Prepaid Card Reader MassPrivatel|  Thanks to DHS’s own research & development department if you’re arrested, cops can now read your bank balance!

Police are now able to read our bank credit and debit cards, retail gift cards, library cards, hotel card keys, even magnetic-striped Metrorail cards instantly!

Did you catch that? Police will even know the balance of your commuter train/bus cards, all without a WARRANT!

DHS and Technology Directorate’s Electronic Recovery and Access to Data (ERAD) Prepaid Card Reader is now being used to read EVERY magnetic-striped card.

“The ERAD Prepaid Card Reader is a small, handheld device that uses wireless connectivity to allow law enforcement officers in the field to check the balance of cards. This allows for identification of suspicious prepaid cards and the ability to put a temporary hold on the linked funds until a full investigation can be completed.”

Reading between the lines, once you’re arrested if you’re carrying a ‘suspicious credit or debit card’ police can put a temporary hold on your account! Which begs the question, how the hell can you bail yourself out if they’ve frozen your accounts? What’s to stop a prosecutor/judge from demanding you pay a certain amount in fines or bail? After all they know EXACTLY how much money is in your bank account.

The project, developed by DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responder Group (FRG), began in March 2012. The S&T is led by the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology

According to DHS since ERAD was put into field testing, police have seized approximately $1 million dollars in ‘suspicious bank cards, etc.

“The Prepaid Card Reader has generated a lot of interest from our state and local law enforcement agency partners, and there is a growing demand by these agencies for use of this technology by their personnel,” said Deso. “It provides a unique tool for when they encounter suspect cards with magnetic strips during the performance of their duties.”

Of course ERAD is generating a lot of interest from state and local police, they need to find new ways to balance their budgets and keep the American police state going.

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