Monday, January 30, 2006

Terror law watchdog questions ID cards

Lord Carlile QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation appointed by the government, has changed his mind on ID cards:

"I cannot think of a terrorist incident in which ID cards could have brought the incident to an earlier end … Generally, from a security viewpoint in the curtailment of civil liberties I think parliament is so unenthused about ID cards. It's a debate, not a reality. I don't think they will get through a compulsory ID card."

So we now have another very senior member of the national security establishment telling the government their "anti-terrorism" justification for cards is nonsense. Perhaps this is why Tony Blair is currently focusing on the benefits of cards in preventing identity fraud — also nonsense, of course.

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