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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

FBI Prevents States from Opting Out of Flawed Secure Communities Program

It has now become clear that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) won’t let states that are concerned with the flawed Secure Communities program opt out of participating.

According to Mahwish Khan at America's Voice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is playing a major role and is the reason states are being forced to comply with DHS’ greatly flawed Secure Communities program.  Khan says that, "it’s all part of a much larger scheme, with even bigger problems."

Khan points to a report by Elise Foley over at The Huffington Post:
“It looks like the initial driving force for the program had something to do with this technical efficiency for this [Next Generation Initiative] program that they basically want to force states into and they see [Secure Communities] as the stepping stone to do that," said Bridget Kessler of the Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo Law School. "With [the Next Generation Initiative] there are, much more than Secure Communities, a whole host of privacy issues."

"While the FBI acknowledged there could be some resistance from local law enforcement agencies, it said they would eventually be forced to comply with the programs -- even though DHS originally presented the program to states and localities as optional."

"Ultimately, [law enforcement agency] participation is inevitable because [Secure Communities] is simply the first of a number of biometric interoperability systems being brought online by the ... Next Generation Initiative," according to a briefing guide from the FBI.
Read the full article over at the blog at America's Voice by linking here


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