(Fwd) [EHIPPIES] US funding for 'cybergoons'

From Jedi <jedi@cyberjedi.org.uk>
Date Sun, 21 May 2000 15:49:14 +0100

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Getting a Drop on the Cybergoons

by Declan McCullagh (declan@wired.com)

3:00 a.m. May. 20, 2000 PDT WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military 
will receive
$45 million to develop face-recognition technology that will be used 
fight terrorism, according to a bill approved by the House this week.

The House overwhelmingly approved, 353-63, a massive 658 KB 
appropriations bill that includes money earmarked for the project.

"The committee recommends $45.3 million ... an increase of $4 million for
continued development of facial recognition technology," the House Armed
Services committee report stated.

Another $41.3 million is set to go to a related project called Combating
Terrorism Technology Support, which is "an interagency program for
development and demonstration of surveillance, physical security, and
infrastructure protection technology."

The panel also approved the Defense Department's $19.9 billion request for
its information technology program, which includes additional spending on
"infowar" activities.

"Additional work is required, particularly in the areas of
operations-other-than-war or asymmetrical conflict," the committee said.

TECH CRIME BILL: The Justice Department will receive $200 million to
create an office of technology programs, according to a bill introduced
this week.

Among the research and development areas are so-called smart guns, DNA
identification techniques, and "tools and techniques that facilitate
investigations of computer crime."

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