Dec. 29, 2012
In the modern surveillance state it’s all about the biometrics, especially facial recognition which allows for at-a-distance identification and investigation of individuals without their knowledge or consent-no warrant required!
Very few realize that upon issuance of a state driver’s license, a state identification card, or any other form of government issued photo ID, we are having our facial biometrics captured by high resolution photography. The analog cameras in every state have been replaced with high resolution digital cameras that capture, map, digitize, and database our facial features for use with facial recognition technology.
The federal REAL ID Act was passed in 2005. The first (and most important!) benchmark of REAL ID is capture and retention of the driver’s license applicant’s facial image.
The following is from an article published in Nov. of this year by the Police Chief, the official magazine of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);
(“Image” means biometric image which is quite different than a simple photograph)
“In 2006, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate gave the International Justice and Public Safety Network (Nlets) funds to implement driver’s license image sharing between the states. Nlets is a nonprofit organization owned by the 50 states that has connections to every federal, state, local, and military law enforcement agency in the United States. If an agency’s technical capabilities allow, officers can query state driver’s license databases from a mobile or a desktop device and obtain an image in a manner of seconds.”
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, From The Police Chief, vol. LXXIX, no. , November 2012. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
Your state department of public safety or DMV driver’s license database provides your biometric data which tethers your body to other unique biographical data such as your social security number, age, address and more. As a tool for surveillance and control, your faceprint is invaluable.
“Today, more than 25 states have implemented this technology and are providing law enforcement images. In the next year, at least 12 more states will implement this technology.” A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Now, law enforcement can, simply by taking your picture, identify and investigate you as you go about your business in public without you even being aware that this is happening.
“For some time now, officers have been able to retrieve images through a mobile device while on the street to help identify individuals.” A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
The truth is that they cannot do this everywhere, yet. While the technology is in place there is still the issue of access to be dealt with. This is a legal and not a technical matter. As we know, if the government has the technical ability to do something, they believe that they should be able to do it. In other words, the law must conform to the capability of the technology and not the other way around. Policy, once (somewhat) grounded in principle is now rooted in practice so now if they can do it, they will do it and they are doing it.
This kind of surveillance is damaging. Psychologically, pervasive surveillance, or even the possibility of it, is universally understood to change the behavior of those subjected to it. It induces conformity of behavior and of thought as well. As the range of surveillance grows, our ability to simply be, to exercise our free will, shrinks.
“Nlets will not consider photo sharing a success until it is implemented in all 50 states” link
Targeted Interstate Photo Sharing (TIPS)
“Nlets and DHS S&T have been working to expand the use of images in public safety. A new DHS/Nlets project called Targeted Interstate Photo Sharing (TIPS)” A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
NLETS formerly the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Service is now THE INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC SAFETY NETWORK
“links together every state, local, and federal and International law enforcement (INTERPOL), justice and public safety agency for the purpose of exchanging critical information.” http://www.nlets.org/
As this law enforcement writer notes,
“when we engage in innovative law enforcement technology solutions, we need to take extra care to adequately address the security and privacy of personally identifiable information.”
And who does the writer fear, is not adequately addressing the security and privacy of our personally identifiable information? Good old NLETS.
NLETS role has always been to serve the state’s law enforcement needs, but that role, as noted by NLETS, is changing.
From Hot Trends and Innovations at Nlets 2012 Slide # 42
While Nlets is 45 years old this year, we have always taken the “child” role, with the States being the “parent”
–In recent years, the child is becoming the parent in many aspects.
Why? For one thing NLETS is now being funded and thus, directed by the federal government.
Slide # 17
From Hot Trends and Innovations at Nlets 2012
Department of Homeland Security
When lines of authority are blurred, power naturally defaults to the highest level. The states are not ‘partners’ with the federal government in matters that require state authority over their jurisdiction.
From the Legal Information Institute;
Jurisdiction-The term jurisdiction is really synonymous with the word “power”
Jurisdiction is the territory within which a court or government agency may properly exercise its power
State and local policing is a jurisdictional matter and the states and local governments have conceded their authority in this. Informational jurisdiction is no exception and in fact leads physical control.
What is revealed in this IACP Nov. 2012 article is that the Department of Homeland Security has funded an international non-governmental organization, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), to manage the operational issues of the endeavor; Targeted Interstate Photo Sharing (TIPS).
“The DHS S&T has funded the IACP Technology Center to provide a practitioner group to advise Nlets on operational issues. These experienced practitioners will provide input on how this technology can be used in the field.”
What that means is that we are in trouble.
The IACP is an international, non-governmental organization accredited by the United Nations and has been instrumental in bringing about profound changes to our nation politically, technologically and culturally. There has been a great paradigm shift in our nation since 9-11 that spans all agencies of government. This shift affects every aspect of our lives and has practically decimated the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. US citizens, regardless of their political persuasion, are united in astonishment as they witness the slash and burn abrogation of one cherished right after another.
There is no sector of our society left untouched by the new paradigm and each has its own specialists attending to the transformation in their particular realm. In the realm of policing, it is the IACP who is in charge of nurturing and tending this transformation.
Here is just one example;
I hate to share information like this without providing you with any solutions. I have been working diligently for years to find a way for us to protect our biometric data which is the key to our government’s efforts to create the most effective and efficient surveillance society ever experienced on this earth.
Although I have found no solution in legislation, no real willingness by enough of our elected representatives to do what they took an oath to do; to protect our liberty I do still recommend that you contact your state representative and tell them if you have concerns about open access to your data contained in the state Dept. of Public Safety database. Tell them that you expect them to protect your personal information from being freely shared and used on a whim to track and spy on you. They need to hear concerns from their constituents.
It is clear that we cannot stop the government from sharing this information in ways that will hurt our ability to control our own lives. If we want to protect ourselves we must remove our biometrics from the system by either not giving it to them in the first place or taking legal action to remove it.
That is what I am trying to do, remove my biometric data from the system. There is just no good reason for it being collected in the first place and no one ever informed me or you of what was being taken from us when we applied for our state driver’s license and they certainly never warned us about the repercussions of trusting them with our most personal information.
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