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Today's Living on 'Today's THV at 5': Real ID Program
Date CapturedTuesday December 01 2009, 3:27 PM
Rebecca Buerkle writes - [Twenty-four states have passed laws or resolutions saying they will not comply. Other states that want an extension on the Dec. 31 deadline had until Tuesday to demonstrate they are making progress. But as many as 12 states may not be able to do so, making 36 states non-compliant.]
Bill Introduced To Repeal Failed Real ID Act (7/31/2009) Bill Would Protect Civil Liberties And Drivers' License Security
Date CapturedSunday August 09 2009, 5:13 PM
WASHINGTON – In a welcome move today, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to repeal the discredited Real ID Act of 2005. The REAL ID Repeal and Identification Security Enhancement Act of 2009, introduced by Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN), would repeal Real ID and replace it with the original negotiated rulemaking process passed by Congress as part of the 9/11 Commission recommendations. Twenty-five states have already rejected Real ID, citing its high cost, invasiveness and the bureaucratic hassles it creates for citizens. The Real ID Act of 2005 directs states to issue a federally-approved driver's license or other form of ID that would be necessary for airline travel and become part of a national database. Like state governments from coast to coast, the American Civil Liberties Union has long opposed the Act as too invasive, too much red tape and too expensive.
DHS Announces $48.6 Million in Driver’s License Security Grants
Date CapturedTuesday December 16 2008, 8:35 PM
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today opened the application period for approximately $48.6 million under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Driver’s License Security Grant Program. These grants support state efforts to prevent terrorism and reduce fraud by improving the reliability and accuracy of identification documents that state governments issue. The FY 2009 Driver’s License Security Grant Program will accept proposals that improve state capabilities consistent with the requirements of the REAL ID final rule. This year’s program also will contain pre-determined target allocation funds to all 56 states and territories instead of the competitively awarded funds issued to states and territories under the FY 2008 REAL ID program funds
Obama administration to inherit a real mess on Real ID
Date CapturedFriday December 12 2008, 7:35 PM
Computerworld Jaikumar Vijayan writes -- [According to Dixon, the one public comment that Obama has made about Real ID came during a primary campaign debate, when he voiced his opposition to the way the law was being implemented and the burdens it imposed on states. A perusal of Obama's Senate voting record on the Project Vote Smart Web site shows that as a senator from Illinois, Obama didn't vote on a proposal relating to Real ID funding. But whatever position the new administration takes, the fact remains that many of the standards required under Real ID are already being implemented by states as part of their own efforts to improve security, Dixon said. As a result, he noted, moving the Real ID program forward may require little more than a willingness on the part of the DHS to see if those efforts are enough to qualify as complying with the law. Dixon noted that Napolitano's experience as the governor of a state that is fighting against the Real ID initiative should have given her insight into the issues being faced by the other states as well. If she's confirmed to head the DHS, he said, "Napolitano could sit down with the governors and try to find a way out of this impasse."]
Freedom Under Surveillance, Part II
Date CapturedThursday December 04 2008, 7:07 PM
Independent Examiner Brian Trent says [On September 17 of this year, the House passed the “School Safety Enhancements Act of 2008.” As part of this $50 million initiative, surveillance equipment is specifically earmarked and encouraged. Why would the federal government be so interested in mandating surveillance equipment for schools? Isn’t that the job of the states in which those schools dwell? And really, isn't this going a little far... for any level of government?] Also says [In 2005, slipped insidiously into an $81 billion bill for "supporting troops" and "tsunami relief" was a tiny law - The Real ID Act - which creates a de facto National ID card. Originally, the law required it be in place by 2008, but it met with ferocious resistance from the states. Yes! The states actually rebelled… but don’t break out the champagne yet. The Feds have "allowed" an extension through 2009 for states that request it. Every driver's license will be required to include "physical security features" and "a common machine readable technology." The cultists who support this National ID card say that it's all voluntary.]
Transition Watch: Napolitano had doubts about Real ID
Date CapturedWednesday December 03 2008, 4:13 PM
Washington Technology - [The so-called enhanced driver’s licenses have radio frequency tags that can be read from about 20 to 30 feet away for quick processing in border lanes. They are designed to comply with Real ID requirements.]
Enhanced Driver’s Licenses Coming Your Way…
Date CapturedSunday July 27 2008, 5:01 PM
Steven A. Culbreath, Esq. blogs, "DHS has worked to align REAL ID and EDL requirements. EDLs that are developed consistent with the requirements of REAL ID can be used for official purposes such as accessing a Federal facility, boarding Federally-regulated commercial aircraft, and entering nuclear power plants." And... "While the REAL ID requires proof of legal status in the U.S., the state issued EDL will require that the card holder be a U.S. citizen."
Date CapturedSunday July 20 2008, 6:48 PM
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Jindal Vetoes His Vote
Date CapturedSunday July 20 2008, 6:12 PM
New Orleans blog, "As a new Republican governor, Jindal signed legislation into law earlier this month that prohibits Louisiana from participating in the very same Real ID Act he voted for as a congressman."
"REAL ID Implementation Review: Few Benefits, Staggering Costs"
Date CapturedTuesday June 03 2008, 2:35 PM
EPIC: The final rule includes few protections for individual privacy and security in its massive national identification database. It harms national security by creating yet another “trusted” credential for criminals to exploit. The Department of Homeland Security has faced so many obstacles with the REAL ID system that the agency now plans an implementation deadline of 2017 – nine years later than the 2008 statutory deadline.181 It is an unfunded mandate that would cost billions, with the burden ultimately being placed on the individual taxpayer. Technical experts familiar with the challenges of privacy protection and identification presented the Department of Homeland Security with a variety of recommendations that would have minimized the risks of the REAL ID system. The DHS made some modifications, but left the essential system in place. As REAL ID currently stands, the costs are many and the benefits are few. Public opposition to implementation is understandable.

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