Mark of the Beast – 666

FBI Dedicates $1 Billion To Massive Biometrics Identification Program

The Federal Bureau of Investigations announced recently that it is dedicating up to $1 billion for a Lockheed Martin-developed system that will enable on-the-fly analysis of detailed identification information that can be instantaneously shared with law enforcement all around the world. It’s called the “Next Generation Identification System” (NGIS), and if you’re a fan of television dramas like the CBS crime drama NCIS, it may sound pretty familiar.  More …

Attrition through Enforcement

Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) has introduced the Loophole Elimination and Verification Enforcement (LEAVE) Act, H.R.1196, which is a comprehensive immigration enforcement bill that would require the use of E-Verify for all employers nationwide, end the practice of birthright citizenship, prohibit states from granting in-state tuition benefits to illegal aliens, increase the number of border patrol and immigration and customs enforcement agents, and assist local municipalities in the enforcement of federal immigration laws, among other things.  More …

Fox News Poll: Voters Approve President’s Decision to Resume Gitmo Tribunals

American voters approve of President Obama’s recent decision to resume U.S. military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees. Still, views are split on whether Obama owes former President George W. Bush an apology for first harshly criticizing Bush’s policy on Guantanamo, and then later essentially adopting it.  More …

FBI center takes on $1 billion ID project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Clarksburg FBI complex is taking part in a $1 billion project that will enable law enforcement agencies to identify criminals and terrorists by physical characteristics more quickly and accurately, an FBI official said Monday in Charleston. Earlier this month, the FBI center unveiled its “Next Generation Identification System,” which will slowly replace an older system that can no longer handle the volume of fingerprints sent to Clarksburg.  More …

The ID impulse

Should North Carolina voters be required to present photo identification cards at the polls? A move to make that highly charged change, which would alter long-established practices for no particularly good reason, is coming to a head. More …

Internet is world’s ‘greatest spying machine’: Assange

Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has warned that the Internet was the “greatest spying machine the world has ever seen” and an obstacle to free speech. Speaking to students at Britain’s prestigious Cambridge University on Tuesday, the former computer hacker claimed that the Internet, particularly social networking sites such as Facebook, gave governments greater scope for snooping.  More …

SW China mega-city building huge security system

The mega-city of Chongqing in southwest China plans to build a $2.6 billion security system that will be one of the world’s largest with 500,000 surveillance cameras, state media have said. Chongqing police chief Wang Zhijun said the system would be the world’s largest new security network since the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, the Global Times reported.  More …

How Secure Are RFID Credit Cards?

Credit cards are becoming more sophisticated objects. This level of sophistication makes transactions easier, but safeguards are important to protect users, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. The biggest recent change in credit cards is the embedded Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip, enabling what the industry calls “contactless payments.”  More …

States continue to fight REAL ID

The battle against the REAL ID act rages on as states continue to oppose implementing REAL ID standards; under the law states would have to remake their driver’s licenses, restructure their computer systems, and create new intra-state data sharing networks; nearly half of the states in the country have enacted anti-Real ID bills including Maine, Alaska, South Carolina, Arizona, and Oklahoma; DHS issued its third reprieve giving states an additional twenty-one months to observe the law; the National Governors Association welcomed the decision; with the recent economic downturn and many states facing budget shortfalls, many states are struggling with the costs of implementing REAL ID standards.  More …

We’re all spies now

IN THE late 1940s, George Orwell wrote his nightmarish novel 1984, depicting a future world where an all-seeing but unseen tyrant, Big Brother, ruled over his citizens by watching their every move. In this paranoid dystopia, surveillance was purely a ”top-down” affair, a government tool for controlling the hapless masses: privacy was a crime, the Thought Police punished dissent and history was rewritten daily for political ends.  More …

Orthodox fundamentalists protest planned ID cards; allege they contain ‘number of the beast’

ATHENS, Greece — Several thousand Orthodox Christian fundamentalists have marched through central Athens to protest a government plan to issue new electronic ID cards they say would include the number 666, or the “number of the beast,” hidden in a design. More …

Machines to dispense UAE ID cards soon

Abu Dhabi: The complaints about delayed delivery of the national ID cards have prompted the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) to think of card dispensers and engage one more courier service company to distribute the cards.  More …

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