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Identity Dominance: the US Military's Biometric War In Afghanistan 83

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Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "For years the U.S. military has been waging a biometric war in Afghanistan, working to unravel the insurgent networks operating throughout the country by collecting the personal identifiers of large portions of the population. A restricted U.S. Army guide on the use of biometrics in Afghanistan obtained by Public Intelligence provides an inside look at this ongoing battle to identify the Afghan people."
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Identity Dominance: the US Military's Biometric War In Afghanistan

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  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Friday April 25, 2014 @10:57AM (#46840957) Journal
    I take it that this is going to be a beta test and that as soon (or sooner) than we eventually GTFO of that sand-trap, the same vendors will pop up with a variety of exciting new biometric homeland security and law enforcement solutions?
    • by Matheus (586080)

      No... everything in use over there is already available over here. Afghanistan is "Production" not "QA"

  • by xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) on Friday April 25, 2014 @11:02AM (#46840991)

    From the TFA...

    "Locate and identify every resident (visit and record every house and business). At a minimum, fully biometrically enroll all military-age males as follows: Full sets of fingerprints, Full face photo, Iris scans, Names and all variants of names
    Use badging to identify local leaders, and key personnel.
    Track persons of interest; unusual travel patterns may indicate unusual activities."

    "All biometric data collected (is) sent back to the DOD’s Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) located in West Virginia, where it is stored and also shared with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI. Partnerships with other nations also allow the DOD to run data against biometrics collected by foreign governments and law enforcement."

    • getting the info off the devices and back to the DOD does not always happen. i know of numerous times an entire missions worth of data was never uploaded to a computer and/or never sent any further up the chain. it may be collected, but it's not all getting where they want it.

      and from what I saw in two tours, the data that does make it up never amounts to anything actionable. a waste of money and resources right now.

      i think you're right. it is a good place to beta test and will be much more useful here a

    • This is an extremely frightening abuse of power. Imaging if some foreign nation like China or Russia performed similar actions in the US. All potential dissidents documented and tracked like animals. If the US's actions in Afghanistan represent the pinnacle of Western Democracy it is no wonder they resist US presence in their country.
    • by mspohr (589790)

      This is a good start. We need to track everyone. It's best to start with the brown people. Eventually we can track everyone since anyone could be a potential "terrorist". I'm glad to see this already in production to help us control the peoples of the world.
      ( /sarcasm for those who are politically or humor impaired)

  • Frightening. Societally, worse than the diseases and broken bodies that come home from these wars. Many third world countries will soon be more free than the USSA - time to emigrate.
  • by WillAdams (45638) on Friday April 25, 2014 @11:14AM (#46841107) Homepage

    Pretty soon all criminals, insurgents, terrorists and revolutionaries will find themselves practicing the same sort of precautions people used to use to protect themselves against ``witchcraft'':

      - not allowing any hair (or skin cells) to be taken by another
      - not allowing any instance of bleeding to stain anywhere someone else might have access to it
      - not allowing their picture to be taken, lest it steal their soul

  • They want their business model back.

  • by BrendaEM (871664) on Friday April 25, 2014 @12:19PM (#46841757) Homepage

    When you become a better racist, you can identify smaller factions of people.

    Oh, I might be wrong, it just might be a religious thing.

    Ahh, we're over there for the oil.

    Wait, WTF are we doing over there?

    • by Virtucon (127420)

      I thought it was because they all looked the same and as George Carlin said we have a policy on bombing brown people.

  • by Tokolosh (1256448) on Friday April 25, 2014 @12:42PM (#46842037)

    This item, and the subsequent discussion posts, do not state the obvious implication that this kind of tracking is expected to creep into the US.

    The really interesting part to me, is that nobody found it necessary to say so. It is automatically assumed that anyone reading will immediately come to the same conclusion, and therefore it need not be stated.

    That we have come to this, is scary (notwithstanding my tag).

    • by Matheus (586080)

      Sad state of the world aside you're missing an important detail... this is *already over here. Do you have a drivers license? You're in a DB. Do you have a Passport? You're in a DB. Have you ever served in any branch of the armed forces? You're in a DB. Have you ever applied for clearance? You're in a DB. Have you ever been arrested for *anything? You're in a DB. As a child did you ever take a field trip to a local police station and get fingerprinted/etc? They kept all that... If you didn't answe

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