DHS Outlines Mandatory Biometric ID At Airports For Foreign Travel

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Authored by Nicholas West via ActivistPost.com,

What at first seemed like creeping tip-toe incrementalism toward the use of biometric ID for travel is quickly becoming a warp-speed reality.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been covering some disturbing developments at national airports that seem to show an acceleration of the plan to use biometric identification in a variety of ways.

On May 19th I reported on a new program initiated by Delta Airlines at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to have automated baggage kiosks for “priority customers” that will first scan a traveler’s passport, then their face in order to match identity to checked luggage. It was promoted as a “pilot program” that Delta launched to seek customer feedback in the hope that it could be rolled out more widely in the future.

This announcement was followed by JetBlue who stated they will “test facial- and fingerprint-recognition technology at two U.S. airports to replace boarding passes, building on industry efforts to increase security and ease passage through airports.”

However, these stories were nothing compared to what followed on June 20th when U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that they would integrate government databases with a private company to speed up biometric processing.

JetBlue is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and SITA, an information-technology provider for airlines.

 

 

“This is the first integration of biometric authorization by the CBP with an airline and may prove to be a solution that will be quick and easy to roll out across U.S. airports,” Jim Peters, SITA’s chief technology officer, said in the statement. (emphasis added)

It’s a plan that has been in the making for 15 years, but is just now coming to fruition.

In the article “CBP will implement long-mandated biometric exit at airports, official says” we discover the hurdles that needed to be overcome and why we most likely are witnessing intensified media coverage at this moment:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is finally addressing the 15-year-old-plus legislative mandate to check the identity of departing foreign visitors using biometrics, CBP Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner said Thursday.

 

 

Wagner said the goal would be accomplished by making use of existing data collection, the latest facial recognition technology and cloud computing. He acknowledged there would be privacy issues – particularly because the facial recognition technology would capture images of U.S. citizens as part of the overall process.

 

“We’re out of time, we’re out of excuses,” Wagner said.

With that as the backdrop, if one weren’t already alarmed by this trend, DHS is now laying out a clear plan for mandatory face scans for all travelers to foreign destinations, stating that “the only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling.” That’s right, no opt-out, just stay home.

The full 18-page DHS document is posted below and is also available at the bottom of this page at TechDirt.

Naturally, DHS is giving assurances that scans of U.S. citizens won’t be retained, but reading through the following doublespeak should render that notion laughable:

John Wagner, the Customs deputy executive assistant commissioner in charge of the program, confirmed in an interview that U.S. citizens departing on international flights will submit to face scans.

 

Wagner says the agency has no plans to retain the biometric data of U.S. citizens and will delete all scans of them within 14 days.

 

[…]

 

However, [Wagner] doesn’t rule out CBP keeping them in the future after going “through the appropriate privacy reviews and approvals.”

(Source: TechDirt)

This should only be viewed as the next stage of incrementalism before biometric ID will be required for domestic travel as well. And, as we have seen with the TSA, airports may not be the final destination.

People are being transformed into digital organisms made easier for scanning and processing. The political will is there, the databases exist, and the technology is clearly being rolled out across every meaningful area of human activity.

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incharge1976's picture

Get your ass to Mars.

ne-tiger's picture

US of A is a fucking joke now. Just vacationed in scandinavan countries: every one of them is better than my old US of A.

Automatic Choke's picture

Tough software job -- all those xxxxxx look alike.

NoDecaf's picture

The only way to beat this is for the masses to self identify en-masse  as something or somebody else.

think Bruce Jenner, Human Barbie, Trekkies, Furries etc

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

>U.S. Customs and Border Protection is finally addressing the 15-year-old-plus legislative mandate to check the identity of departing foreign visitors using biometrics

This sounds fuckin awesome.

>DHS is now laying out a clear plan for mandatory face scans for all travelers to foreign destinations, stating that “the only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling.” That’s right, no opt-out, just stay home.

