Face The Face

Say ‘Hello!’ To The FBI’s New Facial Recognition System

EFF (April, 2014): FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year

EPIC: EPIC v. FBI – Next Generation Identification:


The Federal Bureau of Investigation is developing a biometric identification database program called “Next Generation Identification” (NGI). When completed, the NGI system will be the largest biometric database in the world. The vast majority of records contained in the NGI database will be of US citizens. The NGI biometric identifiers will include fingerprints, iris scans, DNA profiles, voice identification profiles, palm prints, and photographs. The system will include facial recognition capabilities to analyze collected images. Millions of individuals who are neither criminals nor suspects will be included in the database. Many of these individuals will be unaware that their images and other biometric identifiers are being captured. Drivers license photos and other biometric records collected by civil service agencies could be added to the system. The NGI system could be integrated with other surveillance technology, such as Trapwire, that would enable real-time image-matching of live feeds from CCTV surveillance cameras. The Department of Homeland Security has expended hundreds of millions of dollars to establish state and local surveillance systems, including CCTV cameras that record the routine activities of millions of individuals. There are an estimated 30 million surveillance cameras in the United States. The NGI system will be integrated with CCTV cameras operated by public agencies and private entities.

The NGI database will be used for both law enforcement and non-law enforcement purposes. It will be available to law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level. But it will also be available to private entities, unrelated to a law enforcement agency. Using facial recognition on images of crowds, NGI will enable the identification of individuals in public settings, whether or not the police have made the necessary legal showing to compel the disclosure of identification documents. The New York City Police Department began scanning irises of arrestees in 2010; these sorts of records will be entered into NGI. The Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System (“MORIS”), a handheld device, allows officers patrolling the streets to scan the irises and faces of individuals and match them against biometric databases. Similarly, children in some school districts are now required to provide biometric identifiers, such as palm prints, and are also subject to vein recognition scans. Clear, a private company offering identity services based on biometric identifiers, attempted to sell the biometric database of its users after its parent company, Verified Identity Pass, declared bankruptcy. The transfer of the biometric database was blocked by a federal district court judge.

There is a substantial risk that personally identifiable information could be lost or misused as a result of the creation of the NGI system. Among the private contractors involved in the deployment of NGI are Lockheed Martin, IBM, Accenture, BAE Systems Information Technology, Global Science & Technology (“GST”), Innovative Management & Technology Services (“IMTS”), and Platinum Solutions. Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee are actively participating in the NGI program. The FBI is pursuing an aggressive deployment of the NGI program, scheduled for completion and full deployment by 2014.

Face the face, got to face the face
Face the face, got to face the face

You must have heard the cautionary tales
The dangers hidden on the cul-de-sac trails
From wiser men who’ve been through it all
And the ghosts of failures spray-canned up on the wall

We’ve got to judge the judge
Got to find the finds
We’ve got to scheme the schemes
Have to line the lines
We must stake the stakes
And show the shown
We must take the takes
And know the known
Try to place the place
Where we can face the face.
We got to face the face
Try to place the place
Where we can face the face
Face the face, got to face the face.
Face the face, got to face the face.

Got to
Got to

You must have tried and defied belief
Maybe found futility in insular grief
I need your hunger you need mine
A million appetites can swallow up time.

We’ve got to fool the fools
We got to plan the plans
We got to rule the rules
We got to stand the stands
We got to fight the fight
We must fall the falls
We got to light the light
We got to call the calls
We must race the race
So we can face the face
We got to race the race
We must race the race
So we can face the face
Face the face
We got to face the face
We got to race the race
We got to

Keep looking…..

New York! Chicago!
London and Glasgow!
Keep looking!

Keep on looking
Keep on cooking
Gotta stay on this case
Study the pix
Watch the flix
We’ve got to find the face.
Face the face ,got to face the face
Watch the flix
Got to

We’ve got to judge the judge
We got to find the finds
We’ve got to scheme the schemes
We got to line the lines
We got to fight the fight
We got to fall the falls
We got to light the light
We got to call the calls
Try to place the place
Where we can face the face.
We got to face the face…..
Try to place the place
Where we can face the face.
Try to place the place
Where we can face the face.
Keep looking, keep looking
We must race the race
So we can face the face.
We got to race the race
We must race the race.
So we can face the face
We got to face the face
We got to race the race

‘Hai’: Okinawa pro-independence campaigners look to Scotland for inspiration

RT has the story.

The whole world is in play.

What about your AO?

Or one to which you could attach?

