Controversial Technologies and Homeland Security
Biometric Identification Homelad Security--Biometrics Pros and Cons
Biometric identification is here to stay as an aspect of homeland security and counterterrorism. Depending on your view, that's either a good thing or a bad thing. Read pros & cons of biometric identification here.
What is Data Mining and What Does it Have to Do With Counterterrorism
The occasional emergence of "data mining" in U.S. news about counterterrorism programs leaves many of us wondering, "what is data mining?" Fine definitions, uses, and the potential applications in counterterrorism here.
Technologies and Terrorism: New, Updated and Controversial Counterterrorism Tech
Are Biometrics terrorism's best barometers at borders and ports? Will Artificial Intelligence and Smart Cards outsmart terrorists? Here, a compendium of new, updated and future technologies designed to thwart terrorism.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial intelligence technologies to process large amounts of data are considered indispensable anti-terrorism tools by federal agencies and bureaus such as the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
Camera Surveillance is considered a "must have" counterterrorism technology by many security professionals; others argue that cameras deter neither criminals nor terrorists.
Chemical Detection Systems
Chemical detection systems are designed to prevent and assess attacks with chemical agents such as nerve gas or cyanide.
Facial Recogntion Software
Facial Recognition Software promises to pick faces out of a crowd, even those of terrorists.
Fingerprint scans already convert fingerprints to digital code to make sure computer users, library book borrowers and office workers are who they say they are. Some think fingerprint scanning is a useful counterterrorism tool.
Iris scanning examines the features in the tissue surrounding eye's pupil. Easy, though not foolproof, it may be the fingerprinting of the 21st century.
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Analysis
Mitochondrial DNA may be used to identify both terrorists and their victims.
Retinal scans are among the most intrusive, but also the most accurate, biometric identification techniques
RFIDs (Radio Frequency Identification)
RFID technology is already used to track consumer goods and livestock. Now it may be used for security purposes, to track people and large currency denominations when they cross international borders.