Barack “Mao” Obama Pushes Forward with Internet ID Plan

Monday, April 18, 2011


The administration of Barack “Mao” Obama announced Friday it’s pushing ahead with a plan for broad adoption of Internet IDs despite concerns about identity centralization, and privacy violations, and hopes to fund a pilot project next year.

At an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., administration officials pooh-poohed privacy and civil liberties concerns about their proposal, which is so draconian even China recently determined a similar scheme would violate the privacy of it’s citizens if adopted there.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said there’s “no reliable way to verify identity online” at the moment, citing the rising tide of security threats including malware and identity theft that have grown increasingly prevalent over the last few years. “Passwords just won’t cut it here.”

A 55-page document (PDF) released by the White House today adds a few more details to the proposal, which still remains mostly hazy and inchoate.

It offers examples of what the White House views as an “identity ecosystem,” including obtaining a digital ID from an Internet service provider that could be used to view your personal health information, or obtaining an ID linked to your cell phone that would let you log into IRS.gov to view payments and file taxes. The idea is to have multiple identity providers that are part of the same system.

The plan will be called National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC and amounts to a virtual equivalent of a national ID card.

During his speech, Locke lashed out at the “conspiracy theory set” who have criticized the proposal. A column in NetworkWorld.com, for instance, called NSTIC a “great example of rampant, over-reaching, ignorant, and ill-conceived political foolishness.”

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat who also spoke today at the Chamber event, seemed to veer a bit off-message–and instead of touting anonymity, she stressed the importance of aiding law enforcement.

Protecting civil liberties is important, Mikulski said. “But the first civil liberty is to be able to have a job, lead a life, and be able to buy what you want in the way we now buy it, which is through credit cards.”

“We’re going to support the FBI,” said Mikulski, who heads the Senate subcommittee that oversees the FBI’s funding. “We’re going to support the growth of the FBI.” Seriously?

The Obama administration’s record on digital identification and authentication is mixed at best and wildly contradictory.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama told CNET that “I do not support the Real ID program.” But after being elected, Obama has not called for its repeal and his administration said last month that it’s working “very closely with the states to assist with implementation.”

Another concern: Although the White House is describing the NSTIC plan as “voluntary,” federal agencies could begin to require it for IRS e-filing, applying for Social Security or veterans’ benefits, renewing passports online, requesting federal licenses (including ham radio and pilot’s licenses), and so on. Then obtaining one of these ID would become all but mandatory for most Americans.

In 2007, China proposed a similar plan to implement internet IDs but, Chinese bloggers protested the proposal, which were viewed as a method the central government could control information, and the government backed down.

Will Americans follow the Chinese and oppose Barack “Mao” Obama’s internet ID plan or, will they just roll over and play dead, letting themselves be convinced into thinking greater government control of the Internet keep them safer?

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12 Responses to Barack “Mao” Obama Pushes Forward with Internet ID Plan

  1. fran says:

    Is that the Constitution I hear being shredded in the distance?

  2. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Barack O-bummer….. you’ve proven yourself to be a person not to be trusted! Now you want my personal information??? F**K YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Robyn says:

    F*ck that!

  4. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    Take up the ass, boys and girls because Barry is coming fer ya’!

    This stupid administration doesn’t understand how many ways there are around such a system. They won’t win.

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    I don’t know, Bill Hussein O’Reilly. If Obama’s team tie IRS filing, applying for Social Security and Veterans’ benefits to the plan, what choice will people have then? Obama, who is allegedly a constitutional law professor, has repeatedly demonstrated complete contempt for the US Constitution. I can’t wait to see him lose reelection in 2012. He’s a terrible excuse for president and he doesn’t represent my values.

  6. Greg Equality Lengkong says:

    I feel perfectly safe online. I run a series of virus/spam/malware programs that effectively inoculate me from outside attack.

    But what Obama is proposing has nothing to with protecting you and me: it’s tantamount to tyranny. He wants to be King — not president and when his polls hit Bush territory, he can flip the switch and turn the servers off completely.

  7. Brigadoon says:

    After 9/11, the American people became sheeple. They looked to the all knowing and all powerful federal government to protect them from the bad guys. So what if you had to forfeit your First Amendment rights? You’re Second? Miranda, bye, bye. Neighbors tattling on neighbors is the norm thanks to Janet Napolitano. We need to push back and not let this happen. We’re better than this and it starts at the polling place.

  8. Estacada says:

    There is no reason for the Obama junta to launch an internet ID plan unless they intend to track and record the activities of the American people.

    Brigadoon is correct. After 9/11 Americans were transformed into blathering children who yearned to be taken care of by Big Daddy government.

    But some of us didn’t go all weak in the knees and grew tougher and stronger. Hands off the internet, Obama.

  9. Randy Arroyo says:

    Americans are a very passive lot. Despite the football bruising, sports-obsessed image Americans enjoy around the world, as a culture, we do whatever the government tells us to do and we tolerate tremendous incursions into our personal liberties and privacy. My guess on this is, the Chinese will turn out to be much tougher when it comes to making their government keep their paws off the internet compared to Americans. Obama knows this and he will exploit it to his advantage.

  10. Adirondacky says:

    Software writers are far smarter than anyone in the Obama administration. They will always figure out how to get around and over an internet ID. As a law-abiding, American citizen, I have a suggestion for Obama. Instead of devoting time and energy to this, why not focus on jobs creation instead?

  11. “….I have a suggestion for Obama. Instead of devoting time and energy to this, why not focus on jobs creation instead?”

    Adirondacky,

    Barry’s clueless about jobs. Unemployment is above 14% in dozens of counties across the country so what does this nitwit do? He starts bombing Libya.

    You can’t make it up.

    If the GOP gets it’s shit together by 2012 (an eternity in politics), jobs and gas prices are the two issues they can use to unseat Obama.

  12. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Have any of you seen the new picture of O-Bummer as a baby Chimp? Some folks are offended by this……….. Me, I think he’s been elevated from his position as a WORM! Go “CHIMP BOY”, Go!!!!!!!!!! Far away……….

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