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War on Drugs: Wasted Resources

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Faulty enhanced passports slated to be issued next spring anyway

The Washington Post reports that the State Department has decided to carry on an error-prone project.

You have to be kidding me! There is no way that this could work as-is. Imagine this possiblity: while trying to verify the identity of someone who was a victim of a mistake, a real terrorist slips through the cracks. Or look at it from a more practical standpoint:

"Facial recognition isn't going to do it for us at large scale...If
there's a 10 percent error rate with 300 people on a 747, that's a

Newsflash: When something is a problem, you fix it.