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"Citizen-Unit Identification" a Red Herring
All this paranoid talk about the dangers of thumbprints on ID cards, about
driver's licenses, and about magstripes got me to thinking.
So, I accessed my NLETS (National Law Enforcement Telecommunications
System) and downloaded my own record:
Citizen-Unit ASCII Name: "Timothy Christopher May"
NLETS Actual Name: G0Yj34C1qm92H7u
Known Aliases: "Klaus! von Future Prime," "Lance," "Nick Szabo"
Residence: 427 Allan Lane, Corralitos, CA 95075
Driver's License: N4197484
Passport Number: H673qop90
Weight: 210 pounds (10/94, recorded at SFO)
Known associations: Anarchist Alliance, Young Students for Discordianism,
Vernor Vinge Fan Club, Information Liberation Front
Magazines Subscribed To: Newsweek, Playboy, The Economist, MacWeek, Anarchy
Today, Liberty, FertilizerWorld, Reason, MacUser, NewtonGazette, Bay Aryan
Events, Information Week
Consumer Preferences: beer (+++), wine (+), cigarettes (-)
Electricity Patterns: consistent with either marijuana cultivation or heavy
Net usage, or both
Threat level: Class 3 Security Threat
I don't see what the big deal is. The NLETS record implies I'm some kind of
security threat, but also correctly notes that I'm an Aryan, so I guess I'm
Timothy C. May | Crypto Anarchy: encryption, digital money,
[email protected] 408-728-0152 | anonymous networks, digital pseudonyms, zero
Corralitos, CA | knowledge, reputations, information markets,
Higher Power: 2^756839 | black markets, collapse of governments.
"National borders are just speed bumps on the information superhighway."