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  • Legalbear
    Well friends, Big Brother has taken another giant leap forward thanks to technology. Your privacy is being chipped away, and your information is being logged
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2003
      Well friends, Big Brother has taken another
      giant leap forward thanks to technology. Your
      privacy is being chipped away, and your
      information is being logged on the spot. Soon to
      be in a neighborhood near you. Pardon me, but I
      thought you were only fingerprinted when you are
      arrested and booked into jail. Well, not any more!

      {The point to understand of this is that your
      personal property, i.e. your fingerprints, are being
      stolen from you and thus this action violates your
      constitutionally-protected rights, once done sets up
      the Agency or police who do this with a Title 42,
      1986, 1985, 1983 suit and a chance to go in front
      of of the U.S. Supreme Court to have this action
      declared unconstitutional.)

      WELCOME TO 1984 in real time.

      Police Get Power to Check Prints On The

      04/11/2003 Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian

      Portland police may soon be asking for more
      than a license when making a traffic stop, but also
      requesting a motorist to stick out a thumb and

      Next month, more than a dozen officers will
      carry handheld devices on the street that will allow
      them to instantly verify a person's identity by
      analyzing their fingerprints.

      The Portland Police Bureau was awarded a
      $250,000 federal COPS grant to equip each of its
      five precincts with a device and distribute another
      10 to investigative officers in the detective, gang
      enforcement, drugs and vice, and tactical
      operations divisions.

      The Minnesota-based Identix manufactures
      the technology, which captures fingerprints at the
      scene and remotely transmits them to a database.
      The Portland police will run the prints against the
      FBI's automated fingerprint database, and a
      database of seven Western states, known as the
      Western Identification Network.

      If there is a match, the system returns the
      person's name, date of birth and mug shot directly
      to the officer's handheld terminal, the size of a
      Palm Pilot. Then the officer can check the person's
      criminal history and search for any outstanding

      Manufacturers and police tout the time it
      could save officers, keeping them from needlessly
      transporting suspects to a police precinct or jail to
      fingerprint them.

      "With shrinking budgets and shrinking staff,
      we need to capitalize on emerging technology,"
      said Capt. Greg Hendricks, of the bureau's
      identification division.

      Within a year, the bureau intends to expand
      the pilot purchase of 15 to more than 300 terminals
      for all patrol officers, under $650,000 set aside

      for the Portland police by the U.S.
      Department of Justice and recently approved by
      Congress. The devices will also give officers on
      horseback, bicycles and motorcycles, who do not
      have the mobile computer terminals that patrol
      officers have at their fingertips, the ability to
      information on people they stop.

      "It speeds up the process for the officer to
      confirm who they've stopped,

      and reduces mistaken identities on arrests,"
      said Sgt. Jeff Kaer of the bureau's identification

      Next week, the bureau has invited
      representatives from 15 police agencies, sheriff's
      offices and federal law enforcement in the
      metropolitan area to learn about the handheld
      fingerprinting device and gauge if there's interest in

      integrating them into a regional database that could
      give officers in the field immediate access to
      criminal histories on suspects in a four-county
      region. The counties include Multnomah,
      Washington, Clackamas and Clark.

      "If we integrated this system regionally, all
      the agencies could share

      information with each other," Kaer said. "As
      you know, crime doesn't stop at the city line." The
      City Council is expected to approve the bureau's
      contract with Identix at its meeting next week.

      The same handheld device is also capable of
      facial recognition, a an emerging technology now
      used by a number of law enforcement agencies to
      find wanted criminals whose faces are in
      databases. Border patrol agencies have used the
      facial-recognition component to run the faces of
      people coming into the country against a database
      of photos of suspected terrorists.

      Alexander Solzhenitsyn:

      How we burned in the prison camps later
      thinking: What would things have been like if every
      (soviet) police operative, when he went out at night
      to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he
      would return alive?

      "...if during periods of mass arrests people
      had not simply sat there in their lairs (apartments),
      paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs
      door and at every step on the staircase, but had
      understood they had nothing to lose and had
      boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of
      half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers,
      or whatever else was at hand? ...the organs (police)
      would very quickly have suffered a shortage of
      officers...and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's
      the cursed (Communist government) machine
      would have ground to a halt."

      Nobel Prize winner, spent 11 years in
      communist concentration camps

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