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DHS Goes Ahead With 'Pre-Crime' Detection Project 438

suraj.sun tips news that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun testing its project to predict future crimes on members of the public. The Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) project is "designed to track and monitor, among other inputs, body movements, voice pitch changes, prosody changes (alterations in the rhythm and intonation of speech), eye movements, body heat changes, and breathing patterns." A field test was performed at a large venue earlier this year, and documents recently obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate that testing is proceeding on other members of the public as well. "It's not clear whether these people were informed that they're participating in a FAST study."
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DHS Goes Ahead With 'Pre-Crime' Detection Project

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  • So basically... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bmo ( 77928 ) on Friday October 07, 2011 @11:48AM (#37639680)

    Anyone with outlier body problems is a suspect now.

    DHS is now waging war against the disabled

    Since the thread was already Godwinned in the first post, I'm going to say that the Nazis also did similar things to the mentally and physically disabled. It's just a jump from detecting and classifying people like this to eugenics.

    Thanks, DHS.

    Go fuck yourselves.


  • by wisebabo ( 638845 ) on Friday October 07, 2011 @11:57AM (#37639862) Journal

    Ok, I didn't RTFA because I want to whip this off before I go out the door but...

    Instead of the "security theater" that passes for inspections at American airports, shouldn't we be emulating the much less intrusive Israeli model? From what I understand (I admit I'm an amateur), instead of passing people through body scanners and whatnot, the Israelis use well trained people to basically talk to people entering the "sterile" zone and WATCH THEIR REACTION. I guess it almost impossible to teach someone not to show outward signs of nervousness especially if they're going to end their life by blowing themselves up (or carrying illegal drugs I suppose). The results speak for themselves, when was the last time you've heard of an Israeli airport or airplane being blown up? Don't tell me it's from lack of fanatical enemies!

    Of course, DHS' attempt to use technology instead of well trained PEOPLE could be a fatal flaw but the essential idea, of pre-screening people based on their autonomous reflexes, is not to be dismissed outright.

  • Re:Minority Report (Score:2, Interesting)

    by GameboyRMH ( 1153867 ) <> on Friday October 07, 2011 @12:05PM (#37639970) Journal

    It's already there, just a low-tech version. Look at the RC plane bomber. A man with a dangerously nutty mind but not guilty of anything. The feds baited him into committing all his "crimes" so that they could lock up a potentially dangerous, but innocent man. It's entrapment, even if we feel good about putting the nutball behind bars.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?