from RT.com: A Senate subcommittee this week approved a request from the United
States Department of Homeland Security for nearly a quarter-of-a-billion
dollars to be used on a state-of-the-art biometric system. On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on DHS
green-lighted more than $47 billion to go towards the agency as
part of a request made for funding in fiscal year 2015.
According to a statement published later that day by Sen.
Barbara Mikulski, the chairwoman of the committee on
appropriations, a significant chunk of that sum will go towards
increasing the efforts of DHS to document persons coming in and
out of the US by using high-tech biometric technology that
captures unique features from individuals and then scours massive
databases for more information pertaining to those persons. If
all goes as planned, upgrades to DHS’s biometric system will
allow not only for the vast collection of this information, but
will ensure that the details are easily shared among federal
agencies of various sorts.