DEA Asks For License Plate Scanners of All Cars on Utah Highway
The next wave of Big Brother, courtesy of the DEA:
The DEA and two sheriffs are asking permission to install stationary license plate scanners on the freeway in Beaver and Washington counties. The primary purpose would be to catch or build cases against drug traffickers....
....Gary Newcomb, a supervisory IT specialist from the DEA, flew in from Virginia to testify Wednesday. He said the scanners are already in place on drug trafficking corridors in California and Texas, and the DEA is considering placing them on interstates near the Arizona cities of Kingman and Flagstaff.
The scans could be stored and accessible to the DEA for 2 years:
For long-term investigation.... the digital data would be routed through the police dispatch centers in Beaver and Washington counties to a DEA facility in northern Virginia where it would be stored for two years.
What will they do with the stored data?
The stored data could be used only to research the movements of suspected drug traffickers or to help other law enforcement agencies investigating serious crimes, Newcomb said. The DEA would track who is accessing the data and why, he said.
Funniest line of the article:
[Sheriff] Noel admitted he would be "tempted" to use the scanner data to investigate felony property crimes but would resist.
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