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Terror Arrest Used As Fodder To Fund Real ID Act 212

BeatTheChip writes "There's been a lot of buzz in recent days concerning the deadline to deliver on the federal Real ID Act. Congress is looking for corners to cut. One tactic is to attach emergency policy to the Real ID in order to sustain funding for its development by authoring members in Congress. In an effort to link the two, Rep. Lamar Smith and others asked DHS to increase enforcement of the Real ID Act over a terror suspect apprehended by lawful means."
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Terror Arrest Used As Fodder To Fund Real ID Act

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  • Re:As a US citizen (Score:3, Informative)

    by Hope Thelps ( 322083 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @06:56PM (#35362988)

    Every EU country has a law which enforces to carry an ID it always has been like it and I am 40. If people really do is another issue.

    There's no legal requirement to carry ID in the UK. You don't even have to carry a driving license when driving, though if stopped you may be required to present it at a police station within a few days.

    Don't know about other EU countries. When abroad I generally keep my passport handy so that might cover me if such is a requirement? It's never been an issue.

  • Re:As a US citizen (Score:4, Informative)

    by Draek ( 916851 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @07:09PM (#35363176)

    I'm not an US citizen, but can you also decline to get a Social Security number? and, if you can, are you able to conduct a normal life (ie, keep a job, buy a home, etc) without one?

    It seems to me your SS number serves the same role as other countries' national IDs, except with none of the safety checks they usually have.

  • by perpenso ( 1613749 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @07:33PM (#35363372)

    Also, it is NOT a national ID. It is issued by my state...other states and the federal govt, for the most not have the information from my DL immediately upon query.

    From 2008: "The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has teamed up with law enforcement agencies in four states in a pilot project to transmit driver’s license photographs across state lines and deliver the photos to an officer’s computer within seconds of a request." []

    There isn't a national drivers license database.

    "The computerized system uses the Global Justice XML Data Model (Global JXDM), an information-exchange standard designed specifically for criminal justice agencies that has been widely, but not universally, adopted."

    And most important...where the fuck is it in the constitution for the Federal Govt. to issues national id??

    It is where it always is, the commerce clause.

  • Re:As a US citizen (Score:4, Informative)

    by Mr. Freeman ( 933986 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @07:46PM (#35363510)
    "Thus, if something is not in the Constitution, the government can do it."

    The STATE government can, NOT the federal government. You apparently missed the 10th amendment "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

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