Tuesday, January 09, 2007

that's funny - not in a haha way

* guardian:
"Millions of Britons who visit the United States are to have their fingerprints stored on the FBI database alongside those of criminals, in a move that has outraged civil rights groups.

The Observer has established that under new plans to combat terrorism, the US government will demand that visitors have all 10 fingers scanned when they enter the country. The information will be shared with intelligence agencies, including the FBI, with no restrictions on their international use.

US airport scanners now take only two fingerprints from travellers. The move to 10 allows the information to be compatible with the FBI database.
Countries subject to the new scheme include Britain, other European Union nations, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
In a speech at a technology conference Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of Homeland Security, said the main aim was to deter 'the unknown terrorist'.

It could pick up on fingerprints left at terrorist sites around the world. 'A fingerprint that is left... in the training camp or in the safe house is, in fact, a powerful tool.' He added that he hoped the system would deter any terrorists from ever trying to enter the US. 'We will have a world in which any terrorist who has ever been in a safe house or has ever been in a training camp is going to ask himself or herself this question: have I ever left a fingerprint anywhere?' Chertoff said."
that's funny -not in a haha way.

* wsj (subs) via calipendence:
"A federal criminal investigation of the Central Intelligence Agency's former third-highest official has stalled because of CIA reluctance to turn over classified documents requested by prosecutors, people close to the investigation say.

The U.S. attorney's office in San Diego has been investigating former CIA Executive Director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo to determine whether he committed illegal acts in influencing the awarding of CIA covert contracts. Mr. Foggo resigned from the CIA in May 2006, shortly after The Wall Street Journal disclosed the investigation."


Political.Asylum said...

The Sarcastic Idiocy Forum stands firm against the secretarial violence in Iraq.


rimone said...

chertoff is fuckin' insane, along w/the rest of the bu$hCo cheneys.

calipendence said...

TPM-Muckraker now has a story up on the WSJ piece.

TPM-Muckracker also has CIA director Michael Hayden nailed!

It also looks like the German press is now coming up with "expert" speculation that the CIA, not the North Koreans (or perhaps additionally to the North Koreans) were responsible for the super notes U.S. currency counterfitting plot. Read the translation here.