FBI Begins Installation Of $1 Billion Face Recognition System Across America

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fbiThe FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached a milestone in the development of their Next Generation Identification (NGI) program and is now implementing the intelligence database in unidentified locales across the country, New Scientist reports in an article this week. The FBI first outlined the project back in 2005, explaining to the Justice Department in an August 2006 document (.pdf) that their new system will eventually serve as an upgrade to the current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) that keeps track of citizens with criminal records across America .

“The NGI Program is a compilation of initiatives that will either improve or expand existing biometric identification services,” its administrator explained to the Department of Justice at the time, adding that the project, “will accommodate increased information processing and sharing demands in support of anti-terrorism.”

“The NGI Program Office mission is to reduce terrorist and criminal activities by improving and expanding biometric identification and criminal history information services through research, evaluation and implementation of advanced technology within the IAFIS environment.”

The agency insists, “As a result of the NGI initiatives, the FBI will be able to provide services to enhance interoperability between stakeholders at all levels of government, including local, state, federal, and international partners.” In doing as such, though, the government is now going ahead with linking a database of images and personally identifiable information of anyone in their records with departments around the world thanks to technology that makes fingerprint tracking seem like kids’ stuff.

According to their 2006 report, the NGI program utilizes “specialized requirements in the Latent Services, Facial Recognition and Multi-modal Biometrics areas” that “will allow the FnewBI to establish a terrorist fingerprint identification system that is compatible with other systems; increase the accessibility and number of the IAFIS terrorist fingerprint records; and provide latent palm print search capabilities.”

Is that just all, though? During a 2010 presentation (.pdf) made by the FBI’s Biometric Center of Intelligence, the agency identified why facial recognition technology needs to be embraced. Specifically, the FBI said that the technology could be used for “Identifying subjects in public datasets,” as well as “conducting automated surveillance at lookout locations” and “tracking subject movements,” meaning NGI is more than just a database of mug shots mixed up with fingerprints – the FBI has admitted that this their intent with the technology surpasses just searching for criminals but includes spectacular surveillance capabilities. Together, it’s a system unheard of outside of science fiction.

New Scientist reports that a 2010 study found technology used by NGI to be accurate in picking out suspects from a pool of 1.6 million mug shots 92 percent of the time. The system was tested on a trial basis in the state of Michigan earlier this year, and has already been cleared for pilot runs in Washington, Florida and North Carolina. Now according to this week’s New Scientist report, the full rollout of the program has begun and the FBI expects its intelligence infrastructure to be in place across the United States by 2014.

In 2008, the FBI announced that it awarded Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Solutions, one of the Defense Department’s most favored contractors, with the authorization to design, develop, test and deploy the NGI System. Thomas E. Bush III, the former FBI agent who helped develop the NGI’s system requirements, tells NextGov.com, “The idea was to be able to plug and play with these identifiers and biometrics.” With those items being collected without much oversight being admitted, though, putting the personal facts pertaining to millions of Americans into the hands of some playful Pentagon staffers only begins to open up civil liberties issues.

Jim Harper, director of information policy at the Cato Institute, adds to NextGov that investigators pair facial recognition technology with publically available social networks in order to build bigger profiles. Facial recognition “is more accurate with a Google or a Facebook, because they will have anywhere from a half-dozen to a dozen pictures of an individual, whereas I imagine the FBI has one or two mug shots,” he says. When these files are then fed to law enforcement agencies on local, federal and international levels, intelligence databases that include everything from close-ups of eyeballs and irises to online interests could be shared among offices.

The FBI expects the NGI system to include as many as 14 million photographs by the time the project is in full swing in only two years, but the pace of technology and the new connections constantly created by law enforcement agencies could allow for a database that dwarfs that estimate. As RT reported earlier this week, the city of Los Angeles now considers photography in public space “suspicious,” and authorizes LAPD officers to file reports if they have reason to believe a suspect is up to no good. Those reports, which may not necessarily involve any arrests, crimes, charges or even interviews with the suspect, can then be filed, analyzed, stored and shared with federal and local agencies connected across the country to massive data fusion centers. Similarly, live video transmissions from thousands of surveillance cameras across the country are believed to be sent to the same fusion centers as part of TrapWire, a global eye-in-the-sky endeavor that RT first exposed earlier this year.

“Facial recognition creates acute privacy concerns that fingerprints do not,” US Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) told the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law earlier this year. “Once someone has your faceprint, they can get your name, they can find your social networking account and they can find and track you in the street, in the stores you visit, the government buildings you enter, and the photos your friends post online.”

In his own testimony, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Alessandro Acquisti said to Sen. Franken, “the convergence of face recognition, online social networks and data mining has made it possible to use publicly available data and inexpensive technologies to produce sensitive inferences merely starting from an anonymous face.”

“Face recognition, like other information technologies, can be source of both benefits and costs to society and its individual members,” Prof. Acquisti added. “However, the combination of face recognition, social networks data and data mining can significant undermine our current notions and expectations of privacy and anonymity.”

