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DoJ Budget Request Details Advanced Surveillance, Biometrics 39

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-can-trust-us dept.
An anonymous reader writes with a report about programs revealed in the Department of Justice's 2010 budget request, which includes $233.9 million in funding for an "Advanced Electronic Surveillance" project, and $97.6 million to establish the Biometric Technology Center. The surveillance project is designed to help the FBI "deal with changing technology and ways to intercept phone calls such as those used by VOIP phones or technology such as Skype. The program is also conducting research on ways to conduct automated analysis to look for links between subjects of surveillance and other investigative suspects." The Center for Democracy and Technology's Jim Dempsey warns, "It is appropriate for the FBI to develop more and more powerful interception tools, but the privacy laws that are supposed to guide and limit the use of those tools have not kept pace." The biometrics plan lays groundwork for a "vast database of personal data including fingerprints, iris scans and DNA which the FBI calls the Next Generation Identification," a system we have discussed in the past.
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DoJ Budget Request Details Advanced Surveillance, Biometrics

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  • Next up ... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by foobsr (693224) on Sunday May 10, 2009 @12:01PM (#27897179) Homepage Journal
    Quote (2007) [bbc.co.uk]:

    So far there is no gadget that can actually see inside our houses, but even that's about to change.

    Ian Kitajima flew to Washington from his laboratories in Hawaii to show me sense-through-the-wall technology.

    "Each individual has a characteristic profile," explained Ian, holding a green rectangular box that looked like a TV remote control.

    Using radio waves, you point it a wall and it tells you if anyone is on the other side. His company, Oceanit, is due to test it with the Hawaii National Guard in Iraq next year, and it turns out that the human body gives off such sensitive radio signals, that it can even pick up breathing and heart rates.

    CC.
  • stucco revival (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 10, 2009 @12:17PM (#27897325)

    stucco houses have chicken wire in their plaster matrix, and so act as a pretty good Faraday cage.

  • by fahrbot-bot (874524) on Sunday May 10, 2009 @12:18PM (#27897341)

    The biometrics plan lays groundwork for a "vast database of personal data including fingerprints, iris scans and DNA which the FBI calls the Next Generation Identification.

    ...GATTACA [wikipedia.org]. Can't wait to see who Feds declare "valid" and "in-valid".

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