This sounds like complete fucking bullshit. We can only draw one conclusion from these two pieces of information: DHS sees its #1 job as protecting itself from ithe American people. That must be the case, otherwise, why would they ignore a congressional mandate to use biometrics verification against foreign nationals for 15 years, right up until the moment they decide to use biometrics against US citizens? Clearly, protecting US citizens against foreigners is not the operational priority, rather, protecting the Feds from US citizens IS IN FACT the priority.

 

 

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HRH Feant2's picture

Preaching to the choir. One more reason to visit your local airfield and make friends. Will that private pilot take gold or silver to get you the fuck out of dodge? Most would say "no problem, let me fuel up, where you wanna go?"

Proofreder's picture

New identity for the dailysucxter link - double the virus, double the fun, right.

NOTICE - in case the above did not alert, DO NOT CLICK ON THE DAILYWESTER LINK can be found in almost every ZH comments section.

On topic; visited Central America for a little Pura Vita in February - went through the facial recognition thing upon return to US at Atlanta airport customs.  Involved opening passport under a small camera, then facing screen while another camera captured face.  Wearing a ballcap or dark glasses fails the system.  Took less than a minute and there was no one in a uniform to monitor the machines.

Halt, citizen - let me see your scan und papers.  Now lick my boots.

USA USA USA

                        # # #

 

TahoeBilly2012's picture

I am planning to start a website targeting the coming cash ban and high lighting who is pushing for these cash bans. This must be a redline and I assume our only hope is actually threatening these people with serious consequences. All other red lines pale in comparison.

auricle's picture

Credit card companies will cover the majority of the move to digital. They will be subsidized by the .gov to offer huge savings to companies that move to pure digital. There will be plenty of mom and pop shops that will remain cash, but over time that will diminish. It's already happening. 

http://www.businessinsider.com/visa-unveils-new-incentive-plan-to-push-c...

mvsjcl's picture

Let us know when you're up and running.

swmnguy's picture

I keep wondering what actual problem any of this solves.  Or any incident any of this would have prevented.  Keep coming up empty.

It does provide a lot of levers of power, but that wasn't something I particularly wanted or considered desirable, much less needed.

mrtoad's picture

It's all about privatising every government arm on the planet.

seek's picture

It solves the "problem" of anonymity. The .gov really, really hates not knowing everyone and everything.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Remember Minority Report? Well, turns out they'd first named it Majority Report, but people might have freaked out....

Best Satan in Town's picture

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Bill of Rights's picture

The majority of the US is a shithole....the whole " free " meme and "Democracy " is a ruse.

Never One Roach's picture

24 years of clinton, bush obama wars and wall street bailouts and neglecting america has consequences.

ATM's picture

Not to mention seeding the earth with worthless chits of green paper and stealing the wealth of the planet. 

allgoodmen's picture

Fuck freedom, I get to take lots of free shit paid by people like you, and can do whatever deviancy I like without being laughed at, infact I demand my deviancy gets specil privileges

Green2Delta's picture

I agree with you that the USA is now a joke, but Sweden doesn't look to be that great of a destination these days. I know some Obama supporters that moved over there around 8 years ago because of the great free health care. The wife is actually from Sweden. They laughed at me when I told them the Muslim problem was getting out of hand. Now remember I said this was 8 years ago. They didn't last 13 months before they were moving back here. Of course like most people they didn't have the deceny to say I was right. Nor do they possess the intelligence to ask what else I know. 

steve2241's picture

I'd have chosen Finland.  Though there may be similar issues confronting that country as well.  Finland borders Russia and has a vast forest within its borders.

HRH Feant2's picture

Fucking liar. Public transport is unsafe due to ragheads and nafrican gimmigrants infesting the place. It may be fine if you are single, male, and traveling via air or rental car. But with a wife or children via public transport? Don't make me laugh. And the taxes. Nice place to visit but unless you want to give up more than half your income to the state to support the gimmigrants and nafricans keep on bragging about how great Scandinaivia is. It was great 20 years ago? Now it is just one more globalist wasteland.

mkhs's picture

"gimmigrants"

 

priceless!

