Britain's Lower House Passes ID Card Bill

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  1. JGrubbs

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    LONDON (AP) - Britain's lower chamber of Parliament voted on Monday to require all citizens who want a passport to have a national identity card as well - a compromise on a measure that originally required all Britons to carry a national ID card.

    Hours before the vote, the government backed down on plans to require ID cards for anyone living in the United Kingdom.

    The compromise bill passed the House of Commons 310-279 and now goes to the upper chamber, the House of Lords. Lawmakers hope the bill will become law by 2008.

    In pushing for the cards, Prime Minister Tony Blair's government said they would allow people to prove their identity, prevent identity theft and offer a secure way of identifying people for national security.

    Government leaders have referenced the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in calling for national ID cards. Treasury chief Gordon Brown recently said that Mohammed Atta, the leader of the attacks, used false ID while moving around the United States.

    "It is a protection of people's individual civil liberties that we do not allow easily people to multiply their identities or operate on false identities," he said.

    Blair has said ID cards bearing biometric data like electronic fingerprints or iris scans "have an important role to play in fighting serious crime and terrorism and tackling illegal immigration."

    Source: Associated Press
     
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    Not quite the great victory that the Dear Leader would have you believe, particularly as his plane was delayed at Cape Town and he was unable to take part in the vote (again). With a reduced Labour majority, Parliament is beginning to remember what it is there for - Religious Hatred two weeks ago, ID cards last night, banning smoking today and education to come. The Dear Leader is on the slide...
     
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    The British tradition favors order. The American tradition favors anarchy aka freedom.
     
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    We have only 2 more years before our National ID card goes into effect! :(
     
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    Can't be soon enough.
     

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