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
    Withheld # 9999, 3 Apr 2008 @ 10:00am

    National Identity cards

    This entire subject has, as usual, been hijacked by the hysterical anti-Bush, anti- gov't, anti-everything crowds.
    This has nothing to do with National ID. It simply is a standard whereby all government-issued IDs from any government source will be issued the same way with the same requirements. That's all. NO requirement that everyone have an ID, NO requirement that you get tatooed or implanted with an RFID chip. If you don't want an ID or license, don't get one! You know, there are plenty of other reasons for a reliable ID besides boarding an airplane - for instance, when that moron runs a red light and hits your car, don't you want the assurance that the fool is really who he says he is? Or when you take a check from someone, or you hire someone, or before you let that kid date your daughter.
    Lighten up and look at the big picture. It's too bad that we cannot trust everyone to present themselves as who they really are, but that's the price we've paid for "progress."
    (BTW, I used the name that I did to be sarcastic. Get it?)

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