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  • Pennsylvania Driver’s Licenses Won’t Be Enough to Board a Plane in 2018

    10/17/2016 12:42:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 17, 2016 | 3:07 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Beginning in January, Pennsylvania residents will no longer be to use their driver’s licenses to enter federal buildings, and one year later, they won’t be able to use their licenses to board a commercial airplane, the Department of Homeland Security wrote in a letter to the Transportation Department, which was released on Thursday. […] That’s because Pennsylvania — and five other states — failed to comply with the requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005, a law that called for improved security measures in the wake of 9/11 which would make IDs counterfeit-proof and would store photos and other...
  • Denied: Oklahoma’s request for Real ID Act extension denied

    10/11/2016 2:20:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 47 replies ^ | 10/11/16 | kfor
    Beginning on Jan. 30, 2017, federal agencies are prohibited from accepting driver’s licenses and identification cards that were issued by non-compliant states for “official purposes.” In other words, if you do not have a form of identification that complies with the Real ID Act, you will not be allowed to enter a federal building, facility, military base or courthouse. Beginning on Jan. 22, 2018, a driver’s license or state ID from a state that is not compliant with the Real ID Act will not be accepted to board a commercial aircraft within the United States.
  • Terminal Confusion? DHS push could make some IDs invalid for flying

    12/30/2015 12:20:53 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-28-15 | Adam Shaw
    Millions of air travelers across the U.S. are potentially at risk of finding themselves grounded in the new year thanks to a post-9/11 law that took a decade to finally come into effect. The REAL ID Act, originally passed in 2005, was meant to tighten standards for government-issued IDs like driver's licenses -- to boot, it banned federal agencies from accepting any IDs that don't meet the bar. That means the TSA technically shouldn't accept driver's licenses from certain states, once the law is in full effect. While Washington let the rules slide for years, the Department of Homeland Security...
  • Illinois air travelers may face stricter security measures in 2016

    12/24/2015 6:18:17 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-23-2015 | Josh Noel
    It's growing increasingly likely that anyone carrying an Illinois driver's license will face even more hassle at the airport in 2016. The Department of Homeland Security has denied the state's bid for another extension to become compliant with the Real ID Act, which means identification cards currently issued by the Illinois secretary of state's office won't meet federal standards for clearing airport security. More immediately, as of Jan. 10, 2016, Illinois-issued IDs will no longer suffice for accessing U.S. military bases and other federal facilities where an ID is required for entry, the secretary of state's office said. The Department...
  • APNewsBreak: Feds won't accept Missouri driver's licenses

    12/23/2015 5:57:14 PM PST · by SaveFerris · 61 replies
    AP / Yahoo ^ | 1 hour ago | By DAVID A. LIEB
    <p>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri residents soon will not be able to use their state driver's licenses as identification to get into most federal facilities, making it at least the fourth state to lose a federal exemption from complying with national proof-of-identity requirements.</p>
  • Will Airport Security Accept Your Driver’s License?

    11/08/2015 8:02:04 AM PST · by Theoria · 64 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 05 Nov 2015 | Rachel Lee Harris
    Come 2016, your state driver’s license may not be enough to get you on a commercial flight. On Oct. 10, the Department of Homeland Security began enforcing the last phase of the Real ID Act, which establishes minimum security standards for states and United States territories when issuing identification, primarily driver’s licenses; and prohibits certain government facilities and — most relevant to travelers — the Transportation Security Administration from accepting them as proof of identification if they were issued by a noncompliant state. But don’t fret just yet. Initially, enforcement is limited to those entering federal and military facilities and...
  • New Yorkers might need their passports to fly in 2016

    09/23/2015 1:42:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 23, 2015 | 11:11am | Yaron Steinbuch
    State driver’s licenses are among those from four states that will no longer cut it for clearing airport security under tightened measures that will go into effect sometime in 2016. But travelers may not face any obstacles anytime soon. The DMV has asked for an extension from Homeland Security for the Real ID Act, which calls for the extra ID measures in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. “We have no reason to believe that any New Yorker will have a problem using their current state-issued ID card to get on a plane come January 2016,” the DMV said...
  • If You Live in These States You’ll Soon Need a Passport for Domestic Flights

    09/22/2015 2:16:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 87 replies ^ | september 20, 2015 | brittany soares
    If you don’t have a passport already, you may need to get one soon. Residents of certain states are going to need to show their passports — rather than simply their IDs — even if they’re only flying domestic. Yes, it will infringe upon states’ rights handed to them by the 10th Amendment and create unnecessary cost to taxpayers in order to implement the change, but let’s be real — the government doesn’t care about that. From Zero Hedge: To comply with the 2005 Real ID Act, which the U.S. government has been slowly implementing for the past decade, citizens in a...

