NPR: Chertoff hearkens to States Bluff

Posted: March 27, 2008 in Lobbys, NGA, Real ID

NPR: SC,NH,MT,ME Challenge Homeland Security’s ID Deadline

Real ID Opposed Causes NGA Extra Laps 03-26-08

DHS has already given states a break announcing it allow another five years to comply with Real ID under regulations issued this past January that cut the cost and gave states more flexibility.

Key lawmakers on Capitol Hill also continue to question the law, which received no hearings, was attached to an emergency funding bill and passed overwhelmingly by the then Republican-controlled Congress. Bills since introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives would repeal the act, but have not advanced past committees.

Eight U.S. senators recently sent a scathing letter to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, asking that all states be given an exemption until the end of next year. The agency rejected the request on March 21.

Tim Sparapani, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, is not convinced that DHS really will enforce the law: There is no sign that the federal Transportation Security Administration, which handles airport security, is hiring the extra security personnel for airports that could need stepped-up security checks in May, he said.

David Quam, NGA’s chief lobbyist, said states and the federal government are at an important crossroads. “We’re at a fork in the road. If we go one direction, the states and federal government can work together to get this done, and if we go the other direction, it will be much more difficult.” ::FULL STORY HERE::

BeatTheChip Targets Suggested Real ID Lobbys or Be “BIOMETRIFIED”

Persons with aggrivated concerns over Real ID should start badgering Washington lobbyists. Here are a suggested list of offending companies who should get a knock at the door, phone calls and letters regarding this. Lobbyist contact information can be obtained by signing up at for a FREE 5 day trial of their database product.

Real ID lobbyists may fall under the following search: Legislative Issues
Computer Industry
Government Issues
Homeland Security

Here are most of the companies & non-profits who insist that you need biometric face scanns and microchips in your nationalized licenses:
1) Digimarc : $350,000 in Real- ID lobbys; Janice Kephart, 911 Securities Solutions
2) The National Governor’s Association : David Quam has been paid to push.
3) AAMVA: pushed Drivers License Compact & New! World Class Drivers License Agreement
4) Coalition for Secure Driver’s License, Janice Kephart, 9-11 Securities Solutions
5) Infotech Strategies, Inc. : John K Raffetto
6) Security Exchange Commission : a.k.a. The Military Industrial Complex

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