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December 13, 2007

Robert Parry On Our Excitingly Incipient Nightmarish Dystopia

Robert Parry:

U.S. forces in Iraq soon will be equipped with high-tech equipment that will let them process an Iraqi’s biometric data in minutes and help American soldiers decide whether they should execute the person or not, according to its inventor.

"A war fighter needs to know one of three things: Do I let him go? Keep him? Or shoot him on the spot?” Pentagon weapons designer Anh Duong told the Washington Post for a feature on how this 47-year-old former Vietnamese refugee and mother of four rose to become a top U.S. bomb-maker.

Though Duong is best known for designing high-explosives used to destroy hardened targets, she also supervised the Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facilities project, known as a “lab in a box” for analyzing biometric data, such as iris scans and fingerprints, that have been collected on more than one million Iraqis.

(You may remember Anh Duong from the documentary Why We Fight.)

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Posted at December 13, 2007 04:20 PM

I'll bet her kids never talk back much.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at December 13, 2007 08:51 PM

Each generation of America's victims...the next generation of America's henchpeople.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at December 13, 2007 09:42 PM

"Machines don't fight wars. People do, and they use their minds.
People, Ideas and hardware. In that order."
Col. John Boyd

"Do I let him go? Keep him? Or shoot him on the spot?"
Anh Duong, Weapons Designer, US Department of Defense

Oh how novel, another summary execution promoting gadget fabricator displays her ignorance about war. I'm sure she has no use for FM 27-10 other than to rip out a few pages to steady a wobbly table. Anh, dahling, how 'bout we charge you with violating 18 USC 2441 and put you up at government expense in FCI, Allenwood for 10 years or so?

No wonder we're simultaneously losing 6 wars against amateurs equipped with little more than company grade weapons while spending more on a feckless professional military than the rest of the world combined. There's a story in there. Anyone interested?

Posted by: Pvt. Keepout at December 14, 2007 10:06 AM