucracy broad authority to determine what features the “tamper proof” card should contain.

Regardless of one’s views on immigration, the idea that we should have to ask permission from the federal government before taking a job ought to be offensive to all Americans. Under this system, many Americans will be denied the opportunity for work. The E-Verify database will falsely identify thousands as "ineligible," forcing many to lose job opportunities while challenging government computer inaccuracies. E-Verify will also impose additional compliance costs on American businesses, at a time when they are struggling with Obamacare implementation and other regulations.

According to David Bier of Competitive Enterprise Institute, there is nothing stopping the use of E-Verify for purposes unrelated to work verification, and these expanded uses could be authorized by agency rule-making or executive order. So it is not inconceivable that, should this bill pass, the day may come when you are not be able to board an airplane or exercise your second amendment rights without being run through the E-Verify database. It is not outside the realm of possibility that the personal health care information that will soon be collected by the IRS and shared with other federal agencies as part of Obamacare will also be linked to the E-Verify system.

Those who dismiss these concerns as paranoid should consider that the same charges were leveled at those who warned that the PATRIOT Act could lead to the government collecting our phone records and spying on our Internet usage. Just as the PATRIOT Act was only supposed to be used against terrorists but is now used to bypass constitutional protections in matters having noting to do with terrorism or national security, the national ID/mandatory E-Verify database will not only be used to prevent illegal immigrants from gaining employment. Instead, it will eventually be used as another tool to monitor and control the American people.

The recent revelations of the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Americans, plus recent stories of IRS targeting Tea Party and similar groups for special scrutiny, demonstrates the dangers of trusting government with this type of power. Creation of a federal database with photos and possibly other “biometric” information about American citizens is a great leap forward for the surveillance state. All Americans who still care about limited government and individual liberty should strongly oppose E-Verify.

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Non-representative Daines Supports E-Verify

I'll quote from part of his reply:

"Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to the E-Verify program . I value your point of view and appreciate the opportunity to respond...
"As a fifth-generation Montanan, I am committed to ensuring that Americans privacy is protected. We must be careful not to infringe upon civil liberties while looking to make our nation more secure. However, we can set up an E-Verify program that ensures that privacy is protected and our civil liberties are not endangered. With unemployment at unacceptably high levels in many parts of our state and country, we cannot continue to allow employers to hire those who are not legally authorized to work in this country..."

Daines writes further that he opposes amnesty without first securing our border.

Naturally, Daines doesn't explain why E-Verify is necessary for EVERY American if he insists on securing the border first. Securing the border will render the need for E-Verify nil. Furthermore, Daines doesn't explain how E-Verify can be "set up" to ensure "that privacy is protected and our civil liberties are not endangered" because it can't be. E-Verify is essentially a national ID card which certainly violates my privacy and civil liberty to seek employment without prior governmental approval. Daines, please explain to Montanans how E-Verify can be so "set up" to ensure privacy and civil liberties are protected when history clearly shows that the original social security card and number were only intended to identify recipients of social security and not general identification?

LoL ... Daines, listen to your CONSTITUENTS, the US Constitution, and not special interests controlling your corrupt leadership ... Montanans don't need or desire LIP service.


Do you have an email contact list? Do you attend meetups, and if not can you choose a restaurant and post a couple of signs in town to hold your own?

You can either buy some card stock paper and print pre-addressed post cards [4 to a page], or hit a dollar store or post office and buy blank ones on the cheap.

Pass the cards out and have them hand-write a message and drop them in the mail.

It is time to get to work.

If you need help PM me.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

My primary workload for

My primary workload for advancing our cause of restoring constitutional liberty revolves around my LPAM station. I don't have loads of time. I'm still in the testing phase with daily broadcasts during the week of ~ 2 to 3 hours per day.

I'm already working for the US Constitution as much as spare time will allow. I could easily add the capability of communication by mail, though, as an adjunct to the broadcasts via radio. Thanks for the suggestion. We need more WORKERS in the field for sure!

