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FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE ON THE RISE … The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s facial recognition database could contain as many as 52 million images within the next two years. Operated out of the agency’s futuristic Next Generation Identification (NGI) headquarters, the facial recognition database had 13.6 million images of as…

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FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE ON THE RISE …

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s facial recognition database could contain as many as 52 million images within the next two years.

Operated out of the agency’s futuristic Next Generation Identification (NGI) headquarters, the facial recognition database had 13.6 million images of as many as eight million Americans in 2012. Last year, the image total climbed to 16 million. That data is courtesy of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been diligently tracking the evolution of this Orwellian program.

“NGI builds on the FBI’s legacy fingerprint database — which already contains well over 100 million individual records — and has been designed to include multiple forms of biometric data, including palm prints and iris scans in addition to fingerprints and face recognition data,” EFF’s Jennifer Lynch explains. “NGI combines all these forms of data in each individual’s file, linking them to personal and biographic data like name, home address, ID number, immigration status, age, race, etc.”

Okay … assuming enhanced identification techniques were being utilized to protect our lives and liberties via legitimate, constitutionally prescribed methods (assuming such methods still exist in America), we would have no problem with such a program.

Law enforcement is a core function of government – and different agencies sharing identifying information on convicted criminals as part of active investigations overseen by duly appointed prosecutors and judges is entirely appropriate.

Unfortunately, NGI’s facial recognition files are scheduled to contain an estimated 4.3 million images “taken for non-criminal purposes.”

That is entirely unacceptable …

“By 2012, nearly half of U.S. states had at least expressed an interest in participating in the NGI pilot program, and several of those states had already shared their entire criminal mug shot database with the FBI,” Lynch reports. “The FBI hopes to bring all states online with NGI by this year.”

Is your state going along with this scam?

Check this map from EFF …

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EFF database

(Map via EFF)

Again, if we could trust our federal law enforcement agencies to administer justice evenly, openly and in a manner consistent with the preservation of fundamental liberties, we’d have a whole lot less heartburn about this sort of database.

As it stands now, though … the feds simply cannot be trusted.

Anyway, for much more on this issue be sure to read Lynch’s article on the EFF website below.

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42 comments

GrandTango April 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Liberal-Tarians are stronger than they ever have been (which means a whopping 4%)….but Obama is laughing in their, faces…even though they helped get him elected…

A vote for a Liberal-Tarian, is a half vote for a Constitution-hating liberal…
Is Big Brother, and using the info. to persecute non-liberal, what you want more of????..Keep voting Liberal-Tarian…

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Deo Vindice SC April 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Be a republican and fit in! Forget the Nazi look.

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CNSYD April 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

We sure don’t want LE having info like this! Why they might be able to identify people like the Boston Marathon bombers quicker. We wouldn’t want that. It would infringe on their “liberties”.

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FBI murded a perp April 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm

The interesting thing about that is that the Boston marathon bombers were already known by both the CIA & FBI.

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correction April 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm

murdered

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TontoBubbaGoldstein April 17, 2014 at 8:31 pm

TBG understands the allure of this technology. TBG agrees that it could be used as a powerful tool for Good.
TBG fully expects, that if implemented, it will eventually be used for great Evil. (Power corrupts etc.) .
Then it is too late.

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JJEvans April 17, 2014 at 9:39 pm

100% correct. Two million years of human evolution will not change in our lifetime (no matter what the social scientists believe). Evil will always exist and people/government will do bad things.

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euwe max April 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Wear cheap, dark sunglasses, a black dust mask, long hair and a full facial beard. Dye your hair jet black.

Make it a trend.

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junior justice April 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Also, don’t forget the black eyelash extensions for the times you must go inside.

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euwe max April 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

That *is* for inside!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein April 17, 2014 at 8:25 pm

outside, trade the cowboy hat for a hoodie…

B-b-b-but then the Z-Man (Not you Gregory Geddings!!) might cap us!!!

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euwe max April 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm

that’s *so* yesterday! Nowadays, everyone is walking around with loaded M16’s with the auto mod, night vision scope, and the safety off.

…and you’re not afraid of Gregory Geddings? And you so flippantly refer to him in such a casual manner? I suggest you reevaluate your perimeter.

