WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 - Following a recommendation of the Sept. 11 commission, the House and Senate are moving toward setting rules for the states that would standardize the documentation required to obtain a driver's license, and the data the license would have to contain. 

Critics say the plan would create a national identification card. But advocates say it would make it harder for terrorists to operate, as well as reduce the highway death toll by helping states identify applicants whose licenses had been revoked in other states.

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Should American citizens have national ID cards, instead of state driver`s licenses, so the government can track terrorists better?
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 - Following a recommendation of the Sept. 11 commission, the House and Senate are moving toward setting rules for the states that would standardize the documentation required to obtain a driver`s license, and the data the license would have to contain.

Critics say the plan would create a national identification card. But advocates say it would make it harder for terrorists to operate, as well as reduce the highway death toll by helping states identify applicants whose licenses had been revoked in other states.

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17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/12/04 - 11:58:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
Here in Spain we have a national standard ID card that you HAVE to have and I find it to be very very useful, and not only for the government. It guarantees no one can claim to be you and use your credit card or sign a cheque for you. Every shop in Spain requires customers to show the ID card to allow a credit card purchase.
You can also use it to get a software certificate and pay your taxes over the Internet and many many other things.

Seriously, I don't get way Americans and British are so reluctant to ID cards. Would anyone explain why?

17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/12/04 - 12:04:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^

Because the Government cannot be trusted with any more information than they already have about us. But, on the other hand, the damage is done, so why not? I don't suppose a national ID card would hurt anything at this point.

17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/12/04 - 12:36:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Plus there's some Biblical thing about it that some Christians are wary about - Revelations says something about every person being ID'ed by government towards the end I think.
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/12/04 - 12:55:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, I really don't think that it would help much more then the drivers license. But, I am always up for trying new things so maybe we should try it.
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/12/04 - 1:22:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
'so the government can track terrorists better? '
hmmm, not really, although I see that people don't answer the question specifically to the reason stated.
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/12/04 - 1:26:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
I guess we could try it and see what happens..
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/12/04 - 2:55:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. Sounds like a good idea.
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/15/04 - 1:46:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
For those afraid of giving too much information to the government:
A regular ID card should only have a picture, a unique number, last and first names, date and place of birth and address and, of course, lots of anti-forgery systems. That's it. That's nothing compared with the information you give when paying your taxes.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/12/05 - 5:06:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
to track terrorists better? no.
Because they're a good idea? yes.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/12/05 - 5:21:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
Place of birth? Why that, of all things? That would make a stalker's job easier...
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/12/05 - 5:21:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
If it would help track terrorists,then yes I would support it.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/18/05 - 10:17:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
You can get a state ID card. It looks just like a driver's license. My friend has it.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/22/05 - 4:38:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
No national I.D. for me. Your right kiki, it is bibical. Its a way for the Anti Christ to keep tabs on you. It is the same as the number 666 that has to be put in your head or hand. It is taught that with out this number you can't buy anything. The gov. allready knows enough about you as it is. You have a tax I.D. number D.L. number,SS number and other numbers too. Being a vet I have a service number that different than my SS number(they don't give them out anymore). So NO to national I.D. number.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 12:28:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh great, another way to invade my privacy.
17 yrs ago - Monday 4/25/05 - 12:17:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
They wanted to introduce a card like this here in the early 80's. It didn't happen. I don't actually think that this card is a bad idea at all. It has some good points and some bad points. I honestly believe that if any Government wishes to introduce something like it they should inform the people of the facts, have seminars and debates, then have a public referendum. I realise that not everyone will attend seminars/debates or read the information provided but that's up to them.
17 yrs ago - Friday 4/29/05 - 3:04:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
oohhhhhhh sure why not?
17 yrs ago - Thursday 5/12/05 - 5:19:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
The bill is not to create a national ID. It is to standardize the state controlled IDs (eg drivers licenses). Things like ditigal photos instead of glued on pictures would be required, or requiring proof of citizenship. Time Magazine has a good artical about it this issue. (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/artic...
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 8:26:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
Because the new cards will, of course, be IMPOSSIBLE to fake...

Meanwhile, on Earth...

17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 8:48:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes, sounds like a good idea to me
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 8:53:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
i think we should have upc bar-code symbols tattooed on our foreheads and microchips implanted in our brains. and anyone who steps out of line gets zapped.

seriously, bad idea.

17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 9:02:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe they should just look at the immigration problem. ID's don't prove much when they are faked daily.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 9:03:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
^^America for Americans, right?

Where will YOU going back to then?

17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 9:05:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
Aren't you pissed today.

What does that have anything to do with my post.

17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 9:09:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
No

we should all be encoded with retinal scans and finger chips

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 5/30/05 - 7:07:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Im with the No's. The governments already know enough about us -

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