FBI Launches Biometric Database in U.S.

by admin on September 22, 2014

Activist Post reports that the FBI announced that its nationwide biometric database—a sort of advanced facial recognition system amongst other things—is now live throughout the U.S.

The database, dubbed the Next Generation Identification system or NGI, was first designed to replace the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. As stated in the FBI press release from September 15, 2014, NGI has now expanded to include “new services and capabilities” to increase the FBI’s biometric identification capabilities.

Phase one of NGI introduced enhanced automated fingerprinting and was activated in 2011. The latest announcement stated NGI has “full operational capability” which will eventually grow to include iris scans, facial recognition, and other biometric identifiers.

The billion-dollar program was designed and developed by Lockheed Martin, the American defense technology conglomerate that was pivotal in the development of the unmanned aircraft drones.

The purpose of NGI is to be an “investigative tool that provides an image-searching capability of photographs associated with criminal identities,” states the FBI press release. But several privacy activist groups are concerned because of non-criminal photos being stored in NGI’s database.

A similar concern is whether or not the advanced technology will actually be confined to the U.S.—which has extradition treaties with over 100 countries—or if NGI will traverse its national boundaries.

Thailand is a country often cited as an idyllic hideaway for international fugitives, despite the fact that in the last 30 years only 135 people—or 4.5 people per year—have been extradited from Thailand to the States, resultant of the Thailand-USA Extradition Treaty.

Though the extent of the U.S.’ use of facial recognition overseas is unknown, facial recognition systems have been used at least once already to successfully capture a U.S. fugitive who was living in Nepal, according to Activist Post.

Read the full story from Activist Post here.


Related Articles:

Prominent Extradition Cases in Thailand – Snaring Minor Offenders to Big-Time Crooks

FBI-Wanted Cyber Hacker Arrested in Bangkok

The Darker Side of Tropical Bliss: Foreign Mafia in Thailand

Foreign Investigators: Crime Fiction in a Thai Setting

Related Documents:

Thailand-USA Extradition Treaty

Thailand Extradition Legal Counsel

Related Videos:

FBI Finishes $1 Billion Facial Recognition System

Thailand Extradition Law

Drones and Constitutional Rights


A Chinese woman sued a man she was dating upon discovering that he was married after she had already had sex with him, reports Raw Story.

The plaintiff sought $81,000 in psychological damages and $250 in medical costs from her boyfriend for violating her rights to virginity and health, according to Raw Story.

Though it found the original demand excessive, Raw Story reports that a Chinese court did award the woman $5,000 on the grounds that virginity is a “moral right” that should be protected under law.

Via his lawyer, the man reportedly denied ever having sex with the plaintiff and has appealed the ruling.

Although, the idea of virginity as a property right may make news as a novelty in Western nations, the principle is still common and even enacted into law in many nations with historically traditional cultures.

For example, in Thailand the traditions of “Tong Mun” and “Sin Sod” as various forms of dowry are still practiced today. Though symbolic in nature and not legally required by Thai Marriage Laws to register a marriage in Thailand, these dowries are enforceable under Thai Family Law when they are formally agreed upon between a groom-to-be and the bride’s family.

For all the story details, read, “Woman’s virginity worth $5,000, Chinese court rules.”


Self-Driving Cars in California Required to Have Permits

September 19, 2014

This week, California became the third U.S. state to pass laws regulating computer-driven cars tested by companies, reports Fox 5 New York. In addition to implementing several rules that test drivers and companies must follow, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles now requires self-driving cars to be registered and issued testing permit before they are allowed […]

Read the full article →

Jewish Gay Husband Convinced to Grant Wife Divorce After 14 Years

September 17, 2014

A Jewish man was convinced by a Rabbi to let his wife, who allegedly caught him in a homosexual affair, divorce him in early September, 14 years after she initially sought a divorce, reports The Jerusalem Post. In Israel, marital issues of Jews are governed by the Rabbinic Courts. Under Jewish law, a husband has […]

Read the full article →