Monday, May 02, 2005

The Real ID Act of 2005 - Big Brother grows Bigger

The Real ID Act of 2005 passed the House by a whopping 261-161 margin. Though seemingly innocuous, seeking to verify immigration status before issuing drivers licences has been the main feature highlighted in newspaper accounts, this article will tell you that there are far bigger issues involved. Embedded within the bill is a provision to include RFID, which means not only are you required to carry proof of legal status with you at all times, your coordinates can also be tracked.

The senate is going to consider it, given that it has been bundled with a budget bill (though there is a move to exclude immigration issues from the budget bill). If you want to voice your opposition to it, you can go to www.eff.org and sign a petition.

The issue is making ripples as far across the globe as the 51st state, which is what brought it to my attention.

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