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10-3-95. Wash Rag:
"Employment Database Proposal Raises Cries of 'Big
Critics say that in its zeal to combat illegal
immigration, Congress is steering the nation toward an
"Orwellian nightmare," an era of all-knowing federal
oversight whereby officials will be able to verify
citizenship by using high-tech national identification
cards. So far, no member of Congress has openly called
for a national ID card, at least by that name.
Rep. Bill McCollurn (R-Fla.) said he intends to offer an
amendment on the House floor to create a "more secure"
Social Security card with a photo, a hologram and
"perhaps a biometric identifier."
Microchip technology can make ID cards especially
intrusive. According to an analysis by the Cato
Institute, one newly patented ID card can hold a photo
and 1,600 pages of text. Another identification system
developed by a major defense contractor consists of a
microchip the size of a grain of rice that can be
implanted under the skin with a syringe and read with a
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