Ex-MI5 Chief Calls ID Cards "Useless"
The case for identity cards has been branded "bogus" after an ex-MI5 chief said they might not help fight terror.
Dame Stella Rimington has said most documents could be forged and this would render ID cards "useless".
She said: "ID cards have possibly some purpose.
"But I don't think that anybody in the intelligence services, particularly in my former service, would be pressing for ID cards.
"My angle on ID cards is that they may be of some use but only if they can be made unforgeable - and all our other documentation is quite easy to forge.
"If we have ID cards at vast expense and people can go into a back room and forge them they are going to be absolutely useless.
"ID cards may be helpful in all kinds of things but I don't think they are necessarily going to make us any safer."
Posted on November 18, 2005 at 6:48 AM • 26 Comments