Larry Ellison's ID card idea attracts high-level support

Matthew Gaylor freematt at
Wed Oct 17 10:38:27 PDT 2001

[Note from Matthew Gaylor:  Considering that the show your papers 
routine had already been implemented complete with yellow Star of 
David armbands, I'm one civil libertarian who will never "come 


Posted at 10:53 p.m. PDT Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001
ID card idea attracts high-level support
Top executives, lawmakers back national identification card proposal

Mercury News

Silicon Valley software mogul Larry Ellison's proposal to create a 
national ID card has gained substantial ground -- and the interest of 
top Bush administration officials -- in a signal that the 
controversial idea may be closer to reality than ever.

In an interview with the Mercury News on Tuesday night, Ellison, the 
chairman and CEO of Oracle, said he met with U.S. Attorney General 
John Ashcroft and officials at the CIA and FBI in Washington, D.C., 
over the past week to discuss the idea. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 
D-Calif., has endorsed it, other tech executives have jumped on board 
and even some prominent civil libertarians have said the idea is 
worth pursuing.


``You don't give up much,'' Dershowitz said. ``Civil libertarians 
will come around.''


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