Letter to the editor

I find it interesting that many people who espouse the national ID card as a way to prevent another twin-towers-type scenario never specify how an ID card would have prevented that attack [Letters to the editor: Homeland security/National ID].

Like the anti-gunners who immediately started agitating for stricter gun laws, ignoring the fact no guns were involved, the ID people ignore the fact that a fanatic bent on a suicidal attack would have a valid ID, of any type.

Why? One example is someone who has been here for many years, has a family and a decent background. A run of bad luck or perceived insults and a threat to the family could push him or her over the edge. Then you have the people who have been placed here, some whom are white, black, brown, yellow and any other ethnic group, just to be used in such a manner. Then you have the unstable ones, whom you are seeing on the news media today.

The person who commented that they could not see why anyone would be against a national ID because we have so many IDs now (I have four picture and three non-picture IDs with me now) forget that most people in this country only have one or two pieces at any given time. Those of us in the government tend to have more IDs than most people.

I can see a possible benefit of a national ID card that is tied to biological factors: The people who get multiple welfare checks may not be able to any more.

While on the surface, a national ID may make sense for uniform identification; it is also against some of the founding principles of this country. The U.S. government is not tasked to do IDs. It was meant to interface with other countries and to solve problems between states.

Granted that the U.S. government has far exceeded its original charter and this would be but a minor addition, you also have to remember that many people here today are from other countries where a national ID was abused by those who were suppose to protect the people. While we do not have a rampant problem here, there are still many stories of abuse of power.

The people of the United States need to weigh the possible benefits of a national ID against the possible dark side.

I tend to go with the original intent of this country: States have the responsibility for any ID. If the states want to get together and work out something that ties into the federal system, that is up to the voters and their elected officials.

But in any event, be warned: what mankind can create, mankind can duplicate.

Raymond White
Air Force


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