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In May, a group of border activists stood on top of a hill at about 4,500 feet of elevation, which offered a spectacular view of the high-desertland canyons and hills that rolled into the horizon south into Mexico.
Twelve miles north of the Nogales border, they were on the original land of the Tohono O'odham people. In front of a green-striped US Border Patrol vehicle, the activists - who came from a number of grassroots border groups in the region - were protesting these technologies used both in Israel/Palestine and the Mexico-US borderlands to suppress, control, inhibit or stop completely the mobility of people deemed unwanted by the state.
Around them, the same border technologies that had been displayed at the Border Security Expo were ominously deployed. Behind, the Mobile Video Surveillance System, which looked like a gigantic robot whose globular camera buzzed around, frantically eyed the protest, as if with a heightened sense of anxiety.
At the Border Security Expo, Borkowski told industry that the new frontier for border technology was "biometrics." Could it be that the panicked surveillance system was snapping pictures of our faces that would be put into a gigantic database to be processed with facial recognition technology? A local Phoenix newscaster called this "the type of technology that might creep you out." That is the kind of world envisioned by the 2020 strategic plan.
originally posted by: Daedal
When one hears the term border security, or as Donald Trump heralds "let's build a wall" and round up all the undocumented immigrants an send them back to Mexico; I pause and wonder. For one I disagree with building a wall,