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Recognizing Friend and Foe: Biometrics, Veridiction, and the Iraq War

Surveillance & Society, 2014, Vol.12(4), pp.516-527 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Recognizing Friend and Foe: Biometrics, Veridiction, and the Iraq War
  • Author: Hristova, Stefka
  • Found In: Surveillance & Society, 2014, Vol.12(4), pp.516-527 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Iraq ; United States–Us ; Iraq War-2003 ; Automation ; Biometrics ; Military Personnel ; Surveillance ; Armed Forces ; Sovereignty ; Data Bases
  • Language: English
  • Description: In analyzing the deployment of biometrics in Iraq argue that, whereas the body was seen as a site of verification in 20^sup th^ century surveillance and identification practices, in the ongoing War on Terror, and the Iraq War more specifically. It became a site of veridiction -- a site, in which the truth about the security of the state can be analyzed. The body, thus became the basis for determining not so much one's unique identity, but one's friendliness to the normative state order. Enemies could, thus be identified and confined as a group, and in this process, the state could be secured. In the ongoing of the War on Terror, the visual regime of veridiction has been further articulated to the logic of digital technologies, in order to categorize an unfamiliar diverse population into a binary simplistic schema consistent of true and false, therefore friend or foe, and thus "go" -- allowed to move through the country -- or "no go" -- destined to be detained.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 14777487 ; DOI: 10.24908/ss.v12i4.5045

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