The topic of the Diane Rehm’s Show today (I am a total NPR junkie) was the new ID proposal Congress is trying to sneak through on the back of a war funding bill. From my understanding (and I was driving so I couldn’t take copious notes), they want to make sure that illegal immigrants cannot use their legally obtained US Driver’s License as ID to fly on planes. Instead, they would have to register for these Real ID cards along with getting a Driver’s License. I really don’t know where to begin with all that I think is wrong with this. First of all, next to 9-11, the most recent and most deadly “terrorist attack” on US soil was Oklahoma City. And Timothy McVeigh neither flew a plane or on a plane, nor was he an illegal immigrant. But, I am pretty sure that he had to show a Driver’s License to rent a Ryder truck. I know I am beating a dead horse, but isn’t the real problem lack of intelligence and not immigrants trying to use Driver’s Licenses to get on planes? Secondly, ALL of the 9-11 hijackers (none of whom were Iraqi, just making sure you know that) were in this country LEGALLY and could have boarded the planes with their Visas. They didn’t need legally obtained US Driver’s Licenses. I try not to dwell on the past too much, but can you explain how this program would’ve prevented the tragedy of 9-11. Third and finally, I hate when they pass this sort of bullshit legislation through piggybacked on war spending because our freedom-protecting, war-mongering political leaders know they can make their political opponents look bad for voting against “funding our troops”. Fuck that! A close friend of mine was blown up by an improvised explosive device on a road outside of Baghdad on October 12th. The vehicle he was traveling in was unarmored because as Rumsfeld says “you go to war with the army you have, not the army you wish you had.” Sorry assholes–too little too late! Freedom is the new f-word.