    02/12/2015 6:53:58 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 2/11/2015
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois residents might not be able to use their driver's licenses at airports starting in 2016. The Daily Herald reports the licenses don't meet requirements set by the 2005 Real ID Act that were meant to increase security. Illinois doesn't require a birth certificate to get a driver's license, which Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt said is one of the law's mandates. Haupt said state legislators would have to approve funding for changes to driver's license requirements. He said he's not sure how much it would cost, but the Secretary of State's office previously estimated...
  • REAL ID to Launch in 2016: TSA Will Force Airline Passengers to Show National ID Before Flying

    02/10/2015 1:25:17 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    B Swann ^ | 2/2/15 | Barry Donegan
    Starting in 2016, the Transportation Security Administration will require all airline passengers to present a REAL ID compliant identification card or a passport in order to board a flight. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 20-30% of Americans live in jurisdictions that are not REAL ID compliant, meaning their driver's licenses will no longer be accepted during security checks at the airport.
  • Stuck in the DMV

    10/26/2013 6:35:04 PM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 28 replies
    The Daily Citizen (Dalton, Georgia) ^ | Oct. 26, 2013 | Charles Oliver
    It took more than two months, but on Thursday Dee Holden found out her Georgia driver’s license had been renewed. “I was so relieved and so thankful,” she said. Holden, a Whitfield County resident, first went to the Dalton office of the Department of Driver Services in August to have her license renewed. A Georgia license holder for almost 40 years, she thought the visit would be routine. “I went Aug. 15. I called first, and the phone message gave me directions. I was sitting there and I saw something that said you have to have bills and you have...
  • EXCLUSIVE: DHS Plans Backdoor Gun Registration?

    03/04/2013 6:51:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/4/13 | The Dana Show
    Current Updates here Department of Revenue is working with the Department of Homeland Security to install new hard and software to obtain data on Missouri citizens and transfer this information to DHS and unnamed third parties, says Kinder. Kinder and the Stoddard County Prosceutor today took legal action and held a press conference outlining the infringement on civil liberties as posted by the DoR and DHS. The move by the departments is related to the Real ID. Griffin went to renew his driver's license and was disturbed by how, and with whom, his information was being shared. Kinder and...
  • States make fake IDs quick and easy

    09/24/2012 4:34:29 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/23/12 | Stephen Dinan
    Federal investigators were able to get fraudulent driver’s licenses in all three states where they tried, according to a report released Friday that shows continued problems with states’ ID programs more than 11 years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks highlighted the problem. States are particularly flummoxed by out-of-state documents, according to investigators from the Government Accountability Office who conducted the audit. The investigators used forged birth certificates purportedly issued by Ohio and New York, and successfully submitted them in three other states. “In most of these five attempts across the three states, we were issued permanent or temporary licenses...
  • (REAL) DRIVER'S LICENSE, PLEASE: Drivers License Fraud a Security Threat

    02/24/2012 1:21:50 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2/24/2012 |
    For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. As states continue to crack down on things like voter ID while others continue to seek ways to enforce immigration laws, near all states are now also trying to protect their most coveted form of ID-- the driver license...
  • A National ID Card For American Citizens? Get Ready – The Real ID Act Goes Into Effect On May 11

    12/01/2011 10:02:54 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 152 replies · 3+ views
    End of the American Dream ^ | March1, 2011 | Michael
    For a moment, imagine a future where you are not able to drive a car, get on a plane, get on a train, vote, enter a federal building, open a bank account or get a job without a national ID card. You don't think that could ever happen in America? Well, you might want to brush up on the Real ID Act because it is going to go into effect on May 11, 2011 unless something is done to stop it. When I first learned this, I was absolutely stunned. After all, wasn't the Real ID Act supposed to be...
  • real i.d. and biometrics

