Nowhere to run: drones, facial recognition, soft biometrics and threat assessments
Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Friday, September 30, 2011
It is the stuff of science fiction: a drone flies hundreds of feet overhead, rapidly snapping images and collating them into a 3D model of your face, verifying your identity, recording your social interactions and even creating threat assessments of yourself and those you associate with.
Unfortunately, this is not science fiction. This is real technology being developed as you read this under several military contracts, all paid for by the American taxpayer adding on to the black hole of debt which continues to grow unabated thanks to unnecessary spending like this.
What is worse is that like most military technology, we can expect this new paradigm of war to bleed into domestic police activities and so-called homeland security operations.
The major issue brought up here, aside from the glaring privacy concerns, is that this technology can and will be used to treat suspects as guilty before proven innocent.
If you are not a fan of the government, or prefer to not have your privacy violated, you can bet technology like the Department of Homeland Security’s Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) will set off some alarms.
Then, based on your alleged malicious intent, you will be treated as if they have any evidence that you pose a threat. How exactly they will treat this evidence is anyone’s guess but if the past is any indicator, it won’t be pretty.
This is precisely the idea behind contracts granted to the likes of Charles River Analytics which is developing a technology called Adversary Behavior Acquisition, Collection, Understanding, and Summarization (ABACUS).