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cory777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 02:19 AM
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Army Reveals Afghan Biometric ID Plan; Millions Scanned, Carded by May
Source: Wired

Scanning prisoners irises is just Step 1. In Afghanistan, local and NATO forces are amassing biometric dossiers on hundreds of thousands of cops, crooks, soldiers, insurgents and ordinary citizens. And now, with NATOs backing, the Kabul government is putting together a plan to issue biometrically backed identification cards to 1.65 million Afghans by next May.

The idea is to hinder militant movement around the country, and to keep Taliban infiltrators out of the army, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan commander Lt. Gen. William Caldwell tells Danger Room. The system allows the Afghans to thoroughly screen applicants and recruits for any potential negative past history or criminal linkages, while at the same time it provides an additional measure of security at checkpoints and major facilities to prevent possible entrance and access by malign actors in Afghanistan, Caldwell e-mails.

Its a high-tech upgrade to a classic counterinsurgency move simultaneously taking a census of the population, culling security forces of double agents and cutting off guerrilla routes. (Plus, bombs and weapons can be swabbed for fingerprints to build files on insurgent suspects.) Gen. David Petraeus, now commander of the Afghan war effort, relied heavily on biometrics during his time in command of U.S. forces in Iraq.

Twenty to 25 Afghans a week are currently caught in the biometric sweep, military officials estimate. That number could grow significantly in the months to come. The population registration division of Afghanistans Ministry of Interior is embarking on a program to develop, print and distribute biometrically enabled national ID cards, e-mails Col. Craig Osbourne, the director of NATOs Task Force Biometrics.


Read more: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/09/afghan-biometri...





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TheWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 02:33 AM
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1. Soon To Be Coming To A Formerly Free Country Near You.
Edited on Fri Sep-24-10 02:33 AM by TheWatcher
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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 02:52 AM
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2. Screw that...today Afghanistan, tomorrow America. n/t
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 05:00 AM
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3. No need to get so fancy....
Just tattoo a bar code and number on the forearm.
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27inCali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 05:08 AM
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4. and people keep telling me that the NWO is just a figment
of my imagination....
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L.Torsalo Donating Member (175 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 07:19 AM
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5. I can imagine
the program will be labeled a success...except that Afghans won't carry the ID cards...another massive waste of money...yours that is.
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 02:55 PM
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6. It's not.
Edited on Fri Sep-24-10 02:56 PM by slay
these people - the ones with the power - and money - to change nations - they will never give up that power and money. ever. and the only way to keep it is through control. with people catching on to how the super-powerful are screwing the rest of us - they need some way to track us and keep us in line. it's only a matter of time before it comes here as well. wake up people the time to fight back against the insanely rich and powerful is now - before it's too late. with evil republicans and ineffective dems abandoning the people it's up to us to educate ourselves and fight back!

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