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posted by janrinok on Sunday June 21 2015, @04:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the back-to-eating-donuts dept.

In a rare move against the advance of license plate readers, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has vetoed a plan to acquire the scanners in the Bayou State. It had previously passed both houses of the Louisiana legislature overwhelmingly.

Many law enforcement agencies nationwide use these specialized cameras to scan cars and compare them at incredible speeds to a "hot list" of stolen or wanted vehicles. In some cases, that data is kept for weeks, months, or even years.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/06/louisiana-governor-vetoes-license-plate-reader-bill-citing-privacy-concerns/

[Related]: Governor's Statement

Senate Bill No. 250


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by linuxrocks123 on Sunday June 21 2015, @07:00PM

    by linuxrocks123 (2557) on Sunday June 21 2015, @07:00PM (#199162) Journal

    Please stop spreading misinformation: http://www.snopes.com/history/govern/trains.asp [snopes.com]

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by khallow on Sunday June 21 2015, @08:42PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 21 2015, @08:42PM (#199196) Journal
    I'm sure the grandparent was quite aware that the saying was Fascist propaganda. Just because it's not entirely true isn't relevant. What is relevant is that it was used as an excuse to rationalize a tyranny. Even if it were entirely true, it doesn't justify Fascism. Should we institution a substantial curbing of human freedom just to save a little money on human toll collectors any more than we should to have trains that run on time? I just don't think so.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @09:40PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @09:40PM (#199215)

      > I'm sure the grandparent was quite aware that the saying was Fascist propaganda.

      As the GP, I confirm. I read that snopes article many years ago. And you are also correct, it makes no difference to the point being illustrated - that arguments for efficiency are too often just shortcuts to fascism.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @12:22AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @12:22AM (#199231)

      Just because it's not entirely true isn't relevant.

      Don't let troublesome things like facts get in the way of making your point. It is the story that's important, not whether it is true. You'd make a great rabbi.

      Or cable network pundit.

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday June 22 2015, @12:40AM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 22 2015, @12:40AM (#199234) Journal

        Don't let troublesome things like facts get in the way of making your point.

        This fact didn't get in my way in the first place because running the trains on time, even if it were true, just isn't justification for tyranny. And we're all aware that the saying is a lie, even the person who sardonically quoted [soylentnews.org] the saying in the first place.