Bruce Schneier argues:
A single national ID is an exceedingly valuable document, and accordingly there’s greater incentive to forge it. There is more security in alert guards paying attention to subtle social cues than bored minimum-wage guards blindly checking IDs.
That’s why, when someone asks me to rate the security of a national ID card on a scale of one to 10, I can’t give an answer. It doesn’t even belong on a scale.
(via David Weinberger)
Robin McKie of the Guardian writes:
Finding life on Mars has proved an elusive dream for decades. But scientists now believe they may be able to do it for themselves – by turning the Red Planet into a blue world with streams, green fields and fresh breezes and filling it with Earthly creatures.
Bob Goodlatte, R-Va: “It cannot be allowed to stand that another nation can impose its values on the US and make it a trade issue.” (NY Times, 3/26)