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It’s time to set limits on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition

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We need laws defining how law enforcement can use facial recognition

There are so few times I call for more laws added to the books, I could probably name them all on one hand if I had a full day to think about it. We have plenty of laws. Too many. But as technology opens the doors to more opportunities and more risks, it’s important to get ahead of them before abuse can come into play. One such technology is facial recognition as it’s used by law enforcement to identify suspects.

Unlike many privacy proponents, I actually appreciate the proper use of facial recognition. But the righteously paranoid privacy proponent in me also understands that this could very easily be abused by law enforcement, private companies, and government entities if there aren’t restrictions put into place.

Let’s discuss the proper use of facial recognition first. The software is a wonderful tool in identifying people who may have committed a crime or been victims of a crime. CCTV footage of someone robbing a store can be run through facial recognition software to identify possible matches in the criminal databases. This is happening today without the software and has been for centuries. But instead of rounding up people for a lineup or plopping a mugshot book in front of a witness whose memory or vision may be unreliable, the software can help pinpoint potential suspects to explore.

That’s it. That’s the extent of proper use of this technology. It should not be used as evidence for probably cause. It should not be relied upon as anything other than a pointer for law enforcement to focus their investigations on likely suspects, ruling them out with proper investigative techniques and collecting evidence on the perpetrator once they believe they’ve identified the right person.

Anything beyond pointing law enforcement in the right direction is a breach of privacy and should be outlawed.

We cannot have facial recognition software cataloging the whereabouts or actions of citizens. This is what’s happening in China now. It’s even being proposed by some Democrats, including presidential candidates. Such an intrusion is unAmerican and should be anathema to a free society.

We also cannot allow facial recognition software to be a crutch for law enforcement. As appealing as it might sound to give access to run facial recognition software through the massive network of CCTV feeds in any given city, this will invariably lead to false positives. It’s too enticing of a tool to put in the hands of anyone, even those charged with maintaining law and order. Imagine a scenario in which an suspicious spouse tracks their potentially cheating significant other using this software. Or a politician using influence in the department to track foes.

The potential scenarios don’t even need to be nefarious to breach our privacy. What if Suspect #1 is scene in video asking someone for directions to the bus station. An investigator might find this suspicious and start tracking the random person in case they’re in on the crime. This type of Big Brother power cannot be placed in the hands of anyone. There’s too much at risk.

A recent article by NBC News highlights the various uses of facial recognition software as well as the trends in law enforcement today. They rightly note that most agencies do not even mention the use of the software since they do not use it as evidence. This is understandable as an investigator is not required in most circumstances to reveal how they caught the scent, only the steps they took to secure evidence. But this lack of transparency can prevent necessary oversight into how the technology was used and if there were any breaches of privacy that occurred.

I’m all in for technology that enables law enforcement to have advantages over the criminals they seek. But that technology cannot be used against the innocent. Currently, there’s nothing preventing law enforcement from abusing it.

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Pete Buttigieg’s failure as a mayor should be a warning about his presidency

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Pete Buttigiegs failure as a mayor should be a warning about his presidency

If Pete Buttigieg can’t handle running South Bend, Indiana, how can he possibly handle running the entire country and being the de facto leader of the free world? That’s the question voters should be asking when they look at the candidates being offered to them through the Democratic field of potential nominees.

But here’s the problem. As badly as Buttigieg has handled his home town, his failures are still small compared to the failures of his competition, especially at the top of the pack. Joe Biden is a joke, a mediocre Senator and worthless Vice President whose only real qualification for the nomination is that his policies are slightly less insane than the other frontrunners.

Bernie Sanders is a communist and a hypocrite, calling for $15 per hour nationwide but failing to pay his own people a living wage. He rails against the rich, then tells people if they write best selling books they can be rich like him. His tune is old and it’s not getting any younger.

Elizabeth Warren is the strangest person to be among the frontrunners because her policies are so radical, one has to question the sanity of those supporting her. She represents an existential threat as she does everything she can to be to the left of radical progressives like Sanders.

As for Kamala Harris, she has the race card. She’s an intersectionality darling who slept her way to the top. And her only positive contributions in politics – being tough on crime in progressive California – are the very things her campaign is running away from at every turn.

Despite winning the 2nd quarter money race, Mayor Pete’s candidacy is one police exodus away from being done.

