Biometric device likely part of toolkit for bin Laden raid
Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit might have been used to help identify fallen terrorist leader
- By Defense Systems Staff
- May 03, 2011
The U.S forces who participated in the May 1 raid on a Pakistani ompound in which terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed are likely to have used a portable facial recognition device as one of several methods to verify his identity after his death, reports Spencer Ackerman at Wired’s Danger Room blog.
The facial recognition tool they most likely used, according to a senior Defense Department official, is a versatile device called a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit (SEEK), which can take iris scans, fingerprints and facial scans and transmit them back to an FBI database in West Virginia in seconds.
The latest version, SEEK II, weighs less than four pounds, has built-in wireless capability and optional 3G connectivity to push or pull biometric info from the database.