Monthly Archives: May 2007

Bilderberg Club – the Mother of all Secret Societies

Daniel Estulin | May 31, 2007

I disagree with Estulin saying that the Bilderbergers started off with noble intentions or that these people are not so evil. If you are mostly evil, then you are evil. If you are mostly a traitor, then you are a traitor. That is how it works. It’s like saying they are just a bunch of old chums sitting around playing tiddly winks and discussing politics and sports over a few martinis. That is how the Bilderbergers portray their meetings to those who inquire, but of course, like everything they say in public, the reality is completely the opposite.

The purpose from the very beginning was to centralize control of the entire world by a handful of old-money banking elites, industrialists, Masons, Nazis and Royalty. They have planned to consolidate the world’s wealth into their hands, cull the world population (not starting with themselves of course), microchip and track everybody, set up a Trilateral global dictatorship, destroy national sovereignties and human rights (as we see every government doing today) and launch a phony perpetual war based on staged psychological operations to justify it all. Thus all the chaos, death and destruction we have seen is the direct result of policies they have handed down to the major world power puppets.

This plan for world domination did not just start in 1954. The elite have been at war with the common people since the beginning of time and carefully maintain their bloodlines going back for hundreds, if not thousands of years. This is how they rationalize their “right to rule”, believing they are superior to others and therefore can do whatever they want to us. Didn’t you ever wonder why there are still kings and queens in the 21st century? It’s called neofeudalism folks, and it is staring you right in the face, ready to devour you. Evil loves power, seeks it out and it is never satisfied with a little power. They want it ALL.

It is an age-old drama we see unfolding. Look at their faces, into their eyes. Behind the smiling mask, you can detect something utterly inhuman and foreign, removed from the lives of ordinary people. That is the face of unfettered evil as it is now, and as it has ever been.


In 1954, the most powerful men in the world met for the first time under the auspices of the Dutch royal crown and the Rockefeller family in the luxurious Hotel Bilderberg of the small Dutch town of Oosterbeek. For an entire weekend, they debated the future of the world. When it was over, they decided to meet once every year to exchange ideas and analyze international affairs. They named themselves the Bilderberg Club. Since then, they have gathered yearly in a luxurious hotel somewhere in the world to decide the future of humanity. Among the select members of this club are Bill Clinton, Paul Wolfowitz, Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Toni Blair and many other heads of government, businessmen, politicians, bankers and journalists from all over the world.

Nevertheless, in the more than fifty years of their meetings, the press has never been allowed to attend, no statements have ever been released on the attendees’ conclusions, nor has any agenda for a Bilderberg meeting been made public. Leaders of the Bilderberg Club argue that this discretion is necessary to allow participants in the debates to speak freely without being on record or reported publicly. Otherwise, Bilderbergers claim, they would be forced to speak in the language of a press release. Doubtlessly, this discretion allows the Bilderberg Club to deliberate more freely, but that does not respond to the fundamental question: What do the world’s most powerful people talk about in these meetings? 

Any modern democratic system protects the right to privacy, but doesn’t the public have a right to know what their political leaders are talking about when they meet the wealthiest business leaders of their respective countries? What guarantees do citizens have that the Bilderberg Club isn’t a centre for influence trafficking and lobbying if they aren’t allowed to know what their representatives talk about at the Club’s secret gatherings? Why are the Davos World Economic Forum and G8 meetings carried in every newspaper, given front page coverage, with thousands of journalists in attendance, while no one covers Bilderberg Club meetings even though they are annually attended by Presidents of the International Monetary Fund, The World Bank, Federal Reserve, chairmen of 100 most powerful corporations in the world such as DaimlerChrysler, Coca Cola, British Petroleum, Chase Manhattan Bank, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Vice Presidents of the United States, Directors of the CIA and the FBI, General Secretaries of NATO, American Senators and members of Congress, European Prime Ministers and leaders of opposition parties, top editors and CEOs of the leading newspapers in the world. It is surprising that no mainstream media outlets consider a gathering of such figures, whose wealth far exceeds the combined wealth of all United States citizens, to be newsworthy when a trip by any one of them on their own makes headline news on TV.

