Your Views for May 9
Praise for police
Regarding Adrian Dalton’s letter in the May 8 Tribune-Herald: The police force here and in other cities is a unique working group of individuals who do their jobs because they love that kind of challenge.
My son is a lieutenant with the Fish and Wildlife Department and also a part-time police officer in Chowchilla, Calif.
I have been on ride-alongs with him, and believe me when I say it takes courage to make stops, no matter how trivial the stop my appear.
Every time an officer approaches a vehicle, they put their lives in jeopardy — especially if that vehicle is a van without windows or a car with heavily tinted windows.
I have found that our police here have been quick to requests for assistance and, although somewhat cool (professionally speaking) at times, they did their jobs admirably, and I say thank you for being there for all of us.
Yo, Adrian: Cut our police some slack. They are not here to entertain — only to protect and uphold the law.
Kudos to our men and women in uniform. Without you, this place would be a zoo.
In a free society, killer nut cases are extremely difficult to stop. Two related issues make our future even more precarious. We do not have enough political and public will to protect our borders and reform immigration policy to prevent terrorists from entering. We are not going to commit the manpower to thoroughly screen every applicant, nor delay entry until fully screened for every applicant. Current politics take precedence over future risks.
So what should we do? Increase surveillance. There has to be more security cameras in public areas — not only recorded images, but live feeds monitored by security personnel and state-of-the-art facial recognition and behavioral software.
Recorded image cameras may not be enough of a deterrent for the terrorist who does not care if he is caught after the bomb explodes. However, live-feed cameras monitored by security personnel (technology can cut down on the time and cost of actual personnel on the monitors) and/or facial and behavioral software on a real-time basis could prevent disaster.
For example, a computer connected security camera makes a 99 percent facial recognition match of a suspected terrorist at a marathon, and the computer assesses that he has placed a backpack or some object on the ground. An alert is immediately electronically sent out to security personnel at the marathon to either clear the area or investigate.
While there will be resistance to more security cameras in America, that can be softened by laws that prohibit using these cameras against ordinary citizens. In other words, information gained from these cameras would only be used to prevent, investigate, capture and prosecute terrorists — not for minor speeding violations.
We do not know who the millions of people are who are sneaking across our borders. So obviously, some of them could be terrorists. And they do not need a massive international terrorist organization supporting them. All they need once here is fertilizer and pressure cookers to become mass murderers.
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