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What are the benefits and drawbacks of a mandatory National Identity Card? Specifically...

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henslee | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted March 27, 2013 at 2:35 AM via web

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of a mandatory National Identity Card?

Specifically address whether the card will be effective in increasing the security of the U.S. or will it infringe on civil liberties.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 27, 2013 at 3:50 AM (Answer #1)

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The idea of a national identification card is a very controversial one.  It would help very likely help with homeland security.  However, there are people who feel that it would be an infringement on civil liberties.  I, myself, do not believe that it would infringe on our liberties.

A national identity card would certainly help to make it easier to make sure that people are who they say they are.  This would help us identify illegal aliens.  It would also help us to be sure that people who might be coming to the US for terroristic purposes would be unable to assume false identities to plan and carry out their missions. 

Some people argue that such a card would make it too easy for the government to monitor us.  They feel that the government would keep us all in a national database and keep track of us in ways that would be excessively intrusive.  However, I do not really see that there is a major danger of this.  The state governments already require us to have identification in the form of drivers’ licenses and they do not use that to abuse us.

This is an idea that would really help us with security and would not detract from our liberties in any serious way.

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