Friday, December 28, 2007

Monkeys With Guns 3: FBI Prepares Vast Database Of Biometrics

From the Haitian Times:

CLARKSBURG, W. Va. -- The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world’s largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.

Digital images of faces, fingerprints and palm patterns are already flowing into FBI systems in a climate-controlled, secure basement here. Next month, the FBI intends to award a 10-year contract that would significantly expand the amount and kinds of biometric information it receives. And in the coming years, law enforcement authorities around the world will be able to rely on iris patterns, face-shape data, scars and perhaps even the unique ways people walk and talk, to solve crimes and identify criminals and terrorists. The FBI will also retain, upon request by employers, the fingerprints of employees who have undergone criminal background checks so the employers can be notified if employees have brushes with the law.

Now who thinks that is a wonderful idea?

Who thinks that this power right here will not be abused?

On paper it is a very sexy idea, to be able to track a criminal all over the planet.

Real sexy.

So why do I keep getting the images of a monkey with a gun?

Slowly but surely the government is taking our rights away.

Keep sipping that Kool Aid.