Wednesday, November 14, 2007

We the sheeple

According to Rep. Sam Rohrer (R-Berks), the federal Real ID Act will allow the federal government to track us "like common livestock."

Opposition to Real ID is not exclusive to one ideology or political party. Everyone's against it.

Today at the state capitol, Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) announced his intention to introduce legislation that would stop Pennsylvania from taking part in the Real ID program.

"If you think dealing with PennDOT is a headache now, you ain't seen nothing," Folmer said, referencing the increased workload for DMVs and the increased number of hoops that residents will have to jump through to get a license under Real ID.

"Diminished privacy, higher fees, a new mountain of bureaucracy, and will we actually be any safer? No, we will not," Folmer added.

Folmer was joined by Rep. Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) and Rohrer, co-sponsors of House Bill 1351, which will also block the Commonwealth's participation in Real ID.

"The fact that the federal government doesn't seem to be able to keep track of their computers or the data on their computers," Josephs said, "this is not safe. This is not the way to go."

Real ID will create a massive new database linking DMVs from all 50 states and the U.S. territories, creating a honeypot for identity thieves.

Rohrer called for hearings on HB 1351 and an investigation into PennDOT's recent agreement with a private company to implement Real ID "so the sunshine can light up this contract."

"My path is clear," Rohrer said. "Pennsylvania should flatly and by law reject the implementation of Real ID in this Commonwealth."

For more on Real ID, visit

Andy in Harrisburg

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Real ID will create a massive new database linking DMVs from all 50 states and..."

Anyone who has actaully worked with any of the state's DMV data processing centers will shudder at the thought of this!

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To have Rohrer, Josephs and Folmer backing the same bill is like watching hell freeze over. I thought I'd never see the day. But it illustrates the old saw the politics makes for strange bedfellows and that Bush is dead wrong on this abomination.

12:07 PM  

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