"Immigration is a beast - and by no means is it in any way a simple matter. However, I think you make a great motivating point about the welfare conventions; which allows people to understand why small government conservatives are actually considering national ID. Granted, a real small government conservative and even the Statist can see that national ID cards are a way to round up citizens in a hurry. Not a good prospect post-NDAA FY 2012. Unfortunately, the only ones who are going to get caught by ID cards are the ones already indoctrinated into that system: i.e. us. A bigger problem is hidden - our government is broke and most everyone will be Libertarian by default. There is an element of illusion that we are "big daddy" pouring tax cash into the mouths of vagrant immigrants when we actually considered shutting down the government 3 times in a year. Welfare has got problems. Corporate subsidies are a problem. Government waste at the Pentagon is a huge problem. Get at those tax gobblers and national ID is left far far behind in consideration. National identity systems are mass dragnets who will not only eat the poor, but everyone in between. In the case of Real ID, many states won't even consider it. It's an unnatural choice for a lot of people who instinctually know that pemitting national ID checkpoints is one Big Government concession gone too far."
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The One that got away: "Iran squeezes Web surfers, prepares censored national intranet [using natnl.online ID]"
TOP STORY: Uganda: Kagoda 'Ready' to Throw in Towel
"Dr Stephen Kagoda, the Permanent Secretary of the Internal Affairs ministry, appears resigned to fate as the messy national ID project threatens to tarnish his outstanding career record. Surrendering his fate to Parliament, Kagoda told The Observer last week that he is ready to relinquish his position if the MPs so demand. He is accused of contracting German firm Muhlbauer High Tech at the cost of 64 million Euros (Shs 200bn) to produce national identity cards without following the procurement law."*LESSON: You can lose your government post if you deal in National ID cards against public interest.
BRAZIL certifies G&D for national IDs
US Green Cards Eat The Chip, HID receives additional Green Card order
UK: Tim Berners-Lee urges government to stop dataveillance bill citing "human rights"
LSE, Privacy Intl Conference unpacks the latest Dataveillance Dragnet