These are the questions I have asked myself.  Fourteen years ago they set me on an investigative journey that has become my life’s work. Slowly, one by one, I have penetrated the layers of secrecy surrounding the Bilderberg Club, but I could not have done this without the help of “conscientious objectors” from inside as well as outside the club’s membership. To them, I extend my deepest gratitude, for their priceless intelligence has made this book possible. You can understand then, to protect them, I cannot mention these true heroes by name: Only thank them for helping me find out what was being said behind the closed doors of the opulent hotels where the Bilderbergers hold their annual meetings.

Before we enter the realm of this exclusive club, it is important to recognize that neither people nor organizations are absolutely “evil,” just as no one is absolutely “good.” There are powerful people in the world guided by higher ideals, principles and beliefs than the manipulative secret club and its spin offs I describe in this book. Even within it, the efforts of the original members to better our world were based on a “father-knows-best” autocracy similar to the Roman Catholic’s paternalistic control of Christianity. Their intent was noble, at first.

Unfortunately, the Bilderberg Club has grown beyond its idealistic beginnings to become a shadow world government, which decides in total secrecy at annual meetings how their plans are to be carried out. They threaten to take away our right to direct our own destinies. And it is becoming easier because the development of telecommunication technology, together with profound present-day knowledge and new methods of behaviour engineering to manipulate individual conduct convert what, at other epochs of history, were only evil intentions into a disturbing reality. Each new measure, viewed on its own, may seem an aberration, but a whole host of changes, as part of an ongoing continuum, constitutes a shift towards total enslavement.

In this uncertain near future, people feel there is something evil lurking in the darkness. Waiting to pounce. Biding its time. We can feel its chilling presence. Most people would like to ignore it, but they no longer can. This “something” has slowly and stealthily forced itself into our conscious awareness and our collective psyche. It is our job to show the reader what this “something” is and disclose its terrible apocalyptical plans.

However, on a world level, there is a general awakening taking place as people are beginning to hold mirrors up to their irrationality; this awakening is beginning to empower our collective learning and understanding. You see, we have been told that world events are too difficult to understand for a lay person. They lied! We have been told that national secrets must be zealously protected. Indeed, they must! No government wishes for its citizens to discover that its best and brightest deal drugs, participate in massive pillaging of the planet, kidnappings and assassinations. On the pages of, we do it for them. But there is hope. In almost every corner of the planet, stress points are beginning to fracture. And people are beginning to take sides. Governments, from now on, better be afraid of their people.

This is why it is time to look behind the scenes and try to find the man behind the curtain. We are at a crossroads. And the roads we take from here will determine the very future of humanity. We have to wake up to the true objectives and actions of the Bilderberg Club and its parallel kin if we hope to retain the freedoms fought for by our grandfathers in the Second World War.

Finally, I would like to truly acknowledge the help of all those brave and wonderful people who over the years have given us so much for so little. The list of collaborators, independent researchers, in and out of government sources, private investigators, US Army, Navy and Air Force analysts, Spanish Generals, cooks, chefs, bellboys, cleaning persons, waiters and waitresses at Bilderberger hotels, who have full-heartedly given of their energies and time, overlooking the dangers that such meetings could cause them is simply too long to mention on these pages, or rather our pages, because I am the vehicle of the collective psyche of a society whose natural instinct spells FREEDOM.

I extend my sincerest and deeply felt gratitude to numerous members of international secret service agencies in Washington, London, Moscow, Madrid, Paris, Caracas and Ottawa, whose inside knowledge on intelligence issues and wisdom often kept my spirits up in the darkest of hours. Without their priceless intelligence gathering, this book would have forever remained an unrealisable dream.

