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Homeland Security moves forward with ‘pre-crime’ detection

Posted By yihan On October 8, 2011 @ 2:46 am In Featured Stories,Prison Planet,Tile | Comments Disabled

Declan McCullagh
CNET News [1]
Saturday, October 8, 2011

An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned.

If this sounds a bit like the Tom Cruise movie called “Minority Report,” or the CBS drama “Person of Interest,” it is. But where “Minority Report” author Philip K. Dick enlisted psychics to predict crimes, DHS is betting on algorithms: it’s building a “prototype screening facility” that it hopes will use factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to “detect cues indicative of mal-intent.”

The latest developments, which reveal efforts to “collect, process, or retain information on” members of “the public,” came to light through an internal DHS document obtained under open-government laws by the Electronic Privacy Information Center [2]. DHS calls its “pre-crime” system Future Attribute Screening Technology [3], or FAST.

“If it were deployed against the public, it would be very problematic,” says Ginger McCall [4], open government counsel at EPIC, a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C.

Full story here. [1]

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[1] CNET News: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20117058-281/homeland-security-moves-forward-with-pre-crime-detection

[2] Electronic Privacy Information Center: http://www.epic.org/

[3] Future Attribute Screening Technology: http://epic.org/privacy/fastproject/

[4] Ginger McCall: http://epic.org/epic/staff_and_board.html

[5] Homeland Security’s ‘Pre-Crime’ Screening Will Never Work: http://www.prisonplanet.com/homeland-securitys-pre-crime-screening-will-never-work.html

[6] US crime predicting technology tests draw Minority Report comparisons: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-crime-predicting-technology-tests-draw-minority-report-comparisons.html

[7] Pre-Crime Software Moves One Step Closer to Reality: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pre-crime-software-moves-one-step-closer-to-reality.html

[8] The Federal Government Moves Forward with Drone Programs Despite Poor Planning and Lack of Oversight: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-federal-government-moves-forward-with-drone-programs-despite-poor-planning-and-lack-of-oversight.html

[9] Two Thirds of Americans Support Drones for ‘Homeland Security’ Missions: http://www.prisonplanet.com/two-thirds-of-americans-support-drones-for-homeland-security-missions.html

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