Croesus's picture

"John Wagner, the Customs deputy executive assistant commissioner in charge of the program, confirmed in an interview that U.S. citizens departing on international flights will submit to face scans.

Wagner says the agency has no plans to retain the biometric data of U.S. citizens and will delete all scans of them within 14 days."

ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE. AFTER THAT, IT WILL BE PERMANENT D-BASE ENTRY, YOU CAN BET YOUR BALLS ON IT. DOTGOV NEVER WANTS "LESS" DATA.

krispkritter's picture

Speaking of balls, this will be my new travel mask.

Proofreder's picture

Sorry I clicked that - where is my swedish eyewash -

must have, soon - aarrrg!

Creative_Destruct's picture

"IT WILL BE PERMANENT D-BASE ENTRY"

Yup...."Oh Brave New World that has such people in it."

TomJoad's picture

Burn it to the ground. Burn it all. Leave nothing standing.

FiatFapper's picture

Ordering a pizza in the future

Is it a coincidence this comes with a push for a cashless society. People need to understand that when when your bank card(s) are lost/stolen, it's easy to replace; if some fucker clones your biometrics, then you're fucked for life.

Cardinal Fang's picture

Then they will make everybody shave their facial/scalp hair to make the system more reliable...

Everyone will have to wear their little Chairman Mao
Uniforms etc...

Gonna be a real shitshow...

Makes North Korea look futuristic...

motorollin's picture

Forget cloning. What happens when 'they' erase them?

We become unscannable! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD8aZV-Y8bE

HRClinton's picture

Those who do not have a Plan B, C and even D - where one of them is outside the USSA - deserves everything they got coming to them.

Now tell us how you're such a 'Patriot', when you actually live in the Banana Republic par Excellence, and not the Republic of your wet dreams.

 

Q: What do you call a 100% Patriot in an Oligrachy or Banana Republic? 

A: A useful idiot. An Asset. To be used, disposed of and replaced. 

Who loves ya, baby? The company, the State or your family?

OCnStiggs's picture

We asked for this as a crew ID in the hours after 9-11 and the FBI said it couldn't be done. Too expensive. Couldn't merge the databases. Loads of crappy excuses. Only took 16 years...

Troy Ounce's picture

 

Has nothing to do with terrorism. Everything with control. How come? Because they can. Why? Because nobody gives a fuck.

HRClinton's picture

Our ancestors must be rolling in their graves. 

They will be ashamed to meet us in the afterlife, if there is one.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

I give a fuck.  

It probably even says as much in my DHS file.

mkhs's picture

No, that is not what subversive means.

Troy Ounce's picture

 

Has nothing to do with terrorism. Everything with control. How come? Because they can. Why? Because nobody gives a fuck.

redmudhooch's picture

Correct, notice that all the "terrorist" attacks we have had, the FBI had known about the guy, had him under investigation, but chose to do NOTHING. Same with 911, we were warned, and did NOTHING. This has nothing to do with preventing "terrorism".

They regularly allow "terrorists" into the USA from foreign countries also, they're known "terrorists" yet they're allowed to enter our country. Tom Cotton admitted this himself not too long ago.

Won't surgery or a little Hollywood makeup fix this anyway? I don't get it.

Troy Ounce's picture

 

Who the hell wants to visit the US? It's a mental asylum with the patients in charge.

rejected's picture

No,,, it's a mental asylum with the worst mental patients in charge.

Billy the Poet's picture

Unfortunately millions want to not only visit the US but sneak illegally across our borders, receive benefits and stay forever. They can get jobs and driver's licenses and multi-million dollar settlements but they never vote  Not ever.

micksavage2010's picture

what an asshole. do u say the same about the dindu nuffin amerkkans?

mkhs's picture

Dindu muffins?  Is that a new MikeyD breakfast treat?

AtATrESICI's picture

I am all in as long as the chip is injected or subdermal.