Residents (officers) should heed the warning of TSA that their (for-hire) driver’s licenses must be compliant with the REAL ID act.
I am not a resident, and I expect most readers of this post are not as well. This TSA directive does not apply to me. I am inhabitant of my state. I am one of the people. I am a state citizen, using the definition from around 1780, not any definition found in more recent U.S. codes. Since that’s their trick: they use the same words, but different definitions.
A TSA press release also mentions the “50 U.S. states“. Spelling that out would be “50 United States states”. Does not exactly make sense, does it?
“All 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four of five U.S. territories covered by the REAL ID Act and related regulations are now compliant with REAL ID security standards and are issuing REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards.” (source)
The “50 U.S. states” likely means federal areas within the real states and those areas are also called ‘states’ by the federal government. The government has to call them something, but calling them states is likely intended to confuse.
If these regulations actually applied to the 50 states, then the statement could have been, “All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and…” But instead the TSA release calls them “50 U.S. states”. So clever! So devious!
United States, which means the federal government, does not have states! The USofA is a union of states. The 13 original States created United States to manage the international affairs of the 13 states and then, via the Northwest Ordinance, placed the northwest territories under the control of this new entity. But just the territories, not the states.
The phrase “U.S. territories” does make sense because the territories are indeed subject to United States. But the phrase “U.S. states” can only make sense if United States is referring to federal land within the States.
The federal government used to control vast territories of the USofA. They just can’t seem to accept that territories eventually become states, and then are sovereign. The people who live in the States become sovereign as well. If a man does not have a king, he is sovereign. Pretty simple concept.
The TSA press release (and related news coverage) makes it sound like a ‘REAL ID’ is the only acceptable paper for air travel. But the release reveals that there are other “TSA-acceptable form of identification”.
Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel.
Perhaps a combination of an authenticated long-form certificate-of-live-birth and a notarized paper with photo and name would suffice? We all need to find this out!
At border checkpoints within Texas right now, the Texas national guard is checking tractor-trailers coming into Texas for moving unlawful immigrants. There is a lane for tractor-trailers and a lane for everyone else. Could it be the case that all the TSA regulations only apply to residents (officers) and/or people of the territories? Could it be that state nationals need only declare their status and skip the TSA checks? We all need to find this out!
Maybe the ‘no fly list’ only applies to resident (officers) and/or inhabitants of the territories…