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house Bill H.R. 6439

Should the U.S. & Partner Countries Share Biometric Info to Fight Terrorism & Crime?

Argument in favor

BITMAP has already proven effective, and should be extended to continue protecting Americans from the threats of terrorism, crime, and illegal substances from outside U.S. borders. As a mere extension of the program, as opposed to an expansion, this should be uncontroversial.

Arthur's Opinion
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09/03/2018
Let's hope the US government will not use it against it's own citizens, while using it to keep us safer from known terrorist.
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09/05/2018
Well, the decision reached by the House clearly indicates where our right to privacy is heading - down the toilet! I can’t say, though, that I’m surprised by this result.
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eskiedoc's Opinion
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09/03/2018
Assuming the current administration has not burned all our partbers, yes we should share and coordinate to prevent terrorism.
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Argument opposed

Expanding government’s use of biometric identification has serious privacy implications that are still being debated by Congress. It’s too early to extend BITMAP without fully understanding the potential consequences of greater government access to individuals’ personal information.

JDMA's Opinion
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09/03/2018
Regardless of how people feel about Snowden he revealed that we can not trust the NSA and CIA to not spy on Americans. Why would we make matters worse and have them potentially give other countries our metadata, that they are of course not collecting, to other countries to use? Vote no. Until they can demonstrate good and trustworthy behavior defined under their charter or we reform them the answer should be no.
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IllWill's Opinion
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09/03/2018
How exactly would the U.S. government and foreign governments determine who may pose a risk? Personal information like biometric data should not be shared without some sort of probable cause or due process. This is a privacy issue.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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09/04/2018
I think this is too big a invasion of privacy with too little restraint. I’m not sure we are ready for this.
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    Let's hope the US government will not use it against it's own citizens, while using it to keep us safer from known terrorist.
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    Regardless of how people feel about Snowden he revealed that we can not trust the NSA and CIA to not spy on Americans. Why would we make matters worse and have them potentially give other countries our metadata, that they are of course not collecting, to other countries to use? Vote no. Until they can demonstrate good and trustworthy behavior defined under their charter or we reform them the answer should be no.
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    How exactly would the U.S. government and foreign governments determine who may pose a risk? Personal information like biometric data should not be shared without some sort of probable cause or due process. This is a privacy issue.
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    I think this is too big a invasion of privacy with too little restraint. I’m not sure we are ready for this.
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    Do we have any partners left after Trump bashing them?
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    The government would misuse such data.
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    This isn’t about security this is about controlling populations. We don’t want to live under an authoritarian regime.
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    Should we? Maybe. Do any of our allies trust us anymore with intelligence information or technology purporting to be highly reliable when detecting terrorists? No. I don’t think anyone should deal with the US until we can prove we are responsible, reliable and actually possess some type of ethical intelligence strategy going forward rather than president who will most likely be impeached or attempt a coup.
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    Terrorism is the latest government excuse to curtail liberty. Government is much more dangerous than terrorism, don't fall for il.
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    Well, the decision reached by the House clearly indicates where our right to privacy is heading - down the toilet! I can’t say, though, that I’m surprised by this result.
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    The ramifications of this bill are still unclear. Privacy issues must be worked out first.
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    Assuming the current administration has not burned all our partbers, yes we should share and coordinate to prevent terrorism.
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    The U.S. government has an established track record of mismanaging citizen’s private information. This bill sounds like a bad idea all around.
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    No need to collect or share biometric info. Use common sense profiling instead. Do not shut out the lessons that 9-11-01 has taught us. Recognize the Sharia elephant in the room. Acknowledge its hatred, bigotry, violence and deadly intolerance. Deal with it swiftly, justly and harshly.
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    Leave us alone.
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    Biometrics are way too invasive. We’ve already been stripped unwillingly and unknowingly of our private info they social media. What is left?
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    Privacy is a human right
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    One day, the left will get control of our government again. All we need to know is how they used the power and wealth of our government to impose their will on the rest of us: the IRS scandal; Obamacare; the Iran nuclear deal; campaign finance “reform”; net “neutrality”; tax increases; over regulation; back doors to our phones and computers; vilification of people who are different. They will use this against too.
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    Heck no.. surveillance is already way too prolific.. we need to not sacrifice our freedom for safety.
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    We need to understand all of the privacy consequences before we jump into this. Once our information
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