Using Biometric Databases to Help with Counter Terrorism{4}

by Willen L
Summary: The iraq war is over but the U.S. is keeping a database of about 3 million Iraqis using biometric technology and also has a database of afghan’s. The U.S. military has been using these biometric scanners throughout the war and used it to collect biometric data if they wanted to become iraqi police, work on U.S. bases, suspected insurgents, or even if they lived in cities that were deemed “violent”.  The data is owned by the U.S. and cannot be accessed by iraqi’s due to the state of Iraq at this time. The U.S. believes that this database would be a great tool for counter-terrorism from identifying suspected terrorist but they also said that it’s not a “targeting list” but an “Intelligence Tool”.

Reflection: This article is related to the advantages of databases in chapter 1. I like the fact that it tells us how we use today’s technology for solutions for problem’s that are varying in degree. I also like how the article gives us a practical example of how we use databases today and how useful they are like the war on terrorism. I think that this data that the military collected is invaluable. Although it can be controversial topic of rights of the data, I believe that having this data is crucial for the war on terrorism as data can be a very powerful tool at our disposal.

Ackerman, S. (2011, December 21). U.S. Holds On to Biometrics Database of 3 Million Iraqis. Wired. Retrieved January 06, 2012, from