Monday, September 10, 2012
ID Cards Will Soon Be Passé
We have lots of ID cards in this country, but none of them are comprehensive, in the sense of really identifying you, universal and mandatory. The reason is political opposition. Every time someone suggests a system of universal identification, such as for voting or enforcing immigration laws, there is an uproar, and the idea is canned.
But now we are told that the FBI is moving to a biometric ID system that will almost certainly extend to all of us. It can be used for surveillance and police work and also normal administrative functions. As with every technology that has ever been developed, sooner or later it will do everything it can do.
But no uproar (yet). Why?