Would a National ID Make Us Safer or Just Less Free?

Capitol Hill Briefing
October 26, 2004 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

SR-253 Russell Senate Office Building

Featuring Jim Harper Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute and Former Rep. Bob Barr, 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy, American Conservative Union.

The 9/11 Commission report gave new impetus to a national ID proposal that has languished in Congress for years. House and Senate versions of intelligence reform legislation would establish a national ID system by creating federal standards for state drivers’ licenses and IDs. But the 9/11 Commission did not analyze or describe how a national ID would actually work to protect the American homeland from terrorists. And that crucial question remains: would a national ID system make us safer, or just less free? Join us for a discussion about concerns raised by creating a national ID, including issues of individual liberty, homeland security, and practical viability.