Inching closer toward communist control measures over the US Population, Democrat Joe Biden has increased the number of places where Americans are being forced by the Federal government to undergo facial recognition.
“The next time you try to log in to the Internal Revenue Service’s website you’ll be urged to use facial-recognition software to verify you are who you say you are,” CNN reported recently, adding:
The verification process includes taking a picture of a photo ID, like a driver’s license or passport, and then taking a video selfie with a smartphone or computer so software can compare the two. It’s part of a partnership the IRS has with ID.me, a fast-growing company that uses facial recognition software as part of its identity-verification process.
For now, this process is optional if you already have an IRS username and password. But if you don’t, and you want to use online tools to request an online tax transcript or see information regarding your tax payments or economic impact payments, you’ll need to sign up with ID.me. And starting this summer, those old IRS usernames and passwords will no longer work.
As CNN reported last year, ID.me already verifies identities for more than half of all states’ unemployment agencies as well as a growing number of US federal agencies. In addition to the IRS, ID.me works the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration and the US Patent and Trademark Office. The company says it has 70 million users and adds 145,000 new users each day.
The IRS used ID.me in a more limited capacity last year, verifying people who wanted to opt out of receiving advance child tax credit payments. In November, the IRS announced it was expanding this verification process for all logins, but it is gaining attention and some scrutiny as tax season begins and millions of people visit the agency’s site.
And now we now the Feds have plans for the airports as well.
“Biden wants your next airport visit to include a face scan. That’s a huge threat to your freedom; face-scanning technology is already abused by authoritarian states like China and Russia,” Haskins, Justin Haskins is the director of the Socialism Research Center at The Heartland Institute and a New York Times bestselling author, reported for Fox News, adding:
In December, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency within Biden’s Department of Homeland Security, acknowledged it has significantly expanded facial recognition technology at security checkpoints in airports across the United States.
Under the expanded program, 16 of the nation’s largest airports are now using face scans as a way to verify the identities of travelers, including in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, and Los Angeles. The TSA’s initial test facial recognition program started under the Trump administration in 2017.
The system asks passengers to insert a photo identification into a security kiosk and then look at a camera. After a few seconds pass, the machine uses artificial intelligence to compare the face scan with the photo ID. If the system says the two match, the passenger can move forward to his or her gate. If a potential mismatch is identified, a human TSA agent will determine whether to deny access to the traveler. Eventually, humans will be removed from the verification process altogether.
If the new program is deemed successful, TSA plans to expand facial recognition at airports nationwide, making it one of the largest efforts to collect advanced biometric data of law-abiding citizens in US history.
The Biden administration says that biometric technology like facial recognition can “enhance security effectiveness, operational efficiency, and the passenger experience,” and in some respects, it most certainly could.
The U.S. government has already in recent years been caught on numerous occasions unjustly spying on Americans. For example, in 2022, Oregon Democrat Senator Ron Wyden alleged that the Phoenix office of the Homeland Security Investigations had been illegally issuing customs summits to gain access to citizens’ financial data — all without approval from a court. More than 6 million records were allegedly made available to law enforcement agents under potentially illegal subpoenas.
The Homeland Security Investigations agency, like the TSA, is housed under the Department of Homeland Security.
There are times when privacy must be limited in order to enhance security, but there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that Biden’s current expansion of facial recognition is one of those moments. Traveling by air is one of the safest forms of transportation in the United States today, and despite there having been very little facial recognition used over the past two decades, we have yet to see a single major terrorist attack involving airplanes since September 11, 2001. Why, then, is it so important for the government to use facial recognition to improve safety?
It is essential for the perseveration of a free society for citizens to have greater control over their government than that government has over citizens. The balance of power has in recent decades been tilting in favor of the government, and this move by the Biden administration would undoubtedly continue that disturbing trend. It must be stopped immediately.