ID cards are global: Mexico is next

The Sacramento Bee reports:

MEXICO CITY — President Felipe Calderon says Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards for its citizens starting this year, and by 2012 everyone will have one.

The cards will carry the bearer’s photograph. It will also include information on fingerprints and biometric data, including facial and iris scans, on a magnetic strip.

Most Mexicans currently use their voter ID cards for identification. They contain a photo, signature and one fingerprint. They will continue to be issued.

Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont said Tuesday the new cards will help in the fight against organized crime, and ensure transparency in government aid programs.

Drug traffickers frequently use false identification documents to evade law enforcement.

ID’s are evidently a global agenda item. The type of card being pushed on the populace is the same for each country – only the spin, the selling catch-phrases used by politicians differs.

Labour tried to pass ID cards off as the solution to terrorism. That failed, so now we’re asked to believe it is for our convenience that we must have them. If we had a drug-trafficking problem, ID cards would be billed as being the solution to that.

If ID cards are a global initiative, which body is driving it?  Which organisations / bodies have the most to gain from its implementation?

State-originated data collection on such a massive scale almost always results in tyrrany tyranny – the state has too much power and power corrupts.

The “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” brigade might like to inform themselves about RFID, the technology embedded in the cards. RFID allows the state and anyone with an RFID reader to track your every movement.

An escapee from one surveillance state, Cory Doctorow tells his story in the Guardian.

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