"Burning a Few Bridges on My Way Out" -- Councilwoman Angela Hunt Rails Against Secrecy at City Hall

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When the City Council voted in January to supply the Dallas Police Department with license plate scanners that automatically check vehicles against a law enforcement database, the decision was nearly unanimous. Most council members viewed it as a useful crime-fighting tool and little more. Only Angela Hunt expressed any serious reservations about the program, and only Hunt voted no.

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Her concern centered on civil liberties and the ability of the government to gather data about those not suspected of wrongdoing. Dallas Police Chief David Brown assured the council that the department would be a careful steward of the information, deleting it after a few months, for example, and ignoring vehicles on private property.

The past six months have done little to allay Hunt's concerns. Quite the opposite. Spurred by the Guardian's report that the National Security Agency has been trawling Americans' phone records, and the Washington Post's followup on a similar monitoring of Internet companies, she went on something of a tirade on Twitter.

We gave Hunt a call. She echoed what she'd said on Twitter, calling the federal monitoring "unacceptable and detrimental to democracy" and reiterating her concerns about what's happening locally.

"I don't think people realize we're setting up a surveillance system on the local level that can easily" become part of a nationwide network. Her kids started crying at that point so we let her go, but she made her point.


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TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Got to hand it to the photog, what with that whole Stevie Nicks "Edge of 17" hair thing going on.

Steve
Steve

I had no idea she was such a Nice Piece.

Obummer
Obummer

As long as Sandra Fluke gets her free birth control pills what difference does it make?

don.abbott
don.abbott

Both Hunt and Suhm ride off into the sunset with the blessings of the Citizens' Council and the DMN.  They both ignored the great unwashed and left the streets unrepaired and the big projects' dirt ready to fly...or float in the case of the Trinity submarine freeway.  Angela Hunt was my so-called representative on the City Council and I chalk her up as yet another poodle of the Original Seven Families.  You know, the ones that told Laura Miller to shut up about doing something about the basics and get with the program.  

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness


William O. Douglas

lolotehe
lolotehe

Dayam, but the IT department over there sucks. They never heard of a PST file?

rrrosco
rrrosco

Good riddance Hunt.  Thanks for selling out all Texas Democrats. by endorsing a Tea Party snake for city council.  You've certainly burned your bridges with the Democrats. 

russp
russp

Amazing that someone with character, intelligence and common sense lasted as long as she did in Dallas politics. And not one indictment or FBI investigation. 

Dalguy
Dalguy

Angela's loud, clear, intelligent voice will be missed.

director21
director21

@don.abbott Angela could fight all day for projects in her district, but if a majority on the Council do not agree, then her best efforts are in vain. I know Angela and have worked closely with her for a few years. She is one of the hardest working people ever to grace the horseshoe at 1500 Marilla. It's too bad you cannot see her for all that she accomplished and for having the courage to stand up for ALL citizens of Dallas.

director21
director21

@rrrosco Only a moron thinks that Kingston is a "Tea party snake." That lie has been laid to rest by most people, yet you persist in telling it. Why is that?

verbal_kent
verbal_kent

@rrrosco She endorsed a Democrat with a record for the people of the District.  I would take Angela's pick over the Citizen Council's puppet every time. 

BTW, isn't it a little early for sour grapes. Did the puppet already lose? I thought the election was next weekend.

rrrosco
rrrosco

@verbal_kent Ted Cruz Jr. (kingston) is NOT A DEMOCRAT.  Never has been, never will be.   Hunt has sold out to tea baggers and liars.  You desrve a prick like Cruz jr.

director21
director21

@rrrosco @verbal_kent Obviously, you are Avi Adelman under an assumed name! Nobody else would be so idiotic as to make statements like yours.

rrrosco
rrrosco

BTW2:  Kingston's access to the Democrat's database was revoked shortly after they figured out he was a LIAR!

rrrosco
rrrosco

Kingston’s switch to the Democratic Party was another lie to get access to the Texas Democratic Party’s database of Democratic voters.  He is a snake of the highest order.

rrrosco
rrrosco

@verbal_kent@ObservingObserver@rrroscoBTW:  Kingston's wife is a liar too:  On February 26, Melissa Kingston a Dallas attorney and wife of a Dallas City Council candidate, claimed she'd been the victim of a near carjacking in the parking lot of Spec's Liquor Store at Walnut Hill and Central.  Liars, Liars, pants on fire!

rrrosco
rrrosco

@verbal_kent @rrrosco @ObservingObserver   Please do go on regurgitating Ted Cruz Jr's flyer material.  Kingston obviously paid you to cough up this bullcrap.  Kingston is  LIAR who will be whatever to whomever to get him ahead.  TEA BAGGER IS AS TEA BAGGER DOES!!!

verbal_kent
verbal_kent

@rrrosco @ObservingObserver @verbal_kent  

Looks like Kingston votes and has voted R and D. He says he is a Democrat and that is good enough for me. 

Abtaki has one R and one D in his record. I never heard him say what he was but looks like the first time he voted in a District 14 race is when he voted for himself last month. 

verbal_kent
verbal_kent

@ObservingObserver @rrrosco @verbal_kent  

I think there are really big differences. Kingston has a record of working in the district for over ten years and Abtaki has no record in the district at all. Kingston is supported by neighborhood association leaders and Abataki can't name one that is supporting him. Kingston has worked with Angela for years for District 14 and Abtaki worked with Dwaine Caraway in District 4 for a few months. Kingston is against gas drilling and Abtaki has said he is for it and is backed by the drill baby drill crowd. KIngston has run a positive campaign and Abtaki is just throwing a bunch of mud. Kingston has worked to bring people together and Abtaki has work to divide us. Knigston has neighborhood volunteers walking door to door saying nice things about their guy and Abtaki has paid people going door to door trashing Kingston with a bunch of lies. I could go on. These guys don't seem anything alike to me.

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