|The way they get their foot in the door is to institute these measures in the name of fighting crime or "protecting the children". Of course they're allowed to do this because who in their right mind likes crime, or hates kids?|
The next step is that they use their new powers to identify, track, and harrass people who are politically against them.
Then, eventually, they make crimes out of our efforts to keep the them under control.
Q: How do you eat an elephant?
A: One bite at a time.
In this case the elephant is our freedom, and the government is taking almost unnoticeable bits of it at a time. It doesn't hurt, it's just a slight pinch...not worth getting bothered over. We're going to turn around pretty soon and find out we're missing some limbs, and then we won't be able to effectively fight them.
This isn't some conspiracy, it's part of the natural evolution of government that has been proven time and again throughout history.
1. citizens establish government
2. citizens prosper under government
3. government is given more power
4. government abuses power
5. government oppresses citizens
6. citizens revolt and replace government
...and back to step 1
Yes, I can see that the initial concern was to thwart counterfeiters. However, what WILL happen is that if you print protest leaflets, or copy a paper you wrote against a supreme court decision, the government will be able to find out who you are and harass you.
This copy machine "fingerprint" thing assumes we're all criminals. Just as I would rather a suspect get away than for the cops to fire at him in a crowd, I'd rather a few counterfeiters get away than to sacrifice my own freedom in order to take theirs.