James Plummer, policy director for the Liberty Coalition, on Will the New National ID Track Your Movements?
By the end of September virtually unaccountable bureaucrats inside the Department of Homeland Security will likely have decided whether the new de facto national ID card will broadcast your sensitive identification information wherever you go—Minority Report style.
This comes as a result of the REAL ID Act. REAL ID was signed into law in May. As a result of negotiations over the intelligence-reform bill passed last December, the law had been attached to the first “must-pass” bill of 2005, which turned out to be “emergency” spending for the Iraq war. Thus a vote against this national ID would have been spun as a vote “against the troops” as well.
Of course, this is all thanks to sellout neo-libertarian scum, Libertarians for Bush, and anti-American big government conservatives, who make constant excuses for Bush and his cronies. Whatever King George wants, King George gets. We're fighting a war and stuff, so we must trample on our civil liberties first in order to save them from being – umm – trampled on by those people. You see, its not the trampling that is the problem, only who gets to call dibs on the method used to commit said trampling.
I weep for the future.