May 122005
 

From the latest issue of The Liberator Online:
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National ID is Here; Some States Threaten to Rebel

Last issue we reported on the REAL ID Act, a police-state federal bill that would in effect turn state drivers licenses into national ID cards, as well as providing for the use of the cards to collect a national database of information on citizens.

The bad news: despite protests by hundreds of civil liberties groups representing millions of American citizens, the Senate passed the bill unanimously today. (Republican backers of the bill had added it to a must-pass emergency military spending bill, thus bypassing debate and making it all but unstoppable.) President Bush, whose spokesmen once said he “does not support a national ID card,” strongly backs the bill and has promised to sign it into law.

The (sort of) good news: many state governments are protesting the bill. Most of the concern isn’t over the civil liberties nightmare, sadly. Instead, states are worried that implementing the bill will cost them an enormous amount of money — potentially hundreds of millions of dollars –and make getting a driver’s license extremely difficult for many law-abiding citizens and a headache for state officials.

Some state governors are threatening to challenge it in court. Some state governments even say they will disobey the law.

“Governors are looking at all their options. If more than half of the governors agree we’re not going down without a fight on this, Congress will have to consider changing this unfunded federal mandate,” said ArkansasGov. Mike Huckabee, vice chairman of the National Governors Association.

Under the law, residents of states that fail to adopt the new national ID won’t be able to board planes, enter federally protected buildings, get most jobs, or receive Social Security. (So much for Republican concerns about unfunded federal mandates, limited federal government, and states rights.)
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Other sources:
http://news.public.findlaw.com/immigration/ap/p/56/05-10-2005/48a3001cedeefb24.html
http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,67471,00.html

Well, check off another box on the police state creation list…

 Posted by at 10:49 am

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