Thanks to a nearly dead technology known as “history books”, we know that the US government has a long history of misinterpreting the commerce clause and that their many attempts to micromanage most aspects of the economy and centralize economic authority have been well documented. Historically this is a new low for them.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke provided us with this latest bit of government cyber security rhetoric:
"We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities."
Internet and technology expert hit Lauren Weinstein hit the nail on the head when he read between the lines of the official quotes. He highlighted the most important fundamental issue from this cyber security proposal in one good statement:
“This entire scheme rests on the ability to link Internet presence/roles with real-world identities. So even if no physical card ever exists, the system as currently understood would very much equate to a national ID card for accessing the Internet.”