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Surveillance, By The Numbers

(Nick Otto/For The Washington Post)
While officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect’s potential for violence the way a bank might run a credit report.The program scoured billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and the man’s social- media postings. It calculated his threat level as the highest of three color-coded scores: a bright red warning.The man had a firearm conviction and gang associations, so out of caution police called a negotiator. The suspect surrendered, and police said the intelligence helped them make the right call — it turned out he had a gun. ()
Another twist on ‘the machine’ from TV’s Person of Interest.  Not video or audio surveillance, but data-mining to determine if a subject suspect person-of-interest is a potential danger.I wonder if it finds blog posts and comments and scores them with regard to potential danger, based on a peaceful expression of concern for governmental abuses?Guess I’m worthy of a bright red warning…h/t Liberty Headlines

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


11 thoughts on “Surveillance, By The Numbers

  1. If you’re not worthy of a red, you’re not doing it right.

    Posted by robertsgunshop | January 25, 2016, 8:12 am
  2. A friend of mine says everyone should try to get on every possible list. The more data, the better, to cause the system to collapse under its own weight. Too much data; too few reviewers.

    She’s a smart lady.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | January 25, 2016, 10:33 am
  3. So how close was it to being a SWAT callout… THAT is the question…

    Posted by Old NFO | January 25, 2016, 4:37 pm
  4. But if you’re doing this on the TV Show Criminal Minds – you can do it in 15 seconds AND have his high school yearbook photo, names of every gym he belongs to and what gun he owns.

    Posted by Brigid | January 25, 2016, 5:33 pm
  5. If you have (or post on) any pro gun blog you’re already a suspect.

    Posted by Wilson | January 29, 2016, 11:58 am

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