The Feds (or at least a couple of lawmakers) are now pushing for a new kind of national ID card. The lawmakers are Lindsay Graham (R-SC and John McCain’s unacknowledged husband) and Charles Schumer (D-NY and Wall Street bitch-boy):
“We would require all U.S. citizens and legal immigrants who want jobs to obtain a high-tech, fraud-proof Social Security card. Each card’s unique biometric identifier would be stored only on the card; no government database would house everyone’s information,” they said. “The cards would not contain any private information, medical information or tracking devices. The card would be a high-tech version of the Social Security card that citizens already have.”
Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, suggests the plan would undoubtedly lead to a national database. He added that “there is no practical way of making a national identity document fraud-proof.”
What’s more, Richard Esguerra, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s in-house activist, notes that a national ID card likely would expand from its stated purpose.
In this country we should not be required, when walking down a street, to produce our “papers” or face jail. That is where this kind of proposal leads. Stop it now. If the Tea Partiers want to identify a real threat to liberty, this proposal is it.