May 102010
 May 10, 2010  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Michael Kirkland of UPI reports:

Americans are facing the prospect, some say the specter, of a national ID card. At least one civil liberties advocate warns the proposed card would bring government “into the very center of our lives.”

The card — part of a much larger Democratic proposal in Congress for immigration reform revealed last month — would be “biometric.” It could carry an individual’s fingerprints and facial and iris scans like the British national identification card. In face-to-face transactions, such as an employment interview, it would prove you are you.

Everyone would have to produce the card to get a job, or keep a job.

If the larger proposal is approved by Congress, by no means a done deal, any constitutional challenge to a purportedly intrusive national ID card would depend on how far the U.S. Supreme Court would allow the national government to “burden” an individual to achieve a legitimate government purpose.

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