Facial recognition in use after London riots
LONDON (AP) — Facial recognition technology being considered for London’s 2012 Games is getting a workout in the wake of Britain’s riots, a senior police chief told The Associated Press on Thursday, with officers feeding photographs of suspects through Scotland Yard’s newly updated face-matching program.
Chief Constable Andy Trotter, who is helping London police in the wake of the riots, said the department’s sophisticated software was being used to help find those suspected of being involved in the worst unrest London has seen in a generation.
But he cautioned that facial recognition makes up only a fraction of the police force’s efforts, saying tips have mostly come from traditional sources, such as still images captured from closed circuit cameras, pictures gathered by officers, footage shot by police helicopters or images snapped by members of the public.
“There’s a mass of evidence out there,” Trotter said in a telephone interview. “The public are so enraged that people who wouldn’t normally come forward are helping us — especially when they see their neighbors are coming back with brand new TVs.”
The facial-recognition technology used by police treats the human face like a grid, measuring the distance between a person’s nose, eyes, lips and other features. It has recently been upgraded, according to an article published last year in Scotland Yard’s bimonthly magazine, “The Job.”
The March 2010 article said that the new program has been shown to work far better than older versions of the technology, with one expert quoted as saying that it had shown promise in identifying people from high-quality, face-on shots taken off of surveillance photographs, mobile phones, passports or the Internet.
A law enforcement official told the AP that to use the technology “you have to have a good picture of a suspect and it is only useful if you have something to match it against. In other words, the suspect already has to have a previous criminal record.”
He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss ongoing investigations.
A press officer with Scotland Yard — who also spoke anonymously, in line with force policy — confirmed that facial recognition technology was at the police’s disposal, although he gave few other details. He said that generally the technology would only be used to help identify those suspected of serious crimes, such as assault, and that in most cases disseminating photographs to the general public remains a far cheaper and more effective way of finding suspects. – Yahoo News
The Beast from the Earth “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; he had two horns like a lamb, but he sounded like a dragon. He exercises all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and compels the earth and those who live on it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed (when it failed as the “League of Nations”). He also performs great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth before people. He deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs that he is permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast who had the sword wound yet lived. He was permitted to give a spirit (armed power) to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. And he requires everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:11-17
This beast is the United States and Britain combined in strength. The first beast is the United Nations, because it represents all powers on this planet aligned against Yahweh and His Son Christ, to try and thwart the Kingdom. But the United Nations has no real military strength except that given of the two dual powers acting in unity; the USA being the strongest of the pair and bearing the MARK of the BEAST that the Anti-Christ springs forth from.
“And he requires everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,”
The USA will eventually require that those accepting the Mark must also worship the image of the beast (the United Nations), that it keeps in power by its powerful weaponry. It is the USA that shares the Mark of the 666 with its benefactor and Father Satan. The first beast is the beast that is used to unify Mankind under one rulership, but its power comes from the DRAGON that is aligned with the second beast – the USA. Without the USA, the first beast (United Nations) cannot function. In the alliance of the dual power, Britain backs its counterpart; this forms the dual powers that work together within the second beast’s power structure. The dominating power is that of the USA. It is the power that forces the worship of the image of the beast. At its head is the Dragon that takes his place in world rulership as the Anti-Christ.