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National ID Cards

September 10, 1993

* I am appalled by your editorial (Aug. 29) calling for a counterfeit-proof ID card based on an individual's Social Security number. When I received my Social Security card, the card clearly stated "for Social Security purposes, not for identification." Today everyone from the IRS and DMV to the local electric and water company demands a Social Security number to file a tax return, obtain a driver's license or establish utility service.

What is next, a requirement that all citizens are required to carry this ID card at all times? Of course the next logical step is to allow the police the authority to demand the presentation of the ID card at any time. And so we travel on and on the road to a United Police States of America.

ROBERT B. LAMBERT

Anaheim Hills

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