Letter to the editor

For all the talk of the national identification card, there are some problems that should be solved first.

Did you know that in many states, including Alabama, you can obtain the official birth certificate of any person you wish as long as you can provide certain family information? I needed a new copy of mine. I went to the Jefferson County Health Department in Birmingham, Ala., and obtained one. I observed others getting birth certificates, and the county employee had no idea who they were talking to and made no effort to find out if the people obtaining the certificates were who they claimed to be. Since then, a number of my friends had the same experience.

The birth certificate is the first step in identity theft. In most cases, if you have your birth certificate and a Sam's Club card, you can get another copy of your driver's license. Then you can get a passport, open a bank account and on and on.

The national ID sounds good to politicians and uninformed voters, but it will do nothing to stop any criminal or terrorist activity as long as the above described loophole exists. If you doubt me, go to your health department or other state agency and get a copy of your birth certificate.

The national ID is good for the politician seeking re-election, as they know that most voters have no idea what is going on around them and will believe any politician.

Donald Dunlap

Irondale, Ala.

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