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Letter: National ID card means loss of freedom

As a concerned American and all that has transpired during the past few years I believe the excerpt from a letter I received from John Tate, Campaign for Liberty president, should be shared.

"Well, here it comes -- a new fight over a biometric national ID card -- and if you don't have the card, you can't work."

Freedom-stealing statists Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. are banding together with other statists from both parties, are scheming to sneak a massive power grab into an "immigration reform bill."

That's right. Instead of controlling our borders and enforcing the rule of law, these statists want to control me and you. You see, a national ID scheme -- complete with biometric tracking technology -- is embedded in the new "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill" and would require an ID card that:

- Includes identification such as fingerprints, retinal scans or scans of veins on the back of the hands. Depending on the technology, the card could be used as a tracking device.

- Be required for all U.S. workers regardless of place of birth and it makes it illegal for anyone to hold a job who doesn't obtain the card.

- Require all employers to purchase an ID scanner to verify the cards with the federal government. Every time any citizen applies for a job, the government would know and you can bet it's only a matter of time until ID scans will be required to make routine purchases.

Of course, the most dangerous part of the bill is the biometric tracking technology which would allow federal bureaucrats to track our every move.

Allowing government to have this much power will ultimately result in the total loss of freedom.

This fight is not about immigration, it's simply being used as a ruse.

It is up to us to fight back. We must see that this "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill" is defeated. We are not going to get the real story from the media. It is up to you and me to let Americans coast-to-coast know about this National ID card and what's at stake.

This is not a fight we can afford to lose. Passing this bill would guarantee the last vestiges of freedom we enjoy as Americans to be seriously jeopardized.

Please contact Sens. Conrad and Dorgan, and Congressman Pomeroy. We must put an end to this.

Gail Clark, Dickinson