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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.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/gun-show-customers-license-plates-come-under-scrutiny-1475451302

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, @03:47PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 05 2016, @03:47PM (#410658)

    Yes, but including that is a sad attempt at sounding insightful because it doesn't apply. If they were going after all the people who attended the gun show, then yes, that would apply, but going after the gun smugglers doesn't make that quote apply. The Jews were an innocent group that they "went after", here it is the gun smugglers.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 05 2016, @04:10PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 05 2016, @04:10PM (#410670)

    They should round up all anonymous cowards, since they refuse to identify themselves as being of the sort to be properly disposed of in an orderly and straightforward fashion.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 05 2016, @04:20PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 05 2016, @04:20PM (#410681)

      Yes. Let's have ground up all anonymous cowards day.

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 05 2016, @05:45PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 05 2016, @05:45PM (#410735)

    Uh no, they were not "going after" gun smugglers. THey were going after people who attended a gun show and also crossed the border in the hope that they were gun smugglers. Just like the maryland police were going after people with CCWs who crossed the border into Maryland in the hope that they were smuggling a gun into Maryland. It really is the exact same thing - targeting people without probable cause.