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Orange County Public Schools announced Thursday that it has acquired software to monitor social media “to proactively prevent, intervene and (watch) situations that may impact students and staff.”  The district has obtained an annual license with SnapTrends, software that monitors Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

The district said it plans to use the software to conduct routine monitoring for the purposes of prevention or early intervention of potential issues in which students or staff could be at risk to themselves or to others.

And who decides what these issues are that need to prevented?

OCPS said the company will assist district law enforcement and security personnel in monitoring publicly available social media communications that are relevant to school operations and personnel.

Why is law enforcement involved in something that isn’t even a crime? Why is law enforcement going to monitor people’s social media communications? Who determines what is relevant to school operations and personnel?

“This is a tool that gives the district intelligence into a situation that could possibly prevent something more serious from happening,” Orange County Public Schools Senior Director of Safety and Security Doug Tripp said.

Could you be a bit more vague please?

School officials acknowledge the online snooping might raise privacy questions. But board member Linda Kobert said the district is taking advantage of “new tools to protect our children.”

Yes, please, let’s think of the children. Nothing has ever gone wrong with that kind of thinking.

Parents should start asking questions, such as why is such a system necessary, who, specifically, will be monitoring everything, who has access to personal data, how long is going to be stored. The system is simple fear mongering and parents need to pay attention and prevent the school from monitoring their lives.

Kansas is taking a storm of criticism over its new policy strictly limiting ATM withdrawals for welfare recipients to $25 a day.
The controversial limit was signed into law in April by Gov. Sam Brownback (R) as part of a broader reform bill. But the change was placed in stark reality by a Thursday article in The Washington Post titled “Kansas has found the ultimate way to punish the poor.”

The law was meant to limit extravagant or unnecessary spending of taxpayer resources, and the legislation also barred the use of welfare funds at recreational locations like movie theaters, cruise ships, and swimming pools, according to McClatchy DC News.

However, the negative consequences for the state’s welfare recipients seem clear.”



What happens to a citizen when hundreds of images of child pornography are found on their computer and phone? Well, if you are a law enforcement officer, the answer is, nothing.
An investigation into the New Orleans Police Department has revealed a disturbing lack of discipline for individuals who’ve been caught and accused of despicable acts.

The residents of a Mandeville neighborhood felt safe knowing that a 16-year veteran of the NOPD, Sgt Bradley Wax lived down their street. However, that would quickly change after Wax was arrested and charged with 38 counts of possessing child pornography.

The Louisiana Attorney General’s office conducted a search on Wax’s personal computer and other electronic devices and found them to be full of explicit photos of young children.


The video uses some course language.

This is what happens when you challenge the authority of border patrol. The woman, Jessica Cooke, has every right to know why she is being detained. “Looking nervous” is not a legitimate reason to stop someone.

Jessica Cooke, a 21-year-old from Ogdensburg, New York, recently graduated from SUNY Canton with a degree in law enforcement leadership and had already applied for a job as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent when she was surprised by an impromptu final lesson at a CBP checkpoint on Route 37 in Waddington last week. What she learned—that people who insist on their constitutional rights in this setting run the risk of being roughed up and shot with a stun gun—should help make her a better CBP agent, although CBP may not see it that way.

When Cooke refuses to comply with the officer’s demand to “stand over there,” he uses a taser on her.

Listen to the horrific screams after the woman is tased for no reason. Then, they tell her she needs to turn over on her stomach, which is extremely difficult to do when you are flailing from being tased.

The CBP are considering pursuing assault charges against Cooke.

No charges have been filed and Ms. Cooke said she never was read her Miranda rights, adding she was told by agents they were trying to decide whether to file state or federal charges of assaulting an officer.

They found nothing in her car.

Ms. Cooke, who exhibited visible scrapes and bruises on her upper back, foot, hands and elbows on Friday, said she was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car where she waited for an hour for a K-9 unit to arrive.

During an exterior inspection of her vehicle by the unit, nothing was found, Ms. Cooke said. She said agents then opened the car doors, got her keys and opened the trunk.

Again, nothing was found, Ms. Cooke said, adding that agents did a second search of the vehicle with the K-9 unit, but found nothing.

Agents locked her car and delivered her keys and her dog, which was in the car during the exchange, to her parents’ house in Ogdensburg, she said.

Ms. Cooke said she was placed in a holding cell at the U.S. Border Patrol station in Ogdensburg for several hours. Eventually, a St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputy drove her home, she said.

This is an example of how you will be treated if you challenge any authority, despite the fact that it is legal to ask the questions she did.

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