Real ID isn’t been in danger of implementation yet, and has all but had the last nail put in its coffin. However, the time for breathing easy is not now: It seems the Obama administration has a replacement bill in the works — a rebranding of sorts. Janet Napolitano, President Obama’s Homeland Security chief, is trying to push what she calls “Real ID Lite,” or the PASS act(Providing for Additional Security in States’ Identification Act of 2009).
James Bovard explains its history for those who may not know what Real ID is, why it’s a threat to our liberty, and the dangers of this current idea from Janet Napolitano.
Mr. Bovard writes:
But this bill contains many of the same risks as the REAL ID. And Napolitano is promoting requiring state drivers’ licenses to contain RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips with unique numbers for each individual. Katherine Albrecht, author of the bestseller Spychips, warns that this scheme could make it easy for the government to identify anyone who attends a gun show or an antiwar rally. Albrecht asks: “What happens to all those people when a government operator carrying a reading device makes a circuit of the event? They could download all those unique ID numbers and link them.” And it would be a small step from this to putting all the names on watch lists.
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