Fearful that terrorists will next target Australia, Prime Minister John Howard broke silence this week. He reopened debate on issuing mandated national ID cards.
Those who live topside and think that internal political decisions made down under will have little bearing on our lives, should think again.
A national ID system in Australia will do more than raid that nation of personal liberty. It will set a precedent to be followed by rest of world.
So what's big deal?
Once national ID card is adopted in Australia, its effectiveness in curbing terrorism, illegal immigration and host of other social ills will be realized. That will make for an easy sell to Americans, Europeans and others weary of what ails society. The national ID will be seen as a quick fix.
The logical progression will lead to an international interlink between nations. An international ID card will be established. Then, to thwart card theft, business-card sized documents will be replaced with permanent IDs: computer chips implanted in hand (for convenience) and forehead (for permanence).
Once established, implanted IDs will lend themselves for other conveniences, such as biotechnical debit cards and health histories.
So long to liberty
Implanted IDs will be effective. They will do wonders to end terrorism, tax evasion, kidnapping, money laundering and even purse snatching. With exception of cumbersome act of bartering, implanted IDs will be required for commerce of any kind. No ID implant? No buying and no selling.
While international IDs will provide a panache of benifits, they will also end personal liberty as we know it. And that, many believe, will be a fair exchange.
End of national sovereignty
The move toward internationalism is not new. What is new is a report issued recently by Council on Foreign Relations. Like John Howard's quest to fend off terrorism, CFR says terrorism can be held at bay if Americas will form a coalition similar to European Union.