Thursday, July 05, 2007

Who's Reading Your Fingertips?

Apparently the government has been secretly taking fingerprints from "places where potential terrorists have been hanging out" - and hopefully match the prints from one of those spots with somebody trying to get into the country. The database they're working on has more than 60 million to choose from. ABC says that so far 1300 people have been arrested using the system. Ok, sounds like a great idea. I'm all for it.

Although I do wonder what the government is considering a potential terrorist hangout. Hopefully it's not the Busboys & Poets bar down on U street where I spend some happy hours. Or the train station. Or ... well you get the idea.

Yup, here we are with what sounds like a program that could achieve some good goals (capture terrorists) - and it leaves me wondering just how it's going to be used to screw over the majority of us who are neither terrorists, nor thinking of being one.


Blogger TomCat said...

You can be sure they were collecting prints like hell around the Live Earth concerts.

3:54 PM  

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