Plan to Track Students Steps Into Political Quicksand

A federal database would result in a loss of privacy, conservatives say

To Phyllis Schlafly, the longtime conservative activist and author, there are few bigger threats to freedom than the creation by the government of databases that hold detailed personal information about American citizens.

"Databases give the government extraordinary powers to monitor the daily activities of law-abiding Americans," she stated in testimony to Congress in 2000, adding that only "totalitarian regimes" engage in such activities.

Over the last decade, Ms. Schlafly's