DHS Secretary Chertoff on REAL ID's "COUNTLESS OTHER" USES.


Monday, February 5, 2007

REAL ID: What's the Problem? Two Answers and a Challenge

The problem with REAL ID is primarily two-fold:

1. Biometrics: I have a difficult time seeing how biometrics and Constitutional thinking can go together. Are our rights God-given and Constitution-recognized?

Or are our rights to be reduced to a string of digits (very personal body-information) held hostage to the mercy and good will of an extremely powerful central government? (Apply the question to SSN numbers as well...)

2. 4th Amendment issues: Are Americans "innocent until proven guilty" or are they "Guilty until properly identified?"

Challenge: Are there adept bloggers out there that can locate facts on which biometrics companies had been lobbying Congress to pass the REAL ID Act?

Were people like Sensenbrenner lobbied by such companies?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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