Feds Pressure Local Police To Scan Car License Plates At Gun Shows

Patently un-Constitutional and therefore illegal, the Federal intelligence community operates its rogue data collection behemoth by bullying local police departments into acting as their ‘informants’. However, any local police unit can simply say “No” if it chooses to do so, but it might choose otherwise if Federal grant money is threatened to be cut off.  TN Editor

Federal agents have persuaded police officers to scan license plates to gather information about gun-show customers, government emails show, raising questions about how officials monitor constitutionally protected activity.

Emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers—devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars—at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar, not far from the Mexican border.

Agents then compared that information to cars that crossed the border, hoping to find gun smugglers, according to the documents and interviews with law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the operation.

The investigative tactic concerns privacy and guns-rights advocates, who call it an invasion of privacy. The law-enforcement officials say it is an important and legal tool for pursuing dangerous, hard-to-track illegal activity.

There is no indication the gun-show surveillance led to any arrests or investigative leads, but the officials didn’t rule out that such surveillance may have happened elsewhere. The agency has no written policy on its use of license-plate readers and could engage in similar surveillance in the future, they said.

Last year, the Journal reported that the Drug Enforcement Administration had considered conducting such surveillance at gun shows, but scrapped the plans for unclear reasons. Emails and interviews with law-enforcement officials show ICE went ahead with the strategy in 2010, relying on local police to do so.

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g eliseo
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the resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in DC is the largest gun smuggler in the country

Darcy Brandon
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I heard this on the radio this morning on my drive to work. Then on my drive home from work they were talking about the same thing happening at shopping malls during the Christmas shopping season…Police patrolling shopping center parking lots, taking down license plate numbers, looking for ‘terrorists.’ Again, unconstitutional under the guise of “protection.”

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