1994-07-13 - ID card from hell

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From: Brad Dolan <bdolan@well.sf.ca.us>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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From: Brad Dolan <bdolan@well.sf.ca.us>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 94 18:10:50 PDT
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: ID card from hell
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Yeah, I know it's not about crypto but it sure is about privacy ...

July 12, 1994

On CBS News tonight, the lead story announced a government plan
to require all of us to carry a national identity card.  This 
card will contain your picture, a fingerprint, your social 
security number, and other "electronically encoded" information.
You will be required to present this card to obtain employment
or "receive government services."

CA Governor Pete Wilson and Sen. Alan Simpson were featured 
explaining how this was a really great idea, necessary to
"stop illegal immigration."


If Americans accept this, as I expect they will, we will
see the following:

Cops doing card-scan roadblocks, ostensibly to find drunks and

A requirement to present your card and have a computer record kept
after every financial transaction over, say, $100.

A requirement to present your card to get medical care.

Adoption of these cards as drivers' licenses.  Just a magnetic / 
electronic data entry to indicate if you are authorized to drive.
Same thing for professional licenses.

Card-scan to buy guns or ammunition - if you are allowed to buy
them at all.

Card-scan to buy potentially subversive tools, chemicals, books.

Card-scan on entry to or exit from the U.S.  Instant database 
check to see if you are authorized to enter or leave the U.S. 

Card-scan on entry to or exit from "special" areas:  an extra
little security check before  you enter places the government
is taking an extra interest in. 

Mandatory presentation of card to get access to an internet-
attached computer account.

Card-scan at your kids' school.

Linked databases of parents and kids, to correlate child support
payments, vaccination histories, academic performance, truancy, 
antisocial attitudes, you name it.

I could go on, but why bother?  As an exercise for the reader:
The federal government currently is encouraging states to revoke 
drivers licenses and professional licenses of "bad" people who 
use drugs, drive drunk, don't pay child support, etc.  What will 
happen to you in the future if you displease the state?

Brad  bdolan@well.sf.ca.us