Tuesday, January 09, 2007

New Mexico Legislature Rejects National ID Card Plan

by Leland Lehrman - leland.lehrman@gmail.com

Senator Michael Sanchez and Rep. Ken Martinez

The Joint Resolution of the New Mexico House and Senate, sponsored by the Majority Leaders of both houses boils down to this.

"...WHEREAS, the state of New Mexico recognizes the constitution of the United States as our charter of liberty and the bill of rights as affirming the fundamental and inalienable rights of Americans, including freedom of privacy and freedom from unreasonable searches... NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New Mexico legislature enact no legislation nor authorize an appropriation to further the passage of the REAL ID Act in New Mexico...."

With increasingly totalitarian legislation coming out of Washington, such as the Real ID Act of 2005, it is refreshing to see New Mexico put its foot down hard against this fascist-communist style internal passport. Not only does the bill mandate radio tracking for all US driver's licenses, but it also centralizes driver's license databases nationally making identity theft all that more dangerous and easy. Although the bill requires all states to implement standardized tracking measures for all driver's licenses - enabling easier spying on Americans - and makes the identification card mandatory for travel or even to enter a Federal Building, all costs are to be borne by the states: $37 million over the first five years in New Mexico, $11 billion nationally.

Never in the history of America has such a violation of fundamental Civil Rights been attempted except during "insurrection or rebellion," such as the Civil War. Thank God the good Senator Michael Sanchez and Representative Ken Martinez had the sense to oppose the creation of the National ID and instruct our national delegation to seek repeal of the Real ID Act of 2005. Take a look at the full text of the bill at http://mothermedia.org/norealid.pdf and see if it doesn't warm your heart. Then contact Senator Sanchez at (505) 865-0688 and Representative Martinez at (505) 287-8801 to express your appreciation. More info on their roles and the New Mexico Legislature at http://legis.nm.state.us

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