22 March 2008

States Balk At Real ID

I can't help but notice that this article mentions some extremely weak objections to State ID Cards meeting a Federal Standard before being accepted at a Federal level.  If someone is entering a Federal Building or boarding a plane, their identity should be established in a reliable manner.

At issue is a law known as Real ID that would require new security measures for state-issued driver's licenses. The Bush administration says the law, passed after the Sept. 11 attacks, will hinder terrorists, con artists and illegal immigrants. Opponents say it will cost too much and weaken privacy protections.

And how much did 9/11 cost?  How about illegal aliens?  Voter fraud?  Identity theft?  Why would any responsible agency be resistant to reliable identification?  The argument about weakened privacy is just as flawed.   If they're talking about that information being accessed inappropriately, that happens now.  There is no reason to think that the information will be less secure and every reason to believe that misuse will be identified quicker than it is now because it can be cross-referenced faster.

What expectation of privacy should there be in boarding a commercial flight or entering a Federal Building?  Even without a Real ID standard identification card, any person can still fly or conduct their business inside a Federal Building once they've undergone a secondary screening.  If they don't like the idea of a secondary screening... get a Real ID compliant identification card or don't try to engage in activities that require reliable identification.

This should have been done a long time ago.  Nobody is being forced to get a particular ID card and it's not a National Registration.  All it's doing is making sure that a state driver's license will provide a reliable identification of that person... a minimum standard.  What good is an ID card that doesn't ID someone reliably?

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