    07/04/2011 8:03:51 PM PDT · by ken21 · 5 replies
    endtimes ministeries ^ | 07.04.11 | irvin baxter
    click on the church channel for schedule. this week presents part 3 of a discussion with mark lerner of the constitutional alliance about real i.d. and biometrics. both agree that the u.s. congress will cancel real i.d. because some states have passed laws against it. a new law of biometrics on drivers licenses will be passed that conforms to international standards. all four parts are available as "could us escape 666?" on a dvd.
  • State Moving To 2-Tier Driver's License System

    05/21/2011 6:28:58 PM PDT · by matt04 · 28 replies
    Connecticut is forging ahead with a new two-tiered driver's license system despite questions about whether a federal law tightening identity requirements will actually be enforced amid a revolt by more than 20 states. Under the new system, Connecticut will begin offering an "identity-verified" version of its regular driver's license to comply with the controversial federal initiative to increase the security of government-issued IDs. ... Those who want to continue using their driver's license at airport security checkpoints should brace for some inconvenience. Instead of just taking a new photo at DMV, motorists will have to stand in line with a...
  • Homeland Security Delays Launch of 'Real ID' – Again

    03/05/2011 2:12:29 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies ^ | March 05, 2011 | Stephen Clark
    States facing a federal deadline in May to launch a controversial program to tighten security requirements for driver's licenses got another reprieve Friday when the Department of Homeland Security delayed for the third time enactment of the 2005 law by 21 months to January 2013. Homeland Security officials said the deadline was extended because most states would not be able to meet all the federal requirements of the so-called Real ID Act by May 11, partly because of the economic downturn and uncertainty about congressional action on a proposal to modify the law.
  • Victory! House approves bill rescinding driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, 42-28

    03/05/2011 1:07:41 PM PST · by A_Cougar · 75 replies ^ | March 4th 2011 | Rob Nikolewski
    The blast worked. A bill carried by Rep. Andy Nuńez (I-Hatch) that would rescind the state’s policy allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses successfully bypassed the committee process — a rarely used parliamentary procedure called “blasting a bill” — Friday (March 4) when the House floor voted 42-28 to move the measure onto the Senate. Eight Democrats defected to the side of the Republicans and Nuńez, completing two arduous days of deliberation that saw the 75-year-old Nuńez stay on his feet, verbally punching and counterpunching opponents, some of whom bitterly complained about the bill skipping committees and the passage...
  • House Republicans attempt to revive Real ID

    03/04/2011 12:21:58 PM PST · by Palter · 25 replies
    CNET ^ | 03 Mar 2011 | Declan McCullagh
    If you're a resident of one of at least 24 states including Arizona, Georgia, and Washington, your driver's license may no longer be valid for boarding an airplane or entering federal buildings as of May 11, 2011. That's the deadline that senior House Republicans are calling on the Obama administration to impose, saying states must be required to comply with so-called Real ID rules creating a standardized digital identity card that critics have likened to a national ID. The political problem for the GOP committee chairmen is that the 2005 Real ID Act has proven to be anything but popular:...
  • Reality sets in for states on Real ID--Driver's licenses must meet rules

    08/04/2010 6:03:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 4, 2010 | Shaun Waterman
    Like it or not — and many in the Obama administration don't — Real ID is coming to a driver's license near you. Having failed to get Congress to revise the tough new security rules for state-issued licenses in the Real ID Act, the Department of Homeland Security says it is working out how to implement the law. But critics fear Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to gut the intent of the legislation's authors. There is broad agreement among those following the issue on Capitol Hill and in statehouses across the country that Pass ID, the legislative alternative to...
  • (Updated 3/24/2010) Health Plan May Expose Medical Records to Hackers, Experts Fear

    03/24/2010 3:42:34 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 14 replies · 490+ views
    Fox News ^ | Updated 24 Mar 2010 | staff
    President Obama's goal of digitizing all medical records by 2014 could be realized by his new health care law, which requires research and reporting through electronic health care records – a move that raises concerns among privacy advocates about government access to Americans' medical history. President Obama's goal of digitizing all medical records by 2014 could be realized by his new health care law, which requires research and reporting through electronic health care records. But privacy advocates fear that the speed at which the government is moving to digitize records will increase the risk of medical identity theft, and they...
  • States Launching 'Civil Disobedience' to National Health Care

