The proposed "national ID", which was hinted at by the 9/11 commission, will go before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow. Those involved say
that there must be a "consistent standard to ensure the integrity of both the document and the issuance process" (Com. Mbr. Jamie S. Gorelick).
Among those against the idea is Rep. Christopher B. Cannon, who accused the commission of "sneaking it in the back door".
The DMV also supports the national ID, citing the Driver's Licenses are simply that -- a license to drive -- and not an identification.
"We're simply saying take something that everyone accepts now and have it standardized in a way that it really identifies the people who are
holding onto it," he told Mr. Cannon.
"What I hear you saying, Senator Gorton, is that you want a national ID," Mr. Cannon replied, but "you want to get through the back door by
using something that everybody already accepts."
Mr. Gorton responded that there is an important difference between a compulsory ID document and one like a driver's license that "you voluntarily go
out and get."
Rep. Melvin Watt, North Carolina Democrat, pointed out that there is nothing voluntary about a birth certificate. Mr. Gorton replied that both
documents are accepted as proof of identity, even though neither is secure.
-- The Washington Times
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It depends on your outlook on national identification.
Personally, I think that Driver Licenses are enough, but the easy way to fake DL-s calls for a more secure identification, and not everyone has
I, however, believe that it shouldn't be a compulsory deal. If you want it, you can get it. Other than that, just like DL-es are not necessary (and
neither are passports, for that matter), this shouldn't be necessary either.
Although in this day and age I can see this turning into a "if you're caught without your national identification you go to jail for x
and pay a hefty fine".
That is something I don't
want but seems inevitable.
Playing devil's advocate for a moment, most other countries have a national form of identification and they're doing well... so maybe it's for the
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