Why states are resisting plan for REAL ID

Christian Science Monitor

11/05/07

The federal government’s efforts to create a standardized, secure driver’s license that would also serve as a national ID card have hit some significant stumbling blocks. Chief among them: Eight states have voted in the past year not to participate in the program. Nine others are on the record opposing the proposal. In total, legislation opposing the plan has been introduced in 38 states. Behind much of the state legislative opposition to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan is Missouri state Rep. Jim Guest, a conservative Republican. His primary concern: REAL ID, as DHS has dubbed the initiative, would not deter terrorists. Instead, he believes, it would be an unprecedented invasion of individual privacy, creating a databank of personal information to which officials on the local, state, and federal levels would have access. ‘I love my freedom, I love my country, and we’re heading down a road here that would take away many of the things we take for granted,’ says Representative Guest. ‘If we had to start carrying a card around –- if we lost our freedom not to -– I don’t think we could ever get that back’...

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