Trump Administration To Test Biometric Program To Scan Faces Of Drivers

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is preparing to launch a pilot program to scan the faces of drivers and passengers at Anzalduas Port near McAllen, Texas.

On Thursday the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced plans for a new pilot program that will test out biometric facial recognition technology as part of an effort to identify fugitives or terror suspects. The Austin-American Statesman reported on the announcement:

Thanks to quantum leaps in facial recognition technology, especially over the past year, the future is arriving sooner than most Americans realize. As early as this summer, CBP will set up a pilot program to digitally scan the faces of drivers and passengers — while they are in moving vehicles — at the busy Anzalduas Port of Entry outside of McAllen, the agency announced Thursday.

The Texas-Mexico border is being used as the testing grounds for the technology. The results of the pilot program will be used to help roll out a national program along the entire southern and northern borders. The Statesman notes that the Department of Energy hired researchers at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help overcome the difficulties of using facial recognition technology on moving vehicles. The researchers developed a method for combating window tinting and sun glare which can make a vehicle’s windows impenetrable to cameras. The facial recognition technology being developed for the pilot program will be capable of identifying the driver, front passengers, and the passengers riding in the back.

The CBP currently operates facial recognition exit programs at almost a dozen international airports in the United States. Colleen Manaher, the CBP’s executive director of planning, program analysis and evaluation, told the Statesman that travelers have been accepting of the technology and noted that “we can thank the Apples and the Googles for that.”

Although the CBP claims implementing facial recognition technology could eventually eliminate the need for passports, boarding passes and other travel documents, the technology is without a doubt an invasion of privacy. Both the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology have called for further investigation into the potential dangers of a massive facial recognition apparatus. In the U.S., only Texas and Illinois have laws preventing the use of biometric data for commercial purposes.

The new Texas pilot program is only the latest effort by the federal government to implement a wide range of biometric and surveillance programs around the United States.

In August 2017 Activist Post first reported on the plans to launch a national program scan the faces of all airline passengers in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched a “Traveler Verification Service” (TVS) that intends to use facial recognition on all airline passengers, including U.S. citizens, boarding flights exiting the United States. That same month it was reported that thirty-one sheriffs along the U.S.-Mexico border voted unanimously to adopt tools that will allow the collection and storing of iris scans.

Additionally, Activist Post just last week reported that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency now has access to a nationwide license plate recognition database after finalizing a contract with the industry’s top license plate data collection company. This database allows ICE to search a vehicles whereabouts over the last five years, as well as developing “hot lists” that can track particular vehicles indefinitely.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is currently facing a lawsuit for failing to release records related to the agency’s use of devices to gather biometric data from immigrants. Mijente and the National Immigration Project of National Lawyers Guild are asking a federal court to force ICE and the Department of Homeland Security to release information related to the use of handheld devices used to gather biometric data from immigrants during raids.

These programs are reminiscent of mass surveillance systems established in Russia and China.

The truth of the matter is that all three nations are taking different paths towards the same goal: control and monitoring of their population and suppression of critical thought or opposition. The only way to stand against this is to refuse to fund the programs at every turn and sharing the information. It might be too late to stop the establishment of these programs, but the people could potentially form enough of a resistance to establish free communities and neighborhoods where these invasive technologies are rejected.


IntercoursetheEU Lost in Japan Thu, 02/08/2018 - 01:10 Permalink

Oh bullshit, they've been doing this for years. NH Maine border 2012, passed through automated toll both, and then*flash*  what was that?

The game is 'blame it on Trump', or get him to lick the frozen flagpole, like in Syria. He may be caving, or he may be leading them to the same cliff all his other former adversaries were too dumb to see coming.


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overbet jomama Thu, 02/08/2018 - 01:08 Permalink

I have no problem identitying myself when entering any country. Searches a different story. Proving I have a right to be there is welcomed security to keep out those that aren't.. I've been to a lot of different countries. Never found one that let me in without identifying myself.

