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Ark. police photograph
license plates, store data

Associated Press, by Jeannie Nuss

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Posted By:Ribicon, 3/2/2013 4:55:18 PM

Little Rock — Little Rock may not be a likely terrorism target or a gang crime hotspot, but the Arkansas capital has decided to follow the example of high-security cities by expanding electronic surveillance of its streets. A police car with a device that photographs license plates moves through the city and scans the traffic on the streets, relaying the data it collects to a computer for sifting. Police say the surveillance helps identify stolen cars and drivers with outstanding arrest warrants. It also allows authorities to monitor where average citizens might be at any particular time.

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Fantastic technology if you´re assembling a list of, say, people attending Tea Party rallies.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 3/2/2013 5:02:01 PM     (No. 9205060)

And to make sure the liberals get it: Or Occupy Movement gatherings.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 3/2/2013 5:32:00 PM     (No. 9205090)

Government intrusion without a warrant. Is it Big Brother? It´s seemly benign. Where it leads to we just don´t know. That´s why we don´t know whether to object to it or not. On the one hand, because it seems benign, and because they article a reasonable use, there seems to be nothing to get excited about, but then again, once in place nearly impossible to remove. Being incremental in nature the line gets blurred and abuse becomes difficult to define. Will the police always be beneficial? Will there ever be a need to rebel against the government? If not better to not go down the road. And what is this device doing? It captured a guy who didn´t pay a parking ticket. For this we give up our privacy?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: enuf8, 3/2/2013 5:36:03 PM     (No. 9205097)

"To monitor where normal people might be"--it´s none of their d x x x business. There is a section in obamacare which insinuates ´chipping´ for all.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: osprey21, 3/2/2013 5:39:53 PM     (No. 9205103)

Oink!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MDConservative, 3/2/2013 5:53:50 PM     (No. 9205118)

There are some who have this affection for "first responders" that forces them to support whatever the police, fire, or other emergency service requests...to fight crime...to make us safer...to add another necessary layer of security. And here we are...cops scouring traffic with computers sifting for any "probable cause" reason...TSA checkers running their hands inside your "waistbands"... security cameras and computers scanning crowds with facial recognition software. But, hey, another 6% raise and a bunch of new toys will be on their ways in many, many communities. Their unions, like the teachers, generally dominate local politics. Think about that a bit.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chumley, 3/2/2013 5:59:16 PM     (No. 9205123)

Paying for your own enslavement. Hows is that a wise use of tax money?
I hate to say it, but those who proclaim the death of freedom may be right. What kind of fascist would think this is a good idea?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 3/2/2013 6:05:07 PM     (No. 9205134)

Face it; there´s just not enough room for 300 million rugged individualists...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: 4Justice, 3/2/2013 6:07:37 PM     (No. 9205140)

Totalitarian tyranny...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bob913, 3/2/2013 6:36:00 PM     (No. 9205163)

Why store the data at all?
It is to track honest people. One day it will be to fine you as they do in England. It can be used to time you from point A to B.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: stablemoney, 3/2/2013 7:17:58 PM     (No. 9205191)

Our citizens should seek illegal alien status to restore their rights and freedoms.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BadgerBill, 3/2/2013 7:40:50 PM     (No. 9205210)

Cops have been doing this for decades--manually. I got pulled over from a cop who pulled up behind me at a stop light. Car got towed overnight, had to call a friend to come pick me up, Sunday morning go pay the tow co. and ruin my morning.

All for a years earlier ´unpaid fine´ or some such thing I can´t even remember.

But today, we need $9M computers in cop cars to do this work just a bit...faster doncha know.

Just because the technology is available, doesn´t mean we have to use it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bobn.T, 3/2/2013 9:10:17 PM     (No. 9205299)

Drones in the sky, electronic eaves dropping,facial recognition cameras, and a myriad of other ways to watch and monitor would make one realize that Big Brother watching over us has arrived.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: realrep, 3/2/2013 10:16:58 PM     (No. 9205338)

Perhaps the police are checking out the babes for BJC.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 3/3/2013 9:57:19 AM     (No. 9205713)

FTA:"However, Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas said the law enforcement benefits outweigh any concerns about possible abuse of the information, which, as a public record, is legally available for anyone to see. He said the department may get more of the devices.

Where I live, Officer Humphries´ car would get a lot more attention than he would like.



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