Saturday, December 22, 2007

FBI aims for world's largest biometrics database


When George Orwell wrote 1984, he really blew it. He missed the mark by about 20 years. Oh well, he was no Nostradamus.

Surveillance cameras, newspeak, unlawful interception of communications, secret prisons, kidnapping, torture....all the elements are here.

And now the government will capture and retain biometric data on Americans who have never been suspected of having broken any law.

Of course, I'm not going to ignore the Amazon.com thingie.

What the hell does it take before Americans revolt and tell Bush and his weasels to go fuck themselves? Contact Congress and tell them to impeach this fucking administration ASAP.

Remember, its easier to encourage impeachment from your home or office than it is from a secret prison with a hood over your head.
The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion (504 million pounds) project to build the world's largest computer database of biometrics to give the U.S. government more ways to identify people at home and abroad, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The FBI has already started compiling digital images of faces, fingerprints and palm patterns in its systems, the paper said.

In January, the agency -- which focuses on violations of federal law, espionage by foreigners and terrorist activities -- expects to award a 10-year contract to expand the amount and kinds of biometric information it receives, it said.

At an employer's request, the FBI will also retain the fingerprints of employees who have undergone criminal background checks, the paper said.

Via Reuters.

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