Archive for the ‘Mexico’ Category

c/o Forbes

“If you are a member of CBP’s Global Entry, Nexus or Sentri Trusted Traveler programs, you may be able to access certain dedicated screening lanes. In conjunction with this service, CBP is installing Global Entry kiosks at certain Canadian airports where travelers are pre-cleared to enter the U.S. so they do not have to go through immigration or customs at a U.S. port of entry. Kiosks are, or will be installed at Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto by the end of this month although when I was in Montreal last week CBP knew nothing about the program. 

CBP will be issuing members of the Global Entry program a Sentri RFID card for a $15 processing fee. Sentri is currently being used at the Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, and Calexico border crossings in California and the El Paso (Stanton Street Bridge) crossing in Texas.”



“The top contactless applications during the next five years are projected to be bank cards, government and healthcare ID cards, transportation and physical access cards. These four applications are projected to account for around 99% of units shipped in 2016.”


Senate Intel Chair: Torture Did Not Lead To Bin Laden In Any Way @TPM

More and more evidence suggests a key piece of intelligence — the first link in the chain of information that led U.S. intelligence officials to Osama bin Laden — wasn’t tortured out of its source. And, indeed, that torture actually failed to produce it. 


Here is second life for news that matters: 

The 10 tools of Online Oppressors

WIRED: Domestic Surveillance Court Approved All 1,506 Warrant Applications in 2010

Commentary c/o Julian “squeaky clean” Sanchez: 

 Record Number of Americans Targeted by National Security Letters

NYTimes Op-Ed: Personal Data: Safer in America or in Europe

Children of Guanajuato, Mexico in Biometric Database

U.S. Attorney Escalates Attacks on Civil Liberties of Anti-War, Palestinian Human Rights Activists

Homeland Security Suspends Ineffective, Discriminatory Immigration Program

SEC’s Schapiro says surveillance tools ‘inadequate’

Canada, U.S. in talks to share surveillance data

BTC – Corporations… Government data surveillance; same difference. They both do it.

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Mexico starts to use iris scans on ID cards

A National ID Card for Every American c/o Fellowship of The Minds

“In 1998 the Clinton Administration tested such a privately-funded card without the consent or knowledge of Congress. Their card was part of a special healthcare program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program was initated in five western States and entailed giving women with dependent children free healthcare in the pilot project that actually tested the effectiveness of the biometric cards, which electronically monitored the whereabouts of the cardholder 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by GPS. The test lasted one year. It was deemed to be a success. Our federal government does have the ability, and the desire, to track the whereabouts of its human capital while they work, when they play, and where they sleep. REAL ID, in other words, is REAL Intrusive.”

Trial Begins For Seattle Man Who Refused To Show ID At TSA Checkpoint In Albuquerque

Governor gives voter ID bill emergency status in legislative session

U.S. Cancels “Virtual Fence” with Mexico

USCIS e-Verify still flags eligible employees, says GAO

RE: Corporate Data Surveillance, Watch what you say and text

DIY Government: FTC Comment period on *PRIVACY PRACTICES* extended until 2-18-2011


Black Budget in the Red

Facebook suspends personal data-sharing feature

The Companies Who Support Censoring the Internet

How Big Brother is watching you from Israel


Operation Endgame – Illuminates bureaucracy, comedic lunacy of the underground US Intelligence complex; straight to DVD, comes *highly recommended* for entertainment’s sake.

Smash His Camera –  Classic rivalry of privacy in the face of public living. Example here.

c/o Center for Investigative Reporting 

More than two-dozen cities and counties in southern Texas joined by environmentalists and immigrant-rights organizations are calling on two lawmakers to end their push for additional fencing along the nation’s boundary with Mexico.

In a letter to Senate leaders May 6, the Texas Border Coalition and others argued that the approximately 650 miles of fencing already constructed in recent years has divided communities, negatively impacted the environment and cost taxpayers a fortune. They say that despite investing $2.6 billion so far, the barrier’s value in stopping the flow of illegal immigration and drug traffickers from Mexico hasn’t been studied.

The lack of such an analysis was confirmed this week by the Government Accountability Office, a watchdog arm of Congress, which concluded in a report that Customs and Border Protection “cannot account separately for the impact of tactical infrastructure,” i.e. border fencing.  :::MORE HERE:::

AP Latin America/CBS News

President Felipe Calderon says Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards for its citizens starting this year, and by 2012 everyone will have one.

The cards will carry the bearer’s photograph. It will also include information on fingerprints and biometric data, including facial and iris scans, on a magnetic strip.

Most Mexicans currently use their voter ID cards for identification. They contain a photo, signature and one fingerprint. They will continue to be issued.

Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont said Tuesday the new cards will help in the fight against organized crime, and ensure transparency in government aid programs.

Drug traffickers frequently use false identification documents to evade law enforcement.

We here at BeatTheChip can get bored with all the same old “Real ID IS REALLY REALLY BAD,” all of the time.  So we decided to freshen it up with some World and Technology news.
So get some BBQ’d food  and a drink and read this, it may free your mind…
What happens when Nacho Libre meets federales imposing consequences over his national ID?  No better story than the truth, as NewsWeek tells the story of a Mexican boxing contender fighting his way out of a bureaucratic comedy of errors with his national ID.
A Juneau travel agent has had it with TSA “abusing it” when it comes to travellers who can’t board their flight over possessing a Real ID license. He is suing Alaska’s DMV for implementing the Real ID Act saying , “As of 1 July, it is a pain in the ass to get a driver’s license,” Scannell said.
It’s good that he has this Alaskan running for Senate to help out. (Listen carefully – there are fireworks going off!):
“Britain’s leading airline bosses have accused the government of using their industry as a political pawn in the national identity card debate by forcing aviation workers to join the scheme next year.

In a scathing letter to the home secretary, Jaqui Smith, the chief executives of British Airways, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and BMI said that forcing airport workers to have and ID card from November next year was “unnecessary” and  “unjustified”.
Here’s a story on the burgeoning market for surveillance technologies that can track you AND attack you.  Apparently 2008 is a great year to being the war and surveillance technologies business, as Seeking Alpha reports.  Amid our “resilient” heros is L1 Technologies.  I wonder if they ever got us that head shot of their Board Member- former CIA chief, George Tenet.
Meanwhile back in the U.S. – Virginia to be exact – a retail employee with some balls and ethics teams up with Congressman Ed Markey to AVENGE RIGHTEOUSLY the following:
Oh well, public-private entities have just made all of that insidious dirt work legal parsing for the course. Our favorite legal cretin is AAMVA- if you have a magnetic strip on your license they’ve been selling your information in their “private” sector for years.
I am still tracking down an absolutely BRILLIANT story I read about a man in Florida the suing the US government over the sale of his facial biometrics as “information”.  The lawsuit has more to do with a type of copyright infringement, the US government didn’t get his express consent to license his image to sale to corporate vendors (through people like AAMVA).   
We can do that? We can sue our government over selling our images and private information?
Hell – class action lawsuits may pile up after all!
DHS thinks they are superbad if they can have your biometrics WATERPROOFED!!