DHS to Test Face Scanning Cameras at Tri-City Hockey Game

Long term goal is to “identify terrorists and criminals in public areas”

Paul Joseph Watson
September 13, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security is set to test new facial recognition technology at the the Tri-Cities Americans home opener at Toyota Center in Kennewick next weekend as part of its long term mission “to identify terrorists and criminals in public areas.”

The DHS will work with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to run the test during a portion of a game on September 21.
Hockey fans who don’t want to become an unwitting part of the test will have to follow signs routing them away from the cameras.
PNNL staff members will participate in the test, which will attempt to match their identities with photographs as they move around the stadium.
The staffers will wear ankle bracelets which will send a signal to the cameras when they are close enough to be photographed and matched with the still shots.
Researchers admit that “a hockey fan’s face could be incorrectly identified as the person for whom the video is searching,” but Patty Wolfhope, program manager at the Department of Homeland Security, claims that no names will be collected….at least not for now.
“I think it’s in our best interest to help facilitate the development of the technology,” said Cory Pearson, executive director of VenuWorks, which operates the center. “It’s in everybody’s best interest.”
Critics of how surveillance powers are increasingly being abused in light of the plethora of recent NSA scandals probably won’t see facial recognition technology being in the best interests of those who still value privacy.
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