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Fight the Real ID power grab 
Friday, April 18, 2008, 11:55 PM - Activism, Policy
Posted by Administrator
The Real ID Act of 2005 was sneaked into law through the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief. It establishes new national standards for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver identification cards. It is unconstitutional and an unprecedented violation of state's rights.

States such as Maine, Montana and Vermont have challenged Real ID, insisting on maintaining their own state standards for drivers licenses and ID cards. They have since been bullied by the Department of Homeland Security, which threatened to not allow citizens of those states to travel without the national ID.

Real ID has been largely ignored by public officials. Only two legislators, W. Curtis Thomas (D) and Jim Marshall (R) attended a Pennsylvania legislative committee’s hearing on March 13. No media attended. However, a large group of passionate citizens came to the event to protest Real ID.

One of the few officials at the federal level to bring up this issue has been Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who said, "Maybe people want to have a national ID card in their state. In my state, they don't."

"Bullying the states is not the answer, nor is threatening their citizens' rights to travel,” Leahy said. "From Maine to Montana, states have said no."

Seventeen states have passed bills or resolutions rejecting Real ID. Make sure that your state says NO! Here is what you can do:

Read the American Free Press article, "Congress Must Act Decisively To Stop Police State 'REAL ID'".

Rep. Jim Guest in the Missouri State House of Representatives is leading the fight of many states to oppose Real ID. Visit his web site JimGuest.Com and download his brochure. Contact him if you have questions or would like him to send you hard copies of the brochure. He is very helpful!

Use these resources to inform your state representative, state senators, U.S. representative and U.S. Senators about Real ID.

Help protect our personal rights and state rights from another federal power grab. We can not sit back while the federal government is putting us into a massive (and quite vulnerable) control grid. Take leadership on the Real ID issue and educate your legislators and fellow citizens on it's importance.
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