With the latest report suggesting the NGI program is now a reality in America, though, it might be too late to try and keep the FBI from interfering with seemingly every aspect of life in the US, both private and public. As of July 18, 2012, the FBI reports, “The NGI program … is on scope, on schedule, on cost, and 60 percent deployed.”

Source: TV Novosti

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  1. do yourself a favor & hit the road out of the USA & into Israel before you head into the future COMMUNISM of america that we are heading to, as our rights get taken away step by step, watch as the economy continues getting worse & worse, soon everyone will be stuck in a dictatorship of communist with no right or feedoms left.

    open your eyes & watch on a weekly basis as you get watched more & more & all rights & freedoms are removed from all USA residents. the USA is about to become what used to be communist Russia

    save yourself now-before its too late-& head for aliya to Eretz yisroel

  2. @ yehuda #1:

    Just make sure your photograph is not taken when leaving the US or when entering Israel. Similarly, if you happen to transit many European airports take care that airport security do not record your likeness there.

    Before you leave the US, and while you are in Eretz Yisroel or many other countries look out for CCTV security surveillance cameras.

    ll in all, whether you ae male or female, you should always keep your face covered. It’s good for tznius and good to ward off all the cameras you are so scared of.

    But always remember: if you’ve got nothing to hide then you’ve got nothing to fear.

  3. Yehuda is right!!! Do yourself a favor & hit the road out of the USA & into Israel before you head into the future COMMUNISM of America that’s where we are heading to.

    It’s not a joke. Please Google “the new world order” get educated you’ll be shocked and hopefully understand what’s happening “to us” here in the (US) Golden Medinah. Time IS running out.

    No Rav/Rebbeh will tell you to run from USA, use your brains, same thing happened in Germany, the Rabonim where thinking about their future, the Rabonim with nice incomes where afraid to loose it.

    Time to think how to save yourself and your family, no matter what, it will always be better and safer in Eretz Yisroel, even though it won’t be easy street any place in the world, but here in the US we clearly see the handwriting openly, understand that there is very little time left for us to save our future.

    The way things have been going, one day we’ll wake up and be stuck here C”V the doors are going to be locked, SHUT DOWN FOR EVER don’t wait for the last moment (like Lot’s wife did.)

    I beg you to get hold of you friends parents in-laws wife and kids etc. and explain that the US is coming to an END.

    Yehuda is correct: open your eyes & watch on a weekly basis as you get watched more & more & all rights & freedoms are removed from all of US in the USA. i.e. see what’s doing with Rabashkin, the US is about to become a full dictatorship like what communist Russia was combined with the “kindness” of Nazi Germany C”V, what’s with the FIMA camps that the US government built through out America? with gas chambers etc.

    Elul: we have to do Teshuva and beg Hashem for the Geulah, Just few days ago Rab Steinman Shlita said to his Yeshiva that very hard time are approaching our way C”V lets have lots of Achudas to be Zocha for the Geulah.

    Sweet New Year to All of Klall Yisroel.


  4. A message from Moishela
    A handicapped child
    A message from Moishela
    A handicapped child
    Daled Chol Hamoed Sukkos 5772
    Oct 16’11 ______________________________________

    Prepare Yourself This Minute for What is Coming

    I will just repeat some of what I have said already, but I also want to emphasize it strongly. We are soon going to be in a raging war. The war has already begun. The world economy is going to crash, not fall; crash. Its already
    sliding down at the speed of sound. While the world has become more and
    more chaotic with very lively and violent demonstrations in almost every country of the western world and the Arab world and China, Russia everywhere.

    We here in Israel are still strolling around leisurely buying falafel, ice cream, and the likes, planning our trips to America to Europe etc. True many people are feeling here in Israel the economic pinch, but still we are generally
    trying very hard to be oblivious to what is happening in the world. The Jewish population of Europe and America is using the same type of “head in the ground” Shita, just not to admit that this superficial world that they have built out of materials that are not able to withstand the Truth is about to fall and disappear into oblivion. They refuse to admit that the life of endless Bar Mitzvahs endless expensive Gashmiusdik weddings endless shopping, shopping, and more shopping, endless stuffing themselves with foods in restaurant after restaurant is almost at an end.
    Not just that, we are entering a time of deprivation, a time that will herald in the end of the world as we know it. If you feel depressed by what I am saying, you will feel even more depressed if you don’t prepare yourself this minute for what is coming. This
    minute. I repeat again. Prepare yourself this minute for what is coming, because its coming very soon.

    You will not have anyone or anything to depend on. Not your Social Security, or your Bituach Leumi, not your pension in any country, not the almighty dollar. It will be worthless. Not the Sterling, or the Euro, or the Yen
    or any currency. Gold will be extremely valuable, but how much gold can you carry around, and how much gold can you be sure no one will steal from you?

