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FBI sued over secretive facial recognition program



FBI sued over secretive facial recognition program


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Soon the FBI will be done building a database containing the photographs, fingerprints and other biometric data for millions of Americans, but the agency has been far from forthcoming with the details. A new lawsuit filed this week aims to change that.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital rights group based out of California, sued the United States Department of Justice this week for failing to comply with multiple Freedom of Information Act requests filed last year by the EFF.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation received no fewer than three FOIA requests from the EFF last year for details about its state-of-the-art Next Generation Identification program, or NGI, a system that will store personally-identifiable data for millions of Americans and foreign nationals to act as what the FBI has called a “bigger, faster and better” version of what law enforcement already uses. But while the bureau has indeed already been using fingerprint information to track down potential terrorists and troublemakers for years, the EFF’s main concern revolves around what sort of space-age face recognition abilities NGI will be able to employ.

The FBI previously acknowledged that NGI will “house multimodal biometrics records like palm prints and iris scans” in one master system, as well as facial imaging information and intelligence about scars, marks and tattoos. Eventually, the agency said, it hopes to incorporate technology to track down people using only their voice. For now, though, the EFF is interested in what the facial recognition infrastructure will be able to do, and is demanding the FBI fesses up.

NGI will change almost everything about how the FBI treats photograph submissions,” the complaint filed this week reads. Citing government documents, the EFF says that the system will allow “the increased capacity to retain photographic images, additional opportunities for agencies to submit photographic images and additional search capabilities, including automated searches.”

The proposed new system would also allow law enforcement ‘to collect and retain other images (such as those obtained from crime scene security cameras’ and from family and friends) and would allow submission of ‘civil photographs along with civil fingerprint submissions that were collected for noncriminal purposes,’” the EFF continues.

When all is said and done, the FBI will be able to use NGI to scan millions of entries in a single database to find someone based off of a single photograph, and the EFF fears that could send things down a slippery slope.

Governmental use of face recognition — and the potential for misuse — raises many privacy concerns,” the EFF says in the lawsuit.

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Using statements already made by the FBI about the program, the EFF presents an argument about why they should be worried that’s hard to counter.

The FBI has also stated in a public presentation given at a national biometrics conference that it wants to use its facial recognition system to ‘identify unknown persons of interest from images’ and ‘identify subjects in public datasets,’” the complaint continues. “In the same presentation, the FBI included a graphic image that implied the Bureau wanted to use facial recognition to be able to track people from one political rally to another.”

Another digital watchdog group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, previously alleged that NGI system could be integrated with other surveillance technology in order to enable “real-time image-matching of live feeds from CCTV surveillance cameras.”

Obtaining information about how the FBI will manage and operate this information has been a priority for the EFF for over a year now, and the failure to comply with those FOIA requests has finally prompted the organization to ask a court to intervene.

NGI will result in a massive expansion of government data collection for both criminal and noncriminal purposes,” EFF Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch said in a statement this week. “Biometrics programs present critical threats to civil liberties and privacy. Face-recognition technology is among the most alarming new developments, because Americans cannot easily take precautions against the covert, remote and mass capture of their images.”

The EFF is asking the court to enforce the FOIA requests sent last June and July, which could compel the FBI to disclose information about the face-recognition program and any plans to merge civilian and criminal records in a single database. They are also asking for the total number of face-recognition capable records currently in the database and an assessment of what number the agency expects to have when it rolls out the program in 2014.

Before the federal government decides to expand its surveillance powers, there needs to be a public debate,” Lynch said. “But there can be no public debate until the details of the program are presented to the public.”

In a July 18, 2012 assessment, the FBI reported that the program was “on scope, on schedule, on cost and 60 percent deployed.” The program is being put together by contractors Lockheed Martin, who are expected to rake in $1 billion from the government by the time the NGI system is finally up and running.

The FBI previously admitted that they found 7,380 records that were “potentially responsive” to one of the EFF’s request, but has yet to deliver actual information pursuant to any of the three FOIA submissions filed, prompting the nonprofit to allege the FBI is “dragging its feet.”

FBI has not explained to the public how NGI or IAFIS’s system design would ensure that civil submissions are not ‘tainted’ by criminal submissions or explained why it is necessary to combine the two types of data,” the EFF wrote in the complaint.

