Friday, March 21, 2008

LAWSUIT: Senate to take up REAL ID

c/o The

SOUTH CAROLINA- Senators are talking up a resolution that urges Gov. Mark Sanford to comply with the federal REAL ID program, as noncompliance will mean S.C. travelers will face increased scrutiny at airports.

The state has until the end of the month to tell the Department of Homeland Security that South Carolina will change its state-issued IDs to meet Homeland Security's standard.

Sanford has argued the program is too costly and S.C. already meets most of the federal standards. Sanford said issuing a driver's license would cost drivers $60 if S.C. adopts REAL ID. Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens, says he has asked the attorney general to bring a lawsuit challenging the Real ID law.

c/o Privacy

PHOENIX – Three nationally-recognized privacy experts will be in Phoenix on Thursday, March 13 to speak to legislators and members of the public about the privacy implications of everything from REAL ID and national identity cards to radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and enhanced driver’s licenses.

Katherine Albrecht, RFID and Consumer Privacy Expert, Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and Noam Biale, Advocacy Coordinator for the National ACLU Technology and Liberty Program, will address legislators at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 13 during the Public Safety and Human Services Committee hearing at the Arizona State Senate, 1700 W. Washington.

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SOUTHWEST Unprepared to Accomodate Delayed Customers 3-19-08

DALLAS, TX - BeatTheChip heard back from Southwest Airlines who indicated TSA enforcements would create hassles for flying customers and that passengers who completed the ID screening process would be allowed to board their flights.

Southwest's communcation with TSA said they are ready to train airport security investigators about new ID requirements and that they will increase staffing, if necessary, to perform the required additional screening.

Southwest Airlines, Headquartered in Dallas, said they currently do not anticipate a loss of revenue due to Real ID complications because they will “fly the customer”even if they are sent to additonal screenings. Southwest employees will be required to send customers with inadequate ID’s through additional security checks before being allowed to fly. The anticipated problems are an increase in the inconvenience of flying and longer lines at the checkpoint.

Southwest did not respond when asked about refunds and accomodations for missed flights due to screening delays.

Federal ID Efforts Could Affect Airports, Airlines 03-18-08
Tulsa World

Airport officials are worried that secondary screening and other REAL ID sanctions will further clog airport security checkpoints. Airport executives in REAL ID non-compliant states are advising travelers to arrive at the airport two hours before their flight, instead of 90 minutes, after May 11. " Mark Kranenburg, director of the Oklahoma City Department of Airports indicated wait times would increase if people would have to be physically screened in addition to presenting an ID as they do today.

PNAC Radio- Real ID Update 3-19-08 Broadcasted on We The People Radio Network

Monday, March 17, 2008

SPECIAL REPORT: Economic fright focuses police state lens

FIRST In REAL- ID news :

I recieved this informative letter from Sen. Kay Hutchison regarding Real ID. What comes to light is this was some sort of package deal for global policing. Hence the now really obvious direction of National ID card tenets.

"Thank you for contacting me regarding the REAL ID Act of 2005. I welcome your thoughts and comments on this issue.
The REAL ID Act of 2005 was introduced by Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) in an effort to bring attention to a number of immigration and border security issues which were not addressed in the national intelligence overhaul legislation, S. 2845, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in December 2004.

Specifically, the REAL ID Act of 2005 would give judges broader discretion in evaluating individuals seeking asylum, expand the definition of terrorist-related illegal immigration, and give the Secretary of Homeland Security greater authority to curb the flow of illegal immigrants along the southern border. In addition, the bill would require all applicants for state-issued identification and driver's licenses to prove their lawful presence in the U.S., establish minimum standards to which all state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards must conform, and encourage the sharing of electronic driver's license data among states.

The REAL ID Act of 2005 was passed by Congress as a part of H.R. 1268, the 2005 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, and was signed into law by President Bush on May 11, 2005. I appreciate hearing from you and hope you will not hesitate to keep in touch on any issue of concern to you. "

Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator284
Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-5922 (tel)
202-224-0776 (fax)
Please visit Wikipedia's Real ID link on this page to see if your state is with those who are stalling to give them time to repeal Real ID, rejecting Real ID or going along with the program.

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