Mar 10, 2014
The Privacy War Just Got Biological
Posted on Jul 11, 2012
In as little as one year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will have a mobile, long-range, laser-based molecular scanner that can identify any chemical substance in or on your body—including gunpowder, flecks of cocaine on your sleeve and the half-digested Pop-Tart in your gut.
Officials say the technology will be used to identify explosives, dangerous chemicals or bioweapons at airports, border crossings and other high traffic locations throughout the United States.
The device is 1 million times faster than its predecessor, which means authorities will be able to collect and store “molecular tags” on huge numbers of people at a time—not just suspects or people who are randomly selected—and they will be able to do so without the knowledge of those who are targeted.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly
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