Missouri Is Illegally Complying With Real Id And Missouri Police Are Being Given Biometric Identification Toys To Play WithSubmitted by MisterMorose on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 02:11
Last year, Brent Stafford posted about the Department of Revenue illegal REAL ID compliance scandal in Missouri on this forum as user name OFallonBrent. I wonder if he knows how deep this rabbit hole runs? I have all of the documentation to prove what I wrote, and I want to get it to him. If anyone knows him, send him here. I need to talk to him.
St. Louis cops are wanting to use some new military toys, which include devices for remote biometric identification, including but not limited to examples such as Morphotrack's MorphoIdent, Motorola's Biometric Identification System, or the MORIS attachment for smart phones, which were trialled on civilians and combatants in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. These devices can read faces, fingerprints, and irises, and pull up demographic(and other) data linked to them.
The East-West Gateway Council of Governments has already allocated $520,563 in funds, granted by the Department of Homeland Security, for the creation of a biometric tracking infrastructure in the St. Louis area on both the Missouri and Illinois side. It is expected that eventually $3 million will be allocated for this purpose.
Using this money, they will be purchasing these devices that are capable of remote biometric identification. These devices will not only reference criminal mugshots, but they will be able to pull images from the Missouri Department of Revenue's(MODoR) “facial recognition database” for ALL Missouri drivers' licenses and ID holders that have renewed their license since the new camera equipment was switched in late 2012(the equipment was in every fee office in the state in April, 2013).
According to Nick Gragnani of the St. Louis Area Regional Response System(STARRS), all that is required for an image or a number of images or even all images of all recently-renewed drivers' license and ID holders to leave the MODoR's data center, is a court order. No warrant. No probable cause. Single or bulk. Just a court order. The images from Illinois have already been dumped in.
Missouri started taking digital photographs of drivers license and ID applicants in 2007 and held them in an ORACLE datacenter, but the image resolution was not good enough for the local feature analysis portion of the facial recognition algorithm that they used, a practice banned by Missouri law as a response to the passing of the REAL ID Act. They were ICAO 9303 compatible for their time period and allowed the face shape to be extracted and a template generated. In the ICAO 9303 standards is specific requirements for lighting, aspect ratio, ratio of width and height of face in proportion to photo dimensions, lens focus, and distance of person from camera. This standard allows individual pixels in the digital photograph to uniformly represent a specific unit of length across the entire dataset of images.
SB252 was passed in 2013 in response to the finding that the 2009 ban on REAL ID and biometric data gathering was violated, and even though SB252 re-iterated the ban on collection of biometric data, at the very last minute before the bill was passed through the state legislature, an exception was added into the law to classify the ICAO biometric photo as not a biometric. The current image taken, starting in late 2012 and eventually covering all fee offices by April 2013, is still an ICAO 9303 compatible photograph, but a very high resolution photograph that enables local feature analysis using facial recognition software, and extracts data such as marks, pores, scars, veins, hair follicles, wrinkles, and other data from your face, AND the images are a high enough resolution to pull irises too. This image is sent to Morphotrust, who prints the license, and supposedly deletes the photograph along with the associated demographic data, as required by contract.
I wouldn't count on Morphotrust deleting that data, as Morphotrust has engaged in bribery in Nigeria to force their IDs on the people, and more locally, reclaimed all of the MODoR's old computers used by the fee offices that had the older low-resolution digital images from 2007 to April 2013 saved on them, supposedly deleting the images after the fact as well. Morphotrak is also part of Morphotrust, who has a contract to equip the state, county and local police officers in Missouri with mobile biometric identification devices. Saffran, a French/Chinese/CIA owned defense contractor who Morphotrust is a subsidiary of, builds weaponized drones; there's even an automated one that can hunt down and kill a target without a pilot, using nothing but their gathered biometrics coupled with demographic data. Saffran also helped develop China's "Golden Shield" tracking infrastructure to track all Chinese citizens living in Shenzhen along with migrant workers, and to allow easy identification and arrest of dissidents, using their gathered biometric data.
Morphotrust probably wants the new biometric photos, as they are good enough for 1 in 300 million identification from any CCTV camera or smart phone of sufficient resolution when lighting conditions are adequate. The image needs to be clear and detailed enough to grab irises or other finely textured/unique features on your face, so that it can be compared to the biometric photo held in the state datacenter or elsewhere.
Anyway, STARRS shares information with the Terrorism Early Warning Center(TEW) located in a suburb of St. Louis, and hopes to maintain a database of 1 million St. Louis Area residents biometric photos AND personal information gathered via fusion centers for constant tracking, out of a population of 2.8 million residents in the area. This database is to be populated with criminal mugshots, ID photos, and DL photos, AND it is accessible by ALL police, fusion centers, and associated private entities without a warrant or probable cause. Your medical records can be attached to that photo. Your credit history can be attached to that photo. So can your work history, resume, criminal record, SS number, property owned, relatives, other biometric data, drug test results, every phone call you've ever made and associated metadata, health insurance info, and any other piece of your life you might wish was private, but databrokers and police and governments have obtained and/or publicized against your will. AND, because this information has been digitally tattooed to your face at the local DMV or through arrest(even if you are innocent), these devices enable police to pull all of that info that is attached to that biometric photo, in the field, just by taking your picture in the field. The only requirement is for the TEW to have your data.
STARRS and the TEW have also traveled to Pinellas County, Florida, home of the FRNet tracking infrastructure that Adrian Wyllie is fighting against, to coordinate with their fusion centers and law enforcement on how to set up a camera infrastructure that will also track targets using Automated License Plate Readers(APLRs) and facial recognition. Total, 24 hour surveillance. Just you watch: the police will explain that they need this technology, using the Ferguson riots as an excuse.