Special thanks go out to Canada, my country, who gave our family home and hope for a better future without asking for anything in return. I have repaid that debt of gratitude in 1996 when I uncovered Bilderberger diabolical plans for Canada’s break up. My love goes out to Canada’s wonderful and decent and freedom loving people who that fateful year answered my desperate plea for help by taking to the streets en masse to resoundingly destroy Bilderberger hopes of silently breaking Canada up. When I need uplifting, I think of these people and in their faith in the goodness of Men.

I dedicate this book to all those who have never stopped searching for the truth, in the face of government lies, cheating, manipulation and deceit. To those who have intuitively felt that blasphemous lies we are told are but a vile whiff of hatred. All these people deserve to know the truth about our history and heritage.

History teaches by analogy, not identity. The historical experience is not one of staying in the present and looking back. Rather it is one of going back into the past and returning to the present with a wider and more intense consciousness of the restrictions of our former outlook.

This is far from over.

Mankind is yet to pass a final judgement. Miracles, as someone said, can happen without our permission. The fact that we are here, doing what we do, is a living proof of that.

Daniel Estulin

May 31, 2007

Dutch TV on 2007 Bilderberg Meeting In Istanbul, Turkey

The 2007 Bilderberg Meeting is going to be at Istanbul, Turkey. This is a Clip from Dutch TV


The Portugal News has been informed by Turkish journalist Cengiz Candar that this years annual Bilderberg meeting is scheduled to take place in Istanbul from May 31st to June 3rd.

The venue and dates of the conference attended by the worlds leading industrialists, bankers, politicians and newspaper magnates is always a closely guarded secret as are the identities of the attendees.

The Portugal News will attempt to keep its readers fully updated on the agenda of this years meeting (as it has done since the 1999 Sintra gathering) and the secret machinations put in place by the worlds ruling elite who in previous years are alleged to have mapped out economic upturns and downturns, discussed in detail future regional conflicts and forecast political shifts in society.

Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Portugals Jos Scrates, Pedro Santana Lopes and Antnio Guterres all attended Bilderberg

The Bilderberger Group is the Premier Elite of the New World Order Globalization Agenda.

The name Bilderberger came about because it is the name of the Hotel where the group was first discovered meeting secretly.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry To Attend Bilderberg

Hmm. Must be his reward for selling Texas roads to King Juan Carlos of Spain. Or is it for pushing and hyping the HPV vaccine Gardasil which has already killed several girls and continues to maim thousands of others? Or it could be for his embracing of amnesty for illegals and opening Texas up to be swallowed up by the North American Union. In fact, I think he was invited because he is an evil, treasonous, lying, criminal scumbag. That seems to be the pre-requisite for membership.


Dallas Morning News | May 31, 2007  

Gov. Rick Perry is flying to Istanbul, Turkey, today to speak at the super-secret Bilderberg Conference, a meeting of about 130 international leaders in business, media and politics.

The invitation-only conference was started in 1954 and named for the Dutch hotel where the conference was first held. Those who attend promise not to reveal what was discussed, security is tight, and the press and public are barred.

The conference has been the subject of conspiracy theorists and even Christian groups who wonder about its influence.

Robert Black, the governor’s press secretary, said the governor was invited to attend and speak about state-federal relations. Mr. Black dismissed the conspiracy theories.


“He’s looking forward to learning the secret handshake,” Mr. Black joked.

He said that Mr. Perry is paying for the trip and host hotel, usually among the top in the world, out of campaign contributions from his Texans for Rick Perry committee.

Perry on Bilderberg: “There was no conspiracy there that I saw”

Previous speakers at the conference have included such GOP stalwarts as outgoing World Bank chief Paul Wolfowitz and former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Last year, the conference was held in Ottawa, and the Toronto Star reported that it had received an unsigned press release saying that the 2006 group included David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Queen Beatrix of Holland, New York Gov. George Pataki, media moguls, high-level officials from Spain and Greece, and the heads of Coca-Cola, Credit Suisse and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Bilderberg chairman Etienne Davignon, a former Belgian diplomat, granted the British Broadcasting Corp. a rare interview two years ago in which he brushed aside myths surrounding the organization.

“When people say this is a secret government of the world, I say that if we were a secret government of the world, we should be bloody ashamed of ourselves,” Mr. Davignon said.

Mr. Black said that the governor was going because he was invited. “He looks forward to talking to them about the system of federalism here in the United States,” he said.

Regarding the secrecy surrounding the event, Mr. Black said: “It’s their conference, and I suppose they can run it anyway they want. The governor was honored that they would ask him to come speak on the American experience, and he’s happy to do it.”

Mr. Perry returns to Texas on Monday.

Teachers to shun new search powers

Daily Mail | May 31, 2007

Teachers have declared they should not use their new powers to search pupils for weapons without consent.

School staff now have the legal authority to use force to strip off children’s jackets and jumpers and search trouser pockets for knives or guns.

But the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), representing 160,000 staff, advised its members not to frisk pupils without their agreement.

And parents’ groups expressed concern at Government guidelines which said the searches could be conducted by security guards who are not trained for work with children.

Ministers introduced the new legal powers for teachers to search pupils without consent in an attempt to cut violent crime and improve safety in schools.

But Mary Bousted, ATL general secretary, said teachers should call the police instead.

She said: “We do not consider it appropriate for our members to be involved in anything other than consensual searches of a pupil’s possessions and in examination of the contents of a pupil’s pockets should she or he voluntarily turn over the contents of their pockets to be searched.

“Should any other form of search be required of a non-consensual nature, ATL’s view is that its members should not undertake such searches.”

Education Secretary Alan Johnson said the new measures would send a strong warning to pupils thinking of carrying knives or other weapons into school.

Mr Johnson insisted the problem of weapons in schools was “very small”.

Airport-style metal detectors to be used in English schools

RINF | May 31st, 2007

Note that knife incidents are considered to be extremely rare, but your kids are to be searched and frisked at will at any time for any reason.


Schools in England have been given the legal right to search pupils who are suspected of carrying knives.

The Department for Education and Skills will also give heads guidance on how to use airport-style metal detectors to screen young people.

The guidelines state that a pupil can be refused entry to a school if he or she refuses to be screened.

However, the DfES stressed that incidents involving knives in schools were extremely rare.

The advice to head teachers explains how best to screen pupils.

For example, the guidelines suggest that randomly selected groups of pupils could be searched in order to send out a strong message of deterrence.

The DfES also sets out limits for schools.

Only members of staff authorised by the head teacher can undertake a search.

Suspicion has to be reasonable and not based on stereotypical images of certain groups of pupils.

Two members of staff should be present for a search and both must be the same sex as the pupil.

And students can only be required to remove outer clothing, such as coats or jackets.

Rare cases

Education Secretary Alan Johnson stressed that knife incidents in schools were extremely rare.

“The main way to keep knives out of our schools is to continue educating young people about the dangers associated with illegally carrying a knife,” he said.

“But one violent crime caused by a weapon is one too many.

“This new power was called for by teachers, but our guidance makes clear that a search should never take place where there is any risk to staff or pupils. In those circumstances the police should be called.

“I think parents will welcome the clear message that bringing a weapon into school is a criminal offence and will not be tolerated.”

‘Appropriately trained staff’

A spokesman for the National Association of Head Teachers said it was the job of the police to search individuals for weapons.

“They are trained and have the appropriate body armour,” the spokesman said.

“Our advice to our members will be to call for police assistance should they suspect that a weapon is being carried.”

General secretary of the NASUWT union, Chris Keates, welcomed the new powers, but said searches must be conducted properly.

“Conducting searches is a job for appropriately trained staff who have site security as part of their role.

“However, all schools will still need to consider how they will be incorporated into their policies and procedures to ensure that they are prepared fully should the need arise.

“There is a clear role for local authorities and the local police in supporting and advising schools in this process.”

