To Catch A Spy- Foreign Policy

In this article Kate Brannen examines biometric and facial recognition software’s effect on the tradecraft of American agents. The prevalence of these technologies has helped thwart terrorists and criminals. At the same time it has made it more difficult for agents operating undercover to remain anonymous.

“Gone are the days of entering a country with a false passport and wearing a wig and a mustache to hide your true identity. Once an iris scan is on record, it becomes nearly impossible to evade detection. ‘In the 21st century, you can’t do any of that because of biometrics,’ said retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.”

In other words the technology promoted by the Department of Homeland Security has come at the expense of the efforts of the Intelligence Community.

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