The Taliban They obtained biometric data from thousands of Afghans who helped the United States, according to a Republican congressman who said Joe Biden’s hands would be bloodied if the data were used to track Afghan allies.
Banks, a Marine reservist who served in Afghanistan in 2014 and 2015, when he was a senator, said at a news conference. Capitol Building Hill pointed out that the Taliban obtained a large amount of weapons and equipment left over from the United States, after receiving a series of intelligence briefings.
But he added that most ‘unfathomable to me and to many others’ was the biometric database, which was harvested and stored on hand-held Interagency Identity Detectors (HIIDE) to help local residents working with the coalition.
Congressman Jim Banks said Tuesday it was ‘difficult to understand’ for him how the Taliban managed to obtain HIIDE – handheld interagency identification equipment.
The HIIDE device was filmed in use in Iraq. It is unclear how many devices were in service in Afghanistan, and whether their databases were accessed
“The Taliban now have biometric devices with fingerprints, eye scans and biographical information on Afghans who have helped us for the past 20 years,” Banks said.
“This administration still has no plan to take back this equipment or these supplies.”
He said Biden would have “blood on his hands” if the Taliban began hunting down the people listed in the database.
Bank disclosure has been reported by InterceptThat explains in detail how biometric devices work.
The website told a Joint Special Operations Command official and three former US military that the Taliban acquired the devices, known as HIIDE, for hand-held interagency identification equipment.
HIIDE devices contain biometric identification such as iris scans and fingerprints, as well as biographical information, and are used to access large central databases.
They reported that it was not known how many Afghans were in the database, or whether the Taliban had access to the information.
Taliban fighters stand guard outside Hamid Karzai International Airport on Tuesday
A soldier stands guard in the vicinity of Kabul airport on Tuesday
An Army Special Operations veteran told the website that the Taliban may not be able to operate the devices.
But he said Pakistan’s intelligence service, the Internal Intelligence (ISI), would have the skills to access the data. The Pakistani intelligence agency is known to work with the Taliban.
“The Taliban does not have the equipment to use the data, but the ISI has the equipment,” the veteran said.
said Annie Jacobson, who has written a book on data collection by the Pentagon NPR In January, the Pentagon wanted to classify millions of people – but it wasn’t clear if they were able to do so.
“The original goal of the Department of Defense was to capture the biometrics of 80 percent of Afghanistan’s population,” she said.
The target was nearly 25 million people.
‘unknown [if they reached it] Because these statistics are jealously guarded by the Ministry of Defense and are not available from the Government of Afghanistan.
A US military contractor told The Intercept: “We treated thousands of local residents daily – had to make identifications, search for explosive vests, weapons, gather intelligence, etc.
“[HIIDE] It was used as a biometric identification tool to help identify local residents working for the coalition.
US soldiers in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, August 2006, working alongside members of the Afghan National Border Police. US forces regularly took details of Afghans they encountered in their database
A paratrooper scans another iris using a hand-held Interagency Identification Equipment, or HIIDE system, during training in January 2012 in Fort Polk, Louisiana.
The banks said that “due to this administration’s negligence”, the Taliban also seized 75,000 cars. more than 200 planes and helicopters; 600,000 pieces of small arms and light weapons; Night vision goggles and body armor.
He added that the Taliban now has “more than 85 percent of the world’s Black Hawk helicopters.”
Many pointed out that the Americans deliberately left a lot of equipment behind for use by the Afghan National Forces.
Moreover, the Taliban could not necessarily fly planes and helicopters, and certainly lacked the skills to maintain them without help from China, Pakistan, or other countries.
A viral video showed the Black Hawk on the ground with its engines humming, which the poster claimed was being operated by the Taliban – although it was impossible to tell who was inside, and the helicopter did not take off.
The US government’s Afghan-supplied Black Hawk models have been refurbished from the US Army’s UH-60A, the Guardian reports. CD player, which deliberately did not have the latest technology.
However, the Taliban’s seizure of the arsenal was certainly a public relations coup for the Islamists.
Critics of the banks also pointed out that the numbers he cited were incorrect.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction — an office established by Congress to oversee spending in the country — reported on June 30 that there were 167 usable aircraft, including 23 A-29 attack aircraft and 33 UH-60 Black military helicopters. Hook in Afghanistan. .
There was no full accounting of how much aircraft or other military equipment was still around in mid-August, when the Taliban regained control.