“This isn’t some kind of fetish. This is about recognising the massive change that’s taken place in the world around us”. The words of UK Home Secretary David – ever so slightly right wing – Blunkett. Plans for a national (compulsory) ID card will be released today, with tales of how it’ll stop identy theft (no proof that this is the case), help us find terrorists and prevent them doing bad things ( also no proof of this infact one look to spain and you see how flawed this argument is), and solve the problems of illegal immigration by letting to police single out particular groups to stop and ask them for ID’s. Let’s hope their are some people in parliament that have the balls to stand up and say this is draconian and needs to be nipped in the bud asap. Meanwhile in the US, State Department Secretary Colin Powell and Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge urged Congressional lawmakers to extend the October deadline for accepting foreign passports embedded with biometrics from visa-waiver countries by another two years. The extension would give the 27 nations in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) more time to produce passports with biometric identifiers, which the secretaries described as a technologically complex process.
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