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DHS Developing Minority Report-style Hostility Detector

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posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 05:18 PM
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DHS Developing Minority Report-style Hostility Detector


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Security personnel working for the Department of Homeland Security may soon be able to remotely monitor crowds for the behavioral signals of a terrorist, using a computer system that scans their pulses, body language, breathing rates, and facial temperatures.

The program, called “Future Attribute Screening Technology,” or FAST, works as a combination of custom software and crowd-monitoring body sensors, strategically placed at airports, U.S. border crossings, and other public, high-security..
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posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 05:18 PM
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Sounds like it might protect the innocent at only a small cost to our personal privacy?


The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s John Verdi said FAST is “substantially more invasive than screening in airports,” calling it a “medical exam” that the government has no right to conduct. Critics are concerned that the program could reveal physical conditions like heart murmurs, breathing problems, and high stress levels – a blatant privacy invasion – as well as set off false alarms.

“What determines your heart rate is a whole bunch ofreasons besides hostile intent,” said Michigan State University’s Timothy Levine, an expert on deceptive behavior.

FAST appears to be yet another aspect of the U.S. – as well as the rest of the world’s – governments’ growing fascination with biometric data on citizens: the FBI’s “Next Generation Identification” system, currently still in development, seeks to catalogue almost every major identifying characteristic about the U.S. criminal population, including fingerprints, retinal prints, and tattoo/scar markings


I'm glad I don't have any tatoos, I might be getting a little paranoid about this. And I don't believe for one second that they will throw away their scan results. The US is fixated on saving every scrap of information on its citizens.

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posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 05:29 PM
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