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From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 17:25:01 -0400



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From: Peter Capek <capek () ieee org>
Date: April 26, 2006 5:11:19 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: For IP:

GovExec.com reported yesterday that Jim Williams, head of the Department of
Homeland Security's visitor tracking program (US VISIT), has called
for the creation of a "global ID management system", with the goal of
making travel easier while enhancing security.

Williams told people attending the annual meeting of the National
Business Traveler's Association that he had once been temporarily
unable to board a plane due to a name clash with someone on the
terrorist watch list.

It wasn't clear whether Williams wants governments other than the US
to participate in the proposed program, but he said he wants to work
with other DHS agencies to develop a global identification system that
would cut wait times, reduce government fees for travelers, fight
illegal immigration, and better defend nations from terrorists.

His hosts, the business travelers' association, welcomed the proposal.

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Sounds a little like a world REAL ID proposal.    Sigh.


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