Obama Administration Launches Plan To Make An "Internet ID" A Reality

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

It appears the status quo may be finally making its moves to getting control over the heretofore free and open internet. As I and many others have noted previously, the internet is one of the most powerful tools humanity has ever devised. It frees information in a way that was simply unimaginable decades ago and empowers each of us to be as informed or uninformed as we desire.

Just last week in my post, Say Goodbye to “Net Neutrality” – New FCC Proposal Will Permit Discrimination of Web Content, I mused that in so-called “first world” countries like the U.S. the illusion of freedom must be maintained even as civil liberties are eroded. Thus censorship must be administered surreptitiously and slowly. The following plan to implement an “Internet ID” will initially only be rolled out as a pilot program in two states (Michigan and Pennsylvania), and will only deal with government services. That said, we can see where all of this is ultimately headed, and the program, called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, should be monitored closely going forward.

Vice reported on this a few days ago:

A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a “driver’s license for the internet.”


Sound convenient? It is. Sound scary? It is.


The vision is to use a system that works similarly to how we conduct the most sensitive forms of online transactions, like applying for a mortgage. It will utilize two-step authentication, say, some combination of an encrypted chip in your phone, a biometric ID, and question about the name of your first cat.


But instead of going through a different combination of steps for each agency website, the same process and ID token would work across all government services: from food stamps and welfare to registering for a fishing license.


The original proposal was quick to point out that this isn’t a federally mandated national ID. But if successful, it could pave the way for an interoperable authentication protocol that works for any website, from your Facebook account to your health insurance company.


To start, there’s the privacy issue. Unsurprisingly, the Electronic Frontier Foundation immediately pointed out the red flags, arguing that the right to anonymous speech in the digital realm is protected under the First Amendment. It called the program “radical,” “concerning,” and pointed out that the plan “makes scant mention of the unprecedented threat such a scheme would pose to privacy and free speech online.”


And the keepers of the identity credentials wouldn’t be the government itself, but a third party organization. When the program was introduced in 2011, banks, technology companies or cellphone service providers were suggested for the role, so theoretically Google or Verizon could have access to a comprehensive profile of who you are that’s shared with every site you visit, as mandated by the government.


Then there’s the problem of putting all your security eggs in one vulnerable basket. If a hacker gets their hands on your cyber ID, they have the keys to everything.


For now, this is all just speculation. The program is just entering a test phase with select state government agencies only (there are currently plans to expand the trial out to 10 more organizations.)


But it’s not far-fetched to think we’re moving toward a standardized way to prove our identity in cyberspace the same way we do offline.

Keep a close eye on this.

Full article here.

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CH1's picture

For God's sake, people DO SOMETHING.

Here's a free PDF guide.

RSloane's picture

From signing the NDAA to help building and defending the most intrusive international spy network in existence to this - Obama frightens me. There seems to be no end to the power he will invest in the US government at the expense of the people he supposedly governs. Whoever is elected next, and it doesn't matter if its an R or D, this sapping of the rights of the citizens while expanding the 'rights' of government will go unchecked unless the people stop it.

Colonel Klink's picture

He said he wanted to build his own private army.  He's working the totalitarian playbook, step by step.  Essentially a civilian army who doesn't have to abide by anything except orders given.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

"The original proposal was quick to point out that this isn’t a federally mandated national ID"

Funny. The back of my Social Security card says, "Not to be used for identification purposes."

Confused's picture

You mean I wasn't supposed to just be a number? 




Funny how little people talk about that. It seems you need your SS number for virtually everything now. 

Richard Chesler's picture

If you haven't figured out yet there is no "anonymous" on the internet, you voted for Obozo.


Lost Word's picture

On other web sites about this story,

some blog comments refer this to the "Mark of the Beast"

as prophesied in the New Testament Book of Revelation.

Without the "Mark of the Beast", no one could buy or sell anything.

Totalitarianism using mis-interpretion of prophecy as a reason for Totalitarianism.

N2OJoe's picture

Don't worry guys, it's purely optional. Aaand then it's mandatory.

sleigher's picture

TOR, i2p, meshnet.  These do not solve all, but they are definitely a step in the right direction.  We need an army of coders working on this.  Do you code?  Donate some time.  No?  Donate some money or bandwidth.

Confused's picture

Between taxes on investments (when sold), being scalped, and this, I don't see a reason to ever be in the "market." 


Thanks for the link. 

mccvilb's picture

Finra is an agency tasked with self-regulating the brokerages. How absurd a premise to foist upon the public and perpetuate ad infinitum. The system is itself patently false.

Today in this binary world, a 55 integer hashtag could be  assigned to every single stock certificate in the matter of a day and from that point on anyone could backtrack and reconstruct any and all transactions. We'll never see that happen of course because it would mean no stocks could be shorted beyond the quantities issued or assigned in the float, whether by client or broker; dark pools and other covert manipulative practices would find them lit up like Times Square on New Year's Eve.

