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by Peter Moskos

February 19, 2011

Username and Password, please

I got this over the transom:

A police "accreditation manager" (whatever that means) is revising his "social networking policy" so that potential applicants, as part of their background investigation, must sign an affidavit listing any social networking sites (Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, LinkedIn) they belong to and give their passwords to these sites so the department can snoop.

Is this becoming standard? Do we approve? I'm pretty sure I don't approve.


Marc said...

I wouldn't take a job with such a requirement. Hopefully no one else will either.

Dana King said...

That's preposterous. I can't think of any other reason for it then it's an example of some petty dictator looking for an excuse to throw his weight around, and some other bureaucrat or minor elected official buying off for reasons of his own. it's not going to give them better cops. In fact, it's likely to lower the talent level of the applicant pool, as I don;t think I'd want a cop who'd submit to such a thing.

adam hujhes said...

I assume this is CALEA accreditation. Definitely not a requirement of the CALEA accreditation standards manual. Seems like an over-zealous administrator.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to prohibition we're about to lose all semblance of that once ordered, prosperous and safe society. Myself, along with many others, have been debating prohibitionists on this for many years. We have shown what destruction prohibition has wrought on all the civil institutions of this once great nation, -we've always provided facts and statistics - they, the prohibitionists, have countered with either lies, personal abuse or even serious threats of violence.

Ending the insanity of drug prohibition by legalized regulation, respecting the rights of the responsible users and focusing on addiction as a sickness, like we do with alcohol and tobacco, may save what remains of our economy and civil institutions along with countless lives and livelihoods. Prohibition continues unabated for shameful political reasons. It cannot, and never will, reduce drug use or addiction.

Prohibition has permanently scarred our national character as well as our individual psyches. Our national policies and cultural practices have become pervaded by the fascistic, prohibitionist mind-set which has turned our domestic police force into a bunch of paramilitary thugs who often commit extra-judicial beatings and executions while running roughshod over our rights in order to "protect us from ourselves".

When we eventually manage to put the horrors of this moronothon behind us, we'll need to engage in some very deep and honest soul-searching as to what we want to be as a nation. Many of our freedoms have been severely circumscribed or lost altogether, our economy has been trashed and our international reputation for being "free and fair" has been dragged through a putrid sewer by vicious narrow-minded drug warrior zealots who are ignorant of abstract concepts such as truth, justice and decency. We'll need to make sure that such a catastrophe is never ever repeated. This may mean that public hearings or tribunals will be held where those who’ve been the instigators and cheerleaders of this abomination will have to answer for their serious crimes against our once prosperous and proud nation.

Each day you remain silent, you help to destroy the Constitution, fill the prisons with our children, and empower terrorists and criminals worldwide while wasting hundreds of billions of your own tax dollars. Prohibition bears many strong and startling similarities to Torquemada­'s inquisition­, it's supporters are servants of tyranny and hate. If you're aware of but not enraged by it's shear waste and cruel atrocities then both your heart and soul must surely be dead.

Millions of fearless Egyptians have recently shown us that recognizing oppression also carries the weight of responsibility to act upon and oppose that oppression.

The drug czar's office is not only unnecessary but also the greatest waste of space since vows of fidelity were included in the christian marriage service.

Anonymous said...

It happened to me. I was recently hired onto a metropolitan police department, but first I had to give up my facebook username and password as part of the background investigation process.

Anonymous said...

Which city?

Hannah Sanders said...

Since internet can be accessed by anyone, I think, further addition of security in the internet is just fine with me. I mean I believe it'll somehow lessen the number of serious crime taking place. I just hope that they authorities are dead serious in implementing this addition.