Buppert: Excerpt From The Forthcoming Novel “The Cancer Club”

Well worth your time.

Can’t wait for the rest.

US Army MRAP TTPs Manual

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For educational purposes only.

You know – to help the fellas out when their milsurp pigs crap out due to lack of maintenance.


That’s the ticket.





MRAP Cram Course

Via eatgrueldog.

Man makey.

Man breaky.

Another Half-Baked War

More quality from Straight Line Logic.



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Cutting-edge geopolitical satire.

Damned Secessionists

The nerve of them – defying their nation’s constitution and refusing to remain tied to a group of venal, corrupt stooges.




Men and women who aspire to freedom.

Brothers and sisters.

Perhaps Just A Tiny Bit More

Another reader sends, in two parts:

Even the New York Times is unhappy.


I especially like the bit about previous Ebola strains documented to be airborne. Nothing, in theory, prevents this one from going airborne as well. In fact, given its sloppy genetic replication and the number of patients it is infecting, an airborne version is almost certain to arise.

Med supplies, soon, will be in short supply.

Ebola is typically considerd to be spread via contact only. Contact precautions require gloves & gowns. The airborne transmission we all fear is a bit trickier. Airborne precautions require negative pressure rooms, HEPA filters, and at least N95 masks, if not full on PAPR respirators.


Which of the above two standards are you more likely to find in a remote area in Africa? And are you cynical enough to consider that TPTB may claim you only need contact precautions, knowing that airborne precautions are impossible to provide?

While you are considering that, also remember that even large hospitals in the US only have limited negative pressure rooms. My hospital (I am a Pulmonary/Critical Care physician) has 400+ beds but only 10 negative pressure rooms.

Over in Africa they used the following equipment:


as well as N 95 masks

nitrile gloves

and goggles

I would load up on at least N95 masks–which must be fit tested to each user (don’t forget the kids) or full on PAPR masks, if you have money to burn.

With lots of batteries. And backup filters.

I would also include buckets of bleach (harder to store in bulk) or swimming pool bleach tablets (easier to store) as the Ebola virus does not tolerate bleach well, regardless of transmission. You should be able to wash all exposed surfaces (or yourself, or loved ones) for some protection.

If it is airborne, and you are out in the wild, the best defense is distance. Ebola, of any form, has a limited airborne range due to exposure to UV light, which is lethal for the virus. And this makes inherent sense: an infected chap sneezing next to you is more dangerous than the chap sneezing down the block.

Keeping you and loved ones protected at home will require a functional lockdown. You and the kids will need to stay at home with essentially no interaction with the world for about a month. Plastic sheeting, duct tape, & etc for the doors & windows may or may not be overkill; hard to tell. But a 1 month supply of food and water, along with the hygeine supplies mentioned above, would be the bare minimum. Remember to add additional water (does not have to be potable, collected rainwater will do) if you want to reconstitiute bleach from pool chlorine tabs.

This is scary, scary stuff. It would do, however, to remember that there was an outbreak of a highly related virus (Marburg) that showed a much lower case-fatality rate in developed countries with modern medical care, than it does in the African wild.


So even though this should be taken seriously, as long as the developed countries do not descend into Zombie movie levels of madness, we should have a fighting chance.

Part Two:


UpToDate is a website that is typically subscription only; it costs our hospital around $20,000 per year and is worth every penny.

It is the clear go-to favorite for medical information for physicians.

They have made their articles on Ebola freely accessable to the public.

You can either go to the general http://www.uptodate.com website, where it will be clearly obvious where the links are, or you can go here:


and here:


Both are full of links to the various CDC and WHO documents.

This will be at a fairly technical level and may be difficult to understand for the general reader. If, however, you are interested in the best possible summary of Ebola information, this is clearly it.

How the West Created the Islamic State

But…but…this couldn’t possibly be true.

Because John McCain.


And John Kerry.


And Marie Harf.


And Hillary Clinton.

hillary wooga

Sandia Report Draws Lessons Learned From 23 ‘Perfect Heists’

For educational purposes only; report here.

Remove clothes before ironing.

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

AmMerc: The Sniper Insurgent

Some thoughts on aimed fire.

You do have confirmed dope for your rig out beyond 300m, right?

Two From InformOps

Case Study: Drugs, Pirates & Tor – STFU

Some Good Advice

Security is rooted in behavior, not technology.

Good Advice

It’s the only way to be sure.

All Your Everything Are Belong To Us

UPDATE 1555 EDT 12 SEPT 14: Related piece on the fourth branch of gubmint – administrative law.

