National Identification Systems: Essays in Opposition
The long awaited book!
"This is more than a book about national ID. It
is about all forms of government enumeration, from
the census of antiquity, to government naming practices,
fingerprinting, social security numbers, and
drivers licenses, to cutting-edge biometric technologies
such as DNA, iris scans, or subcutaneous microchips
capable of allowing those in charge to know where we
are twenty-four hours a day via global positioning
satellites. This book looks at the big picture of national
ID: what it is, how it has developed, and how it might
potentially change our society. It is also about those
who have chosen to resist or oppose national ID schemes -
from Gandhi's satyagraha campaign in South Africa in
1906 to those Americans who refuse to be counted or
carry a government number. These "Essays in Opposition"
are intended to honor those whose consciences and
principles do not allow them to "roll over and acquiesce."...
"Never before has there been a book devoted to the idea
[of proving] that the logical outcome of government
involvement in these areas (from government birth
certificates to governmental databases and surveillance)
is a 1984-style population control. That is why national ID
systems have been called a 'trademark of totalitarianism."