Chinese Style Facial Scanning Coming to an Airport Near You

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As you have likely heard over the years, the leading Chinese Communist Party is rather controlling and restrictive of its people, especially those who don’t follow their rules or beliefs. One way in which they do this is by having high-tech surveillance systems around just about everywhere.

The one most utilized is facial recognition software that’s been dubbed “Skynet” by the Chinese. Yes, that’s a not-so-veiled reference to the artificial superintelligence system that tries to take over and wipe out humans in the world-famous “Terminator” movies.

At this point, you are likely thanking God that you live in America, the home of the free, because of the brave.

But don’t be so sure about that…

As FOX Business recently reported, that very same technology is about to become a nationwide standard in most US airports, according to the Transportation Security Administration or TSA.

In fact, the TSA has actually already been using this type of software for a number of years in select US airports. As the outlet pointed out, it was rolled out by the Department of Homeland Security as part of a pilot program in 2017.

Known as Credit Authentication Technology with Camera’ or CAT-2, the system is designed to scan travelers’ faces at TSA checkpoints and then compare them to official documents such as passports or driver’s licenses. Currently, 16 American airports come equipped with this technology. But according to TSA’s head of facial recognition program Jason Lim, the plan is to soon expand that so that all US airports have it.

Now, apart from the idea that the government or an agency with close government ties is scanning your facial features and then running against all sorts of documents, there’s another major problem with the system. It’s not always all that accurate.

Business Insider reported that on a growing number of occasions, faces have been scanned and incorrectly tied innocent people to criminal charges. One man was even arrested and forced to serve jail after being misidentified by unreliable technology.

Naturally, this poses a rather major issue.

Of course, there is also the more obvious concern about how this would intrude on your privacy.

As Lim explains, the use of technology would be optional, giving passengers a choice to have it be used on their faces or not. But how long will that last? And can we trust the TSA or other agencies who may soon get ahold of the tech to really give us that option?

Additionally, there are questions about what all these scans would or could be used for later down the road. Will the TSA pass these on to other government agencies? Will they store them? And if so, for how long?

According to Lim, data from the scans won’t be saved, except “for some kept on hand for two years to test the system’s effectiveness or for law enforcement purposes.”

Again, how can we trust this?

Besides, what if I don’t want facial recognition to be used on me at the airport? Will there be consequences for such? Will I not be able to travel?

Because that’s how China does it. Well, to be clear, it’s not optional there, and any kind of refusal or inclusion on any watch list might incite travel restrictions.

As YouTube channel Tech Vision explains, the software is used for the “complete eradication of privacy.” And this helps the government “to quash movements and protests” against them “before they even start.”

Essentially the people have no real chance of succeeding over tyranny.

Can you see how this could be a problem for the American people? Say if the government decided to take on a more radical form without our say-so?

As James Bovard, who writes for the New York Post, has stated, the fact that the TSA is now using this same system “could be a big step toward a Chinese-style ‘social credit’ system that could restrict travel by people the government doesn’t like.”

And just like that, democracy is gone, and we are no longer free.