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ID card won't solve the problem

A News.com reader writes that already, driver's licenses and other forms of ID can be forged by criminals--and Sun's Java Card can and will be forged as well.


ID card won't solve the problem

In response to the Oct. 11 Reuters article "Sun's McNealy touts Java-based ID system":

You quote Scott McNealy as saying, "I'm tired of the outrage. If you get on a plane, I want to know who you are. If you rent a crop duster, I want to know who you are."

1) Does McNealy (or any senior executive) even fly commercial airlines? I think it'd be a safe bet that Sun either owns or has chartered planes at their disposal for his needs.

2) McNealy has no business knowing who's getting on a plane.

3) I'm not a criminal. I refuse to be treated like one. I refuse to be tracked, monitored or profiled. I refuse to be put into a database that's ripe for abuse, attack and misinformation. Moreover, it allows the camel to put a very large nose under the tent. Best that we whack that camel's nose as hard as we can now, so he keeps out of the tent.

4) We have identity already--driver's licenses, and so on. And like anything one fool creates, they can be and are forged by criminals. Sun's Java Card can and will be forged as well.

5) An ID card is not going to prevent some fanatical terrorist from undertaking a mission. As we've had demonstrated to us by the Sept. 11 attacks, terrorists are already living among us. They don't attract attention. Chances are that they're going to attract even less attention now that we're on the lookout. A national ID card does nothing to prevent this.

I'm tired of the specious arguments by these self-serving, money-grubbing power mongers who believe that the American people are all sheep and that we will simply believe anything they tell us. Be it Oracle's Larry Ellison or McNealy, their so-called outrage is a thinly veiled marketing ploy, and we all know it. For what it's worth, my outrage with their actions may lead me to take my business elsewhere.

If McNealy truly thinks this is such a wonderful idea, then I want to see him publicly post detailed information regarding his whereabouts, travel plans, credit cards, bank accounts and personal information on the Internet for all to see. Give it a week or two and we'll see if he changes his mind.

David Greenberg
Highland Park, Ill.