Tuesday, May 8, 2012

No Expectation of Privacy

Homeland Security money rolling into the coffers of local police buys a lot of toys and the expectation of loyalty when the feds may need a favor.

Although not new, they are being used in other states and in foreign countries,  it is just now being reported that law enforcement departments across middle Tennessee "are using high-tech cameras to create a detailed picture of the whereabouts of thousands of cars, regardless of whether they are suspected of any link to criminal activity." "Police say that this ability to capture license plates is among the most powerful new crime-fighting tools at their disposal."

This surveillance is not only being done on public streets but in parking lots of apartments and condos and even on cars parked in one's own driveway. Police cruisers mounted with the cameras are just the beginning. Fixed locations are being added and unlike red light cameras, these record every vehicle going by.  It's all in the name of catching the bad guys and of course protecting the children but if a few parking ticket offenders and yes, even tax dodgers are caught, so much the better. The locals and the feds need a return on investment.

The information goes into a database of time, date and place and sits there until someone takes action on it. The potential for hackers to use or manipulate data is real and mistakes are going