“Excuse me; do you know what the Real ID Act is? No? Ok do you know about the Real ID card? “Oh you do not know that either. Well how about you reader, do you know? I would not be surprised if you do not know so need not worry. I am about to tell you about it and it might scare you or it might make sense to you.
The United States is about to issue a national ID card. In January 26, 2005 Rep. James Sensenbrenner introduced the Real Id Act which would require the establishment of an identity card with technological security standards. This identity card would store, at a minimum, your name, birthrate, gender, a photograph, address, and possible fingerprint or retinal scan. To get this card, you will have to prove that your SSN is what you had claimed to be. You have to prove your citizenship status and the DMV must verify all identity documents and digitize them and store them permanently.
In order for you to travel on an airplane, open a bank account, walk in a bar or perform anything that requires an ID or take advantage of any government service you will need this card. This card will basically replace your driver license or state ID. I am sure you are thinking that this is a good thing to keep us safe from terrorists and all that. Well, let us take a closer look.
The Real ID includes a “common machine-readable technology” which means that anywhere this card is scanned your information will be collected and stored. Anywhere you go, the information will be collected. The government will basically know where did you travel and when and why. The government will basically know anything you do with this identity card. Can you believe that? We will be constantly watched and there is nothing we can do about it. Where did the democracy go and our right to live freely? Aside from all that; what about the information on the card?
Let us assume that the government will not sell the information. What about the businesses? This information can be sold and resold to companies since they are not protected. If you are buying liquor and your ID need to be scanned than this store where you bought the liquor from will have this information. And what about identity theft? Do you not think that it will make it easier? Now anyone has this card can have your information.
But let us assume you think this is a good idea because now illegal citizens can not have a driver license and they can not collect welfare or anything that requires that ID. I do not think this would be an issue because this will just push them to drive without a driver license or without insurance which is not a benefit to anyone.
And can someone please explain to me why this is not in the media? Why no one has heard about this? Why is it all hush hush? And why there are no hearings or debates about this in congress? Why there are no committees with a panel of experts who can discuss this subject? Why are we being kept away from all this? Does this not involve us? Are we not the citizens of this country who will be affected by this? This feels more and more to be a totalitarian regime than a democracy.