Monday, October 12, 2009

Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree I Sold You And You Sold Me

IN THE CATEGORY OF ALL HAIL BIG BROTHER comes this A.P. Story on how the F.B.I. is trolling North Carolina's DMV license photo database to catch bad guys, before rolling out the project nationwide. God help us all (that's right, I'm not an atheist).

FBI delves into DMV photos in search for fugitives
By MIKE BAKER (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
October 12, 2009 6:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. - In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver's license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes.

The project in North Carolina has already helped nab at least one suspect. Agents are eager to look for more criminals and possibly to expand the effort nationwide. But privacy advocates worry that the method allows authorities to track people who have done nothing wrong.

"Everybody's participating, essentially, in a virtual lineup by getting a driver's license," said Christopher Calabrese, an attorney who focuses on privacy issues at the American Civil Liberties Union.

For the rest of this noxious story click here

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads”


  1. ahhh! I didn't know about this, and I live in Raleigh! Thanks for the post.
    I knew I should have looked better for my photo at the DMV!
    Funny thing is that my Grandma works for the NC ACLU(gag me).

  2. Every so often, ACLU does the right thing. Thanks for stopping by,