December 20, 2009

REAL ID Relief, for now...

With all the complaints the Tea Baggers have, you'd think an obvious intrusion into privacy such as REAL ID would grab their attention. But then again, a black man did not create the program and isn't the face that is advocating it's implementation.
States get 16-month reprieve from REAL ID

By Tribune Staff • December 20, 2009

The decision by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano means that Montana driver's licenses will continue to be legitimate identification for purposes such as traveling on commercial airliners. The REAL ID law requires states to standardize driver's licenses in an attempt to prevent forged identifications from being used by terrorists, such as the Sept. 11 hijackers.
[...]  Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and the state Legislature were among the earliest opponents of the congressionally passed act. They defied the federal government by not enforcing the law. Montana and 12 other states were granted an exemption from the requirements, but that exemption was scheduled to expire Dec. 31. Napolitano's decision keeps the exemption in place through the end of April 2011.

Click the links below for previous posts about REAL ID and the players, pro & con.

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