According to this article, from The Guardian today, our Home Secretary, Charles Clarke wants the EU to adopt a plan for compulsory fingerprinting of all EU citizens who already carry id cards:
“A really significant amount of travel within Europe is done not on a passport but on an identity card which is just a piece of cardboard with a photograph attached. It is a weak link. We need to have a common standard.”
The spokesman stressed, however, that the measure would not mean the EU was compelling those countries which do not have ID cards to adopt them.
Britain is to start introducing “biometric” passports from next year; all applicants will have to go to one of 70 new centres to be fingerprinted and have their face “scanned.” In December the EU decided that all passport holders, visitors and foreign resident nationals should be fingerprinted.
I object to being treated like some sort of criminal, by having my face scanned, and fingerprints taken the state are automatically asuming that I could potentially be some sort of criminal. That just is not the right way to go about things. And besides, Clarke has already acknowledged that his planned ID scheme wouldn’t have prevented last Thursday’s terrorist attacks anyway, so why are they continuing to press ahead with these pointless measures?
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