Ron Paul Delegates Speak OUT! RE: RNC/GOP Corruption 2012

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While we were in Tampa, Florida on August 26, 2012 we ran across several Ron Paul delegates who offered to share their experience with the GOP corruption that has been ongoing this year.


Ron Paul Wins Taunton MA Republican 2012 Straw Poll



By Peggy R

Holy Cow, this from Massachusetts?

Ron Paul 51%
Romney 38%
Santorum 8%
Newt 3%

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Did Maine GOP Blatantly Cheat Ron Paul out of a Victory?

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Fear And Loathing In The Maine GOP



Submitted by ZMAN70

My brother, a delegate chair, met with the Secretary of the Caucus of his town. This was a few days ago.

The Secretary and my brother talked about delegate information for about 15 minutes. As they were talking, a gentleman walked in, pulled up a chair, and sat down.

The Secretary introduced the man to my brother. My brother recognized the man….he holds a high office in the GOP in my brother’s county.

After some small chit chat….this is the conversation that took place……keep in mind….neither the Secretary nor the GOP official knew that my brother was a Paul supporter…….

GOP Official: So, you’re the guy who’s going to be collecting delegates huh?

Brother: That’s Right.

GOP Official: You know they’re really worried about the state convention.

Brother: What do you mean?

GOP Official: You know, that they’re going to hijack this thing.

Brother: What do you mean hijack? What are you talking about?

GOP Official: You know, the Ron Paul People. They’re going to hijack the convention.

Brother: Really?

GOP Official. Yea…We’re very concerned. They can hijack the state convention, and win the whole thing.

Brother: Wow…Really? You’re that concerned huh?

GOP Official: Oh yeah. They have me setting up other caucuses in the smaller towns to get the delegates.

Brother: Is that possible? The deadline is February 11th.
They’re going to announce the tally.

GOP Official: It has nothing to do with the straw poll. We’re not going to add them to the tally, its about getting delegates. You know, it has nothing to do with the straw polls right? It’s all about the delegates. You know, I’ve been to all the Caucuses in the county and Ron Paul dominated them all….hands down.

Brother: Even the other caucus…in the next town over?

GOP Official: Yeah…I went to all of them. I talked to the Councilman. I know Ron Paul won the entire county.

Brother: Wow.

(then there was some more idle chit chat)

GOP Official: We need to do this to prevent the Paul supporters from hijacking the state convention. You know, they’re going to increase security.

Brother: What are you expecting? You think they’re going to riot?

GOP Official: No, not concerned about that. It’s just that, you know, that Ron Paul people are very vocal.

Brother: I don’t get it then…why the security? As long as they’re being respectful, isn’t it good to engage in dialogue?

GOP Official: Well, it’s just they can be very vocal.

(GOP official then started talking about bylaws at the convention…but he kind of trailed off…and didn’t finish his thoughts.)

The GOP official then started asking my brother personal questions.

GOP Official: Jim, I remember you from the Caucus.

Brother: Yeah…I remember you too.

The GOP official then looked out the window and saw my brother’s car.

GOP Official: Jim, is that your car? The grey one? The one with the Ron Paul sticker?

Brother: Yes it is!

GOP Official: Wait, are you telling me that you are a Ron Paul supporter?

Brother: Yes I am!

The GOP Official then looked at the Secretary. They stared at each other for a few seconds. And then he looked down at the floor. Then there was silence…for about a minute.

The GOP Official then looked at my brother and said…

” You know, I don’t have anything against Ron Paul or anything. It’s just that his supporters, you know….

My brother then defended Paul supporters by saying that they are respectful, civil and totally engaged in the process. And that’s what you want.

GOP Official…Well, its his views on the drug laws….

Brother: The war on drugs…the way it’s set up…is not working. I have kids who can score drugs right around the block in this town. Why are you afraid to look at another philosophy?

The GOP official did not answer the question.

My brother then received a text from his wife…who was not feeling well. He told then GOP official and the Secretary that he had to leave. He wished them both a good day…and left.


Lew Rockwell Interviews Ron Paul Before Maine Caucuses: ‘The Youth Revolution’



Ron Paul talks to Lew Rockwell about who’s resisting the wars, the executive dictatorship, and the fed.

