From TruthNews.us :
U.S. forces in Iraq soon will be equipped with high-tech equipment that will let them process an Iraqi’s biometric data in minutes and help American soldiers decide whether they should execute the person or not, according to its inventor.
“A war fighter needs to know one of three things: Do I let him go? Keep him? Or shoot him on the spot?” Pentagon weapons designer Anh Duong told the Washington Post for a feature on how this 47-year-old former Vietnamese refugee and mother of four rose to become a top U.S. bomb-maker.
Though Duong is best known for designing high-explosives used to destroy hardened targets, she also supervised the Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facilities project, known as a “lab in a box” for analyzing biometric data, such as iris scans and fingerprints, that have been collected on more than one million Iraqis.
The labs – collapsible, 20-by-20-foot units each with a generator and a satellite link to a biometric data base in West Virginia – will let U.S. forces cross-check data in the field against information collected previously that can be used to identify insurgents. These labs are expected to be deployed across Iraq in early 2008.
I find this interesting because the inventor of this unit, Anh Duong, is a Vietnamese refugee who believes she’s actually doing a good deed here. She might even feel the need to prove loyalty to her adopted nation. As she states in the article, “I don’t want My Lai in Iraq,” Duong said. “The biggest difficulty in the global war on terror – just like in Vietnam – is to know who the bad guys are. How do we make sure we don’t kill innocents?”, she intimates that this is a necessary technology to make sure the wrong people aren’t targeted. Is she being altruistic? Quite possibly since she’s from a country that had the taste of the American Federal Empire’s Wars For Democracy(TM).
I can easily see this technology used against the citizens here at home. What better way to keep track of dissidents and domestic “terrorists”? And it’s complementary to the coming Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.
Mobile death labs to accommodate mobile death trials. Lovely.
Torquemada would’ve been impressed.