Counterterrorism Blog: Would Congress Repeal the “Real ID Act” And Forget the Lessons of the 9/11 Attacks?

March 27, 2008

Counterterrorism Blog: Would Congress Repeal the “Real ID Act” And Forget the Lessons of the 9/11 Attacks?

The point is that the driver’s license does more than establish the fact that the bearer is authorized to drive motor vehicles; it also is used to establish the identity of the bearer.

It is impossible for me to understand how anyone who is concerned about the security of our nation in this perilous age would oppose the implementation of the Real ID Act.

We need far, far more people saying this. RealID is not perfect:

  • It neglects the essential problem with both SSNs and driver’s licenses – that the burden of identification and authentication is on agencies – already underfunded and poorly staffed – which should have nothing to do with those essentially security related tasks.
  • It does not provide an adequate framework for moving forward towards a better, more efficient, and more secure system of identification for this nation.
  • It is, as far as I know, burdened with pork and unrelated provisions.

Still, it is what Congress was able to come up with and pass and the need it addresses is absolute, clearly established, and urgent. The games of obfuscation being played in the name of privacy and state’s rights deserve to be more vocally condemned from all corners.

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