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:
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.

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."

The Lords Committee stage on the ID cards bill began yesterday, and should make interesting reading in Hansard.

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