Anonymous offers tips on beating facial recognition
” Using the vague criteria of “law enforcement purposes”, the United States has more than 200 million Americans filed away in various facial recognition databases. If you have a driver’s license or any other government photo ID, your face is probably one of them.
The Washington Post reported:
Law enforcement use of such facial searches is blurring the traditional boundaries between criminal and non-criminal databases, putting images of people never arrested in what amount to perpetual digital lineups. The most advanced systems allow police to run searches from laptop computers in their patrol cars and offer access to the FBI and other federal authorities.
Only 13 states have not gone into full-out Big Brother mode with facial recognition…yet. At this time, the states without the technology are Alaska, California, Wyoming, Arizona, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Maine, and New Hampshire. However, even though they don’t have the technology to readily identify residents, they still have millions of photos in their databases.
Here’s the breakdown of who has a photo database:
- The State Department has about 15 million photos of passport or visa holders
- The FBI has about15 million photos of people who have been arrested or convicted of crimes
- The Department of Defense has about 6 million photos, mainly of Iraqis and Afghans
- Various police agencies and states have at least 210 million driver’s license photos “
At the link you will find a massive page of documented cases of defensive gun use . If you scroll down to the bottom you will find the link to Andrew’s homepage which is a treasure trove of links to all manner of subjects of interest to those of us who oppose gun control , big government and statism. Poke around and you are sure to find loads of information you can use for blogging purposes , to prove an argument or just for self-education . Bookmark it and use it for future reference . You’ll be glad you did .
Below is just a small sampling of what is available from Andrew’s page . On the site all of the below listed topics are hot-linked and will provide you with hours of reading and research . I’e removed the links so as not o steal Mr Dart’s thunder . Go there and see for yourself . He has put an incredible amount of work into his site and it reads like an encyclopedia of statist references for the liberty-loving individual .
” Timely topics
Gun control and disingenuous arguments for gun control
Zero Tolerance insanity in public schools
Major Nidal Malik Hasan and the Fort Hood shooting
The Food Police
Postage Rates and Saturday deliveries
Welfare fraud, food stamps, and “disability” payments
The Proposed National ID Card
Obama’s drones and the secret kill list
Lies about the Benghazi terrorist attack
Cases in which guns saved lives
Gun control failures
Media bias related to firearms
Threats to the Constitution
The United States has plenty of oil
President Obama manipulates the news media … but they don’t care.
The above is just a partial list of topics , there is plenty more to see and reference .
Below is a letter from Mr Dart to a fellow blogger in which he sets for his motivations .
Dear Mr. Cunningham,
” Thank you for your message and the positive feedback about my web site. Your comments are greatly appreciated, and because the whole operation is free of advertising, compliments from readers are my greatest reward.
Once in a while I may also get a message from someone who disagrees with*everything* I’ve said, and although that is informative, there is just no way to respond to someone like that.
You are correct in your assessment that I’m preaching to the choir, by and large, and most of my web site’s visitors are just looking for confirmation or reinforcement of their opinions. By searching for my own name on the internet, I have also discovered that some groups on the far left point to me as an example of a right-wing fool. That’s flattering.
In maintaining my web site, one of my goals is to counteract selective news reporting and to keep important events from disappearing down the media memory hole. For example, the governor of North Carolina recently suggested that the 2012 elections should be suspended. Naturally she kicked up a cloud of opposition, and the story soon faded from the headlines (in the few news outlets that mentioned it at all), but we must never forget that the idea came up, and it was a Democrat who brought it up.
My web site serves only to sound the alarm. The solutions to our country’s problems, in my opinion, would be too “extreme” for our current crop of politicians to implement, as they would have to include such things as a complete turnover in Congress (term limits) and having the military patrol and enforce our border with Mexico (rather than living confortably in Japan or Germany).
Deeper than that, the people of our country are hopelessly divided into two groups: The producers and the sponges. A huge fraction of the population is living on government checks, and there’s no way they will ever vote to cut themselves off. To put it another way, as long as the sponges are allowed to vote, the ratio of sponges to producers will increase — and yet the ratio is already too high to suddenly prohibit them from voting, even if the Constitution would allow such a change. (The Constitution does not authorize direct payments to individuals, as far as I can tell, but nobody cares about that.)
The second deepest root is that both political parties constantly work to expand the government and, no matter which party is in power, no federal agencies are ever disbanded and dissolved. Several major government operations have run out of things to do, yet they soak up billions of dollars every year. Two examples are NASA and the EPA. A few years ago I tried to assemble a list of all the federal departments, bureaus, institutes, commissions, and so on, and it soon became apparent that there’s no way for one person to find them all. You can see my list at
Congratulations on helping to get Chris Gibson into the House of Representatives. A quick Google search showed me his district. Incidentally, Albany, NY, is the farthest I’ve ever been away from home. (My parents lived in New York until the 1940′s, on a farm outside of Hamilton. Fortunately they moved to Texas before I was born. The farm life is wonderful, I’m sure, but I don’t like snow.)
You are quite correct: Sleepwalking is a dangerous thing.
Have a great day!
Andrew K. Dart