Friday, May 06, 2005

The Sur-Real ID Act

The Real ID Act was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, with the controversial attached as a rider to the must-pass bill to pay for military operations in Iraq.. It is likely to pass in the Republican dominated Senate. If it does, everyone in the country will be required to carry one. It will be yet another step towards government control of every aspect of your lives. Just wait until they add the RFID and GPS chips!

Politechbot.com sums it up: The Real ID Act, would "institute controversial immigration changes. Real ID removes the right of judicial review - including habeas corpus - for people fleeing persecution, undermines the privacy rights of even native-born Americans, burdens the states with complex and unfunded ID requirements, makes it harder for battered women to hide from their abusers, scapegoats the immigrant community and does nothing to address the actual problem of border security and enforcement in the United States."

3 Comments:

At 3:05 AM, Blogger Todd said...

Finally the US governement does something right to get a handle on who is supposed to be in this country and tightens up the controls. The only people scared of this new law will be those trying to avoid the law.

 
At 1:28 PM, Blogger Ben Klausner said...

Unfortunately, that viewpoint is shortsighted and naive. This is the first step to having Big Brother track every step you take throughout your life. Then they will want to control every step. All for you own good, of course.

 
At 7:20 AM, Blogger -J said...

This is ridiculous. I'm going to have to stand in the longest lines ever, and it sounds like getting a Driver's License will be as hard as getting a passport ... maybe harder.

I wonder how they maintain the confidentiality of the info on the card. I mean with all these places able to scan your card that will contain all kinds of personal info on it, one would imagine those databases will be sought after by criminals.

 

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