Real ID: If your state fails to comply…


“Your paper’s please?” No, you aren’t in 1940’s Germany. You just want to travel within the United States. And to do so, you likely need a passport. CNN chose to headline the privacy concerns, which I absolutely agree are significant. I choose to note the parallels to Nazi Germany. So sue me. Or call Murphy’s Godwin’s Law. I don’t care. It’s there, and it’s plain as day.

Federal ID plan raises privacy concerns

[…] Americans may need passports to board domestic flights or to picnic in a national park next year if they live in one of the states defying the federal Real ID Act.

The act, signed in 2005 as part of an emergency military spending and tsunami relief bill, aims to weave driver’s licenses and state ID cards into a sort of national identification system by May 2008. The law sets baseline criteria for how driver’s licenses will be issued and what information they must contain.

The Department of Homeland Security insists Real ID is an essential weapon in the war on terror, but privacy and civil liberties watchdogs are calling the initiative an overly intrusive measure that smacks of Big Brother.

More than half the nation’s state legislatures have passed symbolic legislation denouncing the plan, and some have penned bills expressly forbidding compliance. […]

The cards would be mandatory for all “federal purposes,” which include boarding an airplane or walking into a federal building, nuclear facility or national park, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the National Conference of State Legislatures last week. Citizens in states that don’t comply with the new rules will have to use passports for federal purposes. […]

Where does Texas (my home state) stand, you ask? Well, George Bush’s home state “is expected to make its changes by rule instead of statute,” according to the Austin Chronicle. This article contains a list of states planning to “not comply.”

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