22 August 2014 AD
Jerry Berggren challenges Texas Department of Public Safety on fingerprinting all Texas drivers
His challenge: HAS THE TEXAS DPS GONE 9 FINGERS TOO FAR? CANDIDATES’ RESPONSE
“I have a perspective on politics that some people may interpret as arrogance. You see, I believe that our elected office holders owe me an answer on policy questions. They owe me this answer personally. The reason they owe me this answer is that they hold their position at my and my fellow citizens’ pleasure. I do not work and pay taxes for their benefit, I work and pay taxes for mine, and elected office holders are stewards of my financial contribution to government. Because of this attitude, I will be (mostly) fair in my accusations and applause for those self same office holders.
“So it was, as I read the news in my newsfeed on the morning of August 15th, I came across an article in the Dallas Morning News, Watchdog: Lawmakers say they didn’t give DPS OK to fingerprint. [The original article was published on August 2nd, but I was just catching up from having been on vacation.] Like the lawmakers cited in Dave Lieber’s article, I was “furious.” Well, maybe not furious, more like disgusted.
“There is a reason I am concerned with this practice: I have one son who will be getting his first license and another who will be getting his first license as an adult, both during the first week of September….”
Dallas Morning News: Watchdog: LAWMAKERS SAY THEY DIDN’T GIVE DPS OK TO FINGERPRINT
“Several state lawmakers tell The Watchdog they’re furious with the Texas Department of Public Safety for its new program that fingerprints all driver’s license applicants.
“Under the program, the state will collect complete fingerprints of every Texas driver with a license within a dozen years. Previously, the state collected only a thumbprint.
“The lawmakers say they didn’t know the program was launched earlier this year until reported by The Watchdog, and they never gave approval through state law.
“One says he believes DPS was purposely deceptive to avoid public scrutiny and a privacy debate. He says that alone shows why governments can’t be trusted to protect our privacy….”
Read the full article from the DMN http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/watchdog/20140802-watchdog-lawmakers-say-they-didnt-give-dps-ok-to-fingerprint.ece