E verify

lA Verifiable way to ruin many good careers. One bad job and your blackballed everywhere. You will see people financially strangled..

"Republicans have said that

"Republicans have said that support for immigration reform is soft among GOP lawmakers — and leadership is skeptical that there is backing for anything more drastic than border security and E-verify."

Well, well. The fascist Republicans in the HOR agree with the fascist Republicans in the Senate, i.e. they just love E-verify.

Ron Paul seems to be the only one ringing the alarm bell.... Contact your lame representatives in the HOR and warn them to vote "no" on the e-verify provision of any bill on immigration. Boehner is working to sell us out again.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/immigration-house-repu...

TwelveOhOne's picture

Goverment: always behind the times

Everyone is already carrying around a surveillance device. They could have just made an app for that. 1/2 :)

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How many people

are willing to tell the tyrants in Washington they can take Obamacare and their RFID cards and stick them where the sun doesn't shine?

I've already informed my state representative I'm not going to participate in Obamacare, and I refuse to get an RFID card. If I can't find work without government approval, I'll start my own business. If the feds march into the state and try to shut it down, citizen arrests will be instituted.

How many people are willing to take this course of action? Remember also, this is why the government wants to take our guns. As long as we are armed, there's not much the federal government can do to institute their version of a totalitarian, socialist government. Be aware of what is coming...the tyrants in Washington haven't forgotten we are well armed.

First there was the "No Fly" list.....

First there was the "No Fly List" but it didn't affect me.
Then there was the "No Work List" .....

Super eerie

Are they going to try and starve out the dissenters?

E-verify is the real fascist

E-verify is the real fascist purpose behind the Senate's so-called immigration reform.

IIUC, am I allowed to rebroadcast the audio of Ron's message without seeking further permission as long as I attribute him? The audio message itself should identify Ron Paul as its author, but I'll add a short statement preceding the audio attributing him. In fact, I even could broadcast his message in text form using the digital mode, MFSK-32, via my unlicensed, low-power AM transmitter. Transmitting the text via MFSK-32 would probably require ~ 10 minutes though. I'll have to experiment more with the digital modes. I definitely can understand the need for written attribution, though. Did Ron finally acquire a permanent URL of his own?

Ron, I want to rebroadcast your messages locally on a periodic basis, ok?

OK, the transmission and

OK, the transmission and reception of the text MFSK-32 version of Ron's E-Verify message in MFSK-32 format required ~ 6 minutes which isn't too long. I timed it. I've even uploaded a MFSK-32 audio file which can be downloaded and decoded with a computer, soundcard, and FLDigi with the RsID indicator selected. I'll transmit Ron's text in MFSK-32 in addition to his audio version over the next month or so. Some listeners have FLDigi installed so they'll be able to receive the text in addition to hearing the audio. :)

This link only remains valid for ~ 60 days ...

[URL=http://www2.zshares.net/vtmjwh5nc4k1]e_verify.wav - 5.4 Mb[/URL]


wow e verify

No need to tattoo people on the wrist anymore..

Government is supposed to protect our freedom, our property, our privacy, not invade it. Ron Paul 2007

I guess they couldn't fully dismantle the Constitution

with the war on drugs so they had to come up with the war on terror.

This is a direct and intentional constitutional violation. I don't see how this holds up in court unless they can find a crooked judge -plenty of them around so the bill of rights or rule of law will likely mean nothing. Looks like bin laden is winning but it ain't over yet and I'll bet the good guys prevail after much much needless ruination

Government is supposed to protect our freedom, our property, our privacy, not invade it. Ron Paul 2007

fireant's picture

Ron Paul nails it again.

I can't add anything to it...

Undo what Wilson did

So this is what's going on behind

the Snowden smoke screen?

BOOM! its a national id card

BOOM! its a national id card next step is the RFID chip

░░░░░███████ ]▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄ ----------------O

That Was Always The Plan

That Was Always The Plan

Baseball teaches one to always keep your 'Everlasting Eyes' on the ball

It just hasn't been talked about since before The Snowden / NSA Spy Scandal