    Tzva Hagana L’Yisrael (the Israeli Defense Force) will be in shambles. The Knesset with all its evil and lying politicians will disappear. The medical profession will crumble. Will we have the basics in our houses like water, electricity etc.? That we’ll have to wait and see. I doubt it. We will be totally dependant only on Hashem, which is the true reality always. We’ve become so dependent on the lies that people have told us. We trust only the banks which will fall, the insurance companies which will fall, in our cell phones which
    won’t work, in electricity which will disappear, foods once easily gotten which will be much more difficult to get, and it goes on and on. We’re a stupid society that put all of our eggs in one basket. For example what is the world going to be without electricity? How will the modern world survive? How can we live in a world that everything is based on electricity? Absolutely ridiculous!

    Am Yisrael come back to Hakodosh Boruch Hu. He is Hakol Yachol, not
    the electric company, and not Bezeq or ConEd,and not any other company. Only He, Hakodosh Boruch Hu, the Ribono Shel Olam, the Ruler and Creator of the world and all that exists, and when you learn to depend on Him you can never be needy of anything. He creates it all. He created us, and all the worlds and everything that exists and with Him we can always be sure that our needs will be met. Bitachon in Hashem, my dear Yidden thats what will save you.

    You better get your act together, because if you don’t you will be doomed, to oblivion, Shelo Naida.

    So again I beg all those Yidden who are living in Chutz Laaretz, try your hardest to make your way here.

    If you cannot do that be sure that you make your way to Hakodosh Boruch Hu and for those who do make their way to Eretz Yisroel, I suggest you do Teshuva very quickly. Start this minute. You know your Aveiros. The biggest Aveira of this generation is the lack of Kedusha. The Kedusha has almost disappeared from Jewish life, almost, Boruch Hashem not completely.

    The Jews are confused and do not for the most part know what Kedusha means. We built a community,a Frum community not based on Kedusha at all. Only a flimsy structure that once was the base of our Kedusha.

    Once we were the shining example of holiness, holiness in dress in speech, in thought in every way but now we’ve become dirtied and sullied by the Goyisha world.

    We’ve taken pride in making a Jewish community, so-called Frum community that looks like Goyim, that acts in many instances like Goyim. What can I tell you? We must do Teshuva. We must, must, must do Teshuva. If you don’t do Teshuva before you come to Eretz Yisroel, or at least be in the process, your coming will have no meaning. And those who cannot come now at least come close to Hashem and trust Him and get rid of all the Gashmius that you can that’s not absolutely necessary, and if He sees, so to speak, that you trust in Him, that you believe in Him, that you accept Him as Hakol Yachol, then you
    too will be saved.

    Am Yisroel, its over! The Golus is ending and with it the world. The
    world of Sheker that we’ve been living in since the first man ate from the Tree of Knowledge, since the Nachash (snake) twisted man’s thoughts and had him eat from the tree, the Etz Hadaas.

    So please take my words seriously. They are truth!


    A message from Moishela A handicapped child, Daled Chol Hamoed Sukkos 5772 Oct 16’11

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  6. We _wanted_ Big Brother to watch us. Remember 9/11? Remember the Patriot Act? We screamed and yelled and demanded better ways for identifying terrorists – forgetting that that also meant being able to identify the rest of us too.

    We wanted it and we got it. The Patriot Act – courtesy of Pres. Bush and the Republicans – was the beginning of this, with the (almost) unanimous support of the American people. If you don’t like being tracked, check out what your credit card compnay is doing with your personal info and buying history. They know your buying habits, stores you shop at, how much you make and spend, even your shoe size. And that’s free enterprise – not “communism.” Wake up – privacy is dead and it was killed by a mob of credit card companies, internet trackers and, just incidently, our own government (Republicans too).

  7. Save yourself NOW-before its too late-& head to Eretz Yisroel, soon it wont be safe anywhere but Israel will still be safer then the rest of the world.

    We are living in Moshiach’s times the world as we know it is almost over, we are soon going to be in great danger.
    Start packing your bags and get ready leave as soon as you can.

    Do you remember when major events occurred once a century, then once a decade? Then, they started occurring every year – first 911, 2004 Asian Tsunami; 2005 Hurricane Katrina; 2006 Second Lebanon War; 2008 Economic Crash, etc.
    Then, things changed.
    Time speeded up. In 2010, there were massive earthquakes in Haiti and then Chile (which was also accompanied by a tsunami), as well as the volcanic eruptions in Iceland which interrupted air travel across Europe. Then, there was the explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And that was followed by massive fires and a killing heat wave across Russia, look what’s happening in Syria so much blood shed etc. HOW MANY GEDOLIM LEFT US THIS YEAR? there were TWO tornadoes in New York at the same time over Shabbat, where even one is a rarity. And then, I saw that many articles (Google it) on the earthquakes in China were reporting them as “TWINS:” 81 Dead in Twin China Quakes And suddenly, I recalled that Hurricane Isaac made landfall TWICE at New Orleans! all of the above and much more are the results of Hashem preparing us and the world for the Geulah, which we hope is around the corner.

    Be smart move fast beet the mad rush, soon the plains to E Y will be fuller then the plains going to Uman.

  8. thank you WOW
    at least there’s someone thats facing truth & reality & sees the yad Hashem

    hopefully the rest of klal yisroel will wake up & start to see the yad Hashem & return to hashem


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