The SEC will never sanction anything resembling transparency in the markets, however we can rest assured anything that makes it easier to promote predation will be fast-tracked through Congress or the governing regulatory agency.

mccvilb's picture

Before Shapiro moved to the SEC she was said to be making eight million a yr as the head of NASD/FINRA, lol.

Now Mary Jo White's in charge (SEC). I'm wondering what the heck the SEC pays? Must have great benefits.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Yeah but that would NOT create moar jobs as unproductive bureaucrats. We're talking about the same bankrupt entity that still uses the bankrupt Post Orifice of the Former Untied States, and the Skinner Box in every living room, as primary methods of communication with its subjects.

wrongsideof30's picture

Buckaroo, I just checked my ss card and it doesn't say that. I'm 32. Are you older than me? Maybe they stopped bothering to print that.

McMolotov's picture

The power of each new president seems to build upon the power accumulated by the one before him, but as pointed out in an article last night, the Deep State is the entity that wields all the power behind the scenes.

The Deep State knows it's easier to control one president than it is to control a bunch of legislators and judges. We aren't necessarily witnessing a radical strengthening of the executive branch; we're witnessing a radical weakening of the legislative and judicial branches.

The ultimate goal is to make the legislative and judicial branches obsolete — to keep them bickering over arcane bureaucratic details to preserve the illusion of the people having a voice — and to transform the presidency into nothing more than a mascot or figurehead. Always remember where the true power lies.

Caviar Emptor's picture

Yes. We learned in the post-war imperial period that it's easier to install old school dictators in strategic countries than to try and win people over with "democracy" and "freedom". Maintaining empire demands an imperial presidency

Edward1290's picture

the deep state is the Corporate State........boycott the fortune 500, the russell 2000 all of those fucks..........

shop at the flea market and the salVation army

Lost Word's picture

Goodwill is a for-profit corporation.

Salvation Army has been linked by some conspiracy writers as linked to Freemasonry

and associated criminals such as sex slavery or sex sacrifice pedophilia organizations.

Edward1290's picture

sounds like you like bankster cock

Thanatos's picture

Read it.

It's good advice.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

CH1, you have done us a worthy public service, thank you.

A big + 1

Jack's Digestible Ideas's picture

Good. The harder the feds stomp on our neck, maybe the faster we can get on with this reset.

Perfecthedge's picture

Fuck you USA! Fascist state, the same as Britain.  I can see how the black market for fake ID's will flourish.  I will be the first to buy a fake ID.  Oh, no, let me buy several! Female and Male.

That will be the end of the internet as we know it and I will go offline for good.


surf0766's picture


No Quarter's picture

That statement, Mantra, whatever you want to call it  holds more power than anything these fuckwad bastard power mongers can posibly do, or say, and why they are secretly afraid in their twisted shriveled little minds. 




fonestar's picture


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

One small way to demostrate non-compliance is with the mixing services.  I have tried both http://sharedcoin.com/ and https://bitmixer.io/index.html.  Both worked fine, a little slow, but apparently OK.

Not happy with the small "taint"?  Run your BTC through them both again to new wallets.

Lost Word's picture


Non-compliance will probably mean going completely off the grid,

in a rural survivalist lifestyle.

Tale2cities's picture

Just off the internet,and smartphone.

weburke's picture

completely, will include all cards, screens, phones, cars from 95 on, but you can still have electricity, why not? But, with facial, eye, voice recog.. , infinite resolution, where will you go ? the woods? hello birds, er, drones. why bother? Just move to where -they - live, and watch what you eat.

sleigher's picture

That is exactly what I have been researching.  10 acres by a river in Alaska for $8-20K.  Very rural.  Take a year or three of travelling up there to build shelter/greenhouse, transporting supplies, getting your power sorted, (solar/wind/hydro) until you can make the final pilgrimage.  Your "job" will be to grow/hunt food.  It could be a rewarding lifestyle actually.  

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

You'll want to be further than the outskirts of the evil-empire or even right next to it.

Tinky's picture

Looking forward to the inevitable first court case in which the Government must prove that the person who owns the computer in question was actually using it when the illegal dwarf bowling site (or whatever) was accessed.

McMolotov's picture

I'm looking forward to getting in on the ground floor of the fake internet ID market. I expect to be a wealthy man.

Caviar Emptor's picture

The Matrix can't allow that

Perfecthedge's picture

Dear Mr. McMolotov and here is one of your first customers.  Although....should I pay in Gold, Bitcoin or FIAT CURRENCY??? ;-)

chunga's picture

MAC address implanted at birth?

fonestar's picture

Did anyone ever tell you, you look alot like this guy akak?

chunga's picture

Not until just now. I miss akak and slewie and a few others that got sent to the cornfield.

Edward1290's picture

Mako was posting here recently under another name, I will never give him up but true fans will recognize the tone/style.......I shit myself right out the Matrix on one of his comments in 2010..........

I learned alot from the oldtimers.....akak included

skepsis101's picture

Mako 2010?  And you've only been on here for 8 days?  Please explain.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Just signed up after lurking in the shadows, or second account.

Edward1290's picture

skepsis101 is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.....in fact, he has been a member for 4+ yrs and only has 10 comments.......