NYPD Scanning The Irises Of Arrested Occupy Protesters

5124897880_8d89bbe4dbThere’s no law requiring an iris scan if the police cuff you — it’s just “policy.” From the Village Voice:

But protesters and their legal advisers were surprised yesterday to learn that the size of their bail was being affected by whether defendants were willing to have the distinctive patterns of their irises photographed and logged into a database.

The idea of the state collecting distinctive biometric information from people who haven’t even been charged with a crime yet, much less convicted of one, makes civil libertarians nervous. Unlike fingerprints, no law was ever passed to require iris photographs — it’s just a policy.

19 Comments on "NYPD Scanning The Irises Of Arrested Occupy Protesters"

  1. Eric_D_Read | Mar 20, 2012 at 10:09 am |

    Iris scans seem like they would be less effective than DNA testing. Couldn’t you fool them easily with colored lenses?

  2. Mr Willow | Mar 20, 2012 at 10:30 am |

    just a policy

    A policy that’s technically not required, or even necessary, made mandatory by the authority for no reason other than a presumable wish to keep people in prison, and to, afterward, have yet another piece of biometric information on file. 

    I wonder how close we are to Minority Report-esque scanners that tailor adverts to individuals. 

    • eyeoftheaxis | Mar 20, 2012 at 11:13 am |

      I think I had a facial recognition program snap me from a security cam
      going into the Lowes. They had a monitor and camera pointed so you could see
      yourself. I’m guessing a lot of people look right at the monitor like I do.
      Wondering hey how do I look on camera. …When I looked directly at it, a red
      rectangle formed around my face on the monitor. Yes I was high, but not that
      high, and damn sure was not shopping for tinfoil.

      • eyeoftheaxis | Mar 20, 2012 at 11:23 am |

        It actually flashed and went away. I could not get it to do it again, as if
        the program knew it already had me on file. I want to test it.

    •  http://www.cracked.com/article_16434_the-5-creepiest-advertising-techniques-near-future.html

    • Judging by the ad sidebar on Facebook, I’d say we’re already there.

      • Mr Willow | Mar 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm |

        I’ve avoided being involved in Facebook and I have ad-blocker. . . but I see your point. 

        The internet has been consistently moving in the direction of having content catering to individual interests—not only pertaining to commercial enterprises but also political and social issues, judging by search-links clicked (http://disinfo.com/2011/05/what-google-and-facebook-are-hiding/ ). 

        Outside of that, however, advertisers must still rely on mass exposure, so there isn’t quite yet a precedence of you walking into a store, or seeing a television ad, and having that ad addressing you by name. 

        In other words, ad companies remain working on targeting the vague ‘you’, rather than the specific ‘you’. 

  3. Camron Wiltshire | Mar 20, 2012 at 11:11 am |

    Just more complete Fucked UpNess.  American’s if you give a shit about Liberty, speak out about 9/11.  It helps people understand the context of all the Draconian shit we are being confronted with.
    RememberBuilding7.org

  4. Jesus Borg | Mar 20, 2012 at 11:29 am |

    seems like an excellent way to stop the terrorists

  5. Its really rather obvious. It takes too long to identify someone with finger prints or DNA, and thats time the police could spend beating up black people. 

    • Liam_McGonagle | Mar 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm |

      Agreed.  You’d have hoped that police would have learned from their past excesses, but in fact they only seem to be getting worse.

      To quote Alan Moore: [These covert operations] ” . . .are being run by paranoid fantasists and ham-fisted clowns.  If you are on a list targeted by the CIA, you really have nothing to worry about.  If, however, you have a name similar to somebody on a list targeted by the CIA, then you are dead.”

      Maybe this could be a game changer.  It’s only a short matter of time until some trust fund brat or the kept lady of a senator is accidentally greased in one of these operations, and sh*t really hits the fan.

      Previous generations of oligarchs were, in a way, more modest in their ambitions.  They were careful only to siphon off enough wealth to keep drug wars and overt racism alive as viable proxies for class struggle.  But these young ‘uns?  Their indolent greed exceeds all bounds.

      • Hadrian999 | Mar 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm |

         the new generation is way too brazen, there is a balance that must be maintained, a comfortable lower class with it’s illusions in tact won’t rebel but these new guys want to totally squeeze every drop of blood out of them and are killing the golden goose for  few points of short term gain. It’s sort of like Illinois politics, we will accept a certain level of graft in our government but every now and then some guy decides he can do whatever he wants and jumps over that line like Gov. Rod did. the elite are basically cutting their own throats with the gaudy level of greed and tasteless arrogance.

    • The cops are only doing what their bosses tell them. And as far as beating up black people your presuming that the people your talking about aren’t those gang bangers that respect no one and would rob or harm you just for being in their neighborhood. 

      The cops have enough going against them and enough a**holes in their ranks. But a good portion are good people and do their good to the best of their abilities. Their superiors are the ones people should go after..

      • Eric_D_Read | Mar 21, 2012 at 12:35 am |

        Bullshit. “Good” cops cover for the thugs that wear the same badge as they do.

  6. Liquidself | Mar 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm |

    this is pretty outrageous,  indicates a vey long term plan to systimatically detain imprison,  make lampshades from occupiers.  people should be out in the street protesting this….oh wait….

  7. this shows how scared the elites are
    they are now flashing their Big Brother psyop shit

  8. discusthrower | Mar 21, 2012 at 4:03 am |

     say goodbye to multiple identities and getting arrested all the time!  Pretty soon they’ll just shoot your eyes with lasers… scanning you into the computer system forever, a criminal.  Framing people in questionable circumstances is like erotica or something.  Then under the police file by your iris picture they write about how you were shaking all over with a temperature of 99, sweaty palms.  When you were told to touch your nose, you touched a centimeter off, just enough to determine that you were intoxicated on “roaches.”  It’s over if you get your iris scanned, cuz

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