News from The Constitution-Free Zone: Border Patrol Using Biometrics for “Citizenship Checks” in Maine

News from The Constitution-Free Zone: Border Patrol Using Biometrics for “Citizenship Checks” in Maine By Joe Wright For a number of years now, I have been chronicling the ever-widening use of “The Constitution-Free Zone” by Border Patrol agents in the name of immigration enforcement. Papers Please: “Daily Citizenship Checks” on Buses Across Maine Highlight Constitution-Free Zone New York’s Constitution-Free Zone Leading to Warrantless Bus Searches and Detentions Greyhound Bus Under Fire As More Reports Of Immigration Searches and Detentions Surface Citizenship Checkpoints Start to Spread Across The Constitution-Free Zone The…

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ICE Accidentally Reveals Fascist “Hyper-Realistic” Urban Warfare Training Facility At Army Base

ICE Accidentally Reveals Fascist “Hyper-Realistic” Urban Warfare Training Facility At Army Base By Aaron Kesel The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency accidentally revealed the location of a new “urban warfare” training facility that is expected to include “hyper-realistic” simulations of homes, hotels and commercial buildings in Chicago and Arizona, Newsweek reported. The “hyper-realistic” urban training ground will be housed in Fort Benning, Georgia the report details. The information was revealed after ICE failed to redact its acquisition form document that was posted online. After copying and pasting the document’s…

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ROBORDER: EU and U.S. Testing Drone Swarms to Handle “Illegal Border Activity”

ROBORDER: EU and U.S. Testing Drone Swarms to Handle “Illegal Border Activity” By Nicholas West Here comes Skynet. Earlier this year in May it was reported by The Intercept that the EU had been working with member states to help roll out a system called ROBORDER that would employ swarms of autonomous drones to patrol air, land and sea for border violations. The specifics were laid out in a mid-term review and progress report which included: Ministries of the Interior and Defence from Portugal, Hungary and Greece are testing manned…

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U.S. Customs Continues to “Modernize” Its System to Include Biometrics For All Passengers

U.S. Customs Continues to “Modernize” Its System to Include Biometrics For All Passengers By Nicholas West One aspect often lost in the immigration debate is the rollout of government solutions that are set to restrict the freedom of the perfectly innocent.  A key component of this is the increased collection of passenger biometrics. As I’ve discussed before, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a mandate that’s been 15 years in the making to integrate government databases for ID verification. Private companies have been enlisted to ensure that there is a…

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Hackers Stole Facial Recognition Data of US Airport Travelers

Hackers Stole Facial Recognition Data of US Airport Travelers By Eoin Higgins One of the key fears that critics of mass surveillance and the proliferation of facial recognition technology have warned about has been realized with new reporting Monday that a “malicious cyber attack” has resulted in photos of airport passengers and other personal data harvested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol being stolen by unknown actors. According to the Washington Post: Customs officials said in a statement Monday that the images, which included photos of people’s license plates, had been compromised as part of…

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CBP Claims Its Airport Facial Recognition Isn’t A Surveillance Program; FBI Has 640M Photos According To Watchdog; Congress Wants Rules

CBP Claims Its Airport Facial Recognition Isn’t A Surveillance Program; FBI Has 640M Photos According To Watchdog; Congress Wants Rules By Aaron Kesel The Customs And Border Protection (CBP) has hilariously claimed that its facial recognition in airports across the U.S. isn’t a surveillance program, Nextgov reported. Meanwhile, a government watchdog organization has made the horrifying claim that the FBI has 640 million photographs it can rummage through by utilizing facial recognition technology. It’s been two years since Customs and Border Protection began deploying facial recognition systems at U.S. airports;…

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U.S. Visa Applications Now Require 5 Years Worth Of Social Media, Phone Numbers And Email Addresses

U.S. Visa Applications Now Require 5 Years Worth Of Social Media, Phone Numbers And Email Addresses By Aaron Kesel The U.S. State Department has announced that people traveling to the U.S. for work or for studying abroad will have to hand over five years worth of their social media information, email addresses, and phone numbers to apply for a visa, NY Times reported. Authorities estimated the proposal would affect nearly 15 million people annually according to figures last year by Associated Press. Certain diplomatic and official visa applicants will be…

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DHS to Face-Scan 97% of International Travelers Within Four Years

DHS to Face-Scan 97% of International Travelers Within Four Years By Tyler Durden (ZH) – The Department of Homeland Security says that facial recognition technology will be used on 97% of passengers departing the US by 2023, according to The Verge. Already deployed in seventeen international airports, including Atlanta, New York City, Boston, San Jose, Chicago, and two airports in Houston, DHS systems will photograph and scan passengers at their departure gate, cross-referencing their face against a library of face images from visa and passport applications, as well as those taken by border agents when foreigners enter…

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US Police Refuse to Stop Creating Fake Profiles on Facebook

US Police Refuse to Stop Creating Fake Profiles on Facebook By Derrick Broze Local, state, and federal law enforcement are refusing to comply with Facebook’s policy against law enforcement creating fake social media accounts. A new report by The Guardian details how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has violated Facebook policy by creating fake social media accounts connected to a fake university created to identify illegal immigrants. ICE agents created profiles of individuals alleged to have attended the fictional University of Farmington as part of their attempt to ensnare…

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U.S. Rolling Out Biometric ID Exit Program In Top Airports Nationwide With Full Implementation Expected By 2021

U.S. Rolling Out Biometric ID Exit Program In Top Airports Nationwide With Full Implementation Expected By 2021 By Aaron Kesel Activist Post previously reported that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wanted to develop advanced facial recognition technology that scans the faces of travelers as they enter and leave the U.S. border checkpoints. Last year we saw those efforts have expanded to airports with numerous tests throughout the U.S.  However, now according to 346 pages of documents obtained by the nonprofit research organization Electronic Privacy Information Center, those efforts are expanding even more with plans of…

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