posted on Mar, 6 2011 @ 01:38 PM
The obvious questions to ask would seem to be these:
Who instigated this program?
Who approved it?
Who implemented, i.e., wrote the policies governing it?
Who had access to the data collected?
What kinds of filters are regularly used on the database?
What did they pay for that access?
To whom did they pay it?
I think the racial profing was just icing on the cake, a side benefit for racists and an obvious red herring with which to deflect attention from the
main point of the exercise: the collection of economic and travel pattern data on the high rollers, those who paid with $100 bills, "high rollers"
being a relative term here.
Such information could be useful and valuable to many different groups for many different reasons. Studying the query patterns would tell you how the
database was used, which would point to who benefitted from it.
It seems to me that the minimum penalty for this is a few years in jail for around 200-300 people from the top levels of the agencies involved, and a
class action lawsuit. The class action should be aimed at eliminating the problem by outlawing toll roads, and opening the roads for free travel to
the people who paid for them in the first place.
Florida is a really
sucky state. I had the misfortune to be stationed there in the USAF. The day I left I swore an oath that the only
way anyone would ever get me back there would be in a pine box.
edit on 6-3-2011 by apacheman because: (no reason given)