America, betrayed by her politicians...

One day after publishing Vin Suprynowicz's piece about the national identification card, this following notice was found in conservative email list C-NEWS. Remember this when you vote in the fall.


*** CODE RED ALERT ***

OUTLOOK by Aaron Klein, July 30, 1998

Late last night, Congressman Bob Barr and Congressman Lamar Smith made a deal that sold out the hopes of a clear, up-or-down vote on the national ID system. At the request of Smith, who was the architect of the original legislation that made a national ID system possible, Barr withdrew his amendment to defund the Department of Transportation regulations for the national ID card.

We need phone calls NOW to Congressman Barr's office. We need to shut down his office with calls demanding a reason why he sold the grassroots out. We need to demand that he re-introduce his amendment and defund the national ID card regulations NOW with a clear, up-or-down vote that will put the Republican Congress on record as opposing or supporting the tagging and tracking of law-abiding Americans.

PLEASE CALL RIGHT AWAY! 202-224-3121 is the Capitol switchboard. If the number is busy, please keep trying.

Below is the Free Congress Foundation press release, for your info.

WASHINGTON, DC -- July 30, 1998 -- The Free Congress Foundation condemned a successful effort by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) early this morning to prevent a floor amendment offered by Ron Paul (R-TX) and Bob Barr (R-GA) from coming to a vote in the House that would have defunded a section of a 1996 law forcing states to implement a National ID card.

"Once again we see middle-of-the-night, backroom deals cut by members of the House to block votes to repeal bad legislation already passed by this Republican Congress," said Lisa Dean, Vice President for Technology Policy at the Free Congress Foundation. "Last week it was the GOP leadership's sell-out of citizens' privacy by refusing to repeal the unique patient identifier and the creation of a massive Big Brother government database to store every American's medical records. Now, in the dark hours of the night, Representative Smith prevents the American people from seeing if Congress really believes that tagging and tracking every citizen by means of a National ID is good public policy."

"It is a sad day when one member of Congress is allowed to block a measure that would begin to restore American's privacy in light of all of the assaults this Republican-led Congress has approved during its sitting," Dean said. "One wonders if the principles of limited and constitutional government have any meaning left to the GOP-- it is clear that this 105th Congress has resulted in major setbacks in the liberties and constitutional protections of the American people. And the Republican leadership wonders why their base is unhappy in 1998."

"This was a perfect opportunity for members to show that they actually listen and respond to the voices of the American people, and instead they showed the typical 'inside the beltway' poor judgement and cowardice, "Dean said.

Rep. Smith made an appeal to Rep. Barr late Wednesday night to put off a floor amendment to defund implementation of a National ID card authorized by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which Smith sponsored. Smith argued that time was short to pass the Transportation Appropriations Bill and that a full debate would not be given to the merits of the Paul/Barr floor amendment. Barr conceded to Smith's demands.

But Dean said, "Representative Smith's claims are hollow, because he did not think that full debate should be given when he inserted his bill that authorized that National ID into the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act for 1997. Now that he has successfully foisted this draconian drivers license regime on every American he claims he wants a full and open debate. What hypocrisy!"

In his appeal to Barr, Smith also claimed that his Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 did not authorize the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from issuing rules to force states to create a National ID card. But as one House member, Rep.
David Minge, said in debate last night, "It's hard to look at [Smith's 1996 bill] and claim that it does not charge the Department of Transportation to create a National ID."




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