“Banning the burqa. A bad idea.” Economist. May 13, 2010: “On security, women can be required to lift their veils if necessary.” This allows for the burqa and niqab to be worn, but while providing adequate measures and exceptions when security matters are at hand.
“What’s behind France’s proposed burqa ban?” Christian Science Monitor Editorial. January 27, 2009: “In an age when it’s becoming more important to properly identify people – to prevent fraud, to prevent violence – a face-covering veil does present a challenge. But that’s a technical matter that requires a technical solution. It’s not a “challenge” to the French Republic, as the report claims.”