Reuters & Wash. Post -- FBI aims for world's largest biometrics database
Hello to those on the Tips & Tricks list,
A few days ago on MSNBC.com there was a news item about this.
Now, I find the item posted on MSNBC has expired. I did a Google
search on “FBI to spend $1 billion on biometrics database.” There
are all kinds of links to news coverage on this. Here is the Reuters
MSNBC indicated the news item they had posted came from The
Washington Post. I’m not sure that it originated there. I found a link
to a longer article on The Washington Post datelined 12-21-2007 at:
There are critical comments about “Big Brother is Watching You” and how the database will be safe from hackers
and corrupted data or identity theft. Also discussed is the reliability of matching and the problem of false positives.
This database is to be shared with foreign countries all over the world. It is aimed at more than just Americans. I
think it has the potential of becoming a tracking system – functioning in much the same way as an “internal passport”
system for the American public. If your name comes up as a “suspicious person” or as a “watched person” you will be
denied access to public buildings or services, such as renting a car purchasing an airline ticket.
The federal government can’t seem to come up with funds to build the border fence from Tijuana to Brownsville, but
the FBI can get $1 Billion for a biometrics database. The last time I heard how many miles of fence has been built
since Congress authorized the fence to be built but withheld funds was 2 miles east of San Diego. That’s in addition
to a few miles of existing fence.
Best regards from Virgil