Thursday, May 10, 2007

Only a matter of time?

It's impossible to predict what our elected officials will do, but it does seem that Real ID is in real trouble. We're now up to seven states that have legislation or a resolution against Real ID with Oklahoma- Oklahoma???- poised to become the eighth.

And on Tuesday that bastion of wild-eyed liberalism- the Wall Street Journal- reiterated its position against Real ID, a position it first took two years ago:
In California today, where a nation-high 25 million licenses are issued, residents can renew by mail. Real ID requires that you appear in person. So Americans can be grateful that DMVs nationwide are known as models of hassle-free efficiency; be sure to book a free afternoon.

Americans are rational. And in a post-9/11 world, they are willing to trade some freedom and convenience for more security. But it's not at all clear that Real ID will make us safer. Deputizing motor vehicle office clerks, who would be entrusted with sensitive information and access to a national databank, also entails considerable privacy risk.

Fraud and security lapses at DMVs today are hardly uncommon. Just last month, a DMV official in North Carolina was arrested in connection with issuing fraudulent drivers licenses. And if the goal is to stop the next Mohammed Atta, it's worth noting that, even under Real ID, people would be permitted to fly with identification other than licenses.

Real ID was always more about harassing Mexican illegals than stopping Islamic terrorists...

For unexplained reasons, immigration restrictionists are convinced that preventing illegal aliens from obtaining drivers licenses will result in fewer illegal aliens, rather than merely more unlicensed and uninsured motorists.

Andy in Harrisburg

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've worked on IT projects with state DMV's before - believe me, you DON'T want them to be your "passport to existance". And they don't want to be either - AAMVA has come out against Real ID.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The anti-REAL ID act in Oklahoma passed yesterday by a unanimous vote in the Oklahoma Senate. It provides for, amongst other things, collecting and deleting all biometric information collected by the State of Oklahoma.

10:24 PM  

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