Real ID, Great for Spying on Americans, Not So Great for Protecting Us from Terrorist Attack
May 11, 2008 was the deadline for implementation of the Real ID Act. So far, not one state is in compliance and some states are openly defiant. The Real ID Act would turn our state issued driver’s licenses into de facto national identity cards. EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, has issued an analysis of the Department of Homeland Security’s national ID program.
Let me tell you, it ain’t a rave review. Entitled "Real ID Implemetation Review: Few Benefits, Staggering Costs", it’s a no holds barred debunking of just about every excuse Mike Chertoff has offered for this make work/look like we’re doing something to improve security, when all we’re really doing is invading the privacy of ordinary Americans, while leaving a loophole big enough to fly an airplane through available to the terrorists.
From the report:
Throughout its history, the United States has rejected the idea of a national identification system. Yet, the Department of Homeland Security continues to push forward a system of identification that has been widely opposed. The REAL ID Act mandates that state driver’s licenses and ID cards follow federal technical standards and verification procedures issued by Homeland Security. REAL ID also enables tracking, surveillance, and profiling of the American public.
May 11, 2008 was the statutory deadline for implementation of the REAL ID system, but not one state is in compliance with the federal law creating a national identification system. In fact, 19 states have passed resolutions or laws rejecting the national ID program. The Department of Homeland Security has faced so many obstacles that the agency now plans an implementation deadline of 2017 – nine years later than the 2008 statutory deadline.
This is hilarious. Chertoff fearmongered the sheeple in Congress into passing a law that is so craptastic that the states revolted, so now Chertoff is dumping the problem into the lap of not the next president, but the president after that! [assuming a two term president]
But, wait, it gets better. You and I have to get these cards, but the terrorists can use their foreign issued passports in place of cards. So, if I’m a terrorist what am I going to do? Submit to some background check to get a REAL ID? Or use my foreign issued, possibly fake, passport to get around the US? Or better yet, several fake foreign issued passports!
Chertoff, what a maroon.
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