posted on May, 23 2004 @ 10:55 PM
The Department of Homeland Security is down to three bidders for their Virtual Border Program. The program, known as US-Visit and rooted partly in a
Pentagon concept developed after the terrorist attacks of 2001, seeks to supplant the nation's physical borders with what officials call virtual
The contract, which will probably be awarded in coming days to one of three final bidders, is already generating considerable interest as federal
officials try to improve significantly their ability to monitor those who enter at more than 300 border-crossing checkpoints by land, sea and air,
where they are going and whether they pose a terrorist threat.
Visitors arriving at checkpoints, including those at the Mexican and Canadian borders, will face "real-time identification" — instantaneous
authentication to confirm that they are who they say they are. American officials will, at least in theory, be able to track them inside the United
States and determine if they leave the country on time.
Officials say they will be able, for instance, to determine whether a visitor who overstays a visa has come in contact with the police, but privacy
advocates say they worry that the new system could give the federal government far broader power to monitor the whereabouts of visitors by tapping
into credit card information or similar databases. The system would tie together about 20 federal databases with information on the more than 300
million foreign visitors each year.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Let the Debate Begin! It had to come sooner or later. I have had big problems with the US Border systems. Everyday people slip in and out. This, if at
least feasable, could provide some better protection for the US Borders. The question is What about Civil Rights?
Will and could this tracking be put on American Citizens? Will this hurt tourism, and further put a hurt on our economy? I think the answer to these
is.. Let's wait and see.
[Edited on 23-5-2004 by TrickmastertricK]