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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    Withheld # 9999, 6 Apr 2008 @ 9:16am

    Who ever said it did? Uh, you guys.
    As fo your "strawman" comment (and the other guy's "fascist"), that's typical "Shut up, conservative idiot. Liberals know better" insults designed to control the tone of the conversation, intimidate the opposition, and give the person offering those comments a (rather immature) sense of superiority.
    As for the topic: While I certainly agree that demanding an unreasonable amount of information for the purpose of granting access to mass transportation certainly seems like an intrusion on privacy, the real question is where do you draw the line between making travel as safe as possible while allowing access to be as free as possible? Do you err on the side of caution or on the side of unfettered access? Do any of us really want to be in the position of responsibility for deciding?
    The bottom line seems to be that those who would do harm to large groups of us at once have taken advantage of our freedom to travel about unquestioned. I hate that. I hate that the "answer" our gov't wants to put in place involves restrictions. I hate that they are forced to consider these measures to bow to political correctness rather than common sense. But I accept that it's the lesser of two evils, at least as long as non-politically correct measures are off the table.

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