Identity cards would not make Britain a safer place and nobody in the secret intelligence services supports their introduction, according to the former head of MI5.The Lords Committee stage on the ID cards bill began yesterday, and should make interesting reading in Hansard.
Asked at a further education conference whether she thought ID cards would make the country safer, Dame Stella Rimington replied: "No is the very simple answer, although ID cards have possibly some purpose.
"But I don't think anybody in the intelligence services - not in my former service - will be pressing for ID cards."
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
ID cards useless against terrorism, says ex-MI5 chief
Absolute dynamite from the ex-head of MI5 (the UK internal spy agency), who says that the government's claims that ID cards would combat terrorism are garbage: