Hidden in immigration reform, vast biometrics plan

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salon.com

The very concept of population is one of a certain type of control — namely the mechanisms through which certain groups get to be counted as among, or outside the population. Indeed, to be part of a population — further, a citizenry — is to be countable, databased. It should come as no surprise then, that tucked into the proposed immigration reform bill currently under debate in the Senate is a mandate for ensuring every American is identified, counted and countable constantly. As Wired noted Friday, “Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf)  is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.”

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