Coalition Letter To Remove National ID Provisions From S. 2845 and H.R. 10 Now

Document Date: December 3, 2004

Remove National ID Provisions From S. 2845 & HR 10 Now

Dear Conferee:

The protection of our country from terrorism — and the reorganization of our nation’s intelligence services — is too important to become entangled in extraneous issues.

For this reason, we would urge, in the strongest terms, that you jettison the controversial national ID card provisions in H.R. 10 (embodied in sections 3052 and 3053 of the House bill), and Subtitle B of S. 2845.

These sections would give federal bureaucrats the regulatory authority to determine who can and cannot get a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID.

Increasingly, the driver’s license is a requirement to vote, travel by any means of transportation, open a bank account, cash a check, check into a hotel, buy a firearm from a dealer, or perform any of hundreds of activities incident to everyday life.

The notion that the government would be given open-ended authority to determine who can be barred from these fundamental rights is truly alarming.

Please do everything you can to oppose this sweeping and unconstitutional exercise of government power. Please use your good offices to insure that sections 3052 and 3053 and Subtitle B of S. 2845 are deleted from the 9/11 conference report.

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
American Association of Law Libraries
American Civil Liberties Union
American Conservative Union
American Policy Center
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Fairfax County Privacy Council
Gun Owners of America
Liberty Committee
Meyda Online Info Security, Privacy, and Liberties Studies
National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
National Council of La Raza
National Employment Law Project
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Privacy Times
Private Citizen, Inc.
Property Rights Congress of America
Republican Liberty Caucus
Second Amendment Foundation
Sovereignty International, Inc.
Unitarian Universalist Association

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