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From Simon Black:

How the government uses its giant facial recognition database




October 29, 2018
Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile

In July 1996, flight TWA 800 exploded in mid-air, 12 minutes after taking off from JFK International Airport in New York. All 230 passengers on board were killed.

It would be four years before an investigation concluded the likely cause of the explosion was a short circuit in the plane’s fuel tank.

But at the time, President Clinton felt the overwhelming need to do something.

People suspected terrorism. So Clinton issued new airport security rules.

From then on, identification was required to board an airplane.

Before that, you just needed a ticket.

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, airport security escalated.

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) and DHS (Department of Homeland Security) were born.

Screening procedures intensified. Agents could now feel you up and down. Then came naked body scanners and the Real ID requirement.

Real ID standards were part of the post-9/11 security hysteria. But they are just now coming into full effect.

The federal guidelines require states to issue IDs that meet certain federal standards, or else the ID cannot be used for flying.

One of these standards is that the photo on the ID has to work with facial recognition systems.

CBP (Customs and Border Protection) has now completed a pilot program for using biometric data for boarding flights exiting the country. Biometric data includes unique identity markers like fingerprints, iris scans, and facial recognition.

The DHS audited the pilot program, and found that it was a success. They caught 1,300 people who had overstayed their visas.

Wait, what? I thought this was supposed to be about national security?

But that’s not what you get from the propaganda piece on the CBP’s website.

One of their “success stories” involved a Polish couple leaving the country. They were using fake documents. And the biometric data revealed they had been ordered to be deported, but hadn’t left.

Now they were leaving. So the CBP let them leave. But first they warned them, with official documentation, that if they returned again they could face felony charges.

How is that a success story, worth the cost of tens of billions of dollars?

CBP makes it seem as if the entire purpose of this technology is to find foreigners who are entering (or living) in the country illegally.

Except that it isn’t just the foreigners that are being targeted.

The CBP, TSA, and DHS are building facial recognition databases for everyone-- US citizens included.

These pilot programs scoop up whatever official pictures the US government has of you.

This includes passport photos, ID photos, and photos taken upon reentering the United States after international travel.

Delta Airlines has even started testing a new program that scans your face prior to boarding your flight and matches it against this government database.

(One of our Sovereign Man team members recently suffered the indignity of this procedures at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.)

JetBlue has a similar program and claims that “The customers are really delighted by it. . . they think it’s cool and they’re having fun.”

I’m not sure who these dairy cows are who think that it’s cool and fun for the government to have a giant database of biometric data.

Even if you could trust the government with this info, you absolutely cannot rely on them to keep it private. Or secure.

The Department of Homeland Security knows this well.

In 2014, over 25,000 DHS employees had their personal details stolen from a database managed by a contractor that performed background checks.

If you think hackers stealing your Social Security Number is bad, just imagine them gaining access to your biometric data.

But, hey, nobody cares.

Americans long ago gave up freedom for security.

Now they are delighted to give up even more freedom. Not even for security… for convenience. If they can shave a few minutes off of their boarding procedure, they’re “delighted,” regardless of the cost.

It’s really shocking when you think about it.

Explosions and terrorist attacks were all the excuse needed to deprive Americans of privacy while traveling.

Now Americans trade their most intimate personal details to save three minutes boarding a plane.

It wasn’t that long ago that you didn’t even need an ID to fly.

Right now Americans can still opt out of facial recognition. But it is only a matter of time until it isn’t optional.

And with Real ID deadlines coming to a close, there is no denying the federal government access to your biometric data.

They don’t have to ask, “Papers please.” They already know.

To your freedom, 


Simon Black,
Founder, SovereignMan.com


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     There used to be a really nice secondary market for tickets back in the day.  You could just buy a ticket from "John Doe" (or whoever) who couldn't make their flight and you'd just assume their identity for the flight to use their ticket.  No one checked or really cared except for the airlines, of course  who couldn't charge full price for that seat while keeping the original fare for the person who couldn't fly.


     Anyhow, the TSA has plans to roll out facial recognition for all domestic flights too.  The ACLU wants full details but, of course, "security" means they're being stonewalled.  Maybe we'll get some amount of info, you know, "for the kids," but when it comes to adults you may as well realize the battle is over as far as you're concerned.


     And if this was about this side or that, left or right, dem or GOP, blue or red, or however you want to look at the two party system just understand that this has been happening while all of them have been in charge and while all of them have had the ability to reign it in or undo it.  None of them want that to happen.  This isn't a partisan issue.  They really do agree on this.




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4 minutes ago, mwc said:

This isn't a partisan issue. 


Damn right this set of issues isn't mwc!


We all sit dumb and happy while those unelected people with the System crank down any illusions of Freedom we might still hold.  Seems when I and many others make notice and complaint with this invasion of everything Staffers at elected Employee Seat Holders take messages, recieve form letters in return.


I do wonder what all this data does and what expense of resources?



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5 hours ago, SkipNChurch said:

Americans long ago gave up freedom for security.



The reality is that security is only a state of mind. True security will never exist. The history of conquest involves asymmetrical warfare, wherein the force that prevails uses tactics that bypass the defenses of the opponent. All this stuff in the article will only allow the powerful to dominate the weak and slow the ignorant while the clever ones will figuratively walk around it.


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From what I understand the 9/11 terrorists all had valid boarding passes, IDs and were perfectly legally allowed to board the planes.  This technology wouldn't have made any difference.


As an outsider I certainly do see the concern for the massive problem of illegal immigrants.  Just heard they believe its now 22 million illegal people in the country, that's a huge problem.  If the intent is to help protect the borders so only legal travellers can enter, then I can understand that. It wouldn't stop the people who turn up legally on holiday visas then fail to leave, but even a percentage change could be positive.

The other benefit I could see is just the speed of processing.  If the amount of people travelling continues to rise then faster throughput becomes a major goal of all airports, and advance technology could certainly help.  If that was the goal then you'd hope they make it optional, where you can join the express queue if you are willing to setup facial recognition, but have the option to stick to normal ID methods if you prefer.

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There is nothing new other than the technology available, and there's no way to stop the march of technology. 


Besides, I first read the title as "Giant Fecal Recognition" so what do I know anyway.


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