This story, posted on Yahoo! News talks about a standardized ID for all citizens and other people working in the US. Surprisingly enough, there aren't a lot of people freaking out about this yet. I'm actually looking forward to this type of advent... There are people in the US now who don't have legal IDs; or worse yet, their IDs are fake. The terrorists (or, as the AP and Reuters would call them, Insurgents) who attacked us with airplanes on 11SEP01 had 64 fake IDs from 9 different states. I say this type of change in the ID system for the US is long overdue. That's just me, though... Oh, and most people in the US. Not everyone in the country is worried the government is going to screw the citizen once all the data which should already have been collected in one form or another finally gets to a centralized database.
A friend of mine had something to say about his privacy and what these new IDs could mean to it. He said he didn't want Big Brother looking over his shoulder all of the time. Well, to tell you the truth, I don't either. The thing about it is, if you aren't doing something which will bring attention to yourself, Big Brother won't care. If you ARE doing something Big Brother would find interesting then you deserve all the attention he will rain down on you. If you're breaking the law this type of system will enable law enforcement (a brethren of protectors of which I am proud to be a part of) to do their job and stop you from hurting yourself or someone else. I say bring it on. Of course, it will have to be handled correctly. We'll just have to see if we can manage that. Time will tell.