I keep getting e-mails from a Bill Scannell about his apparently single-handed effort to stop the DMV from making driver's licenses national IDs. He's persistent - he called me on Monday and talked my ear off. As a sop, I'm posting what he e-mailed me.
Did the Alaska DMV illegally begin to implement a national ID scheme without permission from the state legislature? And did DMV chief (and Murkowski appointee) Duane Bannock violate Alaska's own administrative rules to do it?Then this:
We think so.
And that's why a lawsuit was filed in state court today. We're asking the judge to declare Bannock's rules invalid and to bar the DMV from being involved in any national ID card plan unless the legislature agrees to it first.
To learn more about the lawsuit; and what you can do to stop the REAL ID national ID card scheme from becoming reality in Alaska, visit: http://www.myalaskaid.com
Moves are now underway by both the Alaska DMV and the state legislature to force a national ID card into the hands of every Alaskan man, woman, and child.If you can't tell, I'm a bit skeptical of the seriousness of the issue. After all, isn't a Social Security card essentially a form of national ID? I don't feel my civil liberties are hugely compromised if the limited information on my driver's license is shared on a national level.
The DMV continues to implement REAL ID regulations that it has no authority to promote. Meanwhile, a bill called HB 3 is making its way through the legislature. This bill --if passed-- will allow the DMV to turn our Alaska drivers licenses into national ID cards.
The time to stop them is now. Please take a moment to make your voice heard by visiting:
Do it now. The freedoms you help save will be your own.