TALA Doctrine

3 04 2017

Washington, D.C.

UK Guardian:

Approximately half of adult Americans’ photographs are stored in facial recognition databases that can be accessed by the FBI, without their knowledge or consent, in the hunt for suspected criminals. About 80% of photos in the FBI’s network are non-criminal entries, including pictures from driver’s licenses and passports. The algorithms used to identify matches are inaccurate about 15% of the time, and are more likely to misidentify black people than white people.

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No Getting Around This

2 03 2017

Baltimore

officersarrested

I can assure you that this isn’t some questionable accost and transport of a career criminal.

Re the second paragraph:  Are you paying attention, OCGE?  This is why some people think that the asset forfeiture paradigm needs serious reform.





Ferguson Being All Ferguson-y Again

20 12 2016

Ferguson

Twin.

Spin.





The World Is Merely a Machine Which Continuously Fulfills My Predictions

19 12 2016

Washington, D.C.

I first called it on May 17, 2013.

Tax Prof Blog, today.

The worst part about this is that many of this ilk undeservedly benefited from Trump’s coattails.





TALA Doctrine

19 10 2016

Washington, D.C.

NYT, on the need to regulate LEA use of facial recognition databases and software:

The report found that systems relying on police photographs have a greater effect on African-Americans because they are arrested at higher rates.

But the software may be less accurate with images of black people, and there is no independent testing for racially biased errors, it said.

Leave it to the NYT to advocate for a worthy thing but for the most goofy of reasons.





And the Beat Goes On (I’m the Only One Hearing It)

13 10 2016

Palo Alto, California

Not a surprise to me at all.  HRC has not only lauded her former boss’s unilateral use of executive authority (we used to call it “dictatorship”), she bemoans the fact that he hasn’t gone far enough and has openly promised to go further.

How would that manifest on this issue if she ever has the opportunity?  We know her former boss on this same issue using this same method only ordered a bunch of useless irrelevant bureaucratic fluff, and the only substantial policy made was to add those who receive their Social Security benefits by means of a representative payee to the NCIC block list, because as we all know, there is a massive epidemic of bedridden insane old people running around shooting people.

I think, if she ever has the opportunity, she would use the pen and phone to implement the universal background check, even though she and all her lawyers and hacks would try to justify it with the precepts of the separation of powers, i.e. to make it appear that this isn’t an illegal executive overreach, behind a bunch of deliberately confusing babble, bafflegabbery and mumbo jumbo.  All because the left has convinced itself that the only reason there’s any violent crime at all is because private peer to peer sales don’t have to be run through NCIC.





Implicitly Pleading the Fifth

24 09 2016

Washington, D.C.

Now we know why Obama didn’t indict Hillary.

Because his doing so would have been effectively indicting himself.

This is sorta why Cheryl Mills got immunity in an investigation whose outcome was pre-determined.