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Prison Becoming A "Datafarm"

BIOMETRICS—U.S. & AFGHANISTAN

August 26, 2010

Wired reports on the U.S. military's new detention facility in Parwan, Afghanistan, as "an emerging datafarm" where all detainees brought to the facility are given medical exams and have their irises scanned and fingerprints taken to be stored in a military database called the Automated Biometric Information System. The report cautions that given Afghanistan's "shaky commitment to the rule of law, those identifiers could become weapons." Human rights advocates are raising concerns about privacy, including the fear that when Parwan is turned over to Afghanistan, the nation's leaders will use the facility to lock up individuals against their will to collect biometric data.  
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