American companies are exporting facial recognition around the world and profiting from its use at home—making it hypocritical for the U.S. to denounce surveillance states abroad.
What does America stand for? Today, the answer has never been less clear. For four years, America’s already dubious human rights record was reduced to ash by an administration that held the very concept of human rights in contempt. Now, many are calling for an expanded U.S. presence on a world stage, creating a bright line between the American government and authoritarian regimes abroad. But how can America take a stand against global tyranny when we’re selling the tools that enable it?