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Firearms Transaction Center January 2005 ****************************************************************************** ****************************************************************************** Notice of Scheduled System Interruption ****************************************************************************** ****************************************************************************** The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division has notified this agency that they will perform an upgrade of its Uninterruptible Power System (UPS) beginning February 20, 2005 at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, and will complete the upgrade by 3:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on February 21, 2005. The National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) System will be “shut down” during this time. The FBI advises this upgrade is necessary to ensure their computer systems will not be affected by future power outages. The Virginia Firearms Transaction Program will remain available to all registered firearms dealers, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., February 20th and 21st, 2005. All transactions received during the scheduled down time will be placed in abeyance until NICS is returned to full service. A date the firearm may be released without authorization will continue to be established at the time of transaction. The Firearms Dealer Procedures Manual, VFTP Newsletters, Technical Bulletins, and Special Bulletins are available via our web site at www.virginiatrooper.org.
 

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Re: President's Day gun sales background search

FBI wants eye scans, palm prints, and tattoo mapping
The FBI is spending $1 Billion to create the biometric database. The FBI is creating a massive computer database of people's physical characteristics, which is part of an effort the bureau says to better identify criminals and terrorists.
Privacy experts say "It's the beginning of the surveillance society where you can be tracked anywhere, any time and all your movements, and eventually all your activities will be tracked and noted and correlated," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Technology and Liberty Project. You don't have to be a criminal or a terrorist to be checked against the database. The FBI biometrics invade privacy more than online criminal record background searches which anyone can use. Mistakes are common in the FBI biometric system. A German study looked at facial recognition in a bus station found mistakes 40 percent of the time during the day. And 90% mistakes at night. Critics say people are being forced to give up too much personal information. But, in complete "double-speak," Lawrence Hornak doing research at West Virginia University, said it could actually enhance people's privacy. "It allows you to project your identity as being you," said Hornak. "And it allows people to avoid identity theft, things of that nature." So the government is marketing it as a "privacy enhancer." So don't worry, Big Brother Government is doing it for your own good.
 
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