Americans Take to Streets to Demand They Be Indexed in National Biometric Database.

photo courtesy US Social Forum

Thousands of Americans took to the streets on May 1 to demand Congress allow the Department of Homeland Security to establish a national photo database of all 330 million residents.

You didn’t hear? WIRED reports:

Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan [immigration] legislation is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.

For now, the legislation allows the database to be used solely for employment purposes. But historically such limitations don’t last. The Social Security card, for example, was created to track your government retirement benefits. Now you need it to purchase health insurance.

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  • http://krowface.com/ Jason Thompson

    Wait… people marched in support of this?

    • Simon Valentine

      surprisingly naked, it is.

      they don’t see that anyone who isn’t worthy could take advantage of such a system anyway. “i don’t do anything wrong, who what when where why how would anyone use this system against me such that there isn’t at least as many people who will use it for me?”

      it’s only theory that it’s clear cut (if even that; mostly novel and fiction)
      just like computer theory is only theory
      yet computers are still helluva problematic technocratic YaYa socks

      people still do what they do despite word supposedly to the contrary

      • I_abide

        I up-voted solely for the phrase “Ya Ya socks”

      • I_abide

        I up-voted solely for the phrase “Ya Ya socks”

  • mole_face

    That would’ve made a fucking hilarious headline for an article in The Onion.

  • BuzzCoastin

    no need to protest, it already exists
    got a drivers license, photo ID, passport, Facebook acct?
    your photo is in a database
    but trust me
    the Feds are more addicted to kiddie porn than to your picture
    Uncle Homeland has the largest kiddie porn database in the whirled
    & I know that because Disinfo told me

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