No jobs for US citizens without Homeland Security approval

Infowars | May 29, 2007

‘No Work List’ similar to the government’s ‘No Fly List’

US citizens who apply for a job will need prior approval from Department of Homeland Security under the terms immigration bill passed by the Senate this week.

American Civil Liberties Union pointed out that the DHS’s Employment Eligibility Verification System (EEVS) is error plagued and if the department makes a mistake in determining work eligibility, there will be virtually no way to challenge the error or recover lost wages due to the bill’s prohibitions on judicial review.

Even current employees will need to obtain eligibility approval from the DHS Within 60 days of the Immigration Reform Act of 2006 becoming law.

“EEVS would be a financial and bureaucratic nightmare for both businesses and workers,” said Timothy Sparapani, ACLU Legislative Counsel. “Under this already flawed program no one would be able to work in the U.S. without DHS approval – creating a ‘No Work List’ similar to the government’s ‘No Fly List.’ We need immigration reform, but not at this cost.”

The act allocates US$400 million for the implementation of the EEVS, but the Congressional Budgeting Office estimates the system to cost in excess of a billion dollars.

Bar wins right to ban heterosexuals

Independent | May 29, 2007

A gay bar in Melbourne has won the right to turn away straight patrons, so it can provide an environment in which gay men can express their sexuality without feeling threatened.

The Peel Hotel applied for an exemption to equal opportunities legislation, saying its gay male clientele felt uncomfortable about the increasing numbers of straight people using the venue over the past year.

Gay men were being “gawked at” as if they were exhibits in a zoo, the Peel’s management said, and subjected to occasional abuse and violence. “If I can limit the number of heterosexuals entering the Peel, then that helps me keep the safe balance effectively,” the pub’s owner, Tom McFeely, said yesterday.

Although the Peel welcomed everyone, he added, he wanted to offer a non-threatening environment for gay men. The atmosphere changed, Mr McFeely said, when large parties of straight men and women came in, often for stag or hen nights.

He said there were more than 2,000 venues in Melbourne catering to heterosexuals, but his was the only one marketing itself predominantly to gay men.

“Heterosexuals have other places to go to; my homosexuals do not,” he said. “The only place they can feel comfortable and safe is the Peel.”

In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Australia, the state’s Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled that the pub could ban people on the basis of their sexuality.

The decision was backed by the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission.

Parents of babies to be given ‘learning diaries’ so experts can monitor their children

Daily Mail | May 29, 2007

Workers will be trained to help families sing songs to their children and read stories – prompting claims of a new breed of ‘nursery rhyme police’.

Parents of babies and toddlers will be expected to record their child’s progress in new ‘learning diaries’ under a £9million Government scheme.

They will be encouraged to log details of every activity attempted by their children, ranging from stacking play bricks to singing nursery rhymes.

The diaries will be scrutinised by childcare experts to check that parents are doing all they can to prevent their offspring falling behind.

The scheme will be trialled by a sample of councils serving disadvantaged areas and could eventually be extended more widely. But the initiative, the latest in a series of interventions in the lives of the youngest children, is certain to provoke renewed claims of ‘Nanny State’ interference.

Other councils taking part in the programme will experiment with other approaches – such as encouraging parents to sing to their toddlers at home to help them develop language skills.

One council, meanwhile, is planning gardening classes to attract fathers and grandfathers. In Doncaster, men would be invited to workshops where they would learn how to care for plants alongside their offspring.

In other activities specifically aimed at fathers, those who struggle to find time to spend with their children would be encouraged to make recordings of themselves reading stories.

In total, 41 councils in poor areas of England have been allocated a share of £9million to try out ‘innovative’ methods of involving parents in their children’s education.

The Department for Education and Skills said several councils would be implementing ‘learning diaries’. Torbay has already been named as one of them.

According to the DfES, parents would be handed “learning diaries and albums for their children (0 to five years old) so they can discuss progress with professionals”.

The diaries are expected to take the form of written journals. Parents would be encouraged to chart their children’s progress from birth.

