S. Hrg. 107-657: Biometric Identifiers and the Modern Face of Terror: New Technologies in the Global War on Terrorism: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government Information of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, November 14, 2001   [open pdf - 811KB]

From the opening statement of Dianne Feinstein: "After the September 11 attacks many Americans began to wonder how the hijackers were able to succeed in their plans. How could a large group of coordinated terrorists operate for more than a year in the United States without being detected and then get on four different airliners in a single morning without being stopped? The answer to this question is that we could not identify them. We did not know they were here. Only if we can identify terrorists planning attacks on the United States do we have a chance of stopping them. And the biometrics technology, the state-of-the-art technology of today, really offers us a very new way to identify potential terrorists. Now it is true that biometrics would not deter suicide bombers who law enforcement and intelligence officials did not know about. However, it would make it easier to prevent entry by individuals who are known, who are suspected and who might try to hide their identity. One reason for this hearing is to explore the types of biometrics out there and how they can be used by government in conjunction with existing infrastructure and databases to prevent such attacks. I am concerned about just passing legislation mandating that the government use biometric technology because we all know horror stories about mandates going awry." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Dianne Feinstein, Orrin G. Hatch, Jon Kyl, Strom Thurmond, and John D. Woodward, Jr.

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S. Hrg. 107-657; Senate Hearing 107-657; Serial No. J-107-46A
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