Rutherford InstituteBy John W. Whitehead September 17, 2012
â€œYou had to liveâ€”did live, from habit that became instinctâ€”in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement was scrutinized.â€â€”George Orwell, 1984
Brace yourselves for the next wave in the surveillance stateâ€™s steady incursions into our lives. Itâ€™s coming at us with a lethal one-two punch.
To start with, thereâ€™s the governmentâ€™s integration of facial recognition software and other biometric markers into its identification data programs. The FBIâ€™s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is a $1 billion boondoggle that is aimed at dramatically expanding the governmentâ€™s current ID database from a fingerprint system to a facial recognition system. NGI will use a variety of biometric data, cross-referenced against the nationâ€™s growing network of surveillance cameras to not only track your every move but create a permanent â€œrecognitionâ€ file on you within the governmentâ€™s massive databases. Read More: https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/smile_the_government_is_watching_next_generation_identification