The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) urged Congress to provide federal funding for implementation of the Real ID Act, citing a new national poll in which more than eight out of ten Americans said driver’s licenses should meet minimum national standards to help battle terrorism and other crimes.
ITAA President and CEO Phil Bond said in a letter to Congress, “We now have the technology to improve security and personal privacy through Real ID and we know it will reduce identity theft, fraud, and other abuses while strengthening homeland security.”
There’s the Socialist argument again for stripping Americans of their Constitutional rights in exchange for “security and personal privacy.” And, eight out of ten Americans have bought in to that lie! … incredible.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the national-identification scheme will actually “strengthen” personal privacy by providing added protection against identity theft.
Here’s a novel idea for you Mr. Secretary… how about prosecuting those identity thieves with the laws already on the books?
Instead, starting on May 11, 2008, Americans will need a federally approved, “machine readable” ID card to travel on an airplane, open a bank account, collect Social Security payments or take advantage of nearly any government service.
Sounds a bit like the Gestapo saying, “mir deine Papiere zeigen” (show me your papers).
Despite an $11 billion price tag and the availability of new security technologies, the millions of new driver’s licenses that states will need to produce to comply with the Real ID Act may still be vulnerable to counterfeiting and tampering, industry experts say.
Folks, your privacy will not be any better protected and America will not be any safer by surrendering more of your rights to a corrupt government. Instead, the Real ID Act is just another incremental step towards fulfilling the prophecy in Revelation 13:16-17.