It was recently uncovered that Denver Police Department’s intelligence database was being used to track members of Amnesty International and other similar groups, on the grounds that they were “criminal extremists”. None of the people being tracked had any criminal convictions or arrests on their records. The tracking began before 9/11.
Denver police blamed a secretary for the “mistake”. The “mistake” surfaced because Denver Police shared their database with neighboring cities, and someone with a conscience at one of the neighboring police departments leaked the documents to the press.
As a result, Denver was forced to delete 3,277 innocent people from its database, owing to a complete lack of evidence that they had ever been involved in any kind of criminal activity.
This is the same data which is now being shared with the FBI, and the Justice Department has told the FBI that they don’t need to check any of it for accuracy before adding it to their national database. (See earlier posting.)
If you’re reading this, please join Amnesty and the ACLU. As the saying goes, if we don’t hang together, we will all hang separately.