It Has Begun: DHS Now Scanning Americans’ Faces at Airports…”Welcome to 1984.”

Friday, July 14, 2017
By Paul Martin

In spite of the entirely unethical practice of gathering biometric data of innocent Americans, face scanners are now a reality. Welcome to 1984.

By John Vibes
TheFreeThoughtProject.com
July 14, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security is implementing a new plan that will give Americans even less privacy while traveling abroad. Under the new system, Americans leaving the country will be forced to pass through biometric scanners that will scan individual faces.

While this program has not yet been fully implemented, there are already at least six airports that are currently running the program, and some of them have been using it for several months. The airports where you can currently expect to get scanned are in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, New York City and Washington, D.C. However, the Department of Homeland Security has been very clear that they hope to roll this program out nationwide by January 2018.

Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown University, said that this program was initially only targeted at people entering the country, not leaving. However, DHS allegedly decided to broaden the scope of the program and target even more people, including Americans leaving the country.

“Congress authorized scans of foreign nationals. DHS heard that and decided to scan everyone,” Bedoya said. “That’s not how a democracy is supposed to work.”

DHS is using a 2004 biometric-tracking law to justify this new program, but experts say that the original law was never intended to target Americans.

Harrison Rudolph, a Georgetown legal fellow, told Ars that, “Americans expect when they fly overseas that their luggage is going to be looked into. What they don’t expect is their face is going to be scanned. This is an expansion of a program that was never authorized for US citizens.”

Regardless of how legal they actually are, these scans are taking place anyway, and they have been happening for several months, at the very least.

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