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simulkra overbet Thu, 02/08/2018 - 01:27 Permalink

Then you will love the new tech. Its butt-hole recognition. All you have to do is drop yr pants and bend over. Its being introduced as for some reason thumb print/facial and all the rest of the police state apparatus hasn't slowed illegals. Ever considered that its not meant to?

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simulkra overbet Thu, 02/08/2018 - 01:36 Permalink

Then you will love the new tech. Its butt-hole recognition. All you have to do is drop yr pants and bend over. Its being introduced as for some reason thumb print/facial and all the rest of the police state apparatus hasn't slowed illegals. Ever considered that its not meant to?

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TheRideNeverEnds overbet Thu, 02/08/2018 - 05:31 Permalink

I agree.  If this is used to deport all the illigals and arrest all the fugitives I’m all for it. 


Then an we can use it to round up all the non whites.  I was in LA yesterday and the amount of slack jawed beaners and negros was outrageous.  Those “””people””” should all be exterminated.  It’s incredible how far the US has declined since the early sixties due to non whites invading our land.  It’s a damn shame Abraham Lincoln was killed before he could make good on his plan to send all the blacks back to Africa but they really have to go.    



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Abaco overbet Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:00 Permalink

That is fine and that is what the passport is for.  Use of facial recognition technology requires a database of everyone's face. There is no lawful authority for the Federal government to construct such a database or to access on that may have been constructed commercially with the consent of the people behind the faces. To me, construction of the database is a violation of the 4th amendment prohibition against violating a persons security. All individual surveillance is a violation and should require a warrant. Even if this does not violate the 4th amendment it most certainly transgresses the 9th and 10th.

The federal government has long exceeded it's legitimate boundaries and is therefore a rogue and tyrannical entity which is legitimately resisted with every means it would employ to compel your submission.

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Bobbyrib Billy the Poet Thu, 02/08/2018 - 05:23 Permalink

I don't think he is being unreasonable to point out to the Dotard supporters that Trump is no different from any other deep state loving President. There is no denying Hillary would have done the same. What we're denying is that Trump is a freedom loving, deep state hating President. If you don't believe there are ZHers who believe it go review the comments on other posts.

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Hongcha Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:03 Permalink

China has facial recognition that can identify the target in three seconds.  TenCent is devising a national 360 degree facial recog I.D. for every adult in the country to carry around on their little iPhones.  TCEHY will also tie it into the new national credit analysis system.  And nary a whisper of protest.  Within one (1) more generation the notion of liberty will be completely bred out of China. 

Think it can't be done?  Ever seen a bird set free that returns to its cage because it knows nothing else.  They sell them to tourists at temples in Thailand. You pay to set the bird free; he returns to the owner at the end of the day.

PacOps Hongcha Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:15 Permalink

Now, I recently watched a video demo of the Chinese recognition system by a BBC reporter. It took 7 minutes for the system to ID, track and apprehend him. 3 seconds to ID a target is not probable. Computers are fast but not that fast ... yet.…

We let some of those birds free when I lived in Bangkok ... never knew about the recycling. My Thai wife never mentioned that. But it could be. 

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Abaco Southern_Boy Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:04 Permalink

This is where the federal government abandons legitimacy.  The Supreme Court was completely full of shit in declaring no one has a privacy interest in third party records such as the phone company, facebook, etc.  As usual, those shitheads ask the wrong question.  They always ask "Is there anything that prohibits the feds from doing this" and ignore the 9th and 10th amendments in answering the question.  The proper question is does the constitution grant the federal government this power and the answer is almost always no!

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I am Groot tyberious Thu, 02/08/2018 - 01:02 Permalink

Either the military, police, fire, rescue, hospital worker, or you've been fingerprinted for childcare, or ever gotten a conceal carry license, or gotten any kind of security clearance, been in almost any database connected to the federal government, or most likely ever been on Google. Those silicon tech fuckers know when you take a shit and how much it weighed and how juicy it was.

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