#Gag Laws, #DumbLaw and #BipartisanPetition on Capitol Hill
D.C. law enforcement agencies have filed a number of bills aimed at curbing the spread of “gag laws” and the use of video surveillance by law enforcement to track and track down fugitives.
Lawmakers have introduced several bills, including one to ban “cognitive bias” by law-enforcement officers in the process of conducting surveillance and another to prevent officers from using facial recognition software on video.
Another measure would require law enforcement officers to use a device called a “sting ring” to “recruit, track, locate and/or identify” a suspect.
The new bills would be the latest attempts to crack down on such surveillance technology, which has come under fire in recent months as it’s been used in such controversial cases as the arrest of a man who was allegedly trying to sell guns to Mexican drug cartels.
Law enforcement has also pushed legislation that would require a search warrant to search a suspect’s home, which could be problematic for suspects in other states where such warrantless searches are legal.
“Gag laws have become an increasingly popular tool for law enforcement,” said John L. Kelly, a law professor at George Washington University.
“It has been used to prosecute, detain, and potentially kill people without a warrant.
The FBI has testified that they have used it on hundreds of suspects.”
The White House has defended the use in court and in recent weeks, White House press secretary Jay Carney has said the use “is a critical tool in our fight against violent crime.”
“As a matter of policy, we do not support using technology to track people,” he said.
“However, in the context of national security, there are times when we have to look at how this technology can be used effectively and legally.”
Kelly, however, said the White House is aware of the widespread use of the technology in such cases.
As of late July, the Justice Department had received more than 1,500 requests for data related to people who are suspected of crimes.
A large number of those requests came from police departments in the Bay Area, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.L., he said, adding that it would be wrong to conclude that these numbers are representative of all police departments.
According to the Washington Post, the number of requests for video surveillance for suspects who are not charged has increased dramatically since the passage of the so-called “Gag Bill.”
According, the FBI and other law enforcement officials have been reluctant to speak publicly about the use, saying it could undermine the law-and-order narrative that has gripped the country since the November election.
But they have said they believe the technology is being used in a way that is in the public interest.
“Gagging is not new.
It’s been around for a long time,” said David Klinger, a former senior FBI official who is now a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“In fact, it’s a fairly common practice.”
But Kelly said he is concerned that some of the legislation could undermine police officers’ ability to do their jobs, as he described it.
The Washington Post reported that at least eight state lawmakers have introduced bills that would restrict or ban the use and use of facial recognition, as well as other technologies that can be deployed for other purposes.
A bill introduced in North Carolina last week would require officers to obtain a warrant before using facial tracking software to track suspects.
Another bill would require police departments to submit “categorical” reports to the Justice and Homeland Security departments about how many times they use the technology.
Kelly said that he’s also concerned that a bill proposed by Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., that would prohibit law enforcement from using “any other law-abiding technology” that might be used for surveillance purposes, would be an attempt to prevent any use of “a technology that has been so thoroughly debunked.”