SPYCHIPS CO-AUTHOR ADDS HER VOICE TO "NO
NATIONAL ID" MOVEMENT
Consumer privacy expert Dr. Katherine Albrecht will be a featured speaker at the No National ID rally in Dallas, Texas this weekend. The event, hosted by Endtime Ministries, is expected to draw 5,000 to 8,000 attendees.
The rally is being organized in response to the REAL ID Act, federal legislation that mandates standardized driver's licenses for all Americans by 2008. Under the plan, a REAL ID compliant driver's license will be needed to board a plane, open a bank account, or enter a federal building. Critics have called it a de facto national ID card.
The plan has drawn widespread criticism from civil libertarians, citizens groups, and religious leaders across the political spectrum. In addition to Endtime Ministries, other opposition voices include the ACLU, the conservative CATO Institute, the Presbyterian Church, the Jewish Labor Committee, and the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers), to name just a few.
Endtime Ministries is encouraging Americans to take the No National ID pledge on its website, http://www.NoNationalID.com. Concerned citizens who have taken the "No National ID Pledge" vow they will not knowingly vote for any politician who does not commit to the repeal of the Real ID Act.
The original goal for the pledge was 10,000 commitments. "Already, that goal has been vastly exceeded," says Endtime's Craig Treadwell, director of the campaign. "We have received over 20,000 pledges so far, and more continue to pour in each day. This is truly a hot button issue for the Christian community."
Albrecht cautions that a de facto national ID card will not only lay the foundations for a police state, but the consolidation of sensitive data will put citizens at risk of identity theft, create a bureacratic nightmare, and cost a fortune.
"America has always been a free country," says Albrecht. "This is not a totalitarian regime where authorities can demand 'Your papers, please' of its citizens. We have to put a stop to the encroaching police state while we still can."
The No National ID rally will take place at the Garland Special Events Center this Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 6:00 pm. The event is free to the public.
Albrecht will speak on privacy issues related to identification technologies and will hold a book signing after the event.
For more information call: 972.530.0100 or visit: http://www.EndtimeDallasConference.com
About Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.
Dr. Katherine Albrecht is a consumer privacy expert who regularly speaks to audiences across Europe and North America on the impact of new technologies, with an emphasis on RFID and retail issues. She is the co-author, along with Liz McIntyre, of the award-winning "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your Every Move with RFID" and "The Spychips Threat," a Christian version of the book. Katherine is the head of CASPIAN, a 13,000 member grass-roots consumer privacy group she founded in 1999. She holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, with a research emphasis in consumer privacy and psychology.
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