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Use of driver’s license photos in facial recognition searches is more dangerous than you think

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Critics make wrong argument about use of drivers license for facial recognition searches

A shocking report of “Big Brother” techniques being used by the FBI, ICE, and other federal law enforcement agencies is drawing harsh rebuke from both sides of the political aisle as lawmakers condemn the unauthorized use of state driver’s license photos in facial recognition searches. But there’s a problem with the biggest argument against the practice. They’re claiming it’s an issue of consent, but the real issue is access to vast stores of personal data whether consent is given or not.

The real threat is not law enforcement but government entities themselves.

Consent is a funny thing. The rise of digital, mobile, and internet technologies over the last three decades has made the vast majority of Americans complacent about what we consent to have done with our data. How often do we check the box marked “I have read and agree…” without actually reading it? We gave consent, but do we know what we’re consenting to when we click “Next”?

But digital safety is a different discussion altogether. The play by politicians in both parties to frame this as a consent issue is a legal concept for legal minds who are out of touch with what the people understand and who don’t fully appreciate the implications of the actions by law enforcement. I would posit that most Americans assumed their driver’s license photos are part of a database accessible by law enforcement and therefore searchable. Technically, it is, but it’s the use of facial recognition software that has lawmakers up in arms. When robots and AI enter into an equation, DC rightly bristles but for the wrong reasons.

We have to start looking at what the future holds as technology outpaces the government’s ability to reconcile it against laws. San Francisco took the step of banning facial recognition software for law enforcement altogether. Is this the right approach? Are law enforcement agencies the real target for our privacy angst? No. It’s the government itself that is the biggest risk to our privacy and security. By keeping law enforcement out of the mix, they’re setting up a society that allows various government entities to have access to these types of technologies without law enforcement looking over their shoulders.

I’m less fearful of law enforcement excluding me from their list of suspects through facial recognition software than the various government bodies outside of law enforcement using similar spying technologies to track me. That’s the real threat as society heads towards dependency on government for all our worldly desires. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a fan of having my information searchable by law enforcement’s robots, either. But this uproar from DC, San Francisco, and others who are addressing the issue is opening them up to have even more control over our lives than they already do.

China’s “social credit scoring” may seem unlikely to ever reach America, but one needs only look at the recent rise of other authoritarian ideas like socialism in America’s collective psyche to realize things are changing rapidly. What the government can do with facial recognition software is a far greater danger than how law enforcement is currently using it.

We need to address the issues today and the coming issues of tomorrow as technology continues to outpace the means by which the people can control it. Government pointing at law enforcement’s sins is the pot calling the kettle black.

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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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Were Obama and Biden at the center of the FISA Russiagate scandal?

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Were Obama and Biden at the center of the FISA abuse scandal

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton has been seeking the truth about Russiagate since the release of the Steele Dossier following Donald Trump’s presidential victory. There have been many personalities involved Jim Comey and James Clapper to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC. But two people who haven’t been asked much about it are President Obama and his Vice President, Joe Biden.

One would think something as important as Russian meddling with a United States presidential election would get the attention of the Commander-in-Chief and his right-hand man. Yet, neither have been engaged by mainstream media about the incident, and most importantly how much they knew about the shady dealings their Department of Justice had those pushing the Steele Dossier as reason to approve the FISA warrants into the Trump campaign.

Fitton joined Sean Hannity last night to discuss the matter. They posed questions that need to be asked directly to President Obama and Vice President Biden. Could they have been involved in pushing the Russian hoax to embarrass their successors?

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