National ID cards have been an on again/off again controversy in this country, engendering huge opposition whenever they were proposed. Now, however, thanks to recent appropriations legislation into which a national-ID provision was inserted without many people noticing, and which passed easily, a national ID card may be a done deal. The legislation that enables it is the Real ID Act and has already been discussed extensively. Nonetheless it deserves all the scrutiny it can get.
Info on Real ID:
–Read the bill: Enter “hr 1268” in the search window, select “Enter bill number” and click “Search”; then click on the link for Version 3 of the bill, and search for: “TITLE II–IMPROVED SECURITY FOR DRIVERS’ LICENSES AND PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS”.
-Instapundit has link-filled posts here and here.
-Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership raise troubling questions about the Real ID Act as it pertains to gun ownership.
Maybe the concern about this law is overwrought. I don’t know. I do know that it is unlikely to improve our security (see Bruce Schneier’s lucid critique here) but is very likely to reduce our freedoms. It’s also a distraction from implementation of more-effective security measures. It was passed almost surreptitiously, and as it seems to have been designed mainly as a tool against illegal immigration it may be that little consideration was given to concerns about privacy and freedom. That’s the way it looks, anyway. None of this bodes well.
(JPFO link via our friends at the Revolutionary War Veterans Association)