Saturday, June 20, 2009

Senate offers new plan to secure driver's licenses

Senate offers new plan to secure driver's licenses: The Associated Press

The Senate wants to replace a Bush administration program to secure driver's licenses with a plan that would cost states less money.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the new plan, which was introduced Monday, would refine the current program and not gut the security requirements of the ID law passed shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Napolitano says the new proposal is a recognition that states are not adhering to the requirements of the Bush administration plan.

The National Governors Association helped write the new proposal.

The 2001 attacks were the main motivation for the original law. The hijacker-pilot who flew into the Pentagon, Hani Hanjour, had four driver's licenses and ID cards from three states.

Comment: This is not true, motivation resided in an agreement the US made with the United Nations well before the supposed terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. The attack was nothing more that the vehicle they used to institute the plan.

Drivers licenses are not the purview of the federal government, but the states. This is one step to a national identification card and should be fought in every state.

1 comment:

JohnJ said...

Also, to the best of my knowledge, the REAL ID Act did not require states to do anything to their drivers' licenses. That's a completely untrue allegation. The Act merely said that if states wanted their identification to be used for federal purposes, it would have to meet certain standards. But there was no requirement to do so, and obviously many states didn't.