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.