Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Let go of your ego, hang onto your ID

Highlighted by Timmy the other day, the delightful Bella Gerens has a rather good blog; a particular highlight is this wonderful critique of ID Cards in general and fisking of Jacqboot Smith in particular.
Going over some visa paperwork this morning on the UK Border Agency website (the loading of which sucked up my computer’s entire capacity to do anything for four minutes), I found myself slogging through stupid shit and remembered, with considerable fury, this fucking abomination from a couple of months ago.*

Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary and total whore, announced in November that all foreign nationals wishing to live and work in the United Kingdom must acquire an ID card containing, among other things, their fingerprints and facial-scan data. This includes foreign nationals already living and working in the UK, who will need to apply for their ID cards when they seek to renew their visas.

And that includes young Bella, who is an American. And a libertarian. And who is mightily fucking pissed off.
I do not care about being ‘able to prove’ my legality ‘easily.’ As far as I’m concerned, the reason I apply for (and pay through the nose for) my visa and work permit is to put the onus on the government: it is their job to prove I am here illegally. Unless there is some reasonable cause to believe otherwise, the assumption should be that I am a law-abiding member of the public whose presence in the UK is perfectly legal.

Bella also raises a good point about why this scheme is being targeted at foreign nationals first.
Let us also keep in mind the salient fact that foreign nationals, the first people in Britain for whom this identity ’scheme’ will be mandatory, are in fact the only people living in the bloody country who are not allowed to vote. Coincidence? Je pense que non.

Quite. It is the old divide and conquer method that your humble Devil wrote about some time ago.
And so it is that the government have been able to put through some disgusting laws, by aiming them at groups that the other groups dislike. 42 days detention without trial?—well, it'll only apply to terrorists, and they're all Muslims or at the very least darkies, eh?

The scrapping of double jeopardy, habeas corpus and trial by jury?—well, that'll only apply to the eeevil criminals (no matter that they have yet to be proven such). Oh, and the darkies, of course. And the poor.

The confiscation of your assets before you are even found guilty, or reversing the burden of proof for the confiscation of assets? Well, that'll only apply to drugdealers and the like.

And none of these people are really human, are they? Not like me.

And that's how they get us; that's how they pass those laws. And, they say that they won't use them except in the most exceptional circumstances, and only against those people who aren't really human.

Except that, by the time that the laws have passed and everyone has forgotten about them, suddenly you find that they are not quite so exclusive as you might have thought—that they might, in fact, be used against you and not just against those nasty, inhuman drug-dealers.

In fact, it's fucking textbook. Let's register the filthy foreigners—with the added bonus of them not being able to vote against this—and no voter will object; then, of course, as each new group is forced into having ID Cards, then it will be rolled out across the country.

For everyone. No exeptions.

And then, of course, the "you won't have to carry the the ID Card with you" will become "you will have to carry the ID Card with you." Not only will the police randomly stop you and ask for "your papers, please", but private businesses will also do so. After all, Wetherspoons already specifies ID Cards—the "UK citizen card"—as one of only three forms of ID that it will accept.

And what is in it for businesses? Well, Unity explains that, in detail, in a post that should be required reading.
For companies who get into the business of buying and selling information from a variety of different sources, there is a big downside, a couple of obstacles that gets in the way of their building a clear and accurate information picture of you.

One of these is simply that not all the data they received is necessarily reliable. Errors can creep in and data is entered, stored and moved from location to location and, of course, people circumstances change; they move house, change jobs, have children, start or end a relationship and a thousand other things beside, all of which can mean the information that companies hold may be inaccurate or out of date in some respect.

The other big logistical problem lies in reliably tying together all the information from various sources; not only do you have the problem of possible errors in the information, itself, may be ambiguous.

What if you’ve got two people with the same name living in the household? How do you separate the information for Joe Bloggs from the information for Joe Bloggs Jr, especially if some of the information you buy is incomplete and doesn’t record middle names or ages, things which you might use to differentiate between the two?

It’s can be very difficult to combine together information from a range of different sources unless all of them have one piece of information in common, a piece of information that is unique to a particular individual…

…like the National Identity Registration Number (NIRN) which, if the ID cards scheme goes ahead, will be issued by the government to everyone who gets an ID card.

Be afraid, be very afraid. And get angry, get very angry and tell your friends why you're angry, and why they should be too. As Bella says...
I object to being scanned, printed, and tagged like a piece of fucking livestock.

So do I. Fuck you, NuLabour: fuck you and your totalitarian shit. And fuck the British people too, for sleep-walking into this shit.

Oh, and I suspect that the EU will be involved somewhere too (well, they are: they have a say on the database structures, etc.)—it is all part of the drive towards "harmonisation". Since every other country in the EU has ID Cards, we must have them too.

As such, it'll be interesting to see if Cameron and his merry men do drop the scheme, as they have promised, once Call Me Dave's EU chums have had a word in his ear.

We are being sold down the river by our power-mad, corrupt politicos; very soon, all of the freedoms that our ancestors fought for will be gone—those hard-won freedoms that even the might of Hitler's army couldn't destroy will have been bargained away by mendacious politicians.

