REAL ID, the bureuacrat’s wet dream

The REAL ID Act will be a real nightmare for many reasons, only one of which is the fact that government bureaucrats will finally get most of the errors out of their massive databases on virtually every American.

One of the things that REAL ID will require is for states to verify that information from one piece of paperwork matches exactly the information from another piece of paperwork. If there’s even the slightest discrepancy, as there is for millions of Americans, you will find yourself in a real nightmare.

For instance, your driver license will expire before you have a chance to renew it.

This is already happening to some people as states begin to implement REAL ID. One of them is retired Chicago firefighter Bill Cattorini. The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday released a 90-second video in which Cattorini details his real nightmare attempting to renew his Illinois driver license.

Cattorini isn’t the first person to run into this sort of bureaucratic nightmare. And he won’t be the last. What’s more, Illinois isn’t even the first state to do this.

I had a Socialist Slavery Number assigned to me when I was 15, before I was able to have any say in the matter, or indeed, knew any better at all. And of course, the Socialist Slavery Administration screwed up the records, placing the wrong date of birth on the record corresponding to the number assigned to me.

This wasn’t an issue until I tried to obtain identification in California in 2002. The DMV bureaucrat impolitely informed me that something was wrong with my Social Security card and I would have to go across town and have the Social Security bureaucrats fix it. Not only was my date of birth listed incorrectly, but the Social Security card didn’t have my middle name on it! Oh, horror! And the state just wasn’t going to issue an identification of any kind without it. So across town I went.

The Social Security bureaucrats were unhelpful, of course. They let me fill out some form or another, which supposedly would cause some other bureaucrat to correct the records and cause yet other bureaucrats to have another card printed with my full name on it. As far as I know, none of the above ever happened, and while I went back to the DMV and was told the computer was updated and they would mail me an identification card.

After three months, I still had not gotten an identification card from the state of California. I doubt I can get my money — or my privacy — back. Come to think of it, I never got the replacement Socialist Slavery card, either.

Most people, I presume, will actually get their REAL ID cards after they spend weeks or even months begging the bureaucrats to correct the discrepancies in their records, which are the only things still keeping them even relatively safe. At that point, you have your shiny new REAL ID, but your privacy and your security are gone.

This is the bureaucrat’s wet dream: to have a database of everyone, with records that are actually correct, with which the bureaucrat can control your life. And to top it all off, since nobody’s forced to get a REAL ID, (unless they want to participate in modern society) the bureaucrat can plausibly claim that everybody opted in, and so whatever horrors they have in store next are perfectly justifiable, since the people chose to get a REAL ID.

One thought on “REAL ID, the bureuacrat’s wet dream

  • April 14, 2007 at 12:53 pm
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    Resist the chip? You can make I.E.D.’s in the USA as well as in Iraq or anywhere else.
    Ya’ll come on down to Richmond, Va. and we’ll show you how to resist the chip.
    Franklin

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