Back in 2005, the Bush Administration got the REAL ID Act slammed through Congress – and a lot of people from all across the political spectrum were pretty upset about it. The ACLU was clearly part of that. In fact, in September of 2005, they registered a domain name which is still active today – realnightmare.org.
By January of 2006 (or possibly even before), they were already leading the charge nationally to oppose the previously passed federal act. Their new website was live and offering a LOT of good information about the problems with REAL ID. One of the most interesting sections of that website was part of their main header navigation – a button called “in the states” Here’s the text from that page as it stood on January 18, 2006:
The Real ID Act does not directly change driver’s licenses – instead it threatens the states by stating that the federal government will not accept their citizens’ IDs unless the states change their laws. As a result, the Act cannot enter into effect unless the states change their laws and appropriate funds