TSA to Require ‘Real ID’ with Background Checks for Domestic Flights

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Real ID: gold star for good behav­ior; no report on the scar­let let­ter they’ll use to ID trou­ble­mak­ers.

Real ID: gold star for good behavior; no report on the scarlet letter they’ll use to ID troublemakers.

Real ID: gold star for good behav­ior; no report on the scar­let let­ter they’ll use to ID trou­ble­mak­ers.

The TSA recent­ly announced they will require a spe­cial driver’s license to board domes­tic flights by 2016.

These ‘Real IDs’ will have already per­formed exten­sive back­ground check­son every­one who receives them and will fea­ture stars and oth­er mark­ings to indi­cate good behav­ior. No word on mark­ings for trou­ble­mak­ers.

It seems sim­i­lar to how a scar­let let­ter was used to indi­cate adul­ter­ers in Puri­tan soci­eties, or how the Jews in Nazi Ger­many were forced to wear yel­low badges in pub­lic so they could be imme­di­ate­ly rec­og­nized by author­i­ties.

Real IDs are referred to as enhanced IDs and they also report­ed­ly con­tain bio­met­ric secu­ri­ty fea­tures and RFID chips. Since its incep­tion, civ­il lib­er­ties advo­cates have had con­cerns that those with­out these intru­sive new IDs will be exclud­ed from basic human rights like work­ing or trav­el­ing.

The news report below appears to con­firm this agen­da.

It’s a choice,” says a Neva­da DMV offi­cial in the video below, “you don’t have to get a Real ID card, but if you want to get on an air­plane after 2016, you’re going to have to have a Real ID card.”

KTVN video

KTVN video