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Navy Database Tracks Civilians' Parking Tickets, Fender-Benders 96

Posted by timothy
from the great-now-you're-on-the-paranoid-list dept.
schwit1 (797399) writes with this excerpt from the Washington Examiner: "A parking ticket, traffic citation or involvement in a minor fender-bender are enough to get a person's name and other personal information logged into a massive, obscure federal database run by the U.S. military. The Law Enforcement Information Exchange, or LinX, has already amassed 506.3 million law enforcement records ranging from criminal histories and arrest reports to field information cards filled out by cops on the beat even when no crime has occurred."
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Navy Database Tracks Civilians' Parking Tickets, Fender-Benders

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  • Relevant (Score:5, Informative)

    by The Cat (19816) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @02:01PM (#46552501)
  • Re:Relevant (Score:4, Informative)

    by noh8rz10 (2716597) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @02:30PM (#46552661)

    interesting point that, in addition to the problem of creepy govt mass surveillance, this also has creepy domestic military surveillance. double creeps.

  • 1996 (Score:5, Informative)

    by Jaktar (975138) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @02:41PM (#46552725)

    When I enlisted in '96, I was asked why I didn't inform anyone that I was pulled over in 1995. I was questioned as to why I was pulled over and what happened. I didn't think anything of it.

    I was not issued any citation for being pulled over as it was a case of mistaken identity. Still, the Navy had a record of it.

  • Re:Relevant (Score:3, Informative)

    by fustakrakich (1673220) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @02:51PM (#46552777) Journal

    If it is authorized by congress then the military can legally do what it wants to civilians.

    The loophole, unlike the eye of a needle is big enough to drive your camel through:
    ...said force may be expressly authorized by the Constitution or by act of Congress

    And maybe this [wikipedia.org] is important:
    The President, by using the militia or the armed forces, or both, or by any other :means, shall take such measures as he considers necessary to suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy, if it--
            (1) so hinders the execution of the laws of that State, and of the United States
            within the State, that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, :privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law, and :the constituted authorities of that State are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that :right, privilege, or immunity, or to give that protection; or
            (2) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes :the course of justice under those laws...

    Basically the Posse Comitatus Act is merely a paper tiger which basically asserts federal authority over the military. It does not prohibit them from being used against civilians. It only prohibits local authorities from deploying the troops.

  • by Rehan Chawdry (3588543) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @03:00PM (#46552815)
    LiNX is one of a number of data sharing systems in use today. It works with local law enforcement agencies to warehouse data across different jurisdictions so that they can see each other's data. What's strange is it's under the Navy. The FBI runs another system called the National Data Exhange (n-DEx) which does the same thing but more generally. LiNX is used more for port cities whereas FBI is much more broad. Commercial vendors like IBM provide their CopLink product to states and local jurisdictions to share data as well (see MODEX project in state of Colorado). Some states like Ohio have their own statewide data sharing system that serves to aggregate data for NDEX. These are all systems operated by state/federal law enforcement agnecies that capture when you've done something wrong. This is different from the surveillance activities of the NSA that capture information indiscriminately.
  • Re:Relevant (Score:4, Informative)

    by l0ungeb0y (442022) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @03:32PM (#46553011) Homepage Journal

    How is it relevant? Posse Comitatus applies only to Military ENFORCEMENT of State Laws.
    The Navy in collecting this data is not enforcing anything, they are merely conducting data mining.

    The GPs comment is a Red Herring and SHOULD be modded down

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