Background on Real ID:
Head of visitor tracking program wants global ID system
By Jonathan Marino
April 25, 2006
The head of the Homeland Security Department's visitor tracking program
on Tuesday called for the creation of a "global ID management system" to
make travel easier while enhancing security...
[Jim] Williams said he wants to join forces with several DHS agencies to
develop a global identification system that would cut wait times, reduce
government fees for travelers, fight illegal immigration and, perhaps
paramount, better defend nations from terrorists.
The US VISIT chief, who already oversees identity inquiries for nearly
every visitor who enters the United States, said a worldwide
identification system will better link nations in the fight against
terrorism. In his speech, he likened al Qaeda operatives and sleeper
cells - including the ones that attacked on 9/11 - to "submarines" that
must surface to kill.
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