From Bruce Schneiers most recent Crypto-Gram


The U.S. system of government has a basic unwritten rule: the


government should be granted only limited power, and for limited


purposes, because of the certainty that government power will be


abused. We 've already seen the US-PATRIOT Act powers granted to the


government to combat terrorism directed against common


crimes. Allowing the government to create the infrastructure to


collect biometric information on everyone it can is not a power we


should grant the government lightly. It 's something we would have


expected in former East Germany, Iraq, or the Soviet Union. In all of


these countries greater government control meant less security for


citizens, and the results in the U.S. will be no different. It 's bad


civic hygiene to build an infrastructure that can be used to facilitate


a police state.