[funsec] Biometric "gated communities" in Baghdad
Richard M. Smith
rms at computerbytesman.com
Mon Apr 23 07:16:38 CDT 2007
'Gated Communities' For the War-Ravaged
U.S. Tries High Walls and High Tech To Bring Safety to Parts of Baghdad
By <http://projects.washingtonpost.com/staff/email/karin+brulliard/> Karin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 23, 2007; Page A01
BAGHDAD -- The
+Forces> U.S. military is walling off at least 10 of Baghdad's most violent
neighborhoods and using biometric technology to track some of their
residents, creating what officers call "gated communities" in an attempt to
carve out oases of safety in this war-ravaged city.
The plan drew widespread condemnation in
this past week. On Sunday night, Prime Minister Nouri-al Maliki told news
services that he would work to halt construction of a wall around the Sunni
Adhamiyah, which residents said would aggravate sectarian tensions by
segregating them from Shiite neighbors. The U.S. military says the walls are
meant to protect people, not further divide them in a city that is
increasingly a patchwork of sectarian enclaves.
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