May 3, 2007 | By Derek Slater

Security Experts: "National ID Card a Disaster in the Making"

In a News.com editorial published today, security experts Bruce Schneier and Richard Forno lay out what's wrong with REAL ID:

"As currently proposed, Real ID will fail for several reasons. From a technical and implementation perspective, there are serious questions about its operational abilities both to protect citizen information and resist attempts at circumvention by adversaries. Financially, the initial unfunded $11 billion cost, forced onto the states by the federal government, is excessive. And from a sociological perspective, Real ID will increase the potential for expanded personal surveillance and lay the foundation for a new form of class segregation in the name of protecting the homeland.

"It's time to rethink some of the security decisions made during the emotional aftermath of 9/11 and determine whether they're still a good idea for homeland security and America. After all, if Real ID was such a well-conceived plan, Maine and 22 other states wouldn't be challenging it in their legislatures or rejecting the Real ID concept for any number of reasons. But they are.

"And we as citizens should, too. Let the debate begin."

Couldn't have said it better ourselves. Fight back against REAL ID by submitting comments to the Department of Homeland Security.


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