FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5739 posts, RR: 16 Posted (12 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1079 times:
The ACLU has decided to challenge the use of a facial recognition system at the concourse security checkpoint at FAT (Fresno). The system is the first operational use at an airport in the world. Video images are used to compare against a database, alerting security and law enforcement to known suspects such as terrorists or other criminals being sought.
Avt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1023 times:
Those idiots! How is it any different than having a cop standing there with a pile of wanted posters in his hand? Would they protest that? (Maybe they would- you wouldn't want to hurt the feelings of wanted fugitives- they're people too!). These clowns haven't got the slightest idea of reality. I'd better stop now, this isn't doing my blood pressure any good..........
2) The database will not contain pictures of everyone who might be a threat or may not be 100% accurate, creating a false sense of security
3) The system could be expanded to include pictures of anyone sought by police, including those with "outstanding speeding tickets"
4) The technology is unreliable
They may be valid concerns, but can't the same points be said about the current security system. Even the use of pictures is the same concept as a police officer using his memory of suspect pictures and faces at the security checkpoint.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
JonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1007 times:
Just wait...number 3 (above, in FATFlyer's post) is the crux of the matter...the police will eventually scan for every known possible "criminal" be it speeding ticket holder, a dead-beat mom or dad, people who underpaid their taxes by $2.75, etc.
Airports will become criminal clearinghouses.
"Fine, they deserve to be caught"...well how often will the system be incorrect, innocent people will be held for "the Man's" own bureaucratic bumbling? It will happen to YOU!
IMHO, many people are sacrificing their own personal freedoms since 9-11 like they were signing a blank check to a televanglist. "Just make us safe...whaaaa" Fools.
UAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2134 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 995 times:
Oh you know...(lol I sound like Becker) the ACLU makes me sick. They have nothing better to do than to nitpick at everything. When it comes to safety, I have no mercy for people's inconvenience. It was a slack security system that got us into this mess to begin with on Sept. 11. I wish the ACLU would watch the news every now and then and see what happened in New York, D.C, and PA. These are just the type of people who are more concerned about if the toilets flush in the aircraft rather than if the guy sitting next to them is a terrorist. Wake up people!
Delta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 986 times:
The ACLU plays a very necessary role in preserving America's freedom. They challenge everything, but that is only to test the limits of the constitution, and not to allow criminals to get away.
They will lose this fight, because this technology is only a tool to help apprehend criminals. There is no law against law enforcement standing at airports looking at peoples' faces. All the facial recognition system does is accomplish this faster.
If someone is falsely detained, it will be quickly cleared up once additional identification is made. It's no worse than security measures today.
VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 983 times:
I'm not surpriesd at this group one bit. They have taken a dive for the past 8 years. You can't expect too much from the same ACLU protecting the North American Man Boy Love association! I hope the Justice Department investigates these morons once and for all. It looks like the ACLU needs to be overhauled. Bill O' Reilly really gave it to on of their lawywers when they we're protecting NAMBLA. Bastards! May they rot in hell!