Pakistan’s interior minister is warning that vocal critics of the current government could have their biometric ID cards blocked, leaving them without access to their bank accounts.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has also claimed that ‘rowsters’ who disturb government officials could have their passports blocked and even arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) using the national identification system. of Pakistan, according to Newsweek Pakistan.
His threat is aimed at supporters of former Prime Minister Imrah Khan and his Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, and it came after some of those supporters harassed a member of the new government who was eating in a restaurant. The new government has charged Khan with crimes, so his supporters are now under scrutiny.
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Pakistani media reports that citizens are now encouraged to report other citizens, record videos of them and send them to the government. The Nation reports: “The Home Secretary, in a statement, called on the masses to report to the cybercrime wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) if they face intimidation in public places in the from supporters of President PTI Khan.”
As the political situation in Pakistan deteriorates, the agency responsible for getting people to register for the biometric national identity card – the Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) – continues to work with all political parties, according to the Biometric Update website. The National Database and Registration Authority maintains all voter lists in the country.
If a citizen’s CNIC is blocked by the government, then they could be blocked from doing their day-to-day activities like doing banking transactions, selling vehicles, and acquiring cellphone SIM cards.
World government control via Digital Wave?
Tyrannical government control over people’s freedom and finances has also grown to unprecedented levels in several other countries, including Communist China. And there are concerns that the European Union and the United States are also aligning themselves on the idea of digital identity surveillance.
As CBN News has reported over the past two years, China’s move towards a cashless society with digital currency mirrors how the entire world is literally being set up for increased levels of government control.
Erik Bethel, former U.S. executive director of the World Bank, said that while the world became fixated on private cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Beijing is building a digital version of its own currency, the Yuan, also known as under the name of Renminbi, to control its citizens and possibly threaten the dominance of the US dollar.
“They have pretty much created all the building blocks that will allow a central bank digital currency to thrive,” Bethel told CBN News.
And it gives Beijing the power to track the spending of its citizens in real time.
“There will be a time when the People’s Bank of China, their country’s central bank, can look, look inside every transaction, what everyone is doing, 24/7,” warned Bethel.
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This means that if you are a human rights activist or a Christian, the authorities can use this new technology to punish you if you engage in activities they consider anti-communist.
Eventually, U.S. and foreign companies doing business in China will have to use the government’s new digital currency payment system.
“Chinanization” of the European Union?
Some warn that the European Union is currently undergoing “Chineseization”. As CBN News reported this week, the EU would test a new digital identity program for its citizens later this year with a rollout scheduled for September 2023.
The so-called “digital wallet” will be an app on a person’s phone, and for now it will only contain the information they want to include, such as medical or financial information.
Critics warn it is a “Trojan horse” that will put too much personal information in the hands of the government.
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One of its main critics, MEP Cristian Terhes, was born in communist Romania. He warned of the so-called “Chineseization” of the EU since the EU made COVID passports mandatory.
“Clearly we’re seeing the ‘chinafication’ of Europe right now, because we’re seeing what’s happening in China right now with the social credit score, where the government is watching… all the people from the beginning in the end, everything they do, everywhere they walk,” Terhes said. “They control everything and monitor everything. This is an example of tyranny.”
The EU insists that the digital identity program will be voluntary. Skeptics wonder how long before this becomes mandatory, for example in the case of a future pandemic, a global financial crisis or a terrorist threat.
Digital IDs open a new door to identity theft
Meanwhile, some lawmakers in Washington are urging President Joe Biden to establish digital identities for Americans to combat identity theft. There is also support in Congress. the said Digital Identity Enhancement Act of 2020 was never voted on but could be revived at some point.
CBN News asked an expert on digital identities if they are indeed necessary protection against identity theft. Director of Engineering at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Alexis Hancock, not only answered “No,” but said digital IDs are more likely to encourage identity theft.
“I think it actually increases the attack vector,” Hancock told us. “That makes you a bigger target for me, especially if it’s a government-issued digital ID. When you have something on the internet for a long time, there’s an increased risk that it gets violated somehow because of that long- And when you’re able to associate something like that with a specific person, you can jump from that long-term id to others information about him, and compromising your bank accounts, or compromising certain information about you.”
Democracy or tyranny? Under Social Credit Programs, Christians Will Lose
In Italy, the cities of Rome and Bologna have launched social credit programs that reward citizens for good behavior that authorities say will fight climate change, such as using a bicycle instead of a scooter. A social credit system could be easily integrated with a digital identity.
Austrian Catholic activist Alexander Tschugguel of the St. Boniface Institute, says that in any European social credit system, Christians will lose, because of their opposition to issues like abortion, which the EU considers a right human.
“Therefore, I don’t want the European Union to have the possibility to examine everything I do, everything I say, everything I have and how I move and where I am at all times” , said Tschugguel. “These systems are pushed by people who are strongly anti-Christian.”
Terhes warns that the EU’s new digital ID is the next step in a process in which the government in Brussels will micromanage all aspects of people’s lives.
He said, “That’s the difference between a tyranny and a democracy: when you know everything about what your government is doing, that’s democracy. When the government knows everything about you, it’s tyranny.
In a commentary posted to CBNNews.com, CBN Managing Director Gordon Roberston said, “All you have to do is look at what’s happened in Hong Kong over the past two years and you get a very clear picture of where they’re going.. But they want to control, and they’re doing that right now with social credit scoring where if you don’t mark a particular path, you’re not allowed to travel. It’s already in place.
“But just imagine a government that if you go out of line now can disable all your money and do it instantly so you can’t buy or sell, you no longer have the right to participate in the market,” noted Robertson.
“That’s what digital currency allows a government to do. And if you think it’s going to happen in China, think again. The Federal Reserve already has a study group studying a digital currency for states “Why are they doing this? Because they are afraid that China will usurp the United States and become the global currency, that digital currency will take over,” he continued.
Last year, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen publicly stated that the Biden administration wanted to do more research on creating a digital dollar.
But other experts have warned that there are other reasons not to use digital currency – surveillance. Thought you might be spied on using your credit card? With some types of digital money – the bank, even the government – would know about every purchase you make.