Friday, August 24, 2007

It's a Free Country, Right?

As long as you do exactly what the state says...

H/T to MikeT

Federal ID plan raises privacy concerns

By Eliott C. McLaughlin

(CNN) -- 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.
Oooh! I feel safer already!!

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.

Papers, please.

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.
Again: Papers, please.

"For terrorists, travel documents are like weapons," Chertoff said. "We do have a right and an obligation to see that those licenses reflect the identity of the person who's presenting it."

Duck! He's got a "Hi, I'm..." sticker on his lapel!!!
Amazing what the government considers weapons, isn't it?

Chertoff said the Real ID program is essential to national security because there are presently 8,000 types of identification accepted to enter the United States.
What does entering the United States have to do with me going to a park?
Make international passports standardized; leave my state alone.
"There's going to be an irreducible expense that falls on you, and that's part of the shared responsibility," Chertoff told the state legislators.
Your additional tax dollars are necessary for your safety. See?

The NCSL is calling Real ID an "unfunded mandate" that could cost states up to $14 billion over the next decade, but for which only $40 million has been federally approved. The group is demanding Congress pony up $1 billion for startup costs by year's end or scrap the proposal altogether.
Congress has money? I wonder where they got that?

Everyone must visit DMV by 2013

The Real ID Act repealed a provision in the 9/11 Commission Implementation Act calling for state and federal officials to examine security standards for driver's licenses.

It also requires all 245 million license and state ID holders to visit their local departments of motor vehicles and apply for a Real ID by 2013. Applicants must bring a photo ID, birth certificate, proof of Social Security number and proof of residence, and states must maintain and protect massive databases housing the information.

EVERYONE must check in with the state.
In the US of A.
They need to know where you are to keep you safe.

This country's attitude is getting more unsettling by the day.

Maybe they should just put a tattoo of a unique ID number on everyone's arm, and then you won't need the card.
I mean, it's been done before, and it was effective. How about a bar-code tat? Maybe along with one of those cool RFID chips!!

Question: Do the illegal aliens the government won't do anything about have to get these, too?
Or just law-abiding tax-payers?
Just curious.

To be continued.