Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Nashuatelegraph.com: Real ID Act is more government snooping

Nashuatelegraph.com: Real ID Act is more government snooping

Real ID Act is more government snooping

Llalania Marble, Brookline

Published: Thursday, May. 11, 2006

Your papers, please! Just a line from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? It might not be if the Real ID Act takes effect in New Hampshire.

Piggybacked on a military spending bill last year, the Real ID Act will initiate a national ID card, which you will need to travel on an airplane, open a bank account, collect Social Security payments, or take advantage of nearly any government service.

It will be an electronically readable version of your driver’s license carrying your personal information, such as name, address, Social Security number, driving record, birth date, sex, digital photo, biometric information, and other requirements Homeland Security can add as they see fit, such as fingerprints and a retinal scan.

This information will reside in a national database, the largest single repository for personal information ever created, which will be accessible to all other states, and if you think this database will be hacker-proof, think again.

So why does Washington want to implement the Real ID? For our safety and to make finding terrorists easier. How hasn’t really been explained all that well.

All the 9/11 hijackers had valid ID. So how would this really protect us? It wouldn’t, only allow the government as a whole more micromanaging powers to control our lives even more.

E-ZPass can be used by police to see when you pass through tolls. No one mentioned that when it was pitched to New Hampshire residents.

There is a great deal of discussion about putting an RFID chip in the licenses when Real ID takes effect. How easily can we be tracked then, if E-ZPass can already tell police where we are?

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