February 21, 2006

IDENTITY IS PUBLIC:

A Card We Should All Carry (DOUGLAS McGRAY, 2/21/06, NY Times)

AS states get ready to comply with a law passed last May and roll out Real ID's (think 50 flavors of enhanced drivers' licenses that will also, for lack of anything more suitable, regulate access to airplanes, bars and banks), it might be time to consider a national identification card. Unfortunately, two camps own the conversation.

Security heavies and cultural conservatives say a national ID is necessary to protect us from Islamic terrorists and illegal immigrants. Libertarians and government-wary leftists fret about privacy. Progressives and moderates have never shown much enthusiasm for the debate. But there are lots of reasons they should find the idea of a national ID appealing. Among them...


Just make Social Security cards into general ID cards.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2006 8:36 AM
Comments

That'll be fun for the thousands of illegals who all have the same SS number. And the Democrats, who think showing or obtaining ANY sort of ID for voter registration is "onerous," won't go for it.

Posted by: Rick T. at February 21, 2006 10:15 AM

Given that SSN's can be used for credit fraud when they fall into the wrong hands, I think that it would be only prudent to keep ID information separate from SS info.

Posted by: HT at February 21, 2006 11:25 AM

What HT said. If you are d--d and determined to press on with this then there has to be a separation of identity into public and private components. The serial number you are required to surrender to a police officer can't be the same serial number that unlocks your bank account.

Posted by: joe shropshire at February 21, 2006 11:29 AM

Why not? that's what PIN numbers are for.

Posted by: oj at February 21, 2006 11:32 AM

I'm with Joe and HT. Lets just do it.

Posted by: Genecis at February 21, 2006 12:41 PM

I've reluctantly become convinced they're necessary now. If we have this form of ID, the SS# can remain confidential and be used only for bank and medical records.

Posted by: erp at February 21, 2006 7:01 PM
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