"All States will comply with the National ID Act by this coming May, or their citizens will be refused permission to fly." That's what the Bush administration is saying. I live in Washington State, which isn't yet complying with this Real I.D. Act. My state-issued I.D. contains no biometrics.
Everyone knows that the no-fly list is politicized. Even in the most mundane sense, no one should be put on any such list without a public hearing. The government should have to convict a person before denying him or her the right to travel by any commercially available means. It's innocent until proven guilty isn't it?
The use of biometrics is designed to insure identity; however, it opens up the possibility for huge political abuses many times worse than the abuses already occurring with the watch list and no-fly list.
Also, this is all another way for the corporations to make government-contract money. Watch the revolving door when the Bush administration leaves. Watch where the Real-ID pushers end up working for huge compensation packages, including golden parachutes.
The following article from the Wall Street Journal makes these things sound like innocent pains. "THE MIDDLE SEAT," by Scott McCartney. When Your Name Is Mud at the Airport. System to Help Innocent Fliers Get Off Terrorist Watch Lists Hasn't Lived Up to Promise. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. January 29, 2008.
The truth isn't that they are innocent. "Real ID: From "No Fly" to "No Drive" Lists?" RINF. January 16th, 2008.