LA News Release, "IDENTITY CARDS: ASSAULT ON CIVIL LIBERTIES AND WASTE OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY" (February 2002)

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International

London, Wednesday the 6th February 2002
For Immediate Use
Contact Details: Dr Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, sean@libertarian.co.uk

“IDENTITY CARDS: ASSAULT ON CIVIL LIBERTIES AND WASTE OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY”, SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK TANK

The Government’s proposed “Entitlement Card” is a closet identity card scheme, and is a threat to both civil liberties and the taxpayers’ pockets. So claims the Libertarian Alliance, Britain’s most radical free market and civil liberties think tank.

Libertarian Alliance spokesman, Dr Sean Gabb, said:

“Entitlement Card, Identity Card - call it what you will - this is a solution looking for a problem. The Government’s scheme will do nothing to cut street crime or benefit fraud or illegal immigration, or anything else they claim to worry about. All experience from abroad shows that identity cards at best slightly raise the costs of committing a crime. At worst, they reduce the cost - when being able to produce a forged or stolen card often puts suspicion to sleep.”

He added that every 20th century dictatorship had used identity cards to know which people to kill or imprison, what they looked like, and where they lived.

Just some of the countries where identity cards have been used to enable mass-murder:

∙    Nazi Germany
∙    Soviet Russia
∙    Castroist Cuba
∙    Rwanda in 1994

Other countries where they have been used to facilitate petty oppression:

∙    Germany (homosexuals and nudists)
∙    Belgium (black people)
∙    Socialist Czechoslovakia (religious pilgrims)

Here in Britain, said Dr Gabb, “identity cards would be used to single out and discriminate against smokers, drinkers, members of unpopular religious movements, and the politically incorrect.”

They would also be an embarrassing failure. “We all know that the data stored on us by the State is riddled with inaccuracies. Join all that up and make it available via an identity card scheme, and every scenario becomes a certainty from the comic to the downright sinister.”

They would also be horribly expensive. “£1 billion set up costs, they tell us? Anyone who believes that will believe the Millennium Dome was a success and that aliens landed at Roswell.

“We are told these ‘Entitlement Cards’ will be voluntary. This is an insult to our intelligence. The Government would use the money laundering rules to get the banks to make production necessary for all transactions. Other bodies would be pressed into doing the Government’s dirty work, while the politicians stood back insisting that their identity cards were voluntary.”

ENDS

Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at sean@libertarian.co.uk

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

Extended Contact Details

The Libertarian Alliance is Britain's most radical free market and civil liberties policy institute. It has published over 800 articles, pamphlets and books in support of freedom and against statism in all its forms. These are freely available at http://www.libertarian.co.uk

Our postal address is

The Libertarian Alliance
Suite 35
2 Lansdowne Row
Mayfair
London
W1J 6HL
Tel: 07956 472 199