Monday, January 28, 2013

3 border states using biometric enrollment in Food Stamp programs

BTC - Citing "fraud reduction" USDA Food Stamp Programs in over 6 states are using or considering biometrics during enrollments.

c/o NewsCityBuzz
"Biometric identification systems are currently operational at some level in Arizona, California (under county initiative, first by Los Angeles County), Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. Finger imaging is the principal form of technology used in all eight States, though alternative technologies have simultaneously undergone trials in Massachusetts (facial recognition) and Illinois (retinal scanning). By the end of 2000, new systems are expected to be in place in California (statewide unified system), Delaware, and North Carolina. Other States are currently in the initial planning stages, including Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. However, there is little information available at this point regarding the specific course and trajectory these States will follow in terms of system types, implementation schedules, and the benefit programs in which they will implement the new requirement." 

As much of an uphill climb as it is for the working poor, biometric ID will marry a previous criminal record to the impoverished person and vice versa. Mix in a criminal background check and a clever automated system will erode potential employment opportunities.

It's really not that far off to a sheer drop cliff for people who are scrambling to meet administrative requirements at TANF and other welfare-to-work programs in our underemployed America.

The United States should not be the country that underemploys our poor so it will be easier to criminalize them and stock them as convenient cattle in our prison system. But biometrics, a reliable eugenics modality, will help us get there as it was always designed to.

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