Bipartisan bill hopes to curb terrorism by requiring ID for prepaid cellphones

A bipartisan pair of Senate leaders have introduced a first-of-its-kind bill aimed at stopping terrorist suspects such as the would-be Times Square bomber from hiding their identities by using prepaid cellphones to plot their attacks.

The legislation sponsored by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) would require buyers to present identification when purchasing a prepaid cellphone and require phone companies to keep the information on file, as they do with users of landline phones and subscription-based cellphones. The proposal would require the carriers to retain the data for 18 months after the phone’s deactivation.

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  • doncicciofitipaldi


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Brown-Jr/542115184 Anthony Brown Jr.

    And people say that there is no way that we are living in a police state. I beg to differ.

  • patrick

    I buy these for my kids. they get their upgrade, drop it/ sit on it/ get it wet and want a new phone. best bargain is to go to walmart and get one of these for $25. We just insert their SIM card. This bugs me.

  • Confedd

    this will stop terrorist? over 20 million illegal aliens in the U.S. They have no problems getting Identification… that can not be traced to them, so they think a terrorist will have problem with this? This will probably increase the price on the consumer and add no more security then the possibility of chasing a fake ID. They need to stop with the laws and actions on the general public and target the real problem.

  • thephranc

    So the millions of upstanding people who have a pre-paid phone will be punished for the actions of a few.