Letter to the editor
The following are responses from an FCW.com poll question that asked: Do you support giving feds smart ID cards with biometric data, such as fingerprints, for building security?
Why smart cards for entry?
It seems we have to show our picture badge at the vehicle entrance, pass our badge over a card reader at the building entrance, pass our badge over a second card reader to get past the lobby. All this while, contractors get badges that are not read by card readers, and they just walk through the open doors when an employee uses a badge to get in.
The bottom line as I see it is: "We don't trust employees but we trust visitors."
Why waste tax dollars on smart badges?
Biometrics on a card on would provide a terrorist one more capability of replicating information and thus entering secured facilities unlawfully. Fingerprint duplication is a technology that has already been compromised and a high-tech agency can gain access easily.
Names withheld upon request