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May 04, 2005

An Unrealistic 'Real ID'

In the NY Times today there is an excellent Op/Ed editorial explaining why the Real Id bill before Congress is a bad bill; "In a more rational world, Congress would have started thinking hard about identity cards right after Sept. 11. By now, the nation's lawmakers could have had a long and serious discussion about how to create a sensible national ID that would provide identification and security while protecting privacy. This is, after all, a critical issue in terms of both safety and civil liberties.

Too bad. What Congress is doing instead is to ram through a bill that turns state-issued driver's licenses into a kind of phony national identity card through the mislabeled "Real ID" provision. And in order to make absolutely sure there's no genuine debate, the sponsors have tied it to a crucial bill providing funds for American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan".
You can find the rest of the editorial at; http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/04/opinion/04wed1.html?th&emc=th

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 4, 2005 09:33 AM

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