Mar 13, 2008

Biometric Speed Passes Promoted to Ignorant Americans

What is being implemented in Iraq under Martial Law is being sold to the public as "voluntary" (for now) here. Will Americans trade their privacy and freedom for convenience? (Answer: the stupid ones will). REAL ID will employ this eventually too. "Membership has its privileges".

The Biometric Cataloging of Americans at Home
"Avoid the hassle of airport security every time you fly."

This is the rhetoric being used to entice U.S. citizens to voluntarily provide their biometric information to the U.S. government.

The program, called "clear," is being installed at airports around the country now. For a little background on this, view a post at this website from September 2005, called Securitizing the Global Norm of Identity: Biometric Technologies in Domestic and Foreign Policy.

In Fallujah, the cataloging of human beings has been involuntary since the U.S. siege of that city in November 2004. Having retina scans, fingerprinting and bar-code IDs is mandatory there for Iraqis.

But now, in the "homeland" of the United States, you too can join the happy club of those giving their biometric data to the federal government.

These kiosks are planned for airports in New York, Denver, Oakland, and many others.