The U.S. needs more secure driver’s licenses to thwart terrorists, and an Obama program supported by governors would do that and save money, says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, according to the Associated Press. The new secure license would replace the Bush administration’s proposed Real ID card with something called a Pass ID card.
Napolitano said the Bush program is unrealistic because it’s too expensive, and the technology necessary to validate the planned Real ID licenses is not available. Civil liberties groups say the Pass ID would violate privacy rights in the same way the Real ID does. Twenty-four advocacy groups – including the American Civil Liberties Union the National Network to End Domestic Violence – sent Congress a letter opposing both programs.