Fighting the ID Database
Meet Defy-ID at the Anarchist Bookfair in London on 27th October 2007
London's annual Anarchist Bookfair will take place Saturday 27th October 2007, from 10am-7pm at Queen Mary and Westfield College, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS [ Map ]
The bookfair location is close to Mile End and Stepney Green Tubes. As usual there will be lots of great stalls and meetings, plus film and cabaret.
Defy-ID is running a stall. Come and pick up leaflets and talk to real people opposing ID cards and databases!
Full details: www.anarchistbookfair.co.uk
Defy-ID and No Borders - Better Together
Following on from the statement by Nottingham Defy-ID 'Defy-ID and No Borders - Better Together', a workshop on ID and Border Control was held at the No Borders Camp on 21st September 2007. If you are interested in organising against the UK Borders Bill , that will entail imposing biometric ID on all visitors to Britain, please get in touch with your local Defy-ID or No Borders group. This new Bill follows the ID Cards Act (2006) which will soon impose ID cards on all passport holders in Britain, and most likely everyone else from 2010 (unless we stop it first!).
69 Passport and ID 'interrogation' centres opening
The UKIPS Authentification by Interview (AbI) centres are now opening around the country. First time passport applicants (many teenagers, for example) will now be made to attend an interview for a face-to-face identity check before they can get a passport. This is a first step in bringing in compulsory ID cards, because the AbI centres will also be used for taking biometrics for passports (since these will soon require fingerprints), and then for getting the vast amount of information the government wants about us for the National Identity Register. Action is needed against this front line of a new 'police state' in the making.
Identity Card Scheme Has Become Law
The first national identity cards for more than half-a- century will be issued within three years after the protracted parliamentary wrangling over the controversial scheme ended.
After rejecting the plans five times, the House of Lords finally dropped its resistance to the fundamental principle of ID cards.The scheme, first produced three years ago by the Government, received Royal Assent on March 30th 2006.
Identity cards will be made compulsory if Labour wins the next election, Home Secretary Charles Clarke has said. Under the current scheme all passport applicants from 2008 will have to get an ID card - although there will be a brief opt-out period until 2010.
But Clarke said he plans legislation after the next election to make it compulsory for everyone to get a card, whether or not they have a passport.