Bea Ard April 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I am in favor of facial recognition. I hope local law enforcement use it. Take or get a photo of every know gang member in the area. Use the existing cameras in Five Points etc. Encourage the police to confront them. “we know who you are and we have our eyes on you:, etc. If they step out of line of the law in any way, lock them up on the spot.

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euwe max April 17, 2014 at 7:20 pm

When my comrades and I identify a confederate offender or a conservative nutbag, we’ll be able to arrest him more easily and get him into the reeducation camps…

Don’t underestimate our resolve! We know where you live!

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RogueElephant April 18, 2014 at 8:30 am

Are you saying this as a Ruskie or as a big govt. liberal–hard to tell the difference now a days ?

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euwe max April 18, 2014 at 8:40 am

The depth of my madness is akin to that of Jesus.

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JJEvans April 17, 2014 at 9:30 pm

The problem is that it doesn’t stop there.

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CNSYD April 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

I plan to hide under my bed. I am so afraid of the government. In the dead of night I will sneak off to Russia. I know i will be safe under Putin.

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Original Good Old Boy April 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm

What’s up with the “third-world-Narco-fighters” outfits these guys are wearing?

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Mike at the Beach April 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm

That pic looks to be at least 20 years old…

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euwe max April 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Those guys are probably all international drug dealers or gun runners by now.

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JJEvans April 17, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Probably taken from Ruby Ridge.

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Mike at the Beach April 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm

They did a bang-up job on that, no?

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euwe max April 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

They should have called in reinforcements and taken out the whole state.

TontoBubbaGoldstein April 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm

They look a lot like the SCLEOs that busted into a small bar in North Chuck about 20 years ago.
The bartender was running a Super Bowl pool.

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Original Good Old Boy April 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Any excuse to use all the toys they got from seized money or fed handouts to fight the war against drugs. Surprised they didn’t use a tank, too.

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JJEvans April 19, 2014 at 3:37 am

The tank was tied up enforcing parking violations.

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idcydm April 17, 2014 at 7:28 pm

1984

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Edgar April 17, 2014 at 8:25 pm

If we had a real FBI presence in South Carolina, we would not have Jean Toal, Bobby Harrell, Jakie Knotts and Hugh Leatherman walking freely among us.

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Scooter April 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Damn if that’s not the truth.

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notasmidgen April 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Dang.If we had a real DOJ/FBI presence in this country we would not have Muslim Obama,Eric Holder,James Clyburn,Elijahh Cummface Lerner and Harry Reid walking freely among us?
Is that what you are saying? What are you saying?
What is the frequency?Ditto?Roger?10-4?

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Edgar April 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Oh, yeah. How could I have forgotten James Clyburn? And several County Superintendents of Education in South Carolina.

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Bible Thumper April 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm

FACIAL RECOGNITION would be great. Now we can use it instead of voter ID.

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euwe max April 20, 2014 at 11:08 pm

and we could round you up into the homeland detention centers for having guns and not registering them… and for going to racist churches.

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Bible Thumper April 20, 2014 at 11:21 pm

I’m with the NSA. We have been tracking you for while. Fits, Mother Jones, and Breibart. Don’t worry. We consider you harmless for now.

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euwe max April 21, 2014 at 12:36 am

It’s us liberals you have to worry about – you look vaguely mideastern to me… can you show me your ACLU card, please?

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Norma Scok April 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm

I often wonder if stories like these are the best scare tactics Fits can assemble.

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Thomas April 18, 2014 at 1:34 am

Oh this makes sense. When SHTF, and 100’s of millions perish we can rebuild by cloning the faces and their DNA stored at the FBI HQ’s…of convicted felons.

We can be grateful there will be no Lazenby clones.

BTW, why was the founding editor not at Washington Night in South Carolina? Surely he can afford the “Crown” membership to the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce just on the negative votes against Grand Tango alone. They were all there except Jim and Trey.

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Bill Clinton April 18, 2014 at 11:03 am

What’s next, FECEL RECOGNITION?

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Inciteful April 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

That stinks.

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Inciteful April 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

Not to worry. Nikki’s two-faced visage broke the software.

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euwe max April 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

She’s got a nose for these things.

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