The interview is titled “Ron Paul and the Youth Revolution.”…

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Ron Paul WINS Tennessee Republican Assembly Straw Poll



Nashville, TN Hotel Preston 1/28/12

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The Results:

Ron Paul 200 votes

Rick Santorum 62 votes
Newt Gingrich 38 votes
Mitt Romney 15 votes
Jon Huntsman 1 vote

By percentage for these results:

Ron Paul 63.3%
Rick Santorum 19.6%
Newt Gingrich 12%
Mitt Romney 4%
John Huntsman .

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Ron Paul surprises party establishment by winning Idaho GOP straw poll in Garden City



By Dan Popkey

Despite a speech from U.S. Sen. Jim Risch backing Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul won Friday’s pay-to-play vote. Paul’s surrogate was Washington state Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley.

How strong a win? The former Libertarian got 43 percent (173 votes) to the former Massachusetts governor’s 34 percent (135). Trailing them were Newt Gingrich with 12 percent (47 votes), Rick Santorum at 10 percent (40) and Jon Huntsman with 1 percent (4). A total of 399 people from across Idaho participated. Rick Perry’s campaign asked not to be included on the straw poll ballot.

What’s it mean? It cost $30 to participate, and party officials cautioned against making too much of the result. The poll was a party fundraiser held at the Riverside Hotel in Garden City.

Whoops of joy: Paulies were jubilant. “It feels so good,” said Chris MacCloud of Meridian. “Just a lot of hard work, time and energy.”

New plan for GOP: Idaho Republicans are using a caucus for the first time this year. They also moved up the delegate-selection date from a May primary to the March 6 caucus on Super Tuesday — which features GOP contests in 10 states — in hopes of having a role in picking the nominee. Party officials hope for 15,000 to caucus in Ada and Canyon counties alone.

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Ron Paul Sets New Records as Herman Cain Continues Slide in CHQ Straw Poll



By Andrew Davis | 11/28/11

After setting a new personal best in the CHQ Presidential Straw Poll last week, Newt Gingrich fell 11 percent, barely edging out Herman Cain, who also continued his slide for the third week in a row. Yet, at the top, Ron Paul jumped by 15 percent over last week, proving again that the grassroots are demanding a call for genuine fiscal discipline, and not just empty rhetoric.

Here is the full breakdown of last week’s CHQ Presidential Straw Poll:

1. Ron Paul (56 percent; up 15 percent)
2. Newt Gingrich (14 percent; down 11 percent)
3. Herman Cain (13 percent; down 5 percent)
4. Michele Bachmann (6 percent; no change)
5. Rick Perry (4 percent; no change)
6. Mitt Romney (3 percent; up 1 percent)
7. Gary Johnson (2 percent; up 1 percent)
8. Rick Santorum (1 percent; no change)
9. Other (0 percent; down 1 percent)
9. Jon Huntsman (0 percent; no change).

Did Newt’s immigration comments hurt him last week? Will Cain continue to fall in the polls? Can Paul continue to climb? Have Perry and Bachmann finally settled at 4 and 6 percent, respectively? Only your votes will decide, so go vote now in’s weekly GOP Presidential Straw Poll and decide their fates.

If you have not already, please vote in this week’s straw poll by clicking here. If you’re not currently a registered CHQ member, and would like to vote in the poll, please register here.

Results of the CHQ Republican Presidential Straw Poll:

Bachmann Cain Gingrich Huntsman Johnson Paul Perry Romney Santorum Other
10/17/11 6% 28% 11% 0% 1% 37% 7% 4% 5% 0%
10/24/11 7% 24% 17% 0% 1% 35% 12% 0% 2% 1%
10/31/11 6% 32% 15% 0% 0% 36% 7% 2% 1% 1%
11/7/11 6% 25% 22% 0% 1% 38% 5% 2% 1% 1%
11/14/11 6% 18% 25% 0% 1% 41% 4% 2% 1% 1%
11/21/11 6% 13% 14% 0% 2% 56% 4% 3% 1% 0%

[CIM Comment: Maybe people are slowly starting to remove the wool that has been pulled over their eyes, we con only hope.  Enough of the empty rhetoric and and bumper sticker answers, it is time to take this great nation back!]

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Ron Paul at Des Moines Register Editorial Board Interview

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