Using Database Technology to Fight Terrorism {9}

by Alii S
We all remember September 11th. We remember where we were, what we were doing, and most importantly what happened. After the events of that day, America subsequently went into war with Afghanistan and Iraq in order to catch the perpetrator, Osama bin Laden, the leader of the Al-Qaeda at the time. After 12 years of looking, he had finally been caught, and America had seen some justice finally done. The elements that went into finding this man were obviously lots of manpower, in the form of soldiers, intelligence workers, sources, and the list goes on. One of the elements were technology, more specifically, databases. read more...

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”. read more...