The cash will also pay for childcare workers to be given extra training in working with disadvantaged families. And councils will be encouraged to set up ‘parental involvement networks’ and ‘outreach programmes’. Local authorities accepted on to the scheme include Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Kent, Nottingham, Bristol and several London boroughs.

Each will be trialling its own scheme to involve disadvantaged parents in their children’s education and not all will be offering learning diaries.

The initiative – due to start in September – is in line with Children’s Minister Beverley Hughes’ belief that early experiences have a powerful effect on how youngsters develop.

However, Mrs Hughes already stands accused of unwarranted interference in family life in pursuit of her aims.

A so-called ‘nappy curriculum’ lays down hundreds of developmental milestones youngsters should achieve from birth to age five.

Goals for the very youngest children include demonstrating they can “communicate in a variety of ways, including crying, gurgling, babbling and squealing”.

Nurseries and childminders will monitor children’s progress towards the milestones.

Meanwhile, a new ‘parenting academy’, being set up with £30million of public funds, will train an army of parenting advisers to improve the nation’s childrearing skills.

Workers will be trained to help families sing songs to their children and read stories – prompting claims of a new breed of ‘nursery rhyme police’.

U.S. company put melamine in fish and animal feed

Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2007

Melamine is an industrial chemical used in the production of plastic

An American company improperly added melamine to an ingredient in animal and fish feed, federal health officials said yesterday in announcing the recall of the first U.S.-made products containing the potentially dangerous industrial chemical.

Tembec BTLSR Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, is recalling the fish feed ingredients it made with melamine and related compounds, according to Food and Drug Administration officials. Uniscope Inc., a Johnstown, Colo., firm that mixed its livestock feed ingredient with supplies from Tembec, is also recalling products, the FDA officials said.

Melamine and related compounds were found at very low levels in feeds made from the tainted ingredients and pose little risk to human health, said Dr. David W.K. Acheson, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food protection. In fact, the government has not asked for the recall of contaminated livestock feed because levels are so small.

Nevertheless, the FDA has not approved addition of melamine to food. Melamine is an industrial chemical used in the production of plastic cutlery, among other things. Investigators blame it and related compounds for killing at least 16 cats and dogs, which led to one of the largest recalls of pet food in U.S. history.

That melamine came from two Chinese firms, which investigators believe spiked wheat gluten shipments with melamine in order to charge higher prices.

Tembec, the first U.S. food maker to be implicated as a melamine source, added melamine and related compounds to make feed hold together better, FDA officials said. The melamine prevents feed pellets from disintegrating before fish or shrimp can eat them.

Tembec sells the fish and shrimp feed ingredients on behalf of Uniscope under the names AquaBond and Aqua-Tec II. Uniscope sells the recalled feed for cattle, sheep and goats as Xtra-Bond. Investigators do not know how many contaminated products were sold or for how long.

Levels of melamine and related compounds in the livestock feed amounted to less than 50 parts per million, FDA officials said. Levels in the fish and shrimp feed were 233 to 465 parts per million. By comparison, the levels in pet food were far higher, at 20 parts per 100, Acheson said.

Uniscope discovered the contamination after federal health officials warned food makers, in the wake of the pet food scare, to check the ingredients they use. Uniscope alerted the government May 18, when Tembec’s ingredients tested positive for melamine and related compounds.

The FDA moved for a recall upon confirming the findings. The agency is still investigating, and officials would not discuss any possible penalties. A Tembec spokesman did not return a call seeking comment.

In a statement, Uniscope said it had not received any reports of illness or death and stressed that it was not aware that the ingredients contained melamine. A spokesman said the company was unsure of the extent and duration of the contamination.

FBI plans a big tent for biometrics

GCN | May 28, 2007

Upgrade of fingerprint repository could permit future identifiers 

Tom Cruise, watch out. The FBI’s planned biometric repository upgrade will improve the system’s existing capability to store not only fingerprints but also the iris scans which pinpointed Cruise’s character in the 2002 cinema spectacle “Minority Report,” in addition to more futuristic identifiers.

