TTAC Called It: Big Brother Set to Arrive Stateside
Just when Farago begins to question his ongoing coverage of the UK’s obsession with speed cameras, thenewspaper.com proves the significance of the story… Redflex and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) are already raking in tens of million of dollars of loot from dubiously justifiable red-light cameras; corrupting officials, invading privacy and subverting government accountability along the way. But they’re thinking bigger than that. WAY BIGGER (Brother). “We are moving into areas such as homeland security on a national level and on a local level,” boasts Redflex regional director Cherif Elsadek. New “optical character recognition” technology could be integrated with existing red light camera and speed camera systems, allowing full video records to be kept of passing motorists. Add that to ATS’s proposal to integrate Arizona’s speed cameras to a national database, and you can see where this is going. Or just ask Elsadek. “Imagine if you had 1500 or 2000 cameras out there that could look out for the partial plate or full plate number across the 21 states where we do business today. This is the next step for our technology.” Why? Amber Alerts and tracking stolen cars, of course. Nothing to see here.
Oh, one more thing-The best way to change the political parties is from the inside, via primaries. Pick a party that's most like your thinking, and vote (and give your time and money to) candidates who think very closely to the way you think.
Domestic Hearse is right. It is about money. But there's a purely political reason for it. For decades now, we've been bombarded with the idea that all taxes are bad, they are too high, they are evil, etc. Most of this has come from one party. In the revenue vacuum created by this collective unwillingness to properly fund (and make sure that funding is appropriate and correct), we have the whole notion of "user fees", fines and unconventional revenue streams being legitimate lternatives to an honest discussion about what it takes to fund government at all levels. Couple this with the current paranoia about "security" and it's no wonder that our civil liberties are being destroyed. In my opinion we have no ones but ourselves to blame for this.