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UN Meeting Hears Proposal for Worldwide ID System

By Fred Jackson
December 18, 2001

(AgapePress) - It seems the United Nations is now attempting to use the terrorist attacks of September 11 to push for a universal identification system.

Protection against terrorism has already led to U.S. officials to start implementing a national ID system. The Washington Post recently reported that the U.S. military has already imposed a new so-called "smart card" on more than 120,000 of its personnel. [See previous AgapePress article]

The card comes equipped with two bar codes and a computer chip that allows a central computer to track just about every move the person makes while on duty. The idea is also catching on in civilian circles, with U.S. motor vehicle officials proposing high-tech driver’s licenses similar to the military smart card.

Now comes word of a proposal made at a United Nations meeting last week for a universal identification system. Under the scheme, every person in the world would be fingerprinted and registered. It was put forward by a Belgian official, Pascal Smet, who says the European Union is already considering a Europe-wide system, using either fingerprints or eye-scanning technology to identify citizens.

As Smet puts it, "It’s a basic rule of management that if you want to manage something, you measure it. It’s the same with human beings and migration."

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Belgian official said the scheme would give people dignity by giving them an identity should their identification papers be lost or destroyed.

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