EU children to be fingerprinted
It is these ‘provisions by other means’ that the Government is tacitly supporting. There is a move towards an EU foreign minister (in the present Middle East war, Javier Solana has been heard pontificating ‘above his weight’, purporting to speak with one voice on behalf of the eminently divided EU member states), and EU embassies with a diplomatic service are springing up all over the place (who is paying for John Bruton’s marble-clad mansion in Washington?). There is also a wholesale move towards the elimination of the national veto in justice and home affairs, which includes that vital function of the nation state - law enforcement.
It has been known for some time that the EU requires all its citizens to be numbered and placed on file. The move towards identity cards in the UK is simply in line with this harmonisation demand, all in the name of ‘the war on terror’. What is new, however, is that this ‘citizen database’ demands the fingerprinting of children, possible as young as six years old. Under laws being drawn up behind closed doors, all children will have to attend a finger-printing centre to obtain an EU passport by June 2009. Perhaps they should not worry. They can have it all explained now that the ‘Europe Minister’ has demanded that ‘EU lessons’ become compulsory in all schools.
There is something sinister indeed about some massive computer in Brussels containing the biometric details of every EU citizen, including children. Not only is this a fundamental change in the relationship between the child and the state, it is potentially a means of totalitarian intrusion and control. When the powers that meet in secret to examine the effectiveness of finger-printing, and decide that universal ID cards with biometric data are still open to fabrication and fraud, why not implant every EU citizen, including every baby from birth, with a microchip? Cranmer suggests the forehead, or the right hand. But only because they are the easiest parts of one’s body to scan in a supermarket…
UPDATE (4th August)
EU states will be free to fingerprint children from day one of their life as soon as it is technologically possible. A quote from the EU Council Presidency, June 2006:
- 'scanning of fingerprints: up to 12 years of age.. if provided for by national legislation... from 12 years of age: Compulsory' (EU doc no: 9403/1/06)