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National ID Cards for Felons?

Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
3:05 am

In yesterday’s CNet News.com piece, “Perspective: Do we need a national ID card?,” Robert Vamosi reviews some of the challenges in physical and political challenges associated with implementing a national ID card. One of Robert’s more interesting points:

“With all the talk of creating a national ID card or standardizing U.S. driver’s licenses, there has been very little action on something that would improve security–creating a united crime database in the United States. You want security? Let’s start by tracking convicted felons. Here’s an excellent test bed to see whether such ID systems really work. It’s sad that data warehouses such as ChoicePoint know more about you and me than cops know about convicted felons on the street.

“If we can’t yet sync the names of criminals wanted in one state with people arrested in another state, it seems to me that we shouldn’t be so eager to start tracking honest, noncriminal citizens.”

Well put!

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