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ex-MI5 Head: ID Cards are a Bogus National Security Measure

Dame Stella Rimington has said most documents could be forged and this would render ID cards “useless”.

“But I don’t think that anybody in the intelligence services, particularly in my former service, would be pressing for ID cards.

From the BBC, “Ex-MI5 chief sparks ID card row.” Normally, a “row” requires two sides, with arguments. In this case, there’s a strong push for ID cards from those who think it so obvious that they would “make us safer.” But they never seem to want to tally the cost, or consider the realities of decades of anti-forgery techniques.