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A nice column by Justine Nicholas at www.LewRockwell.com sums up the current Real ID controversy, noting the strange bedfellows forming for and against it, and making a few other interesting points. She quotes an opponent saying "You need ID to get ID. And no ID means no work." And she notes that New Jersey may actually have a more secure system for requiring ID than the federal Real ID system (the federal law overrides state laws).

She aptly focuses on the hysteria to do anything in the name of security, so that:
[Proponents] have been joined by hysterical officials and laypeople who will endorse anything that can be attached to the word "security," however tenuously. So we see people who find nothing wrong with creating the Police State of America joining forces with those who claim to oppose governmental control of people’s lives.


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