02/11/2013 10:09:55 AM EST
Will DHS Deploy High-Tech Lie Detectors at the Border?
"The Nogales field test, intended to reveal the kind of limitations only everyday use can show, has led to further revisions of the kiosk. It’s now bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish, and new lab versions have a camera that can collect eye data regardless of the height of the person it’s interrogating. Eventually, if the machine flags a traveler as potentially deceptive, that person will be questioned further by a human customs officer. If the traveler triggers no alert, the machine will tell them they’re free to go. When the avatar catches him out, even commissioner Bersin—soon afterward promoted to assistant secretary of international affairs and chief diplomatic officer at DHS—seems to see its potential. He tells a group of customs officers at the DeConcini crossing station that he hopes the kiosk will soon check more and more people coming across the border. “We start off in this more controlled setting, but eventually the payoff is getting it into the lanes,” he says. Customs and Border Protection initially expressed interest in installing five kiosks in each of nine different customs stations, where they would conduct preliminary screening for the Nexus and Sentri programs. Budget issues have now postponed those plans, but last year the research team spent a month showing the machine to several DHS agencies in Washington, DC, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, TSA, and the Secret Service." - Wired, Jan. 17, 2013.