REAL ID Comments Close Tonight!

A national ID is wrong and is counter to the principles upon which this country was founded.

Let me let Bruce Schneier sum it up for you:

The Department of Homeland Security has published draft rules regarding REAL ID, and are requesting comments. Comments are due today, by 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Please, please, please, go to this Privacy Coalition site and submit your comments. The DHS has been making a big deal about the fact that so few people are commenting, and we need to prove them wrong.

Please people – for the love of God – send in a comment about how utterly wrong this whole idea is. Here is the letter I sent in:

Department of Homeland Security
Attn: NAC 1-12037
Washington, D.C. 20538
RE: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking DHS-2006-0030

Dear Secretary Chertoff:

Because a successful implementation of the REAL ID Act creates a de facto national identification system, I write to urge the agency to withdraw the regulations and seek repeal of the REAL ID Act. This attempt to create rules for the establishment of a national identification system is unlawful for the following reasons:

1. The law that created the Department of Homeland Security prohibited a national identification system. By trying to implement REAL ID, the Department of Homeland Security is breaking the law and violating the public trust.

2. The plan will create a massive national identification system without consideration for privacy and security safeguards. It will make it easy for identity thieves, stalkers, and corrupt officials to get access to such personal information as a home address, age, Social Security number, and a digital photo.

3. The regulations endanger the privacy of domestic violence survivors’ personal information, exposing them to stalkers in all 50 states.

Furthermore, it should be obvious that the intended purpose of the REAL ID Act, to “improve the security and lessen the vulnerability of federal buildings, nuclear facilities, and aircraft to terrorist attack,” cannot be realized through this legislation. Knowledge of IDENTITY does not give us knowledge of INTENT.

Respectfully submitted,

Keith M. Survell

Take action. Don’t sit on this. Make your voice heard – in this case, it can be! Don’t let the United States of America become a police state. A national ID is wrong and is counter to the principles upon which this country was founded. This act must be stopped!

Bruce Schneier on REAL-ID (again)

“A reliance on ID cards is based on a dangerous security myth, that if only we knew who everyone was, we could pick the bad guys out of the crowd.”

A great new article up on Bruce Schneier’s blog:

“A reliance on ID cards is based on a dangerous security myth, that if only we knew who everyone was, we could pick the bad guys out of the crowd.”

WHEN will people understand this? I, for one, am glad that Maine is standing up to it – and from what I hear, other states (including my new best friend state, New Hampshire) are doing the same. Well done!

Maine Rejects Federally Mandated ID Cards

“Maine Rejects Federally Mandated ID Cards” – Way to go Maine!

Slashdot | Maine Rejects Federally Mandated ID Cards

Way to go Maine!

As you may have guessed, I don’t like the idea of federally mandated ID cards.

REAL ID Harder Than Legislators Thought

What a surprise – people are finding out that this whole “REAL ID” thing is a big waste of money. I’ve heard of “throwing money at the problem,” but this is just ridiculous.

What a surprise – people are finding out that this whole “REAL ID” thing is a big waste of money. I’ve heard of “throwing money at the problem,” but this is just ridiculous.

Read more about it at Bruce Shneier’s site: Schneier on Security: REAL ID Harder Than Legislators Thought

a tribute to charles clarke and his id cards

Apparently the British are trying to implement a national ID card – and someone didn’t like the idea. The above-linked flash animation is the result – I highly recommend watching it.

eclectech : the very model of a modern labour minister : a tribute to charles clarke and his id cards

Apparently the British are trying to implement a national ID card – and someone didn’t like the idea. The above-linked flash animation is the result – I highly recommend watching it.

This applies to the REAL ID thing here as well. But we didn’t get a cool & funny flash animation poking fun at it… until now!

Remember, folks: a national ID does not make you safer – it makes you easier to oppress.