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Synonyms for dragnet

a system of coordinated measures for apprehending (criminals or other individuals)

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a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths

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It is the minister's and the president's assertion that if fishermen are adversely affected by dragnets then the licences will be revoked.
Fishery department head, Loizos Loizides said there will be a stringent process, which will be evaluated in one month, for anyone wishing to apply for a dragnet licence.
A dragnet is a net dragged along the sea bed which traps small fish and other small sea-life.
Loizides revealed that the agriculture ministry has approved just one licence for the use of a dragnet.
The group search and seizures that most frequently confront the courts-business inspections, roadblocks, and drug testing--do not come close to exhausting the types of dragnets that the government currently pursues.
Two particularly wide-ranging dragnets involve public camera surveillance and data mining.
Litigation over these technologically enhanced dragnets has not been significant, for a number of reasons.
Perhaps the most important reason litigation over these types of dragnets has been negligible, however, is Supreme Court case law holding that the Fourth Amendment is not implicated by government surveillance of activities carried out in public view (103) or by government efforts to obtain personal information "voluntarily" surrendered to third parties such as banks, phone companies, and accounting firms.
108) With these holdings in its armamentarium, the government's ability to exploit dragnets unfettered by the Constitution increases exponentially.
Harder to grasp are the negative consequence of dragnets.
But research on laypeople's views about the intrusiveness of various types of government investigative techniques indicates that even dragnets that do not involve physical entry--such as public camera surveillance or data mining of the type involved in the TIA program--are viewed as far more invasive than brief seizures at a roadblock, which the Supreme Court has acknowledged implicate the Fourth Amendment.
124) And if dragnets are based on profiles, this threat can be exacerbated by what Bernard Harcourt has called the "ratchet effect.
A separate but equally important consideration is that, because they are so easy to justify, dragnets provide tempting opportunities for pretextual police actions.
Moreover, dragnets can be disguised as actions based on individualized suspicion.
For example, a person voluntarily providing genetic material during the course of a DNA dragnet could consent specifically to have his DNA used in that investigation, but could refuse consent to be included in a DNA database once the investigation at hand is complete.