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05/13/2005 Archived Entry: "Achilles heel of the Real ID system"
THE ACHILLES HEEL OF THE REAL ID SYSTEM. Human beings.
I thought this part was especially fascinating, even though it was peripheral to the article:
Sensenbrenner believes the new law would prevent another attack similar to 9/11 by preventing terrorists who illegally live in the United States from getting identification papers allowing them to blend into society unnoticed.
"Those murderers chose our driver's licenses and state IDs as their forms of identification because these documents allowed them to blend in and not raise suspicion or concern," the lawmaker said.
First, Sensenbrenner and everybody who voted for Real ID should be held personally liable for their claims. If there's ever another terrorist attack in the U.S., they should have to pay damages to everybody harmed by it, since they're promising to protect us.
Second, terrorists used drivers licenses because the fedgov and the airlines made the DL the key to getting on a plane. The more confident our "security" (Achtung!) masters become that a DL is some sort of magic security device, the more likely they are to blandly overlook other areas of real danger.
(Tks to SJ for the lead.)
Posted by Claire @ 07:09 AM CST