FBI technologists are planning for upgrades that will buttress the law enforcement community’s limited ability to use DNA as a forensic tool, according to a recent briefing the bureau offered on plans for its Next Generation Identification system. NGI is designed to incorporate improved technology into the bureau’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).

The bureau plans within the next few weeks to request proposals from vendors to build NGI. The agency already has described a phased plan to roll out the upgrades to its existing biometric repository during the next several years.

“DNA has definitely proven its ability to be fabulously accurate,” said Jim Loudermilk, deputy assistant director at the bureau’s Information Technology Operations Division. He cited instances in which DNA evidence has exonerated prisoners, some of whom had been held for decades or faced possible execution.

Many in the general public now believe that law enforcement agencies can routinely use DNA to investigate crimes, Loudermilk told an audience of vendor and government executives at an Industry Advisory Council briefing.

But legal and policy barriers to widespread DNA biometric use work together with the process’ high cost to limit its usefulness, he said.

Another barrier is that existing DNA biometric repositories, including IAFIS, simply don’t hold enough information to compete with the more familiar fingerprint data, he said.

The costs for DNA sequencing now can range into the thousands of dollars for a single forensic sample, Loudermilk said.

But FBI biometric experts estimate that the cost for collecting and sequencing a DNA sample could fall well below $20 in about 15 years, Loudermilk said.

Increased use of DNA as a biometric identifier also raises privacy issues, the FBI official said.

“We are adding a palm print system,” [as part of the NGI upgrade] Loudermilk said. He said the forensic community’s experience with crime scenes has shown that palm print evidence is frequently available. “The Japanese [police] have found palm prints very useful.

“As for the other exotics, such as earlobe shape [and voice prints and gait analysis], the NGI will have the architecture to extend to them should the laws change,” Loudermilk said.

The FBI wants its NGI project to forge faster and higher-quality links to biometric repositories other than those IAFIS now uses, Loudermilk said.

“Dealing with other repositories has emerged as a major problem,” he added. The FBI wants NGI to include upgrades such as improved interoperability with the IDENT system the Homeland Security Department operates to carry out many of its immigration data processing functions.

The bureau’s IAFIS repository and associated systems already exchange specified groups of fingerprints gathered from individuals who qualify as the worst of the worst among immigration law violators, known or suspected terrorists ,and similar wrongdoers.

Get more fingers

DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff has mandated that IDENT end its practice of gathering only two fingerprints and shift to the bureau’s 10-fingerprint approach. That change will improve interoperability between the department’s system and IAFIS.

The bureau’s biometric technologists have consulted with their counterparts abroad to help develop regional biometric information repositories, Loudermilk said. For example, some Middle Eastern countries seek to build a regional biometric database of criminals and other social enemies, and the bureau has advised them, he said.

In addition, the bureau now serves in effect as the global center for evaluating fingerprint-reading equipment.

Loudermilk presented a history of the bureau’s biometric approaches to fingerprint acquisition, storage and processing dating from the early 1900s in addition to an explanation of how the agency developed its current biometric systems.

Loudermilk’s personal involvement as the FBI executive responsible for design, development, installation and adoption of IAFIS gave weight to his review of these topics.

He mentioned several features the FBI plans to add to NGI to upgrade its operations from IAFIS, including:

Increased capacity, because IAFIS now is conducting fingerprint checks at a rate far above its original design rating.

An upgraded fingerprint identification engine, based on a study that the winning vendor will be required to conduct of commercial products in the field and other approaches to the task.

Reduced response time for additional categories of fingerprint checks.

Loudermilk said existing technology for reliably matching the mug shot photographs that police agencies take of people they arrest is nowhere near as mature as fingerprint-matching technology.

IAFIS’ original design called for the system to process 62,500 fingerprint matches daily.

As a result of increased demand — especially for background checks mandated by civil laws covering employees in the financial, child-care and educational fields — among others, IAFIS’ busiest day called for the system to process about 114,000 checks.