    03/12/2010 9:55:31 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 56 replies · 1,573+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2010 | Tom Gantert
    Lawmakers opposed to President Barack Obama's plan for national health care reform are hoping to spur a nationwide "civil disobedience" that can derail Obamacare. State Rep. Brian Calley, R-Portland; State Rep. Justin Amash, R-Kentwood; and State Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, have each introduced similar constitutional amendments that seek to trump the national health care bills. For example, Sen. Kuipers' bill would prohibit a federal law from compelling any person, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system. It also prevents anyone from being penalized for ignoring the federal law. "Where this is going, I don't know,"...
  • ID Card for Workers Is at Center of Immigration Plan

    03/09/2010 2:53:08 AM PST · by raybbr · 72 replies · 427+ views ^ | 3-9-2010 | Laura Meckler
    Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain. Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker. The ID card plan is one of several steps advocates of an immigration overhaul are taking to address concerns that have defeated similar bills in the past....
  • ...Markup of the Pass ID Bill by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee

    07/29/2009 9:54:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 462+ views - News Release ^ | July 29, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Statement by DHS Press Secretary Sara Kuban on Markup of the Pass ID Bill by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Release Date: July 29, 2009 For Immediate Release “On the same day that Secretary Napolitano highlighted the Department’s efforts to combat terrorism and keep our country safe during a speech in New York City, Congress took a major step forward on the PASS ID secure identification legislation. PASS ID is critical national security legislation that will break a long-standing stalemate with state governments that has prevented the implementation of a...
  • “Your Papers, Please!”

    11/01/2009 6:47:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 23 replies · 1,290+ views
    tna ^ | 08.19.09 | Becky Akers
    Not long ago, Americans feared and ridiculed the police states cursing too many parts of the world. We worried that they might one day conquer us despite their poverty and general misery even as we mocked their totalitarian tactics — especially their “Papers, please” mentality.  Indeed, being forced to prove one’s identity to a bureaucrat on demand, having to carry and produce documents with personal information for his approval — or condemnation — seemed especially horrifying. One of our classic films, Casablanca, revolved around the deadly hassles of obtaining or forging such papers under the Nazis; episodes of Mission Impossible...
  • “Your Papers, Please!”

    08/19/2009 5:14:55 AM PDT · by FromLori · 16 replies · 825+ views
    Not long ago, Americans feared and ridiculed the police states cursing too many parts of the world. We worried that they might one day conquer us despite their poverty and general misery even as we mocked their totalitarian tactics — especially their “Papers, please” mentality. Indeed, being forced to prove one’s identity to a bureaucrat on demand, having to carry and produce documents with personal information for his approval — or condemnation — seemed especially horrifying. One of our classic films, Casablanca, revolved around the deadly hassles of obtaining or forging such papers under the Nazis; episodes of Mission Impossible...
  • REAL ID or Pass

    07/24/2009 12:54:35 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 182+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 24, 2009 | Anthony Kang
    REAL ID or Pass by: Anthony Kang, July 24, 2009 In 2005, REAL ID was enacted in direct response of, and to comply with the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. 18 of the 19 hijackers who took part in the September 11th attacks obtained numerous driver’s licenses and state identifications (many of them duplicates), thereby convincing the Commission of a long overdue, stricter and stringent identification standards. “Americans understand today that the 9/11 hijackers obtained 30 drivers licenses and ID’s, and used 364 aliases,” said former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff upon releasing a finalized 2008 REAL ID report. “For...
  • Obama adminstration seeks to ease ID restrictions

    07/14/2009 7:11:39 PM PDT · by NorwegianViking · 24 replies · 1,041+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 14, 2009 | Stewart Powell
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants Congress to roll back the stringent and “needlessly expensive” post 9/11 driver license requirements designed to keep licenses and state issued identification out of the hands of terrorists. More than two dozen states already have rebelled against implementing the Real ID Act of 2005, either by rejecting participation or passing resolutions opposing the mandate to tighten security and identity verification by 2017. “States agree that Real ID is too rigid and needlessly expensive in mandating how states meet security goals,” Napolitano said in testimony prepared for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental...
  • S1261, The pass Act

    07/03/2009 9:26:36 PM PDT · by Mikey · 21 replies · 1,590+ views
    Stop Real ID Coalition ^ | 7/3/2009 | Tom DeWeese, Mark Lerner
     THE REAL ID ACT 2005 AND THE WOLF DRESSED IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING A.K.A.: THE PASS ACT - S.1261 - - - News Video follows article - - - I have spent the last few days burning up the phone lines discussing the newly proposed “PASS Act”. I have had conversations with organizations around the country about the PASS Act. I have also spoke with staff committee people and others in Washington D.C. about the PASS Act. Both the ACLU and the ACLJ are opposing the Real ID Act and the PASS Act. (The ACLU and the ACLJ are the...
  • The Real Importance of REAL ID: A Strategy for Saving the Secure Driver's License Initiative

