UK Compulsory National Identity Cards
Dangers of ID Cards
Intent vs Capability
In many ways this is the core of the argument against compulsory
National Identity Cards for innocent British citizens.
Governments of all colours tend to enact rules and legislation as
widely as possible in order to give themselves flexibility. As a
result they enable the capability for abuse.
When campaigners complain about the possible abuses we are told that
we are being silly and that the powers would never be used that way.
We are told to trust the government's intent.
Even if we do trust this government and this Home Secretary, can we
trust future ones? Measures like ID Cards provide the
capability for massive abuse, regardless of current
Whatever assurances we are given, sooner or later the powers
will be abused. For a recent example, see the
the Terrorism Act.
The only way to avoid this system being abused is not to build it.
UK ID Cards - Introduction
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