Provided below are selected quotes from Michael Chertoff from the Transcript of
Secretary Michael Chertoff U.S. Department of Homeland Security Before the Senate
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs indicating that development
of an internal travel permitting system is well underway.
Mr. Chertoff also related another significant development that of 'fusion centers'
which are database centers used for a pooling of information on peoples obtained
from a number of databases sources including ChoicePoint’s records, federal
agencies, state bureaus and local governments.
Travel Credentialing And Permitting System Well Underway
"We must accelerate efforts is the development of secure travel and identification
documents. We must develop standard, secure credentials that give us a high
degree of confidence that an individual is not using false or stolen documents
to enter our country or access our transportation systems or sensitive critical
"A number of initiatives now underway will allow us to do this. Under
the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, we are working together with the Department
of State to develop a secure credential for individuals traveling between the
United States, and Canada and Mexico. This card will be wallet-sized, contain
security features, and allow real-time security checks at land border crossings
and certain water border crossings."
"We are also working with states to develop standards for secure driver’s
licenses under the REAL ID Act. Driver’s licenses are one the most common
forms of identification used in our country. We must have clear guidelines for
how these documents are produced, who gets them, and what security features
they must contain."
Fusion Centers Are Being Massively Deployed: They Are The Eagle Eyes
Of The Homeland Security State
"We intend to expand these valuable partnerships even further by substantially
increasing federal participation in state and local fusion centers across our
country as part of an interagency effort to better share intelligence with state
and local governments. DHS intelligence personnel already work side-by-side
with their federal, state and local counterparts at fusion centers in New York,
California, Georgia, Louisiana, and Maryland. Our goal is a two-way flow, with
every level of government pooling intelligence."
"By the end of 2008, working with our other federal partners, our goal
is to have intelligence and operations personnel at every state and major metropolitan
fusion center in the United States, sitting in the same room, sharing and analyzing
information and intelligence in real time."
The Unending War On Terror
"Today, our nation is at war. We are fighting an enemy who will not rest
until its dark vision of the future is achieved. We cannot relent from this
struggle. We cannot become complacent. And we cannot forget what happened on
that September morning five years ago."
Commentary by Jan Allen
The facts are very clear here: The United States has had a passport system
for visitors to come and for citizens to leave. What is so strikingly
new, is that Mr. Chertofff is setting up a credentialing system to
permit travel within the country. A related
political cartoon demonstrates the concept behind the new internal-travel
The 'fusion centers' are a prime example of state-corporate rule over the people
in as much as data from ChoicePoint flows through into the fusion centers. ChoicePoint's
data is a large part of the Homeland Security State’s intelligence. The
'fusion centers' are data mining and travel tracking centers that keep
watch over the peoples.
I raise a question is one more
secure or less secure since the nation has been at war?
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