New Hampshire passes law making "one real ID, and three fake IDs" mandatory
According to the Concord Monitor today, lawmakers in New Hampshire accepted federal money to launch a new program requiring stricter identification procedures when applying for a state drivers license. Then, they immediately filed counter-legislation requiring every citizen of the state to also hold "valid-looking" fake IDs.
"It was a slap in the face" said Motor Vehicles Director Virginia Beecher. "Our intent was to make identification more valid and harder to forge, not less."
But public privacy advocates say this was the perfect measure. Many citizens were afraid the passage of the original REALid act would be the first step toward a national identity card that may be succeptible to identity theft and government scrutiny. "Now, if I lose my wallet," said Concord resident Sarah O'leary, "I don't have to be afraid that someone will find my government supplied ID card and steal my identity. Because first they're going to have to figure out which of my government ID cards is the real one. I have seven."
NH Speaker of the House Douglas Scamman of Stratham said the media is misrepresenting the plan. "It's not that there will be 3 fake IDs, but rather that there will be 3 more REAL ids, just with fake information on them. The IDs will look identical to real ones. The state DMV will be making them for people."
"This plan is ridiculous," said secretary of state of NH Bill Gardner. "People are going to use fake IDs to commit criminal acts, and no one will be able to tell the difference. When people log onto the internet and search liberal blogs or palestinian support websites, not to mention Pro-choice support groups, how is the government going to be able to know about it?"
Another 'anti-extra ID' legislator added on the condition of anonymity, "Everyone should have one and only one real ID that is linked to government agency databases and contains your complete biographical history and genetic data on it. That way... the government can better track you... I mean, serve you. Let's face it, if you haven't got anything to hide, what's the big deal?"