Freedom is Slavery

“No longer solely concerned with driver safety, state DMVs would also be required to adopt stringent verification procedures (authenticating birth certificates and other documents) to make sure that license holders are not in the country illegally.”

NashvilleFiles Blog on REAL ID

Some quotes:

Under the shrewdly named “Real ID” initiative, Congress would require states to standardize their driver licenses and create a central database of license holders. No longer solely concerned with driver safety, state DMVs would also be required to adopt stringent verification procedures (authenticating birth certificates and other documents) to make sure that license holders are not in the country illegally. In addition, states would be required to maintain files with copies of all relevant identification documents and digital photos of the license holders.”Is the goal here to shut down DMVs?” asked Cheye Calvo, director of the National Council of State Legislatures’ transportation committee, in The New York Times last week.

His concern is not misplaced. While the provisions of “Real ID” would saddle the states with significant new costs and responsibilities, no federal money accompanies the mandate. By one estimate, the total cost of implementing the rules could be $500 million.

My co-worker Jeff laments about this same thing – the GOP no longer being the party of small government. (If only the GOP would split off a signifigant Libertarian faction…!)

When I pondered the question, “Et tu, GOP?” I was wondering what happened to the party of smaller government. Over the past five years I haven’t seen it.

This one sends chills right down my spine.

But — most overlooked — is Section 102 of this bill. It would empower the Secretary of Homeland Security to suspend any and all laws in order to ensure the “expeditious” construction of a set of barriers and roads south of San Diego, to keep illegal immigrants out. It also would prohibit ANY judicial review of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s decision to suspend any law. ON EDIT: While the law the bill references mentions barriers and roads “near San Diego,” it does not appear to be (technically speaking) limited to that area — but to any barriers or roads “in the vicinity of the United States border.”

I tried to get a letter ready to send to my Senators, but unfortunately I didn’t have time – and I would’ve only been able to fax it to Kerry, as Senator Kennedy doesn’t list a fax number on his website (or anywhere). I may post the text of the letter later.

I wonder how the vote went on this, or if it hasn’t happened yet? If I find out, I’ll post again.

UnRealID.com

More protest against this “REAL ID” thing. Don’t use their form to contact your senators, though – fax or email them yourself; it has more of an impact that way. Apparently, this will be voted upon tomorrow, so act fast!

UnRealID.com

More protest against this “REAL ID” thing. Don’t use their form to contact your senators, though – fax or email them yourself; it has more of an impact that way. Apparently, this will be voted upon tomorrow, so act fast!

CRS Report – Analysis of REAL ID

Y’know, we elect these people to congress, and they make laws like this. What makes me really upset is that this “REAL ID” thing is apparently the brainchild of a WISCONSON senator… and Wisconson is my birth state.

CRS Report for Congress – Immigration: Analysis of the Major Provisions of H.R. 418, the REAL ID Act of 2005 (PDF link)

Y’know, we elect these people to congress, and they make laws like this. What makes me really upset is that this “REAL ID” thing is apparently the brainchild of a WISCONSON senator… and Wisconson is my birth state.

Way to go, guys.

Schneier on Security: REAL ID

Yet more depressing news about this ill-conceived idea of a “national id.” It makes me so mad! Ugh, just read this article – Bruce makes all the points that I would’ve made myself, if I wasn’t seething mad.

Schneier on Security: REAL ID

Yet more depressing news about this ill-conceived idea of a “national id.” It makes me so mad! Ugh, just read this article – Bruce makes all the points that I would’ve made myself, if I wasn’t seething mad.

U.S. National Identity Cards All But Law

Given the recent surge in Federalism here in the US (a.k.a. “states rights”), I wonder how people will react to this – as it is a huge violation of states rights by the Federal Government. Not to mention that the current Federal Government has absolutely NO IDEA on how to do this right.

Slashdot | U.S. National Identity Cards All But Law

Crap.

Given the recent surge in Federalism here in the US (a.k.a. “states rights”), I wonder how people will react to this – as it is a huge violation of states rights by the Federal Government. Not to mention that the current Federal Government has absolutely NO IDEA on how to do this right.

Now, I’m not necessarily against national IDs – I don’t think they are intrinsicly bad; but they are hard to do right, and I don’t trust any Earth-based government to do them right.

But now it looks like we’re going to get them anyway. Bloody hell.

Update: Another link from C|Net’s News.com talks about the nuts & bolts of this bungled bill.