Biometrics used to Monitor Afghan and Iraqi Populations

Information on over 1.5 million Afghans has been put in databases operated by Americans, NATO, and local forces – equivalent to roughly one in every six males of fighting age.

In Iraq, the numbers are even more – with data gathered on roughly 2.2 million Iraqis, or one in four of fighting age (15-64).

Soldiers and police officers obtain the information by taking digital scans of eyes, photographs of the face, and fingerprints. In Iraq and Afghanistan, all detainess must submit to them, and so too do local residents that require government services. A network of security checkpoints also tighten the noose on the population.

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