No One Should Profit From Criminals (Except Us)

from the subtle dept

The head of a company that makes cell phone jammers says mobile operators should hand over all the revenue they make from prisoners using contraband phones in jail. Apparently there is a "growing epidemic of inmates using cell phones in prisons", and the guy says that the "millions of dollars" in question should be given to jail officials to pay for more guards to search for phones. "Nobody should profit from criminals," he says -- except, of course, his company, which wants jammers to be made legal so it can sell some to prisons to combat this "growing epidemic". This is the same company that argued a few years back that the laws banning jammers are unconstitutional; at that point, it was targeting selling jammers to cops to block the use of phones as remote detonators. Maybe basing your business model on getting federal law changed isn't the wisest idea, eh guys?

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    TheStuipdOne, 6 Apr 2009 @ 2:52pm

    Not the worst thing I've heard

    "Maybe basing your business model on getting federal law changed isn't the wisest idea, eh guys?"

    Actually I think it is a pretty good idea ... so long as the company isn't the only thing you are relying on.

    If I knew how to and could rapidly make jammers. And I could find someone to fund me for a few months or a year then it would make sense to lobby for a law change because then you could immediately step in to fill the demand for this newly legalized gadget ... especially if you decided to make and sell it in some other part of the world.

    However I'd recommend having a fall back career because your odds of success are rather slim

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