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The Military’s been busy using technology to combat terrorism. No they’re not building a new super bomb or tank it’s actually a biomedical device straight from consumer applications. It looks like a digital camera or like a Star Trek medical tricorder. It’s the HIIDE or Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment. US and NATO forces are scanning irises and getting fingerprints from hundreds of thousands of Afghans. It started as a program to collect information on prisoners but progressed to where ordinary people were getting scanned in. It’s an attempt at limiting movement of insurgents and getting positive ID on a population where that’s proved illusive thus far. It’s hard to see how anything like this would fly in the states. It does come across as an incredible invasion of privacy. But then again, asking a US citizen for a government issued ID without any reason has become perfectly legal in…

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