Case for a National ID
know, as a person from Eastern Europe, what an id used to look like
there. A booklet, a bit smaller then a US passport, on official
paper, impossible to fake. Each page had the state emblem watermarked
in. And of course the serial number, just as unique as the social
While in the cradle, the birth certificate would be suffice. At
death, that specific certificate would do it for you. Everything
in between would be covered by your own id, that would be your alter
ego for everything, everywhere.
A pregnant woman would had been registered at the doctor's office.
The state would had known that you, her child, was on the way. No
delivery within nine months, would had automatically triggered an
arrest. Just when you thought that the prolifers in US are bad.
At least 10 years after death, the relatives or survivors would
had kept the certificate. After this period, the document would
had been surrendered to the state again for proper disposal.
On the first page of such document, a list of the duties of a citizen
where carefully listed. Please take note that the word rights is
not in. The importance of having your id card, and proper care of
it, plus penalties for mistreating the subject, were the listed
The second page you would find the picture of the bearer, associated
with the signatures of all the people from the office in charge
of issuing a such document, plus a lot of codes and the date of
issuance. On the other side the blood group would be stamped on
The rest of the pages were reserved for moving visas. If and only
for pre approved reasons, like work transfer, family reunification,
or marriage, you could move from one part of the country, like in
US, say South Dakota, to another part let us say California. If
no such reason could argumented, then you do not move anywhere within.
Moving like from Romania to West Germany or US was out of question.
Any inquiry about a such move would had earned you at least an interrogatory
if not a full arrest.
This document was issued at age 14. Two weeks before that birthday,
under the penalty of the law, you would go to the doctor and get
a blood sample for identification. Then you go to the photographer
and take a special picture. With the birth certificate and a ton
of other papers, you then go to the local population registry and
apply for the id card.
Once issued, you will never leave home without it. If you do, it
is at your own risk. If the police would had stopped you for any
reason, lack of proper identification would earn you a nite in jail
and a fine, to pay for the privilege. Even so that would be easy.
Some one who knows you would had to get you out of the slammer.
From there on, everywhere you would go, and everything you would
do, would require the id, not only as in America, for purchasing
tobacco, but also for buying a TV set or a radio. Your food ratio
would be issued based on the same document. When going in the military
service, or when obtaining a passport to visit the only approved
foreign country, Soviet Union, the id would be surrendered to the
office for the time of the visit or service.
I am not going to go in any other details with this. But if you
want a quick picture of an id, and what a state can do with it,
well there you have it. While up front all was done on paper, do
not let that fool you. Computers were on a very restricted area
of the building, where only authorized personnel could access and
work on. A proper person was one with good credentials with the
Of course nanotechnology and computer microchips can surely do far
better now. DNA sampling was used even then. Today the implant chip
is used in pets here in US. Oracle is ready to provide the government
with the technology for free. Well, as free as much as it can get.
Every programming language, every device in the name of security,
and personal safety, could and is considered to be deployed. But
would that really be a good deterrent at least. The experience over
there, in Eastern Europe shows the opposite.
Despite the heavily militarized borders, people still escaped to
freedom. Criminality with anything but firearms, for been forbidden,
went up so high, that in the end radical measures were put in place.
Entire cities would be cordoned off, every street blocked and searches,
raids, would be common.
The ones arrested as such, where dissidents, criminals, crooks,
a such colorful bunch, one could hardly make the difference. If
that is what you want for US, then learn from this European Easterner.
Not only that the id will never be as good as the second amendment,
but you will surely going to kiss good by for ever to much more
freedom, you are not aware you still have it.
For a grand finale, here is another mind blower. At the enrollment
in the elementary grade, the Department of Education there, would
issue a serial number id, in the form of a clothed plate look alike,
which would be sown on the left arm of your mandatory school uniform.
This kind of system was implemented the moment Soviet Union took
over from Nazi Germany, and for half of century long. The omnipotent
state has done so, from Dachau to Siberia.
Good luck with the id card, America.
Florin Milea [send him mail],
who was born in Romania and is today a US citizen, is a member of
the class of 2000 of the University of Sioux Falls.
© 2001 LewRockwell.com