4th Amendment Effectively Dead in Pinal County
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was elected in 2008 on a platform of eliminating invasive and fraudulent automated ticketing within his jurisdiction. He claimed at the time the “public-private partnership“ between Redflex and municipalities was “corrupting law enforcement”.
The cameras came down as promised, and Paul received widespread media attention for his actions.
Now, that same Sheriff who pretended to be civil-liberties minded has pulled a draconian “one eighty,” and he’s coming for your eyeballs with a technology that makes speed cameras look like a children’s toy.
And yes, it’s all about “safety:”
…The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement organization in Arizona to implement Iris Biometric Identification Technology agency-wide… the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office intends to implement the technology in the field to enable patrol deputies, detectives and SWAT members to verify the identity, and access criminal background and risk information, on suspects using a hand-held, wireless and multi-modal (iris, fingerprint and facial) biometric recognition device operating on a Smartphone.
Translation: your identification cards are no longer “good enough” in Pinal County and you should expect to be treated as a criminal until proven otherwise.
Pulled over for a busted tail light? That’s a face-scannin’.
Suspected of speeding? Iris, please!
No ID? Hand over your hand, slave. Time for a field fingerprinting!
Liberty is when government is tightly controlled and restricted, and the people are left to handle their affairs in private. Tyranny is when government affairs are private, and the people are tightly controlled and restricted.
Paul Babeu: You’re the ultimate FRAUD.