It’s hard to believe that the FBI wants what’s best for us when they’re behind so many different conspiracies. With the Horowitz Inspector General Report out, it shows just how they showed political bias against Trump. It’s now believed that they were targeting Donald Trump before, during, and after the political campaign in 2016.
Not too long ago, there were concerns about how sharing DNA with consumer genetic testing companies could result in the federal government gaining access to your DNA. There have been countless privacy concerns, and now there is a reason for even more concern.
The FBI has recently announced a partnership with the United States Postal Service where customers can provide fingerprints at the post office. This means that while your mailing packages are buying stamps, you have the ability to submit your fingerprints electronically in order to get an identity history summary track (IdHSC).
While this sounds like a convenient service for anyone who wants to check on their identity history or to voluntarily submit fingerprints, it also sounds like the US government taking things one step too far by gaining access to fingerprints when they, technically, shouldn’t be. Exactly what do they want fingerprints for? It would be great for the government to have a national database of fingerprints, which could be a great violation of privacy.
The Identity History Summary is, essentially, a rap sheet listing information taken from fingerprint submissions and kept by the FBI. They can relate to federal employment, arrests, military service, naturalization, and more. It will provide the name of the agency that submitted the fingerprints, the date of the activity, and other information. All of this would be available to you from the FBI for a fee. The only way to get it, however, is to obtain fingerprint submissions from you. If you don’t have an Identity History Summary, they can provide proof that one doesn’t exist.
Why would you need an Identity History Summary? It will allow you to make a personal review, challenge information, and even meet requirements that may be necessary to live or work in a foreign country or to adopt a child.
What’s unusual is that, technically, there are ways to obtain criminal background checks without providing a fingerprint. The FBI simply wants to make it appear as though this is the only option – which would allow them to build a database of everyone’s fingerprints whether you submit to it voluntarily or not.
Most information provided is part of your public record. Local records would provide you with arrest information in the event that you forgot you were arrested. There are also websites that will pull up all of the public records for you for a small fee without having to provide your fingerprints. This begs the question of why the FBI feels that they need to partner with the post office in order to make it possible to submit fingerprints.
Senator Rand Paul decided to have a little fun on Twitter, wondering the same as everyone else about this partnership. He retweeted the “friendly” notice from the FBI about their partnership with the USPS. Paul included a suspicious emoji along with three simple words: “Get a warrant.” Countless individuals are in agreement with him.
There are very few instances where fingerprints are required. This includes getting arrested, entering the military, and working with children (such as in a daycare or at a school). Otherwise, there’s no reason to provide fingerprints. The government will only have your fingerprints on record if you have had to give them over due to being arrested or filing for a very specific type of job. This leaves the FBI without fingerprint records for so many people. In order to get more information on everyone, they thought they’d offer this service.
Most people don’t need the service, though. The IdHSC program would only make sense if someone needed to check on the validity of their identity. If they suffered from memory loss and didn’t know who they were or what crimes they committed, it would make sense to pay the fee and hand over fingerprints. Otherwise, it might be best to follow the recommendation of Senator Rand Paul and be a bit suspicious of the partnership. If the FBI really wants your fingerprints badly enough, they can get a warrant. Maybe the FBI would be more trustworthy if their last director wasn’t trying to frame the sitting president of the United States.