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posted by martyb on Wednesday October 05 2016, @08:37AM   Printer-friendly
from the use-virtual-reality,-instead? dept.

Federal agents have persuaded police officers to scan license plates to gather information about gun-show customers, government emails show, raising questions about how officials monitor constitutionally protected activity.

Emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers—devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars—at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar, not far from the Mexican border.

Agents then compared that information to cars that crossed the border, hoping to find gun smugglers, according to the documents and interviews with law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the operation.

First they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Muslim.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 05 2016, @03:46PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 05 2016, @03:46PM (#410657)

    How do you do such without targeting ethnic groups? It's not like all immigrants from Country X hang out together, except maybe in a religious gathering, but then you are examining an entire religion, not just from a specific country. Collateral targeting.

  • (Score: 2) by Bot on Wednesday October 05 2016, @10:06PM

    by Bot (3902) on Wednesday October 05 2016, @10:06PM (#410855) Journal

    You do not target ethnic groups. You do not target Italians. You target those Italians that want to enter YOUR OWN country. Not because they are Italians. Because they want to stay in YOUR OWN country.
    The indisputable fact that racism is used to reduce people to mindless conformism does not prevent anti racism to do exactly the same.

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