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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I keep forgetting to...

...tell you guys a secret or two that I learned from the guy who invented a bunch of facial recognition technology used by most of the police departents and jails in this area. I'm sure that the technology is available to the entire country, I just don't know if they all have it yet. But, it's probably a good bet that they do have it or that they have realized that it doesn't work so well and they've scratched the idea.

Did you know that people are constantly being arrested in jail waiting rooms because "bad people visit bad people"? It's too bad my mother didn't know that when she visited my youngest brother in jail. I'm sure she would have liked to have known what the guardians of her son thought of HER. Who knows what they thought of her son? My mom would have defended those same police and jail dudes to the death. Odd isn't it? Those who defend law enforcement the loudest do so without even knowing what those cops are really capable of.

I understand how jaded police work must be but hell, if you want to be a Nazi, just say so. If that Cap and Trade bill can pass, a few Nazi's might get government jobs every so often.

It seems as though there are certain circumstances under which you tacitly agree to a form of search that you aren't even aware of. That facial recongnition stuff doesn't care if you gain 200 pounds, if you grow long hair and a beard or if you have plastic surgery. It checks for things like the depth of your eyes, the distance between your pupils and that between your lipline and cheekbone.

Whenever you allow the government to take a picture of you, you may assume that they're literally taking a "picture" of you. But, when that camera is pointed at you in the DMV and you smile so willingly, you have no idea what they're really capturing. They may get a picture...but the facial recognition stuff is IN the camera too.

There doesn't seem to be anyway to avoid the cameras in police departments, jails and DMV's, but you might be able to steer clear of them at most other times by being all Gene Hackman and keeping your face pointed downward or wearing a mask a la Michael Jackson, who may have known something that the rest of us didn't. Oh yeah, sunglasses do no good.

Of course, there are many agencies that are not impressed with the new technology. Tampa Police said that, "People in the area were seen wearing masks and making obscene gestures, prohibiting the cameras from getting a clear enough shot to identify anyone." Yeah, I can see that. Boston's Logan Airport decided to search for other options after they realized that "system only had a 61.4 percent accuracy rate".

But, in good ol' boy areas, there's gold in them thar lasers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a non-criminal I don't fear the technology

July 14, 2009  
Blogger Meg Kelso said...

So you're saying that rights and privacy laws only pertain to crooks? YIKES! I guess if you're a "non-criminal"...you don't need ANY protection from an overreaching government. Cool for you, but I still want MY rights!

What a MORON!

July 14, 2009  

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