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Your Papers, Please…

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 3:11pm

Having to carry an ID and show it to any government employee who demands it is a notion that was once restricted to the ravings of the tinfoil hat crowd. And if you ask most Americans today if they think such government intrusion is possible, they’d laugh you out of the room. But the fact is, the Bush administration is on the verge of instituting such a draconian, invasive national ID system.

The Real ID Act would allow the government and businesses to capture information on Americans' purchases, sex lives, political affiliations, and daily activities.

Thankfully, 21 states have stood up against the Bush administration’s shocking overreach. This video will tell you everything you need to know about the Real ID Act:

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Visit the NYCLU website to pass this video on and find out what you can stop the U.S. from turning into a “your papers, please” society.

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