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Amazon is Forming an Unholy Alliance with the DHS

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Aaron Boyd of Nextgov reported that the Homeland Security Department is in the middle of transferring its central biometric database to the Amazon Web Services GovCloud.

The central biometric database is generally “used to store, manage and disseminate biometric data on U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.”

Due to numerous advancements in biometric technologies such as iris and facial scans and computing technology, the DHS has opted to update its dated Automated Biometric Identification System, known as IDENT, which was originally set up in 1994. In 2015, the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) started to work on Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART), which will have new updates and move the whole system into the cloud.

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OBIM’s transition from IDENT to HART started in 2020, which included the finalization of a privacy impact assessment for the first phase. Boyd noted that “migrating existing data and functionality to the cloud.”  The impact statement was completed and signed in February and then published in May “to align with the completion of other system requirements,” a DHS spokesperson informed Nextgov.

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The HART system is being advanced in four phases, or “increments.” Increment 1 is centered on infrastructure development and guaranteeing that the data and applications used in IDENT is able to transition smoothly into the cloud.

“HART Increment 1 implements a new data architecture, which includes conceptual, logical, and physical data models, a data management plan, and physical storage of records where each associated record may have multiple associated biometric modality images,” the document stated. This work is being carried out through a $95 million contract with Northrop Grumman.

Once the cloud migration is realized, HART will officially become the principal record for national security biometric data. The aforementioned privacy impact assessment stated the program was on pace to take over by the conclusion of the 2020 fiscal year.

Boyd highlighted how the HART system is expected to function:

By the completion of Increment 1, the new HART system is expected to function the same as the current IDENT system, with the same capabilities, including the ability to match biometric indicators like face, iris and fingerprints to other forms of identity, like Social Security numbers and Alien Numbers. However, with the new cloud-based architecture, the system will be “designed for scalability to address projected growth in identity and image data volumes and to accommodate any needs associated with larger files,” the impact assessment states.

The program office has plans of including new capabilities in Increment 2, which includes “increased interoperability with agency partners and improved reporting features.”

“Increments 3 and 4 will include a web portal and user interface capability, support for additional modalities, and improved reporting tools,” in addition to their own privacy impact assessments, the document noted.

Boyd also highlighted how “OBIM has also issued a request for information for services in Increments 3 and 4, though the timeline and full procurement strategy are still being fleshed out.”

There’s a clear alliance being formed between Big Tech and the government.

Privacy advocates will have to remain vigilant regarding the government’s efforts to cooperate with tech companies who have no desire to protect privacy. A corporate dystopia is slowly forming and it must be stopped if we want to preserve our freedoms in the 21st century.

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Mexican Government Reported that Nearly 80,000 People are Still Missing

Mexico Spirals Out of Control While Joe Biden Promises Mass Amnesty

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According to a report released by the Mexican government on November 25, 2020, over 79,500 people are still missing in Mexico.

This comes in the backdrop of Mexico’s infamous military offensive against drug cartels in 2006. Since the erstwhile president Felipe’s military offensive against drug cartels, the number of missing people in Mexico has skyrocketed.

Before 2006, there were 1,500 disappearances in Mexico, per statistics that Deputy Human Rights Minister Alejandro Encina put forward. Since July, there have been roughly 6,300 new cases reported.

Encina observed, however, that the number of disappearances have dropped since 2019.

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Mexico is notorious for its alarming levels of violence, which is largely perpetuated by organized crime. In 2019, 34,582 people were murdered. So far in 2020, 26,431 people have been murdered from January to September. 

Encinas claimed that Mexican authorities have discovered 1,399 mass graves in Mexico over the past two years. Of the 2,290 bodies discovered in the graves, 879 have been identified.

Mexico is not in good shape and that’s putting it lightly. America at least recognized this with Donald Trump in office. Trump was elected on an America First platform which stressed tough policies on the border and was not willing tolerate mass immigration like his predecessors.

Sadly, the apparent president-Joe Biden is more concerned with trying to pass mass amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens and freezing deportations for 100 days.

Securing our Southern border is a recognition of the cold, hard truth that Mexico is falling apart, and it’s institutional and social rot could potentially make its way up north. Much to America’s chagrin, the next occupant of the White House will likely not recognize that. Should fraud allegations fail to invalidate the current results of  the 2020 elections, America First patriots must act accordingly and make immigration a massive issue during the 2022 midterms, both in the primaries and general election.

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