TSA, REAL ID, and Your Right to Travel
Cato Sponsor e‐Briefing
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. (eastern)
Featuring a presentation and live discussion with Jim Harper, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Caleb O. Brown, Director of Multimedia.
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued two new head‐scratching Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policies: it declared that air travelers may no longer be able to opt out of full‐body scans at TSA checkpoints and that TSA will not accept driver’s licenses from states that don’t comply with the REAL ID Act, the U.S. national ID law, beginning in 2018. These policies aren’t being established according to the law, they leave many travelers confused and uncertain about the screening process, and for civil libertarians they suggest that the ultimate goal of DHS is to make travel in the U.S. a government‐granted privilege rather than a right that is ours as citizens.
Cato senior fellow Jim Harper will join us to clarify these policy announcements, their legal basis, and what they mean for both your right to travel and your Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Jim has long been a critic of TSA and an opponent of REAL ID implementation, convincing legislatures around the country not to join the national ID system. He will take your questions and discuss his efforts to combat federal control of travel and preserve both your privacy and your freedom to move about the country.
Suggested Materials featuring Jim Harper:
- “Real ID: A State‐by‐State Update,” Cato Policy Analysis No. 749, May 12, 2014.
- “TSA’s New Push on REAL ID and Naked Body Scans,” Cato Daily Podcast, January 6, 2016
- “Jim Harper discusses Real ID on NPR’s All Things Considered,” Radio Highlight, January 8, 2016.
- “On REAL ID, DHS Caves Once Again,” Cato at Liberty, January 8, 2016.
- “Congress and the States Should Reject the National ID Law,” Washington Examiner, February 1, 2016.
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