May 14, 2005

Recommended Reading; and How to Join the Rebellion

Several great pieces against the Real ID have come to my attention:

Open Letter to President Bush on the Signing of the Real ID Act, Bill St. Clair
A rant by Elias Alias, originally posted to the Liberty Round Table discussion list, and published at The Claire Files forum
Stay Angry about the Real ID Act, Claire Wolfe
To Hell with All the Bastards, Arthur Silber
The End of America: May 10, 2005, The Liberty Crew at JPFO
Real ID, by security expert Bruce Schneier (an excellent resource in general)
A Police State?, Ron Beatty at The Libertarian Enterprise

If you know of other worthwhile essays on this specific topic, please point me to them in the comments for this post. I'd also like to point visitors to a book on national ID edited by Carl Watner: National Identification Systems: Essays in Opposition. Contributors to it include Carl Watner, Claire Wolfe, Patty Neil, Simon Davies, and yours truly (I do not profit monetarily from sales of the book).

If you'd like to add your blog or web site to the Real ID rebellion, please post a notice to that effect in the comments of the first entry here. I'll add folks to the blogroll as quickly as possible.


Blogger David Codrea said...

JPFO has a great essay.

6:49 AM  
Blogger Sunni said...

Ack! How could I have forgotten that one?! Thanks, David.

7:02 AM  
Anonymous jed said...

Check out Bruce Schneier's comments. Schneier is a security guru -- famous for his contributions to cryptography, among other things. My favorite quote from him: "It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state."

7:41 AM  
Blogger Bill St. Clair said...

The link to Elias' rant doesn't work for me.
This link scrolls right to his essay.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Bill St. Clair said...

The link in the right column to the text of the REAL ID act is also broken. If you see "temp" in a Thomas link, you've got a temporary search string that will expire. To get a permanent link, you need to go the the "Bill Summary and Status" page and then "Text of Legislation". To get to the REAL ID text, as passed, click here, click on link number 6 for "H.R.1268.ENR", then search for "REAL ID" and click that link.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Sunni said...

Thanks, Bill, I've corrected both links.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous L. Neil Smith said...

Hi, Sunni! So it's to be rebellion, is it? Then I'd like to add more than one site. In addition to the Webley Page, URLed below, there is also _The Libertarian Enterprise_, of which I am the publisher, at . I also think it would be nice to have some commentary -- if they aren't already hiding under a rock somewhere -- from the ACLUseless.

5:23 PM  
Blogger James Landrith said...

I wrote this in November 2004 "Your Papers Please: National Identification Cards" and I have a category of my weblog dedicated to the topic.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Mary Lou Seymour said...

the only thing I've seen from the ACLU so far is ACLU Expresses Disappointment with Forced Inclusion of Real ID Act "Also included in the military funding measure was the Real ID Act, which was opposed by groups as diverse as the ACLU, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the National Council of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. The act takes us one step closer to a national ID, and a "show us your papers" society, by forcing states to link their databases -- containing every licensed driver’s personal information -- with other states, with no guidelines as to who will have access to that information."

Not hiding under a rock, Neil:-), but not exactly shouting from the rooftops, either. (This was just a part of their press release, the full title was "In Welcome Move, Congress Adopts Ban on Torture in Military Funding Bill; ACLU Expresses Disappointment with Forced Inclusion of Real ID Act".

Disappointment. Heh.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Ken Holder said...

Howdy Sunni!

Please add "L. Neil Smith's Webley Page" and
"The Libertarian Enterprise" to the list.

Ken Holder
Editor, TLE

1:18 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Fun blog you have here. Not sure just what good it would do to compile a list of blogs or web sites, though. Nonetheless, I'll give your blog a plug on my blog later this morning to help spread the word.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Mary Lou said...

Here's a good one, up this AM at TLE ....
A police state? by Ron Beatty ....

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Real ID Act: Real Problems
by William S. Statler

12:02 PM  
Blogger Kat Dillon said...

Great site! I'm hoping to work with you folks on getting rid of the national ID. Please add us to your list of Real ID rebels: NHUnderground at

1:26 PM  

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