Last week, Michael Chertoff, secretary of Homeland Security, unveiled revised rules for the REAL ID Act, which bombed beyond the Beltway after its passage in 2005. Seventeen states passed resolutions protesting it or prohibiting compliance. So Homeland Security tried to sweeten the deal by granting delays, slashing costs by a claimed 73 percent and exempting Americans 50 and older from carrying federally approved driver's licenses until 2017.Read more here.
Red flag, citizens. If you can't peddle an idea without a fire sale and years of delay, it's probably not a good idea....
Critics point out that REAL ID would not make us safer. It would not have stopped Timothy McVeigh, a homegrown terrorist, nor would it guarantee the apprehension of foreign-born terrorists like those who carried out the attacks of 9/11. It might provide a limited tool against illegal immigration, and, Mr. Chertoff argues, identity theft. But tech trackers insist shared databases would increase opportunities for ID theft and other information hacking -- not to mention government-sanctioned invasions of privacy.
Paranoia? No, just knowledge of current events....
DHS Secretary Chertoff on REAL ID's "COUNTLESS OTHER" USES.
Friday, January 18, 2008
The Anchorage Daily News posted an excellent opinion piece about REAL ID: The Answer is Still No: