Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Feds Cite Hassles if ID Law Not Followed

As more and more states stand up to the administration's REAL ID Act the question on everyone's mind is "what will happen to those that don't comply"?

For all the background you could possibly need on this "national ID" scam, go to RealNightmare.org. Here's a key passage regarding the Act's relation to individual privacy:

"Real ID would become a key infrastructure for, and dramatically accelerate, the surveillance society that is already being constructed in the United States. Once put in place, it would be used more and more for the routine tracking, monitoring, and regulation of individuals’ movements and activities, it would be exploited by the private sector, and it would expose individuals to greater risk of identity theft and other security risks. Its centralized database would inevitably, over time, become the repository for more and more data on individuals, and would be drawn on for an ever-wider set of purposes."

The New York Times covers the issue...and the rapidly approaching showdown between states and the federal government:

States have less than a month to send a letter to the Homeland Security Department seeking an extension to comply with the Real ID law passed following the 2001 terror attacks. Some states have resisted, saying it is costly, impractical and an invasion of privacy.


To bring the states in line, Chertoff warned that any state that does not seek an extension by the end of March will find that, come May, their residents will not be able to use their licenses to board domestic flights.


In recent years, 17 states passed legislation or resolutions opposing Real ID, but now only a handful appear willing to challenge the government publicly.


If the states do not seek an extention by March 31, their residents will be subjected to secondary screening by security workers before boarding any domestic flight beginning May 11. ''We're not going to buckle under here,'' said Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer. ''My guess is the people of Montana would be proud to walk through that line.''

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

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