(Apologies if this has been discussed in detail before; the minimum in search engine letter terms seriously hobbles my ability to look for this particular topic.)
So, this CNN article (look at the Slashdot link for context for my understanding of this) claims that the Real ID act will disallow anyone to access air travel, national parks, and a host of other federally related properties without at least a passport.
First of all, I’m wondering what exactly the act demands. It’s not that I necessarily doubt what the article says; I’d just like to know what it really says and does. For example, I tried reading the Wikipedia article on this, and there’s enough controversy on whether this thing establishes a “national ID” in the first place.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, I’m fascinated by the whole idea of states coming out and refusing to participate. What do you think the real consequences will be of this “rebellion,” on the act itself and on intra-national politics?