That program to take biometric information from hazmat truckers I mentioned earlier, isn't for Canadian drivers. It doesn't apply to them, however they have been working towards their own security card as well, and they are talking to the US to get Canadian drivers up to speed.
Amber Alert is getting into the high tech action with AmberView, a 3D image of the missing child to view for better accuracy. The computer can detail every feature of the child's face, and the viewer can rotate and resize and manipulate the image to see exactly what the child looks like.
It makes for a better way of recognizing a child while they are still alive, rather than wait to verify fingerprints after a death.
As part of the USA Patriot Act Monday, truckers have begun getting fingerprinted and have criminal background checks performed on them. These are truckers who haul hazardous materials around the US, because those trucks could be used as weapons by terrorists.
The problem affecting this project is that there are very few and far between fingerprint stations, and some truckers may have to make a detour. Hopefully that is just temporary.
You've heard about the Registered Traveler Program right? - The one where they launched the pilot in 5 major airports to test the effectiveness of a quick way through security checkpoints for frequent flyers.
Well it was supposed to end by now but it's still going strong. It's getting good reviews, and seems to be beneficial to the airport and the flyers.
I know if I was a frequent flyer, I would have wanted to get in on that action too.
Looks like the US-VISIT Exit program is starting to bang on all 4 cyclinders. It was the last phase to be implemented, and after several months of 'checking out' at particular airports, they've added on a few more.
Statistics to date: 407 criminals or immigration violators have been identified.
UK citizens who believe in a national ID should be glad they have MP Martin Salter on their side. He believes a properly functioning ID card will be beneficial for the UK, especially when it's loaded up with three biometrics!
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