Thursday, May 12, 2005

Real ID is now law

The states now have three years to implement the requirements for a national ID card that were attached to the unrelated $82 billion dollar military spending bill that was signed into law yesterday. It is worth reading the summaries and analysis of the bill:

NY Times
Security analysis
Constitutional analysis

It's amazing that a senator is able to get something like this passed with no debate, especially when all the other senators know where America (both the public at large, and a huge number organizations) stands on the issue of a national ID card. Of course, no other senator could vote against it for fear of being labeled "anti-military."


An update on Real ID and RFID info was presented on Wired.

Updated: According to this blog, Real ID is facing some problems in Texas. Let's hope we follow in the steps of New Hampshire.


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