2004-12-02 05:16:07 UTC
Never before could someone walk up to you and number you by scanning
your fingerprints. A number that is yours and yours alone.
You have been numbered for all time.
No ID card needed once portable fingerprint scanners are deployed all over!
If the government suddenly ordered all citizens to be numbered with an
indelible invisible ink on their arms so they were permanently numbered;
so law enforcement could scan them at will: there would be a revolt.
Yet that is what is happening.
Fingerprints, scanned into a computer, are a number.
The number is inescapably yours.
Modern technology means they don't have to put the number on you, they can
read it off of you by minutely examining your body.
And: it is the NSA driving the fingerprint-rollout of the national ID card.
# "The Body As Password", By Ann Davis, Wired Magazine, July 1997
# Currently housed at the National Security Agency, a working group of
# federal bureaucrats founded the Biometric Consortium in the early 1990s.
# Its 1995 charter promises to "promote the science and performance of
# biometrics for the government."
# Consortium mumbers include state welfare agencies, driver's license
# bureaus, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Social Security
# Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service.
If my attempts to show how bad a thing this is have been too rambling,
too abstract, here is a simple and accurate analogy:
* "Project L.U.C.I.D.", by Texe Marrs, 1996, ISBN 1-884302-02-5
* It was Martin Anderson who, in his book, Revolution, revealed that during
* the Reagan