Trump Secretly planned to make bigger the Police state, grant limitless Protections to law enforcement officials
A draft report from the Presidential Commission on Administration of Justice reveals the Trump administration’s further expand the national , with on supporting and expanding qualified immunity and .The president formed the commission via executive order in January. A federal judge recently blocked of the commission’s report of diversity on the panel and evidence that it operated in secrecy in violation of public meeting laws.
The stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (NAACP LDF). The suit claimed the commission provide proper notice of public hearing gave influence to interests in violation of laws dictating how federal advisory committees must operate.
According to a Reuters report, “The panel’s 18 commissioners include federal, state representatives, but no civil rights advocates, defense attorneys or big-city police officials.”
Through an open records request, Reuters obtained a draft of the commission’s report, revealing to further empower . York Times op-ed declared, “The president’s commission was considering recommendations transform this nation into a dystopian .”
The report recommends increasing “due process” protections for police offers facing charges of misconduct, and called on the to regularly affirm support for qualified immunity.
Federal courts created the qualified immunity legal defense and applied it across the U.S. through in incorporation doctrine. In practice, the federal courts have cemented a system officers almost complete immunity and allows them to violate any individual’s rights with virtual impunity. isn’t of for cops; a system them almost unlimited protections. The commission’s recommendations not only affirms the system but would give even more power to police.
For instance, Reuters, “proposals included allowing officers accused of wrongdoing body camera footage before internal investigators.”
The report also increased federal funding for technologies are working to limit or ban their use.
The has been developing , nationwide system for years. The FBI a nationwide facial-recognition program fall of 2014, with the goal of building biometric database with pictures provided by the states friends.
In 2016, on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law released “The Perpetual Lineup,” report on use of technology U.S. read report at perpetuallineup.org. The organization conducted a year-long investigation 15,000 pages of documents through 100 public records requests. The report paints a disturbing picture of intense cooperation between the , and state to develop database.
“Face recognition powerful technology strict oversight. But those controls, by , don’t exist today,” report co-author Clare Garvie said. “With only exceptions, there laws governing police use of the technology, no standards ensuring its accuracy, and no systems checking for bias. It’s a .”
There are many technical and legal problems with , including significant concerns about the accuracy of the technology, particularly when reading the of minority populations. During a test the ACLU of Northern California, misidentified 26 members of the California legislature as people database of arrest photos.
With technology, police and other have individuals in real-time. These systems allow agents to use video cameras and continually scan everybody who walks by. the report, several major police departments have expressed an interest real-time tracking. Documents revealed agencies in five major cities, including , either claimed to run real-time face recognition off of street cameras, bought technology with , or expressed written interest in buying it.
The heavily involves itself in helping state agencies obtain this technology. The commission report recommends ramping it up even further.
The commission also wants to strip away privacy protections and make it easier for cops to access encrypted information on your phone.
Not only does the Presidential Commission on Administration of Justice propose policies expand the ever-growing national police-state, but it also represents expansion of unconstitutional federal power. The has no constitutional role in state policing. Police powers were among the powers supporters of the Constitution specifically said would remain with state governments.
The has monopolized education, healthcare, environmental regulation, the economy, and more. Now it’s process of monopolizing . Given the fed’s on everything else it controls, be wary of this movement to nationalize policing. It won’t end well.
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