If you’re like most Americans, you have no idea what the Real ID Act is. Suffice to say, it’s bad stuff. How many more of civil liberties are we going to fork over in the name of security?
Über-security guru, Bruce Schneier, has a great article on what Real ID is all about, and why you should start to dislike it. To quote Schneier, “A national ID is a lousy security trade-off, and everyone needs to understand why.”
Despite concerted efforts, the Senate unanimously passed the bill. That’s right, a 100 to 0 vote for a bill that most of our senators hadn’t even read. What the hell were they thinking, you ask? Two things need to be understood. First, it’s well known that most senators don’t read the bills that they pass. Second, the Real ID Act was sneakily tucked into a larger bill, which provided funding for troops.
Okay, so now what can we do to fight it? Well, the last step here is for Bush to sign it into law, which is slated to happen on 12 May (I know, we don’t have much time). Can we raise our voices in protest fast enough? Would it even matter? Probably not. The Bush administration supports the Real ID act, despite Bush’s post 9/11 statement to the effect that we should not let terrorism to change America.
If (read: when) Bush does ink his John Hancock (who is surely one of hundreds turning over in their graves), you’ll have until sometime around May 2008 to move to another country; just don’t choose Canada or Mexico. That’s right, the Real ID Act has its grubby little paws all over our neighbors to the North =and= South.
Earlier I mentioned that Bruce Schneier’s article about Real ID. A while back I listened to an interview with Schneier wherein he challenged our nation’s security practices. A quote from the interview states, “More people are killed every year by pigs than by sharks, which shows you how good we are at evaluating risk.” It’s an excellent look at how, “people make bad security trade-offs when they’re scared,” and how risk management breaks down because, “the system didn’t fail in the way the designers expected.” A must-hear for every American. Hell, for every citizen of the world.
Looks like I’ll be moving to England after all. Care to join me?0 People like this. Be the first!