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"REAL ID Act" to be engrossed in the Iraq-Tsunami emergency spending bill

The REAL ID Act, HR 418, which provides for a creation of the de facto national ID card program administered by states, along with racist provisions that will severely affect the rights of immigrants, is now part of the Iraq-Tsunami emergency appropriations bill, H.R. 1268.
The H.R. 1268, the Emergency Wartime Appropriation Act for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2005, is currently being debated on the floor of the House of Representatives under special rules H.Res. 151.

According to the House Resolution 151, Section 2, H.R. 418, the so-called "REAL ID Act" as passed by the House in February is slipped in to this appropriation bill to be passed. The engrossed version of H.R. 1268, then, will be sent to the Senate containing the REAL National ID totalitarian poisons.

The House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 1268 on Wednesday, probably with no substantial oppositions. It is imperative now to bring this to the awareness of the Senators as well as your Representative.

House resolution 151:  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.RES.151:

H.R. 1268:  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:HR01268:
HR 1268 passes House early WednesdayDr 16.Mar.2005 10:01

Dr Q

REAL ID Act now being sent to the Senate, hidden in the so-called Emergency Wartime Appropriations Act of 2005: Early Wednesday, March 16, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Emergency Wartime Appropriation Act (226-3). It is H.R. 1268. The REAL ID Act provisions are being engrossed as part of the emergency Iraq spending bill as the House GOP believes it is the only way to ram REAL ID through the Senate.

Another case of good and bad bill writing 16.Mar.2005 16:51

the nurse human.humanrights@gmail.com

Today, I got an e-mail from a Human Rights group asking me to Call my Representatives now and ask them to vote to support the Markey Amendment, to the Supplemental Appropriations Act (HR 1268) currently under consideration on the House floor today.

The Markey Amendment would prohibit the use of any funds appropriated in the supplemental bill to support "renditions" of individuals to countries where they are likely to be tortured.

There are growing reports of the United States handing detainees over to countries that use torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Amnesty International has reported cases of people being transferred into the custody of countries such as Syria, Egypt, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia in violation of US and International Law. This practice of "extraordinary renditions" contravenes the obligations to uphold the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Convention Against Torture. It is illegal, impractical, and immoral. The Markey Amendment is a step toward restoring the rule of law and protections of fundamental human rights.

Phone number: 1-202-224-3121 -Capitol Switchboard, the 1-800-839-5276 # said it was disconnected.

Talking points:

-- As a constituent, I am calling to urge you to support the Markey Amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations Act (HR1268), which prevents funds being used to outsource torture.

-- I am very concerned about increasing evidence that the United States is involved in a practice known as "extraordinary renditions" to transfer individuals into the custody of countries that have a well-documented history of using torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.

-- The US has "rendered" detainees to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Syria where individuals have reported being held and tortured and have eventually been released without charge.

-- This practice does not make us safer and violates fundamental human rights and principles that are important to me.

It asked us to have our Congress people support the Markey amendment.

Now this part from a Human Rights point of view makes sense, but when I called a Congress person's office to ask them to support it, they told me they would pass on my info, but that it was a tough call on this bill, I asked for some reasons to oppose it, and they responded with a concern about adding another $78 million to the on-going effort and asked for accountability on a missing $8.8 Billion from previous Legislation.

They explained that this was one of those throw things in bills to get Congress people to not be able to vote against it, because it also had Tsunami Relief in it, who wouldn't want to vote for that ?

So now I gotta read the darn thing for myself to see what else is going on.

I mis-typed it is not another $78 million but I guess it's another $78 Billion 16.Mar.2005 17:12

the nurse human.humanrights@gmail.com

I guess I meant to type $78 Billion instead of $78 million.
some one iwth web skills can change it and delete this comment.