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

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 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

  • 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).

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