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Iris-Scan ID Cards For Children In Mexico 114

An anonymous reader writes "Today the first ID cards that include iris and fingerprint biometric information were registered and issued in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. (Original article in Spanish.) The juicier part of the story is that for now, only children will be enrolled in this national biometric database. It is intended that by December 2012 all children in the country will be registered. The alleged purpose of the new ID card is to hinder the abduction of children and prevent child exploitation. The first ID cards are being issued in the same city that last year started implementing a mandatory iris scan for convicted felons and voluntary members of the public in a Minority Reportesque plan to combat delinquency that features iris readers in public transport and ATMs. This comes from the country that last year attempted and failed to create a national database of mobile phone users, again with the purported intention to tackle extortion and kidnappings."
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Iris-Scan ID Cards For Children In Mexico

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  • You're a fake (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Wowsers ( 1151731 ) on Tuesday March 15, 2011 @07:35PM (#35498218) Journal

    ID cards help fraudsters, they provide a valid "government backed" way of proving something that is not necessarily true. How do spies have multiple identities despite these "fraud proof" ID cards? It is a scam to get people on the databases for a dark future the governments plan. Drip drip, your freedom is being taken from under your noses.

    It is more worrying that they are getting at the children, so they get used to these cards and think nothing of them... then when they grow older they will blame their parents for doing nothing about the cards, and enslaving them and future generations.

  • by westlake ( 615356 ) on Tuesday March 15, 2011 @10:45PM (#35499598)

    A large portion of children are kidnapped by family members who will not otherwise harm the child.

    You can't be certain of that.

    But it is particularly dangerous to compare the U.S. - where extortion abductions are almost unknown - to a country where kidnapping for profit has become big business.

    Colombia was once Latin America's kidnapping capital, where Marxist guerrillas took hostages and held them for months, even years, in recondite jungle camps, using them as political bargaining chips or human shields. But in recent years, as drug cartels in Mexico have branched out into other forms of crime, kidnapping there has become a lucrative cash industry.

    As kidnappings for ransom surge in Mexico, victims' families and employers turn to private U.S. firms instead of law enforcement []

  • by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Tuesday March 15, 2011 @11:44PM (#35500010)

    How so? It's your broken culture that produces the violence seen here []. Sure, we have some problems with violence, but nothing remotely like what's seen there. Moreover, when we glamorize violence in our Hollywood movies, it's about "good guys" shooting up "bad guys". People cheer when the criminals get killed.

    In Mexico, it's the criminals who are considered heroes: []
    Mexican musicians write songs ("narco corridos") about how wonderful drug traffickers are. Narco cinema glamorizes drug smuggling. Hit men record gruesome killings and upload them to YouTube. Basically, your culture thinks crime is a good thing. No nation can ever be successful when its citizens think crime and violence against innocents is something to be respected and cherished.

    There is something fundamentally broken about your culture and your people, and if I had my way, you would have no contact with anyone else in the world.

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