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Monday, 21 October 2013

US Law Enforcement concerned about Police State?

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan, speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference bemoaned the NSA disclosures leaked by whistle blower Edward Snowden. Keenan remarks reveal concern by law enforcement officials that the leaks will impede progress in using technology to erect the world's largest police state. "The scrutiny that the NSA has come under filters down to us," Keenan said at the annual gathering that draws top law enforcement from the United States and elsewhere with workshops, product exhibits and conferences. If we are not very careful, law enforcement is going to lose the use of technology," Keenan said. Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey speaking at the same conference said new technology will be "both the benefactor and the curse of policing" and demands that law enforcement be thoughtful about their deployment. "Imagine instead of driving down the street scanning license tags, driving down the street checking the faces of individuals walking down the street "We have to remind ourselves - just because we can do something doesn't mean we should do it. Ramsey said." U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are scheduled to address the roughly 13,500 conference attendees on today.

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