I must admit that I was a troubled upon reading that residents of several states will soon need to bring their passports in addition to their driver’s licenses with them to board domestic flights, starting in 2018. I was troubled, but I was not surprised.
There was simply no reason to be surprised. The Real ID act was signed into law more than a decade ago. It was, apparently, passed in response to the fact that many of the 9/11 hijackers boarded their planes using fake ID’s. That terrorist event was also the trigger for the creation of our very own KGB…which is more or less the same acronym as the DHS. (KGB translates roughly as Committee of State Security, in case you didn’t know…a pretty close equivalence to the Department of Homeland Security). Of course, we’d already long had the NSA, which acronym has a similar meaning, but its efforts and activities have typically been far more clandestine and less overtly intrusive than those of the DHS (though troubling, nonetheless). Continue reading “Courage and Liberty”