    05/18/2009 3:29:41 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 25 replies · 699+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 4, 2007 | by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
    The 9/11 Commission made the case that state driver's licenses need to become a more secure cre­dential. Congress acted--twice, passing laws to establish national standards. Now this common-sense initiative is under attack and may never be implemented. Congress and the Administration must act decisively to make the REAL ID program a reality. They need a strategy that encourages states with the capac­ity to implement REAL ID to do so quickly, demonstrating its viabil­ity and value. Once REAL ID is underway, momentum will build for other states to join; their citi­zens will not want to be left out of a...
  • Missouri Says No: Senate Rejects Real ID

    05/14/2009 5:14:06 PM PDT · by Man50D · 6 replies · 2,067+ views
    Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday voted to direct the State Department of Revenue to not comply with federal driver’s license requirements. By a vote of 32-0 the State Senate has approved HB 361 - legislation that would have Missouri join a dozen other states in rejecting the federal government REAL ID Act of 2005 requiring states to conform to a federal standard for driver’s licenses or identification cards. Having previously been approved by the House, the bill now goes to Governor Jay Nixon. The federal Real ID Act, passed in 2005, requires states to collect and verify certain information about applicants...
  • Bill would amend the Real ID act, could impact border fence

    04/29/2009 5:32:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 733+ views
    Wouldn't allow DHS to single-handedly override federal laws A bill introduced in Congress would overturn the ability of the Department of Homeland Security to override as many as 35 federal laws to allow the agency to build fences and physical barriers along the United States-Mexico border. A similar bill was introduced in 2007 by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., who along with nine co-sponsors introduced the latest proposed legislation. The purpose of the Border Security and Responsibility Act of 2009 is to provide “the highest protection possible from the effects of unauthorized immigration, human and drug smuggling, and border enforcement...
  • Radio chip coming soon to your driver's license?

    02/28/2009 4:24:21 AM PST · by Man50D · 81 replies · 1,963+ views ^ | February 28, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    Privacy advocates are issuing warnings about a new radio chip plan that ultimately could provide electronic identification for every adult in the U.S. and allow agents to compile attendance lists at anti-government rallies simply by walking through the assembly. The proposal, which has earned the support of Janet Napolitano, the newly chosen chief of the Department of Homeland Security , would embed radio chips in driver's licenses, or "enhanced driver's licenses." "Enhanced driver's licenses give confidence that the person holding the card is the person who is supposed to be holding the card, and it's less elaborate than REAL ID,"...
  • Campaign against laws that target immigrants to begin Wednesday

    01/21/2009 2:32:59 PM PST · by Wally_Kalbacken · 3 replies · 372+ views
    The Capital Times of Madistan ^ | 1/21/2009 1:58 pm | Steven Elbow
    Local activists were scheduled to hold a press conference Wednesday in front of the State Capitol to kick off a 100-day campaign against local, state and federal laws that target immigrant communities."We're going to be working very hard during these 100 days to keep pushing things on every single level, the federal, state and local, to change the things we need to change," said Alex Gillis, co-founder of the Immigrant Workers Union. The press conference will be at the State Street entrance of the Capitol building at 5 p.m. The local 100-days campaign will run in conjunction with other efforts...
  • Napolitano’s border security is a joke, She’s killing REAL ID

    02/20/2009 5:50:58 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 10 replies · 668+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | Feb 20, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    If you haven’t gotten it by now, here’s some grim news: Obama and his appointees are trying to destroy everything they don’t like about our America and that’s almost everything. On May 11, 2005, George Bush signed the REAL ID Act of 2005. It was supposed to control the flow of illegal aliens and terrorists pouring over our borders. Its main feature was tamper proof state driver’s licenses which could only be obtained by American citizens and legal aliens. Obama is trying to kill REAL ID. His new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is absolutely opposed to REAL ID. Only...
  • Guest warns against Big Brother, Real ID (also -HCR 13 reclaims Missouri’s sovereignty