And, depressingly, I don't think that we will see them again in my lifetime...


Anonymous said...

Hold on. Was there not a bit of a storm in an eggcup a couple of years ago about foreigners voting simply because the election roll or what ever it is called is a trust system and no checks are made on any forms filled in and returned. So house loads of asylum seekers etc were happily filling them in and getting registered. They found this helped to get things like bank accounts and NI numbers etc. So go ahead just fill the bugger in and vote.
What a twat country it is. Ha Ha Ha.

Anonymous said...

it's complete arse. Did you know that overseas electors can't vote because they only send out electoral papers a maximum of 11 days before the poll. You ever tried getting post from the UK to the US and back again in 11 days..? Effectively every postal voter that lives outside near-Europe is disenfranchised. These will be over 1m people - mainly professionals and retirees (and I would guess not all Labour voters?!)

And where does this fucking crap rule come from? Yup - the EU...!!!

I am an ex-officer in the armed forces and I and others like me are mightily pissed off with the whole fucking mess - it's really good for the politicians we have tight gun control laws - if there was a barricade locally I would be right behind it!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm going through this shit at the moment. Funny thing in mentioning all the biometric assessments on the visa, at no point is a NaziCard mentioned.

Along with fucking NIN, thirty thousand documents to prove I am who I am, I'm really enjoying the process of moving to a police state.

Anonymous said...

Well quite. I am considering marrying some stupid Yank bint. She would have to have her DNA registered on the Keystone Wank's System. We won't do that. We'll be living in a free country if it comes to that.Cunts. Wankers. Bitch. Fat fucking cunt bitch.Fuck you.

wv. rutter

(rutting up your arse bitch)

Leg-iron said...

Piggeries mark all pigs with a numbered plastic ear tag. Cows get them too. So do sheep.

We have ears. It's only a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

Corporate fascism and state complicity is the enemy.It manifests in many ways..EU, Common Purpose etc.To retain any degree of personel freedom it must be resisted.Always supply incorrect information except where it is in your own interest or legaly desirable.
When some one in the bank asks me 'where did this money come from', my first instinct is to drag them through the two inch gap and tell them to mind their own fucking business.When they see my face they usually add 'we have to ask sir'its anti- laundering.Now I am one of the most law abiding of citizens.I always bin the smallest amount of litter NOT because the law requires it, but because I don't want to live in a shithole.I hate graffiti,because I don't own the wall, not because its bad art.Its about respect and trust, two principles totaly alien to the modern political establisment.
So I will do my best with my own disinformation program, and with a bit of luck and their own incompetence will render the information gathered meaningless.

Anonymous said...

And of course a very big thank you to all of you who not only voted NuLab at every opportunity in the past 12 years, but think there may be some benefit in ever voting for them again.

Dr Evil said...

Oh, you mean like how the RIPA laws came to be totally abused by local authorities?

I'm not having an ID card. I don't think, judging by their IT history, that Nu Labour will get it sorted. Nor the Cons if they get in next time either. I too think it's the evil dead hand of the EU insisting on ID cards. They can fuck off too.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't worry about it, the economy is about to collapse. If you look at what happened in the USSR after their collapse it wasn't good for the state, the police didn't even have petrol for their cars.
NuLabour's police stat will die with them.

Anonymous said...

I think the UK Citizen card Wetherspoons are talking about isn't a National ID card but rather one of these.

Their website says they are a non-profit organisation, no idea if they're a fake charity (tm).

Longrider said...

In France, a similar scheme was rejected. I see no evidence of it being revived. The French ID system is nothing more than a bit of card with some basic details on it - and is not linked to a database and is voluntary in the dictionary sense of the word. That said, French bureaucracy invariably requires some sort of identity document when you deal with it, but it is up to you what you use. A passport or driving licence will often suffice (we used passports for the cart grises for the cars) - or, if you choose, an ID card.

I think, on this one, the EU is not behind it, rather the UK is attempting to "lead the way".

Are any other EU countries trying something similar?

Anonymous said...

All of you getting hot under the collar about this being imposed by the EU: take another look. The state ID cards of all countries are being standardised at the UN level, not just the EU level.

galbak said...

A shame, no one in goverment is willing to use a simpler, cheaper, prob better method.

1, give every welfare office, benifit office, hospital etc, a polaroid id camera, and some new style, self lanimating national insurance cards, the trusted offical, just takes a polaroid snap of a claiment, inserts into a new ni card, and writes the old ni number in the box.

Of course is going to a snap to forge, but if any claiming welfare/benifits/medical treatment, either shows a new ni card with a photo of them on, or 3 forms of photo id, and the old ni card, it will cut down fraud to a nice level, and eventualy, when compueters get fast enough, they can sort through the master copy of the card, looking to match face a, with name a, b, c, and d.

oh, and when the infrastructure is finanly in place, its much easyer for the point of contact officer, to just type in a ni number and see what face should be in front of him.

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