The Real ID Rebellion...
This is a good place
to keep up with the problems about, and opposition to, the Real ID act
-- which was recently passed 100-0 as part of an appropriations
measure. In case you aren't aware, the Real ID Act requires
states to issue identification cards (eg, driver's licenses) with
standard information on them, including standard machine-readable data.
I'm not sufficiently educated on this issue to recommend joining. I don't think that a "national ID" carries any security benefits; with 300 million of them around, they will be far to easy to fake or steal. I don't like the idea, whatever the justification. But I'm not prepared to lay it all on the line just yet.
So, if you're a member of the Real ID Rebellion, this is your chance to convince me. Here are my premises:
So what could make it bad enough to fight? Well, the present law calls for a common, machine-readable data format. That could be a magnetic strip that many drivers' license cards already have. It could also be RFID technology, which would enable the card to be "read" instantly, and invisibly, from a range of several yards away. An identification card that used RFID technology and was universally carried in a manner similar to the way driver's licenses are today would be a surveillance wet dream. That would be worth rebelling against. But the present law doesn't require RFID technology.
So if you oppose this, and you think it's worth putting your lives and sacred honor into the fight, here and now, tell me why... and tell me how you plan to win. I need some good arguments so I don't feel like I'm tilting at windmills.
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