TEW/STARRS will have the data of 1 million people, out of the 2.8 million living in the St. Louis area. This is also illegal in that state according to SB252 as “facial feature patterns and characteristics” are forbidden from being collected, but the authorities ignore that anyway, just as the MODoR illegally implemented a facial recognition system in violation of state law in 2012, AND IS STILL IMPLEMENTING such a system, even after ordered to stop by the state legislature that discovered this was going on during the 2013 Bipartisan Investigative Committee on Personal Privacy.
The photos for DLs and IDs in all 50 states as well as passports now use the ICAO 9303 standard, a global standard currently used in more than 80 nations formulated specifically to enable accurate facial recognition at a distance and to enable the generation of a 3D model of the face from a high-resolution photo. The blue background used provides contrast so that the computer algorithm can map the face. In all 50 states, the photos are now compliant with the DHS criteria for biometric capture, and are of a sufficient resolution to grab irises, and map out all hair follicles, pores, wrinkles, and marks using "local feature analysis" for truly unique identification. Even the "anti REAL ID" states, such as Missouri, now collect photos suitable for this purpose, and they can leave the DMV in bulk with nothing more than a court order, National Security Letter or Memorandum of Understanding agreement.
All 50 states are doing this as part of the REAL ID Act. Only in New Hampshire, can you have your photo deleted.
In more than 40 states, that photo and/or the generated biometric face template is being uploaded to the internet and shared globally, with more than 80 governments all over the world including but not limited to China, Mexico, and Britain, as well as the FBI, DHS, INTERPOL, and also domestic law enforcement in more than 300 U.S. metropolitan areas through NLETS(among other names; FRnet is for Florida, St. Louis has the St. Louis Area Regional Response System under construction, NYC has the Domain Awareness System, ect), all having virtually unrestricted access. Once enrolled, your enrollment is permanent, for as long as there is an internet, due to all of the places that photo is sent to.
According to the current interpretation of most of our state laws, having an ICAO image of you grabbed and uploaded to the net as a condition of getting a DL or non driver ID is "voluntary" and therefore doesn't violate your rights; the problem is, for the most part, you can't travel, drive, work, get health insurance, legally start a business, vote, or open a bank account without a photo ID, and the only photo IDs now available at DMVs comply with the ICAO standard for facial recognition.
The end game is to have ALL of your personal data digitally attached to your biometrics, so that you can be scanned and identified in real time or from surveillance footage by someone who doesn't even know you, even with no ID on your person, and have literally your entire life history available for scrutiny. Police around the US, not just Missouri, are being equipped with devices such as MorphoIDENT, Motorola's BIS, and the MORIS device for this specific purpose. The DHS has BOSS(Biometric Optical Scanning System), that analyzes your face, body shape, and gait. The law enforcement devices use NLETs and the FRNet to send this data over the internet.
If that data ever gets dumped onto the internet, any random jackass and common criminal with a smart phone can now access all of your data in the same manner, permanently and irrevocably stripping you of your ability to be anonymous in pubic!
As an example of how this can go wrong, there was a data breach in Israel, where more than 9 million Israeli's personal and biometric information was made public. There is no way to get back that normal state of anonymity among complete strangers, once your anonymity is stolen. You can't easily get a new face, new irises, or new fingerprints. There currently exist Smartphone apps that can allow the user of a smart phone to identify complete strangers based on mugshot photos from arrests(the data is made public even if the person is innocent), and the same data collected for DLs and IDs is every bit as vulnerable, if breached. This is supposedly being done for your security, but opens up the possibility of common criminals being able to know everything about you just by snapping a photograph, thanks to various databrokers and smartphone apps.
Morphotrust expects within 10 years high resolution surveillance cameras will be everywhere, and of sufficient resolution that unique identification will be possible with only 10% of the face visible due to the pores, hair follicles, and wrinkles being unique to each person. Imagine being able to go to a databroker and purchase everywhere someone has been, at what times, and with whom.
This means that within 10 years or so, if you are in this database, you won't even so much as to be able to walk into a convenience store without the Federal Government having a record of your presence there at that given time, and you will generate a constant, 24 hour a day digital footprint, no matter where on Earth you are, even if you never use a phone or a computer of any kind. 3rd parties will also be able to profit from constantly tracking you, without your permission(because you supposedly gave it voluntarily when you got a REAL ID compliant license or non-driver ID, which you basically need to even be able to exist in this society without resorting to crime(which will usually result in you being arrested, where the data will be gathered anyway and permanently dumped on the internet).
Vigilant Video anticipates such a nightmare data breach happening, and plans to exploit it accordingly, with no shortage of databrokers looking to have access to literally everywhere you've been nand everything you've done. The private sector is simply drooling at the prospect of real-time, ubiquitous, and constant biometric tracking and surveillance of Americans for personal profit once the cost of high-resolution camera technology improves to where it can be everywhere.
This must be stopped. This sort of data, once gathered, is at risk of being permanently rendered public information. Keeping it stored at all in a state data center or at the local DMV means that it is only as safe as the people managing it, and none of us are perfect. If it goes off to Morphotrust or a DHS database, its distribution worldwide is practically guaranteed, and permanent.
And one final set of words: who wants to bet that all of the DL and ID data from the town Ferguson and adjacent villages/towns in St. Louis was pulled from the MoDOR data center and sent to TEW/STARRS?