National ID cards and privacy

Show Your Papers – But WHAT Papers?

by Diane Dimond on July 9, 2012

What's in Your Wallet?

Gentlemen, grab your wallets. Ladies, look in your billfold. See the spots there for credit cards and your driver’s license? I bet there’s room for one more card in there, right? I propose we fill it with a National ID card.

Now wait, before you decide I’m some sort of proponent for a police state take a deep breath. Hear me out.

Don’t think of it in terms of, “A tool for social control,” as the ACLU consistently calls the idea of a National ID card. Think of it this way: One little card could wipe out a whole host of expensive and needlessly complicated steps employers, civil servants, hospital emergency workers and school officials are forced to take in the quest to get a handle on illegal immigration, employment fraud and voter fraud. One card could do it all. [click to continue…]

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