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OneDOJ to Offer National Criminal Database to Law Enforcement 184

Degrees writes "The Washington Post is reporting that the Justice Department is building a massive database, known as 'OneDOJ'. The system allows state and local police officers around the country to search millions of case files from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal law enforcement agencies. The system already holds approximately 1 million case records and is projected to triple in size over the next three years. The files include investigative reports, criminal-history information, details of offenses, and the names, addresses and other information of criminal suspects or targets. From the article: 'Civil-liberties and privacy advocates say the scale and contents of such a database raise immediate privacy and civil rights concerns, in part because tens of thousands of local police officers could gain access to personal details about people who have not been arrested or charged with crimes. The little-noticed program has been coming together over the past year and a half. It already is in use in pilot projects with local police in Seattle, San Diego and a handful of other areas, officials said.'"
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OneDOJ to Offer National Criminal Database to Law Enforcement

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  • by rlp ( 11898 ) on Friday December 29, 2006 @12:31PM (#17399200)
    I worked on a law enforcement data sharing effort in Ohio. Most police departments are islands of automation. They'll have a 911 system and usually an integrated departmental records management system. Often they will have separate access to a very limited state / federal system. Very rarely will they tie in with neighboring local agencies.

    Traffic stops are are dangerous stressful moments for police officers. They don't know if they are stopping Joe Citizen, or someone who just committed armed robbery. If an individual is wanted in the next town, usually that information will not be available.

    The Ohio system (OLLEISN) was meant to address this on an statewide basis and got off to a good start. Data is exchanged using an XML standard (Global Justice XML Data Model) developed at Georgia Tech for the DOJ. Content consists of adult criminal records and is tightly controlled.

    If the DOJ follows this model for Federal data and does a good job of implementation - I see this as a very positive development.
  • Re:About time (Score:3, Informative)

    by WML MUNSON ( 895262 ) on Friday December 29, 2006 @01:05PM (#17399646)
    "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him" -Cardinal Richelieu (French Minister and Cardinal. 1585-1642)
  • by gwayne ( 306174 ) on Friday December 29, 2006 @01:49PM (#17400294)

    is the ability for a system like this to create new classes of crimes and criminals out of normal law-abiding people. Just think--DA's around the country are always looking to increase their conviction rates, so they start mining data and looking for trends. The next thing you know, there are new laws on the books restricting freedoms, including

    • petty vices
    • how you dress (think hijab)
    • where you shop
    • what you wrote in your blog
    • what you think
    • who you associate with professionally and personally
    • who you voted for last election

    Each of these areas has been encroached upon by our new Socialist-Bush government.

    I for one, DO NOT welcome our new socialist overlords!

  • Re:About time (Score:4, Informative)

    by Dunbal ( 464142 ) on Friday December 29, 2006 @01:57PM (#17400410)
    So, if you were being ironic, ok.

          What I was referring to was the classic "We have found out that you have committed crimes against the state, here is a gun. If you are still in the room when we come back in 2 minutes, we will shoot you and your whole family" line from the Gestapo. We're not QUITE there yet, but soon...
  • by DutchSter ( 150891 ) on Friday December 29, 2006 @04:30PM (#17402358)
    As a part-time law enforcement officer in Ohio, I have to agree that the Ohio system is done pretty well. Absolutely everything is logged and routinely monitored. Try talking to any of your good cop buddies to see if they'll run a plate for you. Most of them will say "oh hell no!" and run as fast as they can. We had an officer get fired two years ago for abusing the LEADS system. He was running plates "on the side" for some friends of his. All went well until one day he ran the plate of someone wanted for assault. Naturally the log analyzer program went nuts when it found that one of our officers ran the plate of a wanted individual, but we had no corresponding arrest record. So it went onto the exception report and was reviewed by the Captain a few days later. Turns out he'd only run five or six plates as favors, but the Chief asked for his badge and gun then and there in exchange for not shipping the case to the prosecutor. After the guy was walked out the door, the Chief sent the case to the prosecutor anyway.

    Of course, the problem with accountability being at this level is that without further review up above, local corruption could skate right by. I do, however, remember of the town of New Rome (when it still existed) losing access to the state LEADS system for something like 90 days when someone claimed that he was being harassed by the local police and it was discovered that the mayor was having the police chief look up the records of people he didn't like and do things like put BOLOs (Be on the lookout) on them so they'd get stopped for no reason any time another officer ran their plates.
  • by tech10171968 ( 955149 ) on Friday December 29, 2006 @08:08PM (#17404586)
    After all, there is this little thing called the NCIC (http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/fbi/is/ncic.htm ) that has already been in use by Law Enforcement for decades now. Everytime you've been pulled over by a cop and asked for your drivers' license (and/or other ID), what do you think he's doing when he takes them back to his vehicle? He's running your name through the NCIC and checking for any warrants. All of the paranoia and "Big Brother" talk may very well be much ado about nothing; when a criminal is caught and processed the government collects and therefore already possesses a lot of this information, and none of it is a big secret at that point.

Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?