Conrad Greenstone 
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Re: “BART Riders Racially Profile via Smartphone App

This is essentially a dragnet authorized by a public transit agency using its riders, lacking law enforcement discipline, as informants while building a database on the public going about their daily affairs. The examples given in the article illustrate the danger of swooping citizens into official scrutiny without probable cause. Further, this sets up the public to be paranoid of each other and increases the feeling that one is being watched by Big Brother more and more. Is this really the kind of world we wish to live in? The solutions to the moral problems is helped, perhaps, by punishing, but more important is the improvement in our social behavior in how we treat each other and our environment on a daily basis. What is needed is a bottom-up approach rather than an oppressive top-down one which can too easily be misaligned against our freedom. In a country which so claims to value the importance of the individual we should know better. Democracy is not just voting for representatives which are unlikely to be better than those who vote for them. Idiots are voted in by idiots. Democracy should be a constant life style involving every part of our living. We, as a people, need to learn how to discipline ourselves within our selves and then in our society at large, not in a guilt-driven sorry state, but out of the freedom of enjoying life, liberty and equality under the law, and, more importantly, without the law.

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Posted by Conrad Greenstone on 08/07/2015 at 4:27 AM

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