The Department of Homeland Security is rushing to roll out a multibillion dollar surveillance system that will equip U.S. airports with facial recognition software.
Its part of President Trump's travel moratorium from seven Muslim-majority nations. National security expert Edward Turzanski calls it a step in the right direction.
“I would expect to hear and see much more from DHS and from the government in general, about all of the measures we will be employing to screen people coming into the U.S.,” says Turzanski.
“We're now hearing about it more because under the Trump administration there's a much more specific emphasis on homeland security.”
While critics argue it smells of Big Brother, Turzanski says the courts have already ruled the use of facial recognition software is legal.
“More Americans give away very specific information that they ought not on social media than the government is taking, when it comes to things like surveillance in airports and other public places,” he says.
The Trump Administration could also reinstate a tracking program initiated after the 9/11 attacks.