Monday, February 05, 2007

"Real ID" in Trouble?

A major element of both national security AND vote-fraud prevention may be in trouble.

A revolt against a national driver's license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states.

The issue may be moot for states if Congress takes action.

Republican Sen. John Sununu of New Hampshire, along with Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, filed a bill last year to repeal the law. Sununu expects similar legislation will be introduced soon.

"The federal government should not be in charge of defining and issuing drivers' licenses," Sununu said in a statement.

Privacy advocates say a national driver's license will promote identity theft.

Barry Steinhardt, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, said the Real ID ordered by Congress would require a digital photo and probably a fingerprint on each driver's license or state-issued
ID card. That, he said, will make it more valuable to identity thieves because the ID card will be accepted as much more than a driving credential.

"It's going to be a honey pot out there that's going to be irresistible to identity thieves," Steinhardt said.

The ACLU's opinion on the matter doesn't reflect their actual thought. The ACLU doesn't give a tinkers' damn about identity theft.

Their agitation will have the effect of allowing much greater freedom for illegal aliens (some of whom are terrorists) and, of course, for undermining the integrity of the vote.

DarthDoyle has also complained about "the cost" of implementing Real ID. In reality, this is also a smokescreen, as Darth's priorities do not include prevention of election fraud.

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