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Biometrics Enable Guilty Men to Go Free?

Don’t miss the picture that Jerry Fishenden paints in “biometrics: enabling guilty men to go free? Further adventures from the law of unintended consequences:”

Outside, armed policemen, guard dogs and riot barriers prevent the curious crowds pushing too close. On the office rooftops – police marksmen. In the Victorian drains below the courtroom – boiler-suited bomb teams, knee deep in London’s toxic wastes.

This is a trial that must not, cannot go wrong. The media has been in a full-on, Fleet Street frenzy for months. Driven by political rhetoric, media pressure and public concern, the police and intelligence services have been running faster than they have ever run, worked harder than they have ever been worked. Dawn raids, arrests, releases. High hopes, false hopes. Trails hot and trails turned cold.