Senator Collins Still Working to Preserve REAL ID

by on February 29, 2008 · 2 comments

No state will comply with the REAL ID Act’s requirement to begin issuing a national ID by the forthcoming statutory deadline, May 11th.

Because of this, the Department of Homeland Security is giving states deadline extensions just for the asking. Interestingly, it’s turning around and spinning the acceptance of those extensions as commitments to comply. Many of the states shown in green on this map have passed statutes outright refusing to implement the law. (For readers new to planet earth, the color green typically means “go.” Green is at least a strange choice of color for states which have legally barred themselves from issuing the DHS’ national ID.)

With her state – the first in the nation to pass anti-REAL ID legislation – considering refusing even the deadline extension, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is once again working with DHS in support of the national ID law.

She has written a letter to the governor of her state, asking him to go ahead and take the waiver, playing into the DHS strategy. Followers of REAL ID know that delaying implementation helps a national ID go forward by giving the companies and organizations that sustain themselves on these kinds of projects time to shake the federal money tree and get this $11 billion surveillance mandate funded.

The cumulative profit margin of the airline industry is less than 1%. Should even a single state refuse to accept this national ID mandate, the airline industry, airport operators (faced with reconfiguring their operations), and travelers groups would be on the Hill in an instant. The Congress would have to revisit the issue.

Evidently, Senator Collins doesn’t want to risk the chance of an up-or-down vote on whether the U.S. should have a national ID. Her work behind the scenes in favor of REAL ID reveals where she stands.

  • http://mcgath.blogspot.com Gary McGath

    When, say, New Hampshire is treated as a foreign state starting in May, and federal employees are required to present passports to go to their jobs every day, then Bush, McCain, and their friends will scream that New Hampshire is endangering the lives of millions by not implementing Real ID, and the state will be put under increasing pressure until it gives in or secedes.

    The airlines are already aware of what’s planned. If they thought there was a possible outcome other than their being smeared on a colossal scale for fighting Real ID, they’d be doing it already. They’ll make noises assuring the feds that they’re fully in support of “fighting terrorism” and ride things out till the states are beaten into submission.

  • http://mcgath.blogspot.com Gary McGath

    When, say, New Hampshire is treated as a foreign state starting in May, and federal employees are required to present passports to go to their jobs every day, then Bush, McCain, and their friends will scream that New Hampshire is endangering the lives of millions by not implementing Real ID, and the state will be put under increasing pressure until it gives in or secedes.

    The airlines are already aware of what’s planned. If they thought there was a possible outcome other than their being smeared on a colossal scale for fighting Real ID, they’d be doing it already. They’ll make noises assuring the feds that they’re fully in support of “fighting terrorism” and ride things out till the states are beaten into submission.

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