Want to getaway from it all? How about hitting Yosmite to cool off? Like the idea of just jumping into the car and cruising til you hit a cool park, then pulling off for a spur of the moment picnic?
How about anonymously camping in the wilderness, on state or federal land…. just dropping out for a couple of days to get back to nature?
Well, get over it. Those days are over. Welcome to the new, improved, United States, where as of May 11, 2008 you’ll need a Federally issued ID, called the Real ID (as opposed to the ‘fake ID”) in order to go into any airport, state park or federally run building. Yeah baby! Big Brother is our world.
This act, signed in 2005 as part of a military spending and tsunami relief bill, proposes to weave driver’s licenses and state ID cards into a National ID system by May 2008. States can opt out, but if they do, you’ll need to carry your passport to fly domestically and get into state/federally owned spaces.
In Los Angeles, you won’t be able to jump on your bike and hit a Leo Carillo or Malibu Creek for a peaceful run unless you’re packing your ID card. Especially hard hit will be illegal immigrants who often start out in Los Angeles living in ridiculously crowded conditions and for whom open park areas and beaches are a sorely needed respite from urban congestion.
Yeah, yeah, I know if they’re illegal, they shouldn’t be here…. but newsflash… we’re all people trying to make it work in a dense area and people need nature to stay cool… both physically and metaphorically.
Forgetting about the impact on illegal aliens, this will definitely impact every LA citizen in a negative way. Just one more privacy infringing, have to remember to go anywhere with it, cost producing detail of living in the US. All in the name of ‘protection’ brought to you by the Homeland Security lovebugs. Imagine the monolithic database that will be needed to track every citizen. Think about the ease with which your movements can be trcaed with one click. Oh! No! This won’t invade your privacy. You’ll be safer. And at an estimated 8 billion dollars to implement, who do you think will end up paying for it? Yup. You. And don’t forget…. we live in the land of the free.