Wednesday, May 11, 2005

So, how bad can the Real ID bill be, anyhow? 

About as bad as possible.

Besides setting up a national ID system, placing every American's identity at risk of theft, and laying the groundwork for a RFID-enabled system of internal passport controls, the RealID sets a precedent for the executive branch overiding any law without judicial review:

H.R. 418 [the Real ID Act of 2005] would provide additional waiver authority over laws that might impede the expeditious construction of barriers and roads along the border. H.R. 418 would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to waive any and all laws that he determines necessary, in his sole discretion, to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads under IIRIRA ยง 102...

Section 102 of H.R. 418 would amend the current provision to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to waive any law upon determining that a waiver is necessary for the expeditious construction of the border barriers. Additionally, it would prohibit judicial review of a waiver decision or action by the Secretary and bar judicially ordered compensation or injunction or other remedy for damages alleged to result from any such decision or action.
(via Ars Technica)


But it's that "barriers and roads" part that got me.

What if the "barrier" were the fence around a concentration camp, and the roads were for the trucks to take people in?

Just saying. Of course, there's probably no real possibility other than genuine traitors (and gay people) getting sent behind the barrier.

And we don't really need the law or the courts to protect us anyhow. We have Dear Leader!

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