High-tech border crossings stymie spies

The CIA fears high-tech customs checks, writes Jeff Stein: "The increasing deployment of iris scanners and biometric passports at worldwide airports, hotels and business headquarters, designed to catch terrorists and criminals, are playing havoc with operations that require CIA spies to travel under false identities." [Wired]


  1. Shock!  Horror!  The systems designed to prevent people from committing crimes are preventing us from committing crimes!

  2. I think in this instance, a rousing chorus of “TOUGH SHIT!” from everyone in the house is appropriate.

    Can it please be regime change time?

  3. For some reason, I read the headline as “High-tech border collies stymie spies.”  That would’ve been awesome.

  4. Well isn’t that just a crying shame.

    A bit of advice for the spooks bawling like little kids with skinned knees:  GO EF YER SELVES FOR A CHANGE!

  5. I’ve considered this possibility, because when I travel I often feel restricted. Like you always have to have a “valid” reason to travel somewhere, or you’re met with lots of suspicion. I’ve felt this primarily at international borders, but even traveling within the US as well.

    We here all know that it’s getting worse, and we understand the danger of “papieren, bitte”, but most people don’t – so I’m very glad to see that it’s not just the average person who’s feeling the pain of not being able to travel freely.

  6. I’m kind of thinking that not allowing spied to travel even outweights the benefit of not allowing terrorists to travel…  The title could have been ‘Police states bite the hand that fed them’. It feels so good.

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