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Well, I didn't feel bullied, and I was NOT put on the list ... but I was "misinformed" @ the list.
I won't deny the error in what the officer said, and will afford him "to err is human" ... with his intent being to get me to give proper consideration to my activities (which I already do). He gave me the benefit of my benign intent @ trespassing ... I can reciprocally extend his benign intent (still errant method) to the benefit of trying to sway me from being where I wasn't authorized to be.
I get from the tone of his supervisor's voice when she called back, that she knows her officer was both correct @ the database existence, yet errant in how he presented it. That'll be for them to work out. I only wanted to get to the bottom of it (and I feel as though I did) to ascertain the truth. I wasn't expecting to learn about Illinois having a "DSP" database in the process.
Interesting to note ... while I was talking with the officer, a train came from the opposite direction (see WA for details) and I had to make a frantic dash to recover my camera from harms way (directly over the track). The point being that I was definitely behaving in a manner that was "unsafe" by any sensible standard. I know that, and I know it is his duty to recognize that and address it as part of his public service.
Even though the officer "mis-spoke" ... that doesn't bother me as much as the FACT that Illinois has established a "DSP" list that is available for LEO to use wholly at their discretion ... without any objective/legal requirement. Part of me wants to think it is only like cops keeping their own "notes" in an electronic "little black book" (Jack Friday @ Dragnet) and sharing them with each other (no biggie). The other part has me thinking this "DSP" database wreaks of McCarthyism-like mentality ("OH SH*T, HERE WE GO AGAIN !!!").
Of course, given the historical notariety of Illinos politicians ... the "DSP" STIC database was probably started as a place for LEO to put Illinois governors, mayors and presidents on their "suspicious" list even when they didn't have sufficient evidence to arrest them.
Anyway ... thanks for the help / encouragement ... time to call the FBI and update them on what I learned @ the matter.
Edited on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:30 PM · View previous versions