That was of course to be expected. The new electronic toys our visionary government bought for the police to check someone's record on the spot (they call that "instant verification technology"), don't work. Or better said: The toys itself work, but these geniuses have now found out that it's a sort of useless if you don't keep the data up to date.
The police and data? Have you seen their website? It looks as if Borat designed it, drunk!
Luckily we have a Minister of Government and Justice, José Raúl Mulino, who understands that in Bananama we have to just change the rules randomly to make things work. So from now on it is like this: Say, you're stopped in the street and the police checks your ID against their Borat "database". Assume you had some case against you two years ago which has since been dismissed, or you won. But that's not what the police data says. It says you're wanted because you have this or that pending. This, dear reader, means that you're handcuffed and hauled off to a police station and then it's up to you to prove that you are right and their stupid data-toy is wrong! See how simple that is? This is "maintaining order in the streets", says Mulino, and they will continue to do so whether you like it or not.
This way, the police and the truly retarded among us can brag about how many people they arrest thanks to the implementation of new technology in combination with outdated databases.
Of course we now have, in El Panama America, the usual whiners about how it is a violation of constitutional rights and human rights to detain someone who has already been declared innocent. At police headquarters, even elder persons are being locked up for things dating 30 years back and which have either prescribed or long been resolved one way or the other. But they just don't get it. This is the government of los groceros somos más and they're going to lock up whomever the fuck they want! Y punto!
can you shove 20 palos in the machine and have it wipe your record clean?
At least I got through to the Borat site. I can’t even connect to the police website. And its not a problem with Panama-US connection, because I had no trouble connecting to Panama America website. Great system you got there Mr. Grocerystoreman.
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