February 4, 2008 | Filed Under News
Libertarians have been trying to warn us about our rights and how quickly they are fading away with the growth of big brother. The federal government has pushed through “the Patriot Act”, the new “Protect America Act” is just around the corner, and thought crimes are quickly becoming an issue for our legislators.
CLARKSBURG, West Virginia (CNN) “FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping“– The FBI is gearing up to create a massive computer database of people’s physical characteristics, all part of an effort the bureau says to better identify criminals and terrorists.
George Orwell predicted this with chilling accuracy. Expect to see the words, “Orwell spinning in his grave” thousands of times over the next year.
…it’s an issue that raises major privacy concerns — what one civil liberties expert says should concern all Americans.
The bureau is expected to announce in coming days the awarding of a $1 billion, 10-year contract to help create the database that will compile an array of biometric information — from palm prints to eye scans.
Congress has been caught up in debate over the issue of our government spying on American citizens and whether it violates our constitutional rights and right under our noses, the department of defense, FBI, NSA and other federal agencies are taking measures to do just that. It’s clear who will win this battle, the people have lost their power and stopping this behemoth seems an impossibility given the candidates we have as “front-runners” and the lack of enthusiasm that Washington generally has for protecting our civil liberties.
Kimberly Del Greco, the FBI’s Biometric Services section chief, said adding to the database is “important to protect the borders to keep the terrorists out, protect our citizens, our neighbors, our children so they can have good jobs, and have a safe country to live in.”
Yes, that’s how everything happens. It’s about national security, the terrorists, mushroom clouds. Be afraid and if you’re not afraid, don’t worry one bit because our government and agencies are waiting for the appropriate time to prey on our fears. The fears don’t have to be rational, they just have to be successful– BOO.
…it’s unnerving to privacy experts.
“It’s the beginning of the surveillance society where you can be tracked anywhere, any time and all your movements, and eventually all your activities will be tracked and noted and correlated,”
said Barry Steinhardt, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Technology and Liberty Project.
This isn’t a new phenomenon, the fact is that the FBI and NSA have plenty of data on our citizens that has accumulated under secretive measures. I wish I could share the extent to which our rights are being abused, but I don’t have security clearance and I likely never will. The problem with the continued use of technology to engage in surveillance is that as we try to “update” policy like that found in the FISA legislation, we are forgetting that we need to secure the rights of the people. The legislation in its current form is very loosely based wording that allows the government to get away with just about anything. You can forget suing over ‘misunderstandings’ and if President Bush has his ways, the telecommunication companies that have assisted in illegally spying on Americans will also not be held to account.
The FBI already has 55 million sets of fingerprints on file. In coming years, the bureau wants to compare palm prints, scars and tattoos, iris eye patterns, and facial shapes. The idea is to combine various pieces of biometric information to positively identify a potential suspect. A lot will depend on how quickly technology is perfected, according to Thomas Bush, the FBI official in charge of the Clarksburg, West Virginia, facility where the FBI houses its current fingerprint database.
It’s clear that the United States will at some point become a police State, especially if neo-conservatives have their way. The only avenue that Americans have right now is to spread the word. Learn about the issues and share the knowledge with friends and loved ones. It’ll take a miracle to derail this monstrosity that President Bush has helped to create post-9/11, but I’m not losing all faith in America, I still believe we can reclaim our country and I hope you do too.
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