Thursday, January 31, 2008

REAL ID Rebellion: Back Off, Big Brother

More good news on the REAL ID front as the growth of a virtual rebellion by the states against it continues!

The Free Times reports:

Back off, Big Brother. That’s the message South Carolina and 36 other states have sent the federal government by passing or introducing legislation blocking implementation of the controversial REAL ID program.


If fully implemented, the program would require every American to get a REAL ID card and be entered into a national database. It also would require people entering federal buildings or wanting to board an airplane or open a bank account to present identification that meets certain security and authentication standards. The Department of Homeland Security has drafted the standards.

The American Civil Liberties Union says REAL ID raises privacy concerns, conflicts with American values and presents a bureaucratic train wreck.

“Real ID will mean higher taxes and fees, longer lines, repeat visits to the DMV, bureaucratic snafus, and, for a lot of people, the inability to obtain a license,” Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Project, says in a release. “To top it off, it will do little if anything to prevent terrorism; terrorists will continue to get drivers licenses, whether legitimately or through bribery and fraud.”


South Carolina became the sixth state to pass anti-REAL ID legislation last year.“If the federal government wants stricter ID standards, they should leave it to the states to come up with a way to implement them that works best for each individual state,” Gov. Mark Sanford said in a statement after signing the bill, which banned REAL ID implementation in South Carolina.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

And if you want to learn more about the Real ID act and the efforts being made to stop it, check out the site Real Nightmare.

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