Identity Cards

“I’ve been to Afghan villages in which the men literally line up to get entered into the systems because they want an ID card.  They’ve never had ID cards and they want them.  The villagers are not forced to enter the system but they just line up. ”  –Michael Yon

“Left of Bang” from which this quote is taken, as well as “Penguins of Afghanistan” deal with biometric science and its adaptation by the military against makers of IEDs. This is a high-tech example of “Who are you?” that shows how the “others” are no longer able to hide in plain sight. Strangely this could also be seen as one more way of distinguishing “other-ness” since many who line up may not understand that their ID comes from the latent fingerprints and retinal images they provide rather than the physical cards they are issued.

JG

 

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