Letters to the Editor

Real ID Act

February 24, 2007


To the editor:

In May 2005, our U.S. Congress passed a military spending bill, H.R.1268, that includes the Real ID Act. Real ID creates, in effect, a national ID card. Personal information will be contained on all new driver's licenses and pooled into one central database.

The official purpose "includes but is not limited to accessing federal facilities, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft, entering nuclear power plants, and any other purposes that the Secretary (of Homeland Security) shall determine."

On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Patty Murray described how Real ID was pushed through Senate conference committee without discussion or vote and added to H.R.1268. This lack of due process prompted her to ask, "Why was this added to a must-pass bill without any debate?"

"Any other purposes." That could be anything any secretary of Homeland Security determines.

Surprisingly, many state and federal representatives don't know about this act or are afraid to challenge the language. Real ID goes into effect in May 2008. As it is written, the states need to reject Real ID. Our Congress needs to repeal it. Otherwise, for what purposes Real ID?

Mike DuPree,



Becca 11 years, 2 months ago

Yes, I agree completely. Get rid of it!

Jamesaust 11 years, 2 months ago

Yes, something finally to unite the Left and the Right.

Here, for example, is the ACLU's dedicated website for this issue: http://www.realnightmare.org/

Mike_DuPree 11 years, 1 month ago

Two of the best websites I've found for complete and up to date info regarding Real ID are: 1) this one posted by merrill above:

http://www.epic.org/privacy/id_cards/; and

2) this page on the website of the National Conference of State Legislatures:


The NCSL is, among other things, a kind of clearinghouse of Federal law of importance to the States.

Keep in mind what is most troublesome, I believe, is the language "any other purposes that the Secretary [of Homeland Security] shall determine." This language alone, I believe, necessitates Repeal of Real ID. Mere tightening of regulations does not address the potential for real abuse of what few liberties we have left in this country, especially in regards to our health care choices, which is too much to go into here, but appears to be the real, hidden agenda of Real ID.

Each of us needs to stay after our State and Federal reps to reject (State) and repeal (Federal) Real ID. They need to know there is a real groundswell of support for rejection and repeal of Real ID. Either we act now or we will be Acted upon.

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