ABOUT THE TWIC & THE MERCHANT MARINER'S CREDENTIAL (MMC):A PHILOSOPHICAL VIEW ON TWIC CARD READERS AND THE NEW MERCHANT MARINER'S CREDENTIAL (LOOKING LIKE THE RED-COVER SOVIET UNION PASSPORT)Both documents are lkneid through the National Drivers Register (49 U.S.C. a7 30301-30308). With all the security make-overs and enhanced background check for both the TWIC and MMC I do not understand why a data field cannot be added to the TWIC and MMC for a National Open Carry Firearms Endorsement. This would require bringing in BATFE to streamlining the regulatory process for what would amount to be a Federal Firearms Endorsement on the TWIC Card and the MMC for those who travel interstate with a firearms but who are not in the business of selling firearms in interstate commerce and who are not a prohibited person from owning or possessing firearms under 18 U.S.C. a7 922(g) et seq.Adding the data field for National Open Carry will give a boost to internal national security for society in general because what is going on here is the U.S. Government's onward movement for ever greater security in the name of public safety. What we have here is Benjamin Franklin's worst nightmare! They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. And then there's Ayn Rand's concern: We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.We have an opportunity here with TWIC, the TWIC Card Readers and the MMC's to restore American freedom to interstate travel to restore actual freedom by resurrecting the Second Amendment and Ninth Amendment right to openly keep and bear arms in intrastate and interstate travel by adding the National Open Carry endorsement to the TWIC Card and MMC.Security is all well and good. But when and where does security goo too far? Security can go so far that you no longer have that sense of freedom because you will begin to feel like you are perpetually under suspicion of criminal activity no matter where you go. That is the essential difference in freedom in the United States from other countries. But are we now morphing into other countries where there are little to no freedom at all?What is to stop the Secretary of Homeland Security declaring interstate truckstops as a security zone and installing security checkpoints at truckstops? At all roads crossing state lines?Why cant the Secretary of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard, TSA, FBI, BATFE, CONGRESS get together to balance security and freedom by acknowledging the existence of the Second Amendment and implement safeguasrds for the protection and exercise of Second Amendment rights during interstate travel?Are this TWIC Card Readers the first stage of National Security trickling down to a Police State?