40 online
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 15 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

ACTION ALERT: Spread the truth and defund the Real ID Act

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   No comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Sheila Dean
Become a Fan
  (1 fan)

Our economy and government are going through tremendous strains from financial and budgetary shortfalls.  In the past, this has worked to slow implementation of the deeply flawed Real ID program.  Real ID, like many federal programs, are headed for budget cuts. This would stop federal subsidies to develop local Real ID database hub infrastructure; which would be both insecure, damaging to privacy and civil liberty.  

Many of you have been committed to actions which helped to combat a dangerous national ID card program in the US. Right now, we really need you to raise your voice again, to spread the truth and to ask Congress to defund Real ID. 

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued an opinion editorial to drive support for post 9-11 Commission recommendations, including increased enforcement of the Real ID Act.  Rep. Smith made an attempt to connect an adequately foiled terror plot of 20 year old Khalid Ali-M Alswsari in Texas as reason to sustain the Real ID Act.  

In this instance, the alleged plot was stopped cold by FBI agents simply doing their jobs. Smith is simply trying to drive scared people to ask Congress to continue the Real ID program, to create funding for it before the prospect of a government shutdown in March. 

He also has the ideological support of the Heritage Foundation, a neo-conservative policy firm, who is responsible for propagating the following myth.

Myth: Real ID will keep illegal aliens or terrorists from getting a license.

Fact: Illegal aliens have always found a way to get a license. In 2009, a ring in South Florida was arrested that included several driver license examiners that were bribed to issue licenses to those that were ineligible. It's worth noting this case was made via old-fashioned police work without anyone's rights being violated. The REAL ID Act does not require people to submit anything with a photo on it (except a passport used in lieu of a birth certificate), so if you borrow or steal someone else's papers, you can obtain a REAL ID compliant license. Source: Floridians Against Real ID

Do not let your friends and neighbors be misled into support for a national ID card program. If Congress votes for budgetary support for the Real ID Act in 2011, it would further establish infrastructure for the US surveillance state. 

Please send this notice to your friends and contact your Congressional leaders asking them to please defund the Real ID Act.

Your effort contact may be the one that makes the most difference.

Here is an example of what you could write or say when you call

Dear Representative/Senator, 

The Real ID Act was declared "dead" in 2009 by Secretary Napolitano, but DHS continues to keep trying to fund it. 

In this time of stretched budgets and fiscal crises every penny counts. Please vote down legislation which enforces government waste on programs opposed by over 25 States.  

Such is the case with the Real ID regulations. Please work with legislators who have aims to defund this national ID card program, in exchange for deliverable reforms which don't waste our budgetary resources. 


Rate It | View Ratings

Sheila Dean Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Sheila Dean is the blog editor for BeatTheChip.org and speaks for the 5-11 Campaign, an anti-national ID advocacy campaign. Sheila promotes American Bill of Rights retention and deliverance from the federal banking system. She also produces (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Expect multiplied dissent by way of indefinite US military detention and human rights errors

Comparing PASS Act with Real ID, v 2.0

5 Signs You Are Dealing with Real ID in 2012

Over 25 States in Legal Opposition of Real ID Act

It's not an abortion when Anne Coulter has one

Comparing the PASS Act with Real ID

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend