Border Counties Collecting Biographical Data From All Passengers On Traffic Stops




The DNT had an interesting article today about Lake County receiving a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to collect data on passengers riding in vehicles that are stopped for routine traffic stops. The grant is not restricted to Lake County however - it's being offered to all border counties

The grant doesn't allow the deputies to stop vehicles for no reason, but does "require" them to collect data on passengers when they stop a vehicle for a legitimate reason (such as for speed).

This data is then forwarded on to the federal government to help them determine if people are illegally entering the country through the BWCAW or via Lake Superior.

While I'm all for watching our borders to keep illegals out, and understand that both the BWCAW and Lake Superior could be considered "easy entry points" for people wanting to enter the country illegally, this doesn't seem like the right way to go about it. I'm really curious how many people the federal government intends on detecting via this method - I can't believe they will detect hardly any. Instead this seems like another way for Big Brother to monitor every movement. Don't misunderstand me - I'm not one of those "Big Brother" fanatics, but this seems to cross the line.



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I have a real problem with

I have a real problem with this not just because of the unnecessary waste of resources, time, and tax dollars but because the "profiling" will invariably be inaccurate and worthless when looked at by the Federal Government.

Their first problem is that they aren't stopping everyone. Generally, someone entering the country illegally won't be speeding, drinking, or otherwise breaking the law. Those people are going to be following the letter of the law to avoid being caught and returned to their country of origin.

The second problem is that they are trying to close a hole which probably doesn't exist. Yes, people can probably come into this country illegally via the large border holes but I'm not sure that they do. People really need to remember that *THE* terrorists were in this country LEGALLY with LEGAL documents. Why are we chasing everyday people down as threats when those that really are probably are here without any ulterior motives?

Is it really worth the time and wasted effort to muddy the statistical relevance of these checks? No.

re: I have a real problem with

I couldn't have said it much better Bill. This is pretty much, to me, as worthless (and worrisome) as the suspicionless checkpoints in the southern border states...

What's really unfortunate is

What's really unfortunate is that the majority public, scared by the government, is not only supporting these checks but complaining when more isn't done to "combat terrorism on our soil." The rhetoric is tiresome and dangerous to our country's health. I really wonder how much will Change (TM) next month. Will the new administration actually stand up to the waste and knock it off or will they bow to the pressures created by the outgoing group and continue with their wasteful legacy to keep the masses sated?

This data is then forwarded

This data is then forwarded on to the federal government to help them determine if people are illegally entering the country through the BWCAW or via Lake Superior.

I agree 100% with what Bill

I agree 100% with what Bill had to say, his opinion is on the money if you ask me.

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