Real Bad ID

CounterPunch
by Stan Cox

10/03/06

All totalitarian dystopias, in life and in art, seem to be obsessed with identifying people. The obligatory scene in which a stern, uniformed man demands 'your papers, please' has evolved into the automatic scanning of various body parts, but the purpose is always the same: to abolish the right to be anonymous.In the coming weeks, we'll learn how much it will cost Americans in the future -- in money, time, and annoyance, as well as personal and political freedom -- to convince government officials that we are who we say we are. Under the REAL ID Act, which was passed as part of a 2005 emergency Iraq war funding bill, the Department of Homeland Security will soon set national standards for state driver's licenses, which are to include 'a common machine-readable technology, with defined data elements'...

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