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  • It's weird, I've never thought of fingerprinting as being "treated like a criminal." Maybe because the majority of fingerprinting I've been around was with children, for local safety programs, for identification in case of things like abduction. I dunno, I just don't think of fingerprinting as a big deal, I think of its purpose in a given context, and in this context, the purpose doesn't seem to be very offensive.

    That said, I don't know how useful the fingerprinting will be, but IANAFBIA.
    • Well, yeah -- but that depends on the circumstances. I am a law-abiding citizen -- to the degree that probably 95% of U.S. citizens are, anyway -- but when I got fingerprinted, I was nervous. Why?

      I was completely surrounded by police officers.

      I don't necessarily have a problem with cops. I've read/watched/intuited abuses of the power a police officer has, though, and I quite frankly feared for my life a tiny little bit.

      I can't help it. I get that all the time now. I got it yesterday, when I was setting up a checking account. The bank checked me on some sort of profiling system they have, and my roommate joked, "They're going to find out you're a terrorist now!"

      And, immediately, the thought came: Well, now I'm dead.

      Of course, I wasn't. And, of course, rational thought bears out that the odds that I would have been attacked/imprisoned are almost nil.

      Of course, the chances that I would have been attacked by, say, a werewolf are nil, too. But that's what cops are fast becoming, along with the Government -- boogeymen. (Or is that boogeypeople?)

      I prefer to focus on information, instead of context, frankly. If the police have my fingerprints, and decide to do something unjust with that information, will the fact that I was fingerprinted for an educational position prevent them from using that?

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