Those Who Give Up Liberty For The Sake Of Security Deserve Neither Liberty Nor Security

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Those who give up liberty for the sake of security deserve neither liberty nor security

National Identification Card (NID) is not a new idea to the American Public or its politicians. The NID has been up and down the political stream as a means of fighting terrorism, welfare fraud, illegal immigration, crime, census “error”, and a vast variety of other so called crimes that you can think of. The NID once again rising up-stream after the terrible attack on the American soil as (again) the means to protect the American Public but is it capable of doing all it claims to or as a matter of facts it will make us more vulnerable to identity theft and more chaos?

Now with the public still shaken after the Sept-11 attack and spooked by a growing number of anthrax cases, the clamor for tighter security is growing. Proven of ID is required at almost everywhere, closed streets, cop on every corner of the street, citizens keeping their door locked and watching out for suspicious act of potential terrorist. So we look for ways to reassure ourselves and to soothe complicated new fears. Once again, the idea of national ID card is floating upstream and presumably would separate or point out law-abiding citizens from potential terrorist. But NO, the national ID card would rob us off our constitutional freedoms. It will not protect us from terrorist. It would bring us into a deep dream of being secured. It will not stop the stream of illegal immigration. It would widen the door to the invasive thugs. “Law enforcement would be allowed to stop anyone who was being suspicious and this is where Mandana says there could be a problem. This is where harassment and discrimination could come to place” [1]. It would cost us the tax payers billions of dollars down the road and I would be a fool to I believe that Larry Ellison, CEO of giant database Oracle whose with a bank account, would give the government the freebies without any hidden “sweet” that would cost us big money later.

First business at hand, let’s first find out what would you need to get a national ID? A birth certificate, driver’s license, and proof of legal entry if you a foreigner. Well, the fact is that everyone can obtain such documents. Several of the men suspected of the Sept-11 attacks had forged identities. And the question now is that what would have prevented them from obtaining ID cards? Not to mention “our” domestic terrorists who are among us (but not one of us I hope) like Timothy McVeigh and John Walker Lindh.

Second business at hand is that what might be required or contained on a national ID card: Citizenship or Immigration status, home address, voter registration, record of felony/convictions, social security number, blood type, medical records, dental records, auto insurance information, employer, digital thumbprint, digital photograph, DNA profile, travel record, record of your phone bills, places you been through, and much more that you can think of that can be used to...

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