A look into the Bush/Obama doctrine of executive supremacy and its lineage (h/t Insty).

Pass this to your associates who believe that we still live in ‘Murika, rather than FUSA.

Fran P. said it best today:

The rough beast has reached Bethlehem.
You have no allies in any element of the State.
It’s come down to individuals and awakened communities.
Nothing will substitute for individual and local preparedness.
If you cherish freedom, make ready to defend it personally.
Each free American must stand his own ground.

Good luck.

Our tactical and operational situation is very much simplified.

Let’s make sure that individual freedom is central to the strategy served by those actions.

And then…

Let’s win.

Buppert: The Statist Quo – Breaking Bad and Worse

Copy of snake axe resist
Bill’s latest.

This secession stuff really has people worried.

Defy tyranny.

Stand for individual freedom.


No matter what.

More, More, More

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Hemorrhagic Epidemic Guy sends:

Seems to be picking up a bit. That whole exponential thing is a bitch.

New Who Sitrep


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WHO suspects um, numbers may actually be under-reported. Oh, andit’s spreading intensely in densely populated urban areas like Monrovia. Liberia reported a rise of 231 new cases in 2 days from 9/8 to 9/10.

50 Mutations in the first month


Viruses mutate and change with each infection there is a chance of a new variant being formed and propagated. More hosts = more chances for a significant mutation to take place.

Old Grey Lady says “airborne risk” means someone needs to take over “Command and Control” and suggests the UN Blue Helmeted Smurf brigades be called into the AO.




Break out the cigars?


Cuba is sending 165 medical professionals to help. “Cuba is world-famous for its ability to train outstanding doctors and nurses and for its generosity in helping fellow countries on the route to progress,” says Dr Chan.”


Excellent – they will arrive October 1st (by then things will be quite different on the ground).

Ignore the parts about energy, focus on understanding exponential:

Vaya con Dios!


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Uh, yeah.

Totally coincidental; h/t Iowahawk. Read the comments back at FLOTUS, btw.

WeaponsMan does a much better job (of course).



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Nice beard.


Check out ZH: “Western Sanctions Will Make Moscow Back The Chinese Yuan Against The Dollar”, citing this China Daily USA editorial.

Key grafs (but read it all):

…China has a very important relationship to keep with the US. Playing a long game, Beijing usually avoids direct collisions with Washington, and means to profit from the US-initiated globalization to the fullest extent possible. Like Russia, however, China would also want to carve out a comfort zone for itself along its eastern borders and shores, and, like Russia again, it faces the reality of the US’ physical presence and US-led alliances there. What Washington is now doing in an effort to contain Moscow in Eastern Europe provides important information to Beijing in East Asia.

There is more to Beijing’s reaction than just watching and drawing conclusions. The apparently long-term rupture of Russia’s relations with the West offers an opportunity to the Chinese leadership to enhance its already close relationship with the Kremlin and thus turn the global geopolitical balance in its favor – not unlike former US president Richard Nixon and former secretary of state Henry Kissinger who reached out to Chairman Mao Zedong in 1972. The Russians, angry with Washington, are now more amenable to giving China wider access to their energy riches and their advanced military technology. The Western sanctions pushing Russia out of the international financial system are also making Moscow more ready and willing to back the Chinese yuan against the US dollar.

A Sino-Russian military alliance against the US is still a rather long shot. Yet the two countries’ political, economic and military alignment is getting thicker. An expellee from the G8, which is now back to G7, Russia is now eagerly embracing the non-West, particularly in Asia and Latin America…

Sic transit gloria mundi.

Barack Obama


Putin Xi Sept 2014

Totawwy Waaaaacisss

WashTimes: PC military? Army worried too many white men lead combat units

Dispense forthwith with all pretense of merit.

Drive out all competent white officers, NCOs, and enlisted men.

Return them to CONUS forthwith with their careers wrecked and the true nature of their government burned into their souls.

Please don’t throw me in dat dere briar patch!!!

Chicago Style

Captain’s Journal: Chicago Police Raid Settled Out Of Court

Best thing?

The settlement is paid out of taxpayers’ funds.

How about no personal immunity from lawsuit just because you are cops?

shiny badges don't

Risk And Opportunity

H/t to AM for this EW link.


Digital systems pushing unprecedented power into the heads of smart, creative insurgents.

Someone should write a book.

Don’t Lose – You Won’t Like It: 1945 Edition

H/t to Brock for this tale of Anglo-American perfidy at the end of “the last good war”.

Related reading here


and here.


Don’t lose.

No matter what.