Welcome to the USA, where citizens are assumed to be out of “compliance” in their own country, where their own identification no longer satisfies officials they are who they say they are, where those born here are considered to be running afoul of the law and forging their identities unless and until they can get a computer to agree they are who they say they are. Social security card, driver’s license, passport? Nahhhh…those aren’t proof you are who you say you are. If some computer somewhere says you don’t exist as you’ve proven, then you don’t exist, and it becomes your job to prove it by calling some stranger and providing the same information you have already provided in the forms of documentation. Then somehow, maybe, you’ll become a citizen.
What a load of fucking crap. When are people going to stop putting up with this terrorist crap? When are people going to realize that having to endure shit like this is a worse threat than the highly unlikely possibility someone will bomb us? It’s all about control on the part of a very few. We need to stop allowing them to take control. We need to stop complying simply to prove our innocence, to prove our citizenship. Too many people say I will comply because not complying makes me look guilty. Fuck that! If you aren’t guilty, you aren’t guilty. Not complying does not make you MORE guilty!
Today the bank I chose here to start new accounts called me to tell me their “compliance department” claims my social security number has too many names on it. The “compliance department” in charge of making sure terrorists don’t open bank accounts. Guess what, fuckers? Timothy McVeigh had a social security card. Being a US citizen does not keep one from becoming a terrorist. Want to know why my social security number has more than one name? It is because some minimum wage flunky fuck at the credit reporting agency imput the information incorrectly. It is also because I was married in a patriarchal culture and changed my name then because I was too ignorant at the time to know better. It doesn’t mean I forged my social security card, driver’s license, and passport. It certainly does not mean I’m a terrorist.
I told the bank I did not appreciate being called a liar. I said that being told I need to prove further who I am, that telling me my proof was not good enough was akin to saying my proof was a lie. I told them that if my proof of identity was not good enough, I would take my money elsewhere. I explained that I was not going to comply to prove my innocence, that they needed to prove my guilt. I told her I knew most people would go along with this charade as evidence of their good faith, but that I needed no such evidence. I said I was not going to waste my time proving further I am who I am, that they could spend the time disproving I am who I am. The kind lady who had to put up with me told me she would do some research and get back to me.
The irony in this is that I was told this was somehow for my own good, proving someone else wasn’t using my number. How many people stop and believe that bullshit? I’m trying to put money in their bank, I say I am Lara Gardner, I give documents I am Lara Gardner, their computer says my social security number has other names on it, so now I’m not safe? What a load of fucking crap. This has nothing to do with anything for my own good and everything to do with control.
There are fourteen characteristics common to fascism. One of these is an obsession with national security, using fear as a motivational tool to control the masses. I will not be a pawn in the government’s tool chest of fear in order to create the illusion of control. If we are truly free, we should be free to open a bank account with money from another US bank without being accused of being a terrorist.