    02/11/2009 6:34:51 PM PST · by do the dhue · 26 replies · 734+ views
    St, Joe News ^ | 2/11/9 | Alyson E. Raletz
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The leader of a movement against national driver’s licenses promoted legislation Tuesday that would prompt a showdown between the states and the federal government. While some lawmakers alluded to fears of the Federal Real ID Act of 2005 as conspiracy theories, state Rep. Jim Guest, R-King City, warned that requirements that could come down from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would put Missourians’ identities at risk, pointing to easily scannable biometric technology. “We do not need Big Brother watching us and knowing where we are,” Mr. Guest said. *SNIP* Also Tuesday, Mr. Guest proposed a...
  • Defeat of fingerprint scanner with tape raises questions about Real ID

    01/31/2009 7:34:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies · 1,595+ views
    Civil Liberties Examiner ^ | 27 January, 2009 | J.D. Tuccille
    The folks at Mythbusters can say "I told you so" now that Japanese authorities have found a 51-year old woman slipping in and out of the country by using a piece of tape to defeat fingerprint scanners. The seemingly simple exploit raises questions about expensive border security systems -- and about the usefulness of the biometric data the federal government wants to incorporate into drivers licenses with its controversial Real ID scheme. The unnamed South Korean bar hostess, whose real fingerprints were on file as that of an illegal alien, bypassed her listing in the database with tape supplied by...
  • Local Toll Opponent to Address Ron Paul Rally

    07/12/2008 3:28:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 334+ views
    WOAI radio ^ | July 11, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Local toll road activist Terri Hall, the Spring Branch home schooling mom who's campaign against toll roads made her WOAI's San Antonian of the Year for 2007,. is taking her populist campaign nationwide. Hall is among the speakers for Saturday's 'Freedom March,' in Washington DC, organized by supporters of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, and designed to keep alive his message of smaller government and vigilance against encroaching government power. "They wanted someone to speak about the Trans Texas Corridor, and what's happening here, and the eminent domain abuses, and how all these toll roads are tied to corporate...
  • $20 Million Sought for DMV Upgrades (Real ID; Dems Don't Want It)

    06/24/2008 4:49:56 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 20 replies · 188+ views
    JSOnline ^ | June 23, 2008 | Patrick Marley
    Madison, WI - If you're irked by long waits at the Division of Motor Vehicles, brace yourself. Things could get worse.The state Department of Transportation is asking legislators to approve a funding package today that includes $3.7 million to remodel DMV service centers — much of it to go toward expanding the waiting areas of four centers. Also included in the package is $1.4 million to install or upgrade take-a-number systems at 33 centers because drivers will soon have to make two trips from the waiting area to the service counter. In all, the department is asking lawmakers to release...
  • Reid, Ensign Announce Nearly $3 Million in Grant Funds for Real ID

    06/23/2008 7:50:27 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 143+ views
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | June 23, 2008 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2.8 million to Nevada under the 2008 REAL ID Demonstration Grant Program.  Nevada is one of four states receiving funds for partnering with the lead hub state, Missouri, for pilot implementation and verification testing.This program is designed to standardize drivers’ licenses and protect against fraud and identity theft.  These funds will be used to help the Department of Motor Vehicles enhance the integrity of driver’s licenses and ID cards, their issuance and security. “I am pleased...
  • Real ID ominous, like papers communists used

    05/26/2008 10:25:38 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies · 70+ views
    The Central Maine Morning Sentinal ^ | May 20, 2008 | Abby Shahn
    This Real ID stuff is really ominous. Are you sure that you can prove that you are who you are? Do you have all of your documents in order? If not, well, who knows? You may not be able to board a plane, you may not be able to get a driver's license or passport. You may not be able to leave the country. If you discover that Real ID is a bad idea, you may not be able to undo it, because you may not be able to vote! I have a friend who grew up in a communist...
  • Security at what cost? National ID system is not worth the $23 billion price tag

    03/21/2008 5:14:17 PM PDT · by BGHater · 39 replies · 653+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 23 Feb 2008 | Bruce Schneier
    The argument was so obvious it hardly needed repeating: We would all be safer if we had a better ID card. A good, hard-to-forge national ID is a no-brainer (or so the argument goes), and it's ridiculous that a modern country such as the United States doesn't have one. One result of this line of thinking is the planned Real ID Act, which forces all states to conform to common and more stringent rules for issuing driver's licenses. But security is always a tradeoff; it must be balanced with the cost. We all do this intuitively. Few of us walk...
  • Chertoff: ID must comply to fly (Real ID showdown may less likely)

