New DHS Strategy On Real ID: We'll Just Pretend Everyone Implemented It

from the hell-no-means-yes dept

The Department of Homeland Security had been threatening that drivers' licenses in certain states wouldn't be valid federal IDs if states didn't promise by the end of March to implement the troubled Real ID rules. However, somewhere along the line (with a handful of states vehemently protesting the rules), it appears that Secretary Chertoff and the DHS simply decided that it would pretend every state agreed to implement Real ID and deal with reality later. DHS put out a press release claiming that all states had met the "initial requirements" for Real ID, and even painted its silly map green to show "compliance." The problem is that this simply isn't true. It looks as though DHS simply decided that any communication, even if it was to tell the DHS that there was no chance the state would implement Real ID, would be read as if it were the state agreeing to enact Real ID's rules. The whole thing is rather comical until you realize these are the folks who are supposed to be protecting the country.
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  1. identicon
    Pete Valle, 3 Apr 2008 @ 8:43am

    National Identity Cards

    Why are Americans so afraid of a national identity card? By the way, I am an American citizen, but not from the U.S. by birth. I fail to grasp why there is such a huge backlash against ID cards. The government already has tons of info on you, even if you don't want it to. Anybody can Google your name and find out everything about you, anyways.

    Many other countries have successfully implemented national ID card programs. Why can't we? Are we so distrustful of our government in general?

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