Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Police pursue fugitives on Facebook?

Despite being an avid advocate of technology - this made me pause. First off, it was only a few months ago that I suggested to some "Parentally Alienated" Dads in our group that they try FACEBOOK to get stay in touch with their kids! (Given that it is the way they keep in touch with their world.)

Police pursue fugitives on Facebook - Cops make use of social websites. by Victoria HANDYSIDES - Metro News Edmonton, April 7, 2009

"With more than 1,000 summons and subopoena's for citizens who prove untraceable, EPS is using FaceBook to prove few are untraceable."

What is it with Edmonton Police Services (EPS) that makes them jump on to the "bleeding edge" of technololgy so often, so readily and with such constitutional abandon? Have they no shame or are they just exploiting the public's fear of not accomodating "Law and Order" and falling headlong into a unprecedented crime wave?

For example in the past few years we have been treated to the EPS gaining national aclaim and attention by spearheading: 1) ICE - International Child Exploitation Centre, that has been credited with a number of massive international dragnets of Child Porn users. 2) EPS Hate Crime Unit - that was recently "unmasked (to the shocked public at least) as major participants in highly questionable "web chat entrapment" cases being pursued by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). 3) Team ZEBRA also a special Child Abuse investigation group (ok, that one IS a good idea). 4) and now THIS 5) FACEBOOK Entrapment!

Of course, any means necessary is the legitimate rally cry for any "law enforcemment" Officer.
I just hope Officer Kelly RYAN is the ONLY branch of Justice embarking on such tenuous incursions on our consitutional rights and freedoms.

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