A recent DHS report titled the “CBP Trade and Travel Report” reads like an instruction manual on how to exploit the public’s fear of COVID. The report is a perfect example of how the Feds used the pandemic as an excuse to install facial recognition cameras across the country.
The report starts out by claiming that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) faced serious hardships because of the coronavirus epidemic.
Furthermore, passenger volumes for all modes of transportation combined decreased 42 percent, and air travelers specifically decreased 54.2 percent.
When other organizations had a decrease in business, they laid off or furloughed their employees as a result. What did Homeland Security do? They, instead, decided to increase biometric surveillance of everyone.
Despite the overall decrease in travel, biometric processing increased dramatically. CBP biometrically processed more than 23 million travelers using biometric facial comparison technology at entry, exit, and Preclearance locations.
The CBP has used the pandemic to embark on “transformative biometric measures” to enroll more Americans into their “Trusted Traveler” database.