Friday, August 12, 2016

Public Under Constant Surveilance

The DEA uses travel records to profile potential criminals. Agents often single out passengers for questioning or searches based on simple triggers such as traveling one-way to a destination or using cash.

It's a lucrative system. They've seized more than $200 million from travelers presumably linked to drugs over the past decade. A lot of this money is passed to local police departments that assist the drug agency. This keeps local taxpayers and police relatively happy, but everyone under constant surveillance. High price to pay for the war on drugs that time has shown us cannot be won.

Headline: DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash

WASHINGTON — Federal drug agents regularly mine Americans’ travel information to profile people who might be ferrying money for narcotics traffickers — though they almost never use what they learn to make arrests or build criminal cases.

Instead, that targeting has helped the Drug Enforcement Administration seize a small fortune in cash.



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