Wednesday, October 27, 2010

If we can't do it at home...


...let's try it out on our subjects abroad. With No Oversight, US Army Amasses Biometric Data in Afghanistan | CommonDreams.org reveals that the US military is employing biometric data gathering to build a database of identifying information about Afghanistan citizens, for the Afghan government.

Barred from deploying such technology in the "Homeland," the United States government is perfecting the technology and procedures in occupied Afghanistan. US soldiers are busy recording iris patterns and fingerprints of goat herders, bakers, women and children, amounting to hundreds of thousands of records to be handed over to the Kabul government.

Practice?

How long will it take before the technology comes home to roost on the streets of the United States? How soon will "Papers, pliss?" be replaced with the Voight-Kampff machine of our Blade Runner nightmares?