Sunday, August 3, 2008

Is This a Digital Yellow Star?


This is really scary. I’m not sure how this could have passed, but it really raises the hairs on the back of my neck. Maybe I am just being paranoid, but it really freaks me out.

Yes, a Biometric database using fingerprints, and eye scans is nothing new, but it is the aspect of including facial recognition biometrics that disturbs me the most. A facial recognition biometric database will positively identify Israelis without question from a distance. It is not something you have to submit to. It can be used passively as you walk in the street, or when doing analysis of pictures or video taken on the street. It is extremely accurate, and it can’t be faked using makeup, hair pieces, glasses, etc. because it depends upon things like the space between your eyes, the angle of your jaw, etc.

This close, historically, to the Holocaust, do we really want something that can positively and absolutely identify Jews from a distance like this? Is this a digital yellow star?

If another government or terrorist organization were to get hold of this information (and I don’t think ANY database is safe, frankly), then Israeli citizens could be easily identified from a distance using digital cameras plugged into a computer analysis program.

Olmert says it will “improve services.” Really? More like it will remotely and positively identify anyone they want to determine is an “enemy of the state.” That’s anyone who is taped as part of, for example, a demonstration against dismantling a Jewish building on Jewish land. Then that data can be used to railroad them into jail.

No wonder Olmert is emptying the jails of arabs. He wants to make a lot more room for Jews.

Aug 3, 2008 14:48 | Updated Aug 3, 2008 15:00
Cabinet okays biometric ID system bill

The cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to implement a biometric identification system for all Israeli citizens. The approval paved the way for a first-reading vote in the Knesset.

According to the bill, identity cards currently in use will be combined with biometric data, including fingerprints and computerized facial images. A biometric database of all Israeli citizens will be compiled in order to make ID cards and passports much more difficult to forge.

At Sunday's cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the reason for the proposed changes was twofold. "Firstly, to combat the numerous forgeries of Israeli ID card and passports. Secondly, and no less important, to use these changes to significantly improve the services provided to every citizen by public bodies and ruling authorities."

Olmert hailed Interior Minster Meir Sheetrit and Public Security Minister Avi Dichter for submitting the bill.

Dichter stressed that if the new law is passed, a state database can be created "that must be the only place such data is stored," and over which the state will have control and supervision.

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