N.H. Governor Signs Law Banning Real ID

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New Hampshire on Wednesday rejected the federal Real ID Act as tantamount to requiring a national ID card, joining five other states in opposing it. Full Story

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#1 Jun 27, 2007
Well they can't have a law that would interfere with a Dead Democrat's voting rights
J W Stepp

Coronado Ntl Forest, AZ

#2 Jun 28, 2007
Why should a law abiding citizen fear a national I D Card? I think they are past due. Do you want Mexico to issue our I D Cards///ThaT IS WHAT ITS COMING TO, IF WE DON'T STOP THIS INVASION OF ILLEGAL MEXICANS

Since: Apr 07

Waipahu, HI

#3 Jun 28, 2007
They say we need this to prevent terrorism, yet there hasn't BEEN any successful terrorism in the U.S. since 2001.

Things that make you go hmmmm

Since: Apr 07

Waipahu, HI

#5 Jun 28, 2007
Jay wrote:
Why is a national ID card any more intrusive than a drivers license? Are drivers in N.H.required to have drivers licenses?
1) It's going to cost 82 BILLION dollars to implement, for something that'll show no benefit whatsoever.

2) They'll be outfitted with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips. This means that anyone with a scanner near you, while the card is in your purse or wallet, will be able to read it. Imagine the fun the government can have tracking you with this, and how easy identity theft becomes.

3) The data is shared with EVERY government agency. The act states that Real IDs shall
be required not only for activities like boarding aircraft, but also for “any other purposes that the Secretary [of Homeland Security] shall determine"

I dunno about you, but I don't particularly like easy tracking combined with #3.

4) There is NO PROTECTION in the act to keep private corporations and businesses from using scanners that use this data for themselves. Every time you use your ID to buy beer, your health insurance company can find out. How bout them apples?

5) The government has the worst record on digital security of any organization in America. Hackers will be able to get in and see this data with ease, just like they can currently hack the DMV with ease.

6) Inaccuracies in any linked database regarding you will prevent you from getting a driver's license. For instance, Social Security or the IRS not bothering to update their database when you changed your name after marriage? No license for you until you force them to change it. Ask any woman having this problem today how that does.

7) The Real ID Act includes a requirement that
states “shall verify, with the issuing agency, the issuance, validity, and completeness of each document required to be presented” to get a Real ID card. No electronic system or systems currently exist which is capable of performing this task.

8) States have always been the exclusive regulator of driver licensing. Each state has developed an extensive statutory and regulatory framework in this area, and each state employs workers to carry out that statutory and regulatory scheme. The Tenth Amendment provides that “[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively ....” The REAL ID Act seizes the power reserved for the states by federalizing drivers licensing.

9) The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized a constitutionally protected right to travel. By ruling a state out of compliance the federal government may keep a state’s residents from boarding a plane and possibly other modes of transportation, which would likely burden their First Amendment-protected right to travel. The situation is particularly acute for residents of Hawaii or Alaska who often have no choice but to fly or travel via federally regulated modes of travel such as plane or ship.

10) The First Amendment also guarantees the right to “petition the government for a redress of their grievances.” Lack of a Real ID compliant license would bar a citizen from a face-to-face meeting with his or her elected or appointed government representatives. In fact, many statutory and regulatory schemes require individuals to at times present themselves before elected or appointed officials to raise their grievances. Blocking individuals from entering their representatives’ offices, Federal agencies or courthouses would be burden on the right to petition the government for redress.

Louisville, KY

#7 Jun 29, 2007
The fact is that NIDs will only do one thing effectively -- track U.S. citizens, period.

Think about it.

Since: Apr 07

Waipahu, HI

#8 Jun 29, 2007
Jay wrote:
Wow!w.i.p.,you've been buzy.It's obvious you're smart too.So what do you think the best way is to go about documenting everyone in this country.
What's wrong with the way we do it now?
J W Stepp

Coronado Ntl Forest, AZ

#9 Jul 16, 2007
We should deport each and every illegal alien picked up for whatever reason. We don't need that many grasscutters.

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