For the most part, I think the ACLU is full of libtard nut-jobs who ain't happy until nobody's happy. But, I think I might have to agree, somewhat, with them on this one...
In its written objection to the law, the ACLU claims REAL ID amounts to the "first-ever national identity card system," which "would irreparably damage the fabric of American life."
I understand the concerns of the Federal government; the hijackers had multiple driver's licenses registered to them. But I think this is a States Rights issue. Complicated to be sure and I don't think there's going to be an easy answer.
I also think there are going to be two camps should this go through further polarizing our country. One camp will scream their rights are being violated. Those will include the fringe kooks who see conspiracy behind every news story as well as those who see the ever-encroaching US gov't taking one more step closer to their Constitutional rights to privacy.
EDIT: I was taken to task at another board for the above sentence. My point was that people interpret "provide protection" both internally and externally as a justification for limiting/giving up certain rights.
The other camp will nod their head and say, "Yep, we can't do it so we should let the gov't handle it...too much for the States, this is a national security issue." This camp will include those who think the gov't owes them safety. Those people need to read the Declaration and the Constitution a little more closely.
9/11 changed the US more than Dec. 7th (Pearl Harbor attack for those of you who went through the Public School system!) After Dec. 7th, we united to stand against an aggressor. We rallied around our President regardless of our political affiliations and sacrificed for the greater good. We gave up some freedoms but most were returned to us. After 9/11, we sought out who to blame, hid in our homes, and closed our eyes to how, as a society and a country, we allowed our defenses down in the name of not hurting anyone's feelings. We gave up some of our freedoms reluctantly and have yet to get many of them back. We have a gov't we can't always trust anymore because many politicians and voters have decided that Washington knows best how to take care of us because many of us have let Washington take care of us instead of striving to take care of us and our own.
It's a mess we have no one to blame for but ourselves. The solution will not be pretty and will piss many people off. Unfortunately, not all medicine is chocolate coated to help the taste...