24 August 2006
Coming to the defence of Councils across the UK that have passed motions against ID cards , civil liberties and privacy campaigners  this
morning attacked Caerphilly MP Wayne David for his ill-informed hyping of the scheme’s effect on terrorism .
Phil Booth, NO2ID National Coordinator said:
Unsubstantiated claims that ID cards are “crucial” in fighting terrorism simply won’t wash. International evidence shows they have little to no effect , and to claim otherwise at this time is opportunist at best.
Maybe Wayne David should take the lead from ministers of his own party. Charles Clarke, Home Secretary during the 7/7 atrocities, admitted that ID
cards could not prevent terrorist attacks  and Mr David clearly hasn’t noticed the resounding silence from John Reid on ID cards over the past
The government’s ID scheme fundamentally undermines the freedoms and personal privacy of every person in the UK. NO2ID applauds every Council and
Councillor who opposes this unprecedented assault on civil liberties and the British way of life.
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Notes for editors
1) List of anti-ID councils and motions:
2) NO2ID is the UK-wide, non-partisan campaign against compulsory ID cards and the National Identity Register, see http://www.no2id.net
3) As reported by the BBC, 23/8/06: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/5276128.stm
4) As reported by the BBC, 8/7/05: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4663155.stm
5) “Of the 25 countries that have been most adversely affected by terrorism since 1986, eighty per cent have national identity cards, one third of which
incorporate biometrics.” – see ‘Mistaken Identity; Exploring the Relationship Between National Identity Cards & the Prevention of Terrorism’