Homeland Security to Test Iris Scanners

Daily News Article - September 15, 2010


1. Where/when will the U.S. Homeland Security Department test iris scan technology?

2. What is the benefit of using iris scans over fingerprints?

3. What improvement in iris scan technology has led to its possible widespread use?

4. How has the U.S. military used iris scanners recently?

5. For what reason is ACLU lawyer Chris Calabrese concerned with the use of iris scanners?

6. Read the points from the article under "Background" below.
Then read the commentary opposing the use of iris scanners at wired.com/politics/security/commentary/securitymatters/2006/05/70886 (which concludes with the statement: "The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that's why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide.")
a) Do you agree with the commentator? Explain your answer.
b) Ask a parent the same question.