Now They Want to Track Our Daily Travel.

The Department of Homeland Security wants to keep a record of where you drive your car. According to the Washington Post, that agency wants a nationwide database of license-plate readers, and they've already asked private traffic-camera companies for access to their data. Of course, a DHS spokesperson said that license plate data “could only be accessed in conjunction with ongoing criminal investigations,” but that sounds a lot like the same old line we've been fed about other surveillance programs.

As of 2011, about three-quarters of police departments used these license-plate readers, and 85 percent planned to install even more cameras. These systems are snapping photos of our cars, and keeping track of almost every place we travel. Even before the recent announcement from DHS, the American Civil Liberties Union said that constantly monitoring our movement can “chill the exercise of our cherished rights to free speech and association.” Giving DHS the power to mine this data and track our movement only solidifies the ACLU's warning.

We have seen our civil rights whittled away under the guise of national security, and now we're being tracked online, on the phone, and even on our public roadways. The national security state has become intrusive, and the constant monitoring poses a serious risk to our privacy, our free speech, and our fundamental right to speak out against our government. We should not be giving these agencies more power to track us, we should be reigning them in and demanding that our civil rights be protected.

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Aliceinwonderland's picture
Aliceinwonderland 8 years 41 weeks ago
#1

Chuck, I've nothing against stray dogs. I could have picked a better metaphor. Sorry…

Kend, nothing personal; I don't hate you, I just hate your opinions on 99% of the issues we discuss.

Craig Bush says "How many of us are going to die without healthcare compared to taliban terrorists?" Bull's eye!!

My husband and I lived in Santa Cruz for ten years; 1981-1991. Sounds like that town has become a police state, with law enforcement taking more than half their county budget! Wow. And they want to build a new prison, while schools are getting cut and homeless people are dying of the cold? What the hell are we coming to?!! Far as cannabis prohibition goes, forget turning that over to the states or anywhere else. That prohibition needs to go bye-bye, into the dustbin of history.

Anyway Mark S, I hate to break it to ya but Kend isn't the only Canadian I've heard bitch about their healthcare system. And frankly, I've zero sympathy. They oughta come here and try our uniquely American for-profit death panels on for size if they want something to complain about.

- Aliceinwonderland

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 8 years 41 weeks ago
#2

Remember when 4 out of 5 doctors recommended people smoke Camels? That's right back in the 50s and 60s there was a big marketing campaign to get everyone to smoke cigarettes because doctors said it was healthy to do so. Well, doctors today are really not much different than the ones back then...many are still being bought by criminal organizations that market dangerous and lethal drugs to people who shouldn't really be taking them. How many deaths has Statins and other dangerous drugs prescribed by doctors caused?

Ou812's picture
Ou812 8 years 41 weeks ago
#3

palindromedary,

have you ever found a conspierency you didn't like:)) ?

Mark Saulys's picture
Mark Saulys 8 years 41 weeks ago
#4

I've heard nothing much other than praise from Canadians about their system - not raves but praise, nonetheless. Even Kend, when he didn't have an ulterior motive to start an argument, spoke well of it and said we should adopt something like that.

Any complaining about it is, I think, a new phenomenon, probably the result of some propaganda campaign about it or some cuts or sabotage of it by conservative politicians.

I'll research that again.

Aliceinwonderland's picture
Aliceinwonderland 8 years 41 weeks ago
#5

PD -- She's baaaack!

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 8 years 41 weeks ago
#6

AIW: maybe if we don't feed "her", he will go back to playing with his thingibot or go back to fantasizing with IATE12G.

Aliceinwonderland's picture
Aliceinwonderland 8 years 41 weeks ago
#7

Perfect, PD. That's the mature, adult way to deal with these clueless intruders. - AIW

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 8 years 41 weeks ago
#8

;-)

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