May 21, 2013

Immigration Bill includes Universal Biometric Security System

Another call for a massive biometric database from a member of congress:

Hatch Calls for Fingerprints

Washington » The federal government would start collecting fingerprints from foreigners at the nation’s busiest airports under a plan sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch.

The Senate Judiciary Committee accepted the Utah Republican’s amendment to a broad immigration reform bill Monday, saying it is a financially feasible step toward a universal biometric security system at all land, air and sea ports.

“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security"   ---Ben Franklin

A previous article and commentary also pointed this out:
Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf)  is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.

Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.

 If you thought the PATRIOT act, in response to 9/11 destroyed what was left of privacy, wait until a national database with your fingerprint, iris, and other biometrics are put into some massive database.  Credit cards and other payment forms could, who knows how soon, be replaced by fingerprints as a form of payment.  We already have cameras practically everywhere monitoring our every move and smart phones with GPS tracking technology integrated with our everyday life.  It may not be too long in the future when a system like this gets created.

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