[governance] Forget a national ID: Homeland Security proposes global ID

Milton Mueller Mueller at syr.edu
Mon May 1 10:23:40 EDT 2006

Head of visitor tracking program wants global ID system
By Jonathan Marino
April 25, 2006

The head of the Homeland Security Department's visitor tracking program 
on Tuesday called for the creation of a "global ID management system" to 
make travel easier while enhancing security...

[Jim] Williams said he wants to join forces with several DHS agencies to 
develop a global identification system that would cut wait times, reduce 
government fees for travelers, fight illegal immigration and, perhaps 
paramount, better defend nations from terrorists.

The US VISIT chief, who already oversees identity inquiries for nearly 
every visitor who enters the United States, said a worldwide 
identification system will better link nations in the fight against 
terrorism. In his speech, he likened al Qaeda operatives and sleeper 
cells - including the ones that attacked on 9/11 - to "submarines" that 
must surface to kill.

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