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Facing the threat: Invading the body for national security

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the increasing use of biometric technology implemented in the global fight against domestic and international terrorism. Particular attention will be paid to the surveillance society, as the internalization of the mere prospect of observation results in the self-policing of populations. This concept will demonstrate the amplification of behavior modification and the irony produced as the technologies are implemented simultaneously as an instrument of public protection and a form of social control. I will outline the technologies available before exploring the possible implications they could produce. This will emphasize the ever-increasing surveillance of the social world with the notion of escalating dissent that is implemented as justification for the erosion of civil liberties and mass social subjugation.

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Miss Lindsey Wade is a criminologist and a prison drug rehabilitation practitioner. Her special interests include surveillance studies, human rights, and international terrorism.

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Wade, L. Facing the threat: Invading the body for national security. Know Techn Pol 17, 74–80 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02687077

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Keywords

  • Facial Recognition
  • Crime Scene
  • Moral Panic
  • International Terrorism
  • Biometric Technology