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Bonjour Big Brother: The Surveillance State Comes to France

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France goes full Big Brother in a crime-ridden neighborhood, which should have residents worried.

Le Parisien reports, that fifty “sound sensors” will be set up in the crime plagued Tarentaize-Beaubrun-Couriot district located in the city of Saint-Étienne in the Loire department. These sensors are supposed to be installed for a six-month trial.

According to Victoria Friedman of Breitbart, these sensors will alert municipal law enforcement of any “suspicious” noise, such as “An accident, a scream, the sound of glass breaking, an aggression.” Municipality officials allayed privacy concerns stating that “the system does not record conversations or even hear them. It will only capture the alerts.”

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This new security installation will be the first of its kind in France. Local officials sustain that it will reinforce existing video surveillance and be part of the municipality’s plan to turn Saint-Étienne into a “smart city” that is filled with smart meters, applications, and other innovative technology.

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Two of Saint-Étienne’s elected officials, Jean-Pierre Berger and Jean-Noël Cornut, said “People must be reassured, we will not spy on them.” Berger added: “People’s well-being also depends on greater security.”

Fabrice Koszyk, the director of Serenicity, a cybersecurity company, asserted that “this device is not Big Brother,” and made clear that no privacy laws would be abused during the experiment.

However, residents told Le Parisien that the new security installations would be tantamount to “spying”. Instead, they believe that there should be increased policing.

One resident of the Tarentaize-Beaubrun-Couriot neighborhood, Bernard Mallet, had choice words about the municipality’s security plans, “It’s an aberration. I am against surveillance. There are already too many cameras, and now microphones! I do not think it’s the right way to give us more security. My opinion is that we need more police officers.”

Mr.Mallet might actually be on to something. Instead of violating the civil liberties of its law-abiding citizens, France should not only step up its policing practices, but it should actually expand gun rights like the Czech Republic did in 2017 and review its immigration policies.

It’s no secret that France, just like the UK, has seen its fair share of No Go Zones pop up and turn traditionally safe neighborhoods into crime-infested ghettoes.

Instead of striking at the root and addressing the current immigration issue plaguing France and the rest of the EU, the political classes in Paris and EU continue to infringe upon their citizen’s liberties.

It’s small wonder why the Yellow Vests are taking to the streets. A political class can only be detached from the plight of its citizens for so long.

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Trump Pardons 9/11 Hero & Ex-NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik

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On February 18, 2020, President Donald Trump announced the pardon of Bernard Kerik, the former NYPD commissioner who spent time in prison for tax fraud and lying to the government.

This news came hours after Trump pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner was convicted in a gambling fraud scandal. DeBartolo Jr. built one of the most successful franchises in NFL history.

Kerik was nominated to be the nation’s head of homeland security on one occasion and spent three years in prison before being released in 2013.

He was viewed as a hero for leading the NYPD during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, Kerik’s image took a hit when he became the first New York City police commissioner to be imprisoned for federal crimes.

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His legal problems spilled over and muddied the political aspirations of other elected officials, such as former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

While leaving the White House Tuesday afternoon, Trump said he “pardoned” Kerik “a man who had many recommendations from a lot of good people.”

After being pardoned, Kerik went on Twitter to thank the president writing that “there are no words to express my appreciation and gratitude to President Trump. He continued by saying that “with the exception of the birth of my children, today is one of the greatest days in my life.”

Kerik proceed to describe his prison experience as “dying with your eyes open,’ citing the “collateral consequences and the permanent loss of many of your civil and constitutional rights are personally devastating.”

Kerik volunteered to be Giuliani’s chauffeur and provided security during his first unsuccessful run for mayor. Once he secured the mayor’s office in 1993, Giuliani promoted Kerik, a high school dropout, to the highest echelons of New York City government.

The mayor eventually promoted his former bodyguard as the city’s 40th police commissioner in 2001.

Kerik almost became President George Bush’s Homeland Security Secretary in 2004, but he was quickly dropped as a nominee.

Two days afterwards, The Daily News reported that Larry Ray, who had been the best man at Kerik’s wedding, had presented evidence of Kerik failing to report thousands of dollars in gifts he’d received while he was an employee of New York City.

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