Thursday, June 9, 2011

More on the "Checkpoint of the future"

This write-up on the atrocious checkpoints being pushed by the airlines and Pistole points out the obvious. But this line:
It's a bit Orwellian, but airport security officials nevertheless seem excited.
Should actually read:
It's a bit Orwellian, therefore airport security officials seem excited.
Let's hope the ACLU is successful in fighting this when it comes along:
This is far from the first time iris scans have been considered in the airport screening process. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security launched a pilot program that used iris scans at the Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas. Billed as a faster alternative to fingerprinting, the iris scanner checked the immigration status of detainees and stored the information in a database. The American Civil Liberties Union objected to the federal government dipping into this territory. "If you can identify any individual at a distance and without their knowledge, you literally allow the physical tracking of a person anywhere there's a camera and access to the Internet," ACLU lawyer Christopher Calabrese told USA Today.
I also like this firedoglake article pointing out the corporatist shenanigans that this whole proposal entails, and the cringe-worthy concept of "good" and "bad" citizens.