Federal ID plan raises privacy concerns
By Eliott C. McLaughlin
i -- Americans may need passports to board domestic flights or to picnic in a national park next year if they live in one of the states defying the federal Real ID Act.
The act, signed in 2005 as part of an emergency military spending and tsunami relief bill, aims to weave driver's licenses and state ID cards into a sort of national identification system by May 2008. The law sets baseline criteria for how driver's licenses will be issued and what information they must contain.[/i]
Besides the exorbitant cost of such project (think billions), other governments are almost certain to replicate this and say "look, even the US is doing". I'm saying "even" because traditionally, the United States has one of the freest countries on earth.
I'm guessing that if Rudy gets into the White House, all this will seem almost benign compared to what damage he can do to the American constitution.
Where do you stand on the ID issue?