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Please learn about this... if you have not already ... please take action to stop REAL ID in California

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Every day across the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union "ACLU" is called on to defend all the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. 

ACLU, MoveOn, People For the American Way and 250,000 Americans tell Congress - “Don’t Let the Bells Off the Hook” (10/31/2007)

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Washington, DC – After the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider domestic surveillance legislation, activists sent a clear message to Capitol Hill – don’t let the bells off the hook for domestic spying. The American Civil Liberties Union, Political Action, People For the American Way and bloggers from Open Left, Salon, Fire Dog Lake and others delivered petitions to Senate and House offices today illustrating Americans’ widespread opposition to granting immunity to telecom companies that may have aided in the violation of Fourth Amendment and privacy rights. Petitions circulated by the groups garnered more than 250,000 signatures from concerned constituents. 

Who Loves Real ID? The Companies Do... In case you missed it on the National ACLU blog, check out this post by Noam Biale from the National Technology and Liberty Program. It discusses how companies that stand to profit significantly from a massive national ID and database system are trying to use their pull to convince Congress to fund this privacy and security nightmare.

The federal Real ID Act doesn’t have many friends these days. Eighteen states have passed legislation rejecting the law, Congress has refused to put any money into implementing it, and just this week New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer announced he, not the Feds, would determine New York’s drivers license policy, with officials in his administration indicating the state might opt out of the Real ID program altogether.

The piece features Bill Cattorini, a retired Chicago fireman who has been caught in a bureaucratic limbo due to a discrepancy between his birth date as listed on his driver’s license and the date on his social security card. That was never an issue until Illinois began trying to comply with some parts of Real ID. Now Cattorini can’t drive. < /FONT>


The Real ID Act was rammed through Congress without hearings in May 2005. It was a? ached to emergency supplemental legislation providing funds to continue the war in Iraq and humanitarian relief for victims of the recent Pacifi c tsunami. The Real ID Act:

Is a REAL national ID.

Drivers' licenses will contain a standardized set of information collected by all 50 states, backed up by a standardized “machine-readable zone” and by a national database of ID information. Local Department of Motor Vehicle offices will become federal agents charged with administering an internal passport without which you will be unable to function in the United States.

Is REAL ineffective.

REAL ID is supposed to stop terrorism. ID documents do not reveal anything about evil intent – and even if they did, determined terrorists will always be able to obtain fraudulent documents (either counterfeit or real documents bought from corrupt offi cials).

Is a REAL nightmare for state governments.

States will have to remake their driver’s licenses, restructure computer databases and systems, create an extensive new document-storage system, and expand security measures. They will have to verify the “issuance, validity and completeness” of every birth certifi cate, every immigration document, every utility bill, and every other document -- not just when a drivers' license is fi rst issued, but every time you want to renew it as well.

Is REAL expensive.

It could cost as much as $23 billion, leaving you to pay additional steep fees when applying for driver’s licenses. It will take funds away from important state programs.

Is a REAL hassle.

You are also likely to confront slower service, longer lines, and bureaucratic snafus in obtaining these ID cards, and may get caught in the nightmare of inflexible verification requirements.

Is a REAL identity theft risk.

The creation of a single interlinked database as well as the requirement that each DMV store copies of every birth certifi cate and every other document creates huge new security risks by creating a one-stop shop for identity thieves.

Is a REAL invasion of privacy.

The IDs must include a “common machine-readable technology” that will allow for easy, computerized transfer of the data on the cards. That will make it easy for anybody in private industry to snap up the data on these IDs and put it up for sale, not subject even to the limited privacy rules in eff ect for the government. Since home addresses are currently required for the card, victims of domestic violence may be put at special risk.

Is a REAL step toward a surveillance society.

This new national identity card will create an infrastructure for the tracking, monitoring, and regulation of your activities. Its centralized database will inevitably, over time, become the repository for more and more data on individuals, as we become a "show me your papers, please" society.

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