They Never Forget A Face
The Washington Post reports: "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."
Sounds almost like the pre-fingerprint Bertillon system of criminal identification from the last years of the 19th Century. "Bertillonage" was discredited because it didn't work, and my guess is it won't work now, but failure and a basically stupid idea have never deterred the federal government from spending millions of dollars before.
"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."
In other words, the federal government's massive spy network will be placed at the disposal of your pointy-haired moron boss, who will be routinely notified if you blot your copybook with our Lords and Masters in any way, so in addition to legal trouble, your job will be at risk and you will be threatened with blacklisting if you don't mind your politically correct p's and q's. Groovy.
"The increasing use of biometrics for identification is raising questions about the ability of Americans to avoid unwanted scrutiny."
As if anybody really gives a damn. If we were in fact worried about "unwanted scrutiny" we'd do something about it, but it's too much trouble, and besides, if we tried to do something about these morally denatured reptiles tyrannizing us, we might stub our little toesies and it might hurt! Can't have that now, can we?
"It is drawing criticism from those who worry that people's bodies will become de facto national identification cards. Critics say that such government initiatives should not proceed without proof that the technology really can pick a criminal out of a crowd."
That's not the point. Define "criminal" in the context of Hussein's Amurrica.
"The use of biometric data is increasing throughout the government. For the past two years, the Defense Department has been storing in a database images of fingerprints, irises and faces of more than 1.5 million Iraqi and Afghan detainees, Iraqi citizens and foreigners who need access to U.S. military bases. The Pentagon also collects DNA samples from some Iraqi detainees, which are stored separately."
So now they're turning to American citizens for these databases. But...but...all these draconian "security" laws and Guantanamo Bay are just for wicked Muslims and foreigners with dark skins, right? Our wonderful beloved government would never ever turn these laws on good ole Baptist white folks like us, who love Jesus. Would they? Oh, no, no, they would never do that...
Yadda yadda yadda.
The way things are shaping up, the purpose of the past eight years of the Bush regime has been to use an artificially created "terrorism threat" based on the 9/11 false flag attack to get all these horrible and evil laws in place, ready for the Funky Monkey and the mysterious forces behind him to pick up and use when she comes in for her turn in January, 2009.
There are three major cornerstones: the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and now S.R. 1959, the Violent Radicalization and Domestic Terrorism Act, which formally introduces the concept of thoughtcrime into the American legal and judicial system for the first time.
The FBI is accumulating these huge databases of information in anticipation of Hussein's advent in January of '09 and the subsequent fulfillment of the Establishment's dream...the Big Roundup, followed by the imposition of Total Control and the creation of a full cradle-to-grave surveillance and scripted society.