South Bend cops warn of ‘mass exodus,’ as morale tanks over Buttigieg handling of shooting

“Morale around here has been terrible. We do nothing,” one police officer, a 20-year veteran of the force, told Fox News. “We call ourselves firemen, we sit around in parking lots until we’re called and then we go to the call, because if you say or do something wrong, then you get hung.”

“At an all-time low,” another officer said of morale. “It’s been really demoralizing and hard to come to work lately.”

Officers requested not to be identified for this story in fear of retaliation by the mayor’s administration. But they told Fox News that they know of multiple officers who are considering handing in their badges or taking retirement if eligible, in response to the mayor’s handling of the shooting.

“That’s the big discussion … is who’s staying and who’s going. I think you’re going to see a mass exodus, our administration is a joke,” one officer said.

The only things keeping Mayor Pete from falling apart like Beto O’Rourke is the media still likes him and his city hasn’t completely crumbled. Yet. But if the trends continue, he could be struggling to keep his small town from falling apart.

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Only 35% of Americans oppose ICE raids

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Only 36 of Americans oppose ICE raids

Anyone who listens to legacy media outlets or spends enough time on progressive social media sites probably thinks the ICE raids on illegal immigrants with deportation orders are unpopular. “The Squad” rails against them. Progressive pundits scream until they’re nearly in tears. The various echo chambers get hashtags trending about how wrong it is to capture people who have broken the law and been properly adjudicated to be removed from the country.

But a majority of Americans support the raids.

A recent POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows 51% of Americans support the raids, while only 35% oppose them. This number should be shocking considering all the anti-raid propaganda being pushed by the left, but it’s really not. Americans are generally believers in law and order. They’re aware of the generosity of the nation despite attempts to paint us as callous and to promote the narrative that the President is uncaring.

We are also aware that those targeted by ICE aren’t random people of foreign descent despite the progressive talking points used by nearly every legacy media outlet. They were all given an opportunity to demonstrate that they were fleeing oppression that falls into the context of asylum. But the vast majority – around 90% – never even show up to their hearing to make the case. This is because they’ve been told if they can simply claim asylum and then disappear into the interior, nothing will happen to them.

It’s important for these raids to move forward, increase in frequency, and extend indefinitely until the message is sent to countries with millions of people preparing to take the dangerous journey to our southern border. The message must be made clear: If they do not want to go through the legal process to enter and stay in the country, they will be sent back. With that message delivered, much fewer will attempt it.

The greatest asset conservatives have is the truth. We must not allow Democrats and their media allies to convince us their lies are true. Americans are aware of the problem at the southern border. We must keep the pressure up.

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Funny how nobody mentioned AOC interned for Ted Kennedy

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Funny how nobody mentioned AOC interned for Ted Kennedy

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the Chappaquiddick incident when a drunken Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge. He escaped, but his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned. He didn’t report the accident for 12 hours.

Mainstream media has spent the last half-century covering up the tragedy to give the popular Senator from Massachusetts political cover. They’re continuing to do it even today.

Associated Press On Chappaquiddick: 50 Years Ago Today, Kennedy’s Car Did Something

Give the Associated Press credit for media consistency. News outlets have spent the last 50 years attempting to distance Ted Kennedy from Chappaquiddick, and this passive-voice remembrance is … perfect.

As Twitter pal Jeff Dobbs puts it, the real crime is that the car got away with it:

Let’s start this in reverse, as it’s the best way to put this in perspective. It’s not true that Kopechne “drowned.” The coroner never autopsied the body, itself a curious omission when dealing with an unattended death of a healthy young woman. Eyewitness testimony by the person who recovered her body at the scene, as well as the position of the body, strongly suggests she suffocated after spending a significant amount of time exhausting the oxygen in the air bubble of the submerged car.

The continuous downplaying of the tragic events by mainstream media is awful. But there’s another angle that nobody is covering. Even as many Democrats, especially far-left progressives, are starting to finally denounce the Senator for his actions all those decades ago, there seems to be no concern that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chose to intern for the Senator as she began her political career.

Kennedy was a Democratic icon, not because of his accomplishments but because of his name. He let Mary Jo Kopechne die at Chappaquiddick, but that’s been forgiven by everyone, including his former intern Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. How woke.

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