Rep. Mark Souder has become a crusader for biometrics ID cards, but admits the political environment is not yet ripe for making them a part of Americans’ everyday life.

IDs encrypted with images of their holders’ fingerprints and irises would not only be the best tool to identify terrorists, says the Indiana Republican, but would go a long way toward helping people avoid the inconveniences associated with many homeland security initiatives.


“There are lots and lots of ways that biometrics are not as reliable and infallible as people tend to think they are,” said Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “I would argue that the burden of proof is on the proponents of biometrics to show that it is actually going to be workable as security.”

Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Congressional Quarterly