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May 2008

"Americans are the most lied-to people on Earth"
Anonymous


Press Here To Enter The Magic Kingdom!

The below article from the BBC "Heathrow fingerprint plan probed" is another example of the terrocrats ramming their ideas and compliance demands down your throats!

As the article points out, "The idea behind the fingerprinting is to make it impossible for a terrorist to arrive at Heathrow on a transit flight, then exchange boarding passes with a colleague in the departure lounge and join a domestic flight to enter the UK without being checked by immigration authorities." That sounds all well and good except for a few things;

1. It invades everyone's privacy, most likely illegally
2. How can anyone 'trust' the authorities to destroy everyone's data within 24 hours?
3. What safeguards are in place to guarantee same?
4. And most important, why couldn't they, whoever the hell "THEY" are, do what every other airport in the worlds has done, i.e. simply separate the domestic and international passengers by a glass wall or similar? It's a hell of a lot cheaper, far more secure and at a great deal less of taxpayers' money to boot! Never mind saving your privacy from who knows what?

The fact of the matter is that they WANT your fingerprints! As far as my two pence is concerned it's simply another way of brainwashing the public into GIVING up their goodies, i.e. biometrics, willing and without complaint.

Case in point: I recently took my grandchildren to a Disneyland Park, outside of the USA!

As we were at this same park a few years back, I was somewhat taken back at a finger print machine at EACH AND EVERY entry stall, which certainly weren't there during our last visit. Each and every person was told to place their index finger on the fingerprint machine and have their fingerprint taken. Everyone I saw complied without complaint or hesitation.

When it came my turn to pass through the entry stall, I absolutely refused to give my fingerprint. The "Disney Host", without saying a word, just clicked a button and viola, the entry stall gate opened and I entered the magic kingdom without further ado. Clearly it appears it's Disney's policy to allow anyone who complains about having their fingerprint taken, allowed entry into the theme park. In other words, if anyone complains about their fingerprint being taken, just let them enter without delay as in my instance.

This led me to thinking. Why then are they doing this? I stood there for the better part of 20 minutes, whilst my grandchildren went on a buying spree purchasing toys, candy floss (cotton candy to our American friends,) etc., and not a single person objected to having their fingerprint taken.

Then I noticed that one of the entry stall hosts started on a break so I boldly said to him, "Excuse me sir. But I couldn't help noticing that people are being asked to have their fingerprint taken." I continued: "What happens if someone objects to having their fingerprint taken and how many persons have objected to you about having theirs taken?"

The intelligent young man replied in very good English, "Sir, I've been here since before the fingerprint machines were installed, more than a year now, and NOONE has ever objected to having their fingerprint taken, at least to me. I've been told to allow any person in that does complain."

So I am therefore of the opinion that this is just another way of getting the public to give up their goodies, i.e. biometrics, and doing so without so much as a single complaint.

The sheep are certainly being led to the slaughter. What are you going to do about it?

See you next issue

Shamrock

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke, 1784

Heathrow fingerprint plan probed
- BBC

Plans to fingerprint passengers at Heathrow's new Terminal 5 are being probed by the data protection watchdog.

The Information Commissioner's Office warned airport operator BAA it may be in breach of the Data Protection Act.
Under the plans, prints will be checked at the gate to try to ensure the person who checked in is the same as the person who is boarding the aircraft. BAA said the data was encrypted straight away and destroyed within 24 hours, in line with the act.

The investigation would not delay the opening for business of the GBP4.3bn terminal on Thursday, the airport operator added.

Prosecution possibility
The move will allow domestic and international passengers to mingle in the terminal's departure lounge.

The idea behind the fingerprinting is to make it impossible for a terrorist to arrive at Heathrow on a transit flight, then exchange boarding passes with a colleague in the departure lounge and join a domestic flight to enter the UK without being checked by immigration authorities.

But Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith told the Mail on Sunday: "We want to know why Heathrow needs to fingerprint passengers at all.

"Taking photographs is less intrusive. So far we have not heard BAA's case for requesting fingerprints.

"If we find there is a breach of data protection legislation, we would hope to persuade them to put things right.

"If that is not successful we can issue an enforcement notice. If they don't comply, it is a criminal offence and they can be prosecuted."

Data 'encrypted'
BAA said the Border and Immigration Agency had been keen on a "reliable biometric element" when plans had been announced for common departure lounges for international and domestic flights.

Fingerprinting was selected as the most robust method by BAA, the BIA and other government departments, it said. A BAA spokesman said: "The data is encrypted immediately and is destroyed within 24 hours of use, in accordance with the Data Protection Act. It does not include personal details nor is it cross-referenced with any other database."

The Home Office said BAA was not required to involve fingerprinting in its security arrangements at Terminal 5. "Our primary concern is that the UK border is secure and we won't allow BAA to have a common departure lounge unless they ensure the border is secure," said a spokesman.

"They presented us with this plan, which we are happy secures the border. The design of the plan is a matter for BAA." The Queen officially opened Terminal 5, which was subject to the UK's longest planning inquiry lasting four years, earlier this month.

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