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Florida Town to Use Surveillance Cameras (On Everyone)
The Associated Press via ABC ^ | 4-27-2004 | Editorial Staff

Posted on 04/27/2004 1:13:27 PM PDT by vannrox

MANALAPAN, Fla. April 27 ? One of the nation's wealthiest towns will soon have cameras and computers running background checks on every car and driver that passes through.

Police Chief Clay Walker said cameras will take infrared photos recording a car's tag number, then software will automatically run the numbers through law enforcement databases. A 911 dispatcher is alerted if the car is stolen or is the subject of a "be on the lookout" warning.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 1984; auto; big; bigbrother; brother; camera; car; photo; privacy; surveillence; tag; watch
Big Brother
1 posted on 04/27/2004 1:13:30 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox
There's a town to never, ever visit.
2 posted on 04/27/2004 1:15:17 PM PDT by FreedomFlynnie (Your tagline here, for just pennies a day!)
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To: vannrox
Another thread. Public lands, and you are not the public.
3 posted on 04/27/2004 1:16:25 PM PDT by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: vannrox
Everyone in America is on probation. If you can go to town and come home without violating some law, the terrorists have already won.
4 posted on 04/27/2004 1:17:27 PM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: vannrox
From the article:

Next to the tag number, police will have a picture of the driver, taken with another set of cameras upgraded versions of the standard surveillance cameras already in place.

If there is a robbery, police will be able to comb records to determine who drove through town on a given afternoon or evening.

This will end the first time they harass innocent people that happened to be visiting or passing through during that interval.

It's likely they will ensnare a competent attorney -- who will acquire many pounds of flesh from the town's collective backside, just to set an example.

5 posted on 04/27/2004 1:19:12 PM PDT by justlurking
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To: vannrox
Police Chief Clay Walker said cameras will take infrared photos recording a car's tag number, then software will automatically run the numbers through law enforcement databases. A 911 dispatcher is alerted if the car is stolen or is the subject of a "be on the lookout" warning.

I don't see a problem with this part of it.

6 posted on 04/27/2004 1:22:32 PM PDT by Modernman (Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -Oscar Wilde)
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To: vannrox
You don't have privacy in the public sphere but this:

" Still, Walker says Manalapan's data will be destroyed every three months."

Ain't gonna happen...ever. Once the data is there it will be there forever.
7 posted on 04/27/2004 1:25:00 PM PDT by OpusatFR (John Kerry - Cheezewhiz for the mind - marshmallow mush for the masses)
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To: vannrox
Discussed here. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1125293/posts
8 posted on 04/27/2004 1:32:57 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: justlurking
And a very rich town it is.
9 posted on 04/27/2004 1:34:03 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: FreedomFlynnie
I think it would be interesting to search the net for a device to cover your plate with so it can be penetrated and read. After all, there is a way around everything. Do the words radar detector come to mind, scramblers, etc. Gee, based on the outdated computer systems our government is using it will probably take them years to get a response back. It does amaze me that someone came up with this idea and once in the system you are there forever. I think we as a nation should protect our borders and not worry about a town in Florida checking plate numbers but then again that would take a major government effort and multiple committees to do a study.... I'm all for safety and protection but I think this crosses the line. Well, that's my opinion.
10 posted on 04/27/2004 1:35:26 PM PDT by tuvals (America First - Support Our Troops!)
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To: vannrox
Sounds like it's time for the "Phanton Plate!"


11 posted on 04/27/2004 1:35:59 PM PDT by Redbob
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To: OpusatFR
Sort of like those firearm purchase background checks....
If you think the gubmint is going to trash those either...

12 posted on 04/27/2004 1:37:21 PM PDT by cavtrooper21 (Knowledge is power, power corrupts... So study hard and be evil.)
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To: OpusatFR
Sort of like those firearm purchase background checks....
If you think the gubmint is going to trash those either...

13 posted on 04/27/2004 1:37:25 PM PDT by cavtrooper21 (Knowledge is power, power corrupts... So study hard and be evil.)
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To: vannrox
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14 posted on 04/27/2004 1:42:05 PM PDT by backhoe (--30--)
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To: cavtrooper21
Thank you for your service.

I wish the police in LA were a fraction as proactive.

15 posted on 04/27/2004 1:42:42 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Modernman
I'm betting that, instead of comparing plates and faces to criminal databases, Manalapan is comparing them to lists of known residents.

If you're not on the list, you'll be escorted to the city limits.
16 posted on 04/27/2004 1:42:45 PM PDT by Redbob
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To: Redbob
Sounds like it's time for the "Phanton Plate!"

Those are illegal in Texas. I don't know about other states.

17 posted on 04/27/2004 1:55:32 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: FreedomFlynnie
No, it sounds like a town everybody and their bother needs to visit at least twice - with rental cars. Overload their system and they won't be able to afford the constant searches. They'd have to actually have to do some police work instead of waiting for the computer to send up a flag.
19 posted on 04/27/2004 3:17:59 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (Taglines are overrated)
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To: vannrox
Another reason for me to never, ever set foot in the State of Florida again.

What is it about that state that seems to bring out the mad-dogs of government? Florida is actually more like a banana republic that just happens to fly Old Glory over its statehouse.

(Speaking as someone who used to work in Florida government as a consultant>

20 posted on 04/27/2004 3:47:59 PM PDT by FierceDraka (Service and Glory!)
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To: vannrox
What you have to understand is that Manalapan is such a rich town it is incredible.
You don't have to just have a million or two to live there, you have to have money like kerrys old lady. Being a dumbass like her is optional.
21 posted on 04/27/2004 3:50:49 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (G.W. Bush in 2004)
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