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Complexity and Counterterrorism: Thinking about Biometrics
Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
  • Patrick H. O'Neil, University of Puget Sound
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2005
Department
Politics and Government
Abstract

Biometrics, which relies on physical characteristics to identify individuals, enjoys growing support as a counterterrorist tool. However, there is little evidence in this regard. On the contrary, one danger is that biometric systems, such as national identification cards, would create a new target for terrorists to strike, paralyzing critical infrastructure. Given these limitations, why are countries moving toward this questionable form of security? Advocates of biometrics have been able to make powerful claims that play to public perceptions of risk in general, and the threat of terrorism in particular. This article suggests decentralized methods of identification and verification.

pp.
547-566
ISSN
1057-610X
Citation Information
O'Neil, Patrick. "Complexity and Counterterrorism: Thinking About Biometrics." Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 28.6 (2005): 547-566. Print.