Comment Last Three
August 13, 2010
All states need to use facial recognition for everyone who is arrested, especially illegal aliens and individuals in the US on a Visa. Many illegals in the US use fraud, multiple identities, and fake identification cards. All people entering the US should be required to go through a facial recognition camera so we can identify them when necessary.
Facial-recognition technology might be regarded as the soul's window cleaner — at least by state officials nationwide who are increasingly using it to catch identity thieves and other fraudsters trying to get driver's licenses or other official identities. England and other countries use facial recognition in their major cities, mass transit sites, major sporting events, and airports to enhance security.
New York this year became one of more than 30 states to deploy the controversial technology at its Department of Motor Vehicles. Gov. David A. Paterson will brief reporters Tuesday on hundreds of cases the state is prosecuting as a result — including at least one that officials will tout as a major criminal apprehension. New York officials would not comment prior to the briefing, but the Empire State is just the latest in a long line to find that facial recognition can be a powerful tool to unmask identity thieves and other impostors.
Facial-recognition software automatically examines digital photographs, comparing the unique underlying structures of the face across different images — flagging suspicious matches.
Officials in Indiana, who started using the technology in November 2008, say they are finding less than half as many fraud cases this year as they did last. "It's a real deterrent," said Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles Deputy Commissioner Dennis Rosebrough. Historically, he said, the state had a reputation as an easy place to fraudulently obtain a driver's license or non-driver ID. The Indianapolis Star newspaper once referred to the bureau as "A hotbed of fraud." BMV Spokesman Graig Lubsen told The Washington Times that the bureau had investigated 2,200 cases of suspected fraud in 2009, but only 451 as of the beginning of July this year. "The word is out on the street," added Mr. Rosebrough, "that it is now very difficult to get a fraudulent ID in Indiana."
Among the cases that helped scotch the state's reputation as an "easy mark," he said, was that of William Sherman Smith, known as "Big Daddy." Earlier this year, Mr. Smith pleaded guilty to federal charges of using false identification and counterfeit checks. According to Mr. Rosebrough, Mr. Smith had ID documents in 149 different names and had engaged in check-cashing and other fraud to the tune of more than $250,000.
Let's use technology to identify the criminals and terrorists.