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  1. #1
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    Cops are taking pictures of everyone everywhere. Is your driveway private property?

    http://cironline.org/reports/license...s-drivers-4883

    The paperback-size device, installed on the outside of police cars, can log thousands of license plates in an eight-hour patrol shift. Katz-Lacabe said it had photographed his two cars on 112 occasions, including one image from 2009 that shows him and his daughters stepping out of his Toyota Prius in their driveway.
    With heightened concern over secret intelligence operations at the National Security Agency, the localized effort to track drivers highlights the extent to which the government has committed to collecting large amounts of data on people who have done nothing wrong.
    The extent of the center’s data collection has never been revealed. Neither has the involvement of Palantir, a Silicon Valley firm with extensive ties to the Pentagon and intelligence agencies. The CIA’s venture capital fund, In-Q-Tel, has invested $2 million in the firm.
    n May, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Los Angeles Police departments for a week of data gathered and retained in a multiagency network. For now, it’s unknown which agency administers the Los Angeles database, how many agencies contribute or have access to the database, how many records the system retains or how long they are kept.

    In San Diego, 13 federal and local law enforcement agencies have compiled more than 36 million license-plate scans in a regional database since 2010 with the help of federal homeland security grants.
    Where is the regulation of these public corporations' new technologies?

    It's sick and twisted that they'll give grants - straight up free money - to these guys and double student rates charging them 9 times the price of money at origin.

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    It's all part of the privatization kick that's all the rave from the right wingers. While demonizing anything that is government run, they are pushing for private corporations to take over nearly everything from security groups that guard our nations nuclear weapons to privatizing police forces.

    A couple of very recent examples:

    Just recently here on KFFL someone posted a thread that had 3 people breaking into the Oak Ridge nuclear facility in Tennessee. As it turns out our nation's facility to develop nuclear technology was guarded by a private security group that allowed these people to go through 3 fences and reach the facility before they were detained.

    Let's look at the Eric Snowden case. He's a private contractor employed by Booze Allen and he had the clearance to look at the President's emails if he came up with a bullsh1t reason to do so...

    Many of these companies bid for these high security contracts. My question is, what happens to all of that super high clearance information once the company loses the contracts? It's just out there.

    Corporations are entities that are formed to make money, profit. What's stopping them from selling that information? Laws?

    Laws don't apply to the rich and powerful.
    "Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians -- you are not like him."

    -Gandhi

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    Yes your driveway is private property. But that doesn't mean a plate reader can't take pics of your plates. The same reason the city can tells you to mow your grass, or trim a tree on your property.

    I'm not sure I follow your last sentence though.
    There is a time to laugh and a time not to laugh, and this is not one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wounded Bear View Post
    Laws don't apply to the rich and powerful.
    Up to a point, they do. I have a family friend who, decades ago, was Boeing's chief salesman to Eastern Europe. He told all sorts of stories of bribery. But when the Foreign Corrupt Services Act was passed, he either cut it out or scaled it way back, because he did NOT want to go to jail.
    APF doesn't come in screaming at others about how stupid they are. APF doesn't spam NST with the same tired topic 30 times a month. APF doesn't link to some kook in his mom's basement telling you how to, "Be afraid. Be very afraid" of the world falling down around you. And, when APF is proven wrong, he acknowledges he made a mistake and moves on, rather than harping about "sheeple."

    -- Cory Bonini

    Welchie summarized

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