    03/21/2008 4:38:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 767+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/21/08 | Devlin Barrett - ap
    WASHINGTON - Homeland security officials on Friday hinted at a possible face-saving deal to end their standoff with a handful of states over new driver's license rules — a dispute that, left unresolved, could cause big air travel headaches. For weeks, the Homeland Security Department has been headed toward a showdown with some states over a law called Real ID, which would require new security measures for state-issued driver's licenses. Yet a late Good Friday letter from a top DHS official suggested Washington may be backing away from a messy fight. South Carolina, Maine and Montana are the only states...
  • Why so few Christians joining fight against The Mark?

    03/11/2008 8:32:50 AM PDT · by Dada Orwell · 299 replies · 4,082+ views For over twenty years, "Patriot Pastor" Garrett Lear has strode the halls of New Hampshire's legislature...serving as a voice for his faith and his Revolutionary War ancestors. Today he talks with us about Real ID, the liberty deficit among Christians and his colorful outfit. Pastor Lear's church is in Wakefield, New Hampshire. What do *you* think? Is Real ID the Mark of the Beast? A precursor to it? A bad thing? A good thing?
  • Religious minorities face Real ID crackdown

    02/08/2008 10:57:25 AM PST · by BGHater · 51 replies · 114+ views
    CNET ^ | 06 Feb 2008 | Anne Broache
    Editor's note: A May deadline looms as just one flash point in a political showdown between Homeland Security and states that oppose Real ID demands. This is the third in a four-part series examining the confrontation. No television, no wedding or family photographs, and definitely no image of herself on her driver's license: That was the devout Christian life that Nebraska resident Frances Quaring was trying to lead. Which is why, after the state of Nebraska rejected her request for a license-without-a-photograph in the mid-1980s, Quaring sued the state in a landmark case that ended up at the U.S. Supreme...
  • Real ID v. the States (Threa to Gun Rights, Only Ron Paul Opposes)

    02/08/2008 10:11:52 AM PST · by Captain Kirk · 9 replies · 153+ views
    CNET News ^ | February 7, 2008 | Declan McCullagh
    Q: What about buying firearms? That's an open question. Homeland Security last month refused to rule out requiring Real ID for firearm purchases in the future. When asked about requiring Real ID to buy a firearm, Homeland Security replied: "DHS will continue to consider additional ways in which a Real ID license can or should be used and will implement any changes to the definition of 'official purpose' or determinations regarding additional uses for Real ID consistent with applicable laws and regulatory requirements. DHS does not agree that it must seek the approval of Congress as a prerequisite to changing...
  • RFID: What sort of trouble does this technology enable?

    02/08/2008 5:55:20 AM PST · by Mike Acker · 92 replies · 151+ views
    Firearms&Freedom ^ | 2008-02-08 | Mike Acker
    What sort of trouble does this technology enable? Technology can be a Good Thing but that doesn't mean we should fall over the bar-stool implementing new technology -- "just because it's there" We need to ask the question: What sort of trouble does this new technology enable?" before we proceed.
  • O'Malley banks on a Democrat (RealID)

    02/07/2008 11:10:51 AM PST · by JZelle · 9 replies · 84+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-7-08 | Tom LoBianco
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley told lawmakers yesterday he hopes a Democrat will win the presidential election this fall, which will save him from implementing a federal law that allows only U.S. citizens to receive driver's licenses. "I was very pleased," said Sen. Jennie M. Forehand, Montgomery Democrat, who attended the Women's Legislative Caucus breakfast where Mr. O'Malley made the statement. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, said he is primarily concerned about the cost of the program, known as the Real ID Act, after saying last month he would implement the law by Jan. 1, 2010. Supporters of the federal program...
  • Guiliani: Need ID Card "To get online"

    01/28/2008 10:23:02 PM PST · by af_vet_rr · 76 replies · 227+ views
    YouTube/Republican Debate ^ | January 24, 2008 | Rudy Giuliani
    Republican Debate the other night - YouTube Rudy Guiliani: We should develop a tamper proof ID card" "and if you got the tamper proof ID card, then you'd be allowed to work, pay taxes, get online, become a citizen, follow the rules...."