“Montana Wins REAL ID Standoff”

by on March 22, 2008 · 2 comments

So reports the Missoulian on the Department of Homeland Security’s capitulation in the face of Governor Schweitzer’s resolute rejection of REAL ID.

On Friday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath notified the Department of Homeland Security that the state will not comply with REAL ID but will pursue the identity security policies it deems appropriate. McGrath urged DHS not to penalize the state for rejecting REAL ID.

DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy Stewart Baker chose to interpret McGrath’s letter as a request for an extension of the REAL ID compliance deadline and granted it.

In other words, DHS has abandoned any pretense that it can tell states what to do. A showdown with recalcitrant states around the May 11 compliance deadline would require the Transportation Security Administration to disrupt the passenger air travel system, something DHS evidently recognizes to be a losing proposition.

Montana wins.

More reporting at the Threat Level blog.

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

    The last I checked, DHS still intends to impose punitive measures on the people of three states, including New Hampshire.

    The reason for punishing New Hampshire may be that Senator Sununu has cosponsored legislation to repeal Real ID.

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

    The last I checked, DHS still intends to impose punitive measures on the people of three states, including New Hampshire.

    The reason for punishing New Hampshire may be that Senator Sununu has cosponsored legislation to repeal Real ID.

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