Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Homeland Security has your driver's license!

The New York Times has uncovered yet another secret surveillance program on ordinary Americans. An exhaustive six-month investigation revealed that the Department of Homeland Security has been archiving various pieces of personal information about us, including our driver's licenses. In an apparent response today, Homeland Security posted its archives to the Internet, to deflect criticism that the program was "secret."

Unfortunately, today you are only able to check for the Homeland Security copy of your driver's license at the site.

The Times found that most of the archived information, including licenses, belonged to Democrats and leftist individuals, but not exclusively. For example, I found my license at the site.

Am I the only one who thinks this is an outrageous infringement on our civil liberties? What if federal computers got hacked and terrorists got our most personal data? Does George W Bush really care?

12 comments:

Jill said...

You are not alone! And to the the Republicans used to be for smaller government. Our elected officials are not at all concerned with our rights! Is there Any one out there willing to stand up and say "enough, I want my rights back!"? Apparently not. I find it hard to believe that 50% of the public thinks the administration is doing a good job on terrorism and security, jeez!

moveon soon said...

This is just more evidence of the "neo-con"spiracy against all citizens who have the temerity to oppose the Bushites!! When will the braindead wake up to realize this administration has robbed them of everything that was formerly American. Bush is an evil man who is surrounded by other evil men.

Anonymous said...

It's the Fourth Reich!!! we need to have a war crimes trial and clean out the whole Republican cancer that has invaded American government!!! FIRING SQUADS WOULD BE TOO GOOD FOR ALL OF THEM!!!

Anonymous said...

Nothing to hide - nothing to worry about.

SingingSkies said...

Having fun, Ron?

One of the things I regret about the internet is the inability to see the twinkle in the eye of one having a good time.

Ron Franscell said...

Oh my, yes, great fun!

You may assume a twinkle. And a wink.

That Cleaning Lady said...

Interesting you should mention personal information. I was looking for information on my late father's first marriage and children on the LDS website where births and deaths are listed. I found my father's information including his date of birth and social security number. If anyone wanted to get personal information, there ya go! All the credit cards,housing loans and false identification you want, and free for the typing. There's plenty of information out there that doesn't take a hacker to get to.

Tomb said...

Good times, good times! Nicely done, Ron. You had me right up until the D.L. online search.

I suppose the sad thing is that this is not difficult for people to believe, which is, in and of itself, a sign of bad times to come.

G Michael said...

awesome job there. The sheep all followed the leader blind as you took them over the cliff. And not once did they ever question your blog- they just simply believed everything you said without ever once using their brain.

Anonymous said...

The link is a joke, after I attempted to see my information.
You state that they have copies of our information, i.e. driver's license, social security, etc.
Aren't they the ones that require us to get them if we want to drive or work?
So theoretically, it really is their information - supplied to them by us?
Their responsibility lies in protecting it.

Anonymous said...

Joke of questionable taste; add more junk to email traffic...

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, it may be a joke but I just had my wife who is not a US citizen but is a resident apply for a driver's license. They had to send photo copies of all her documents to DHS for additional checks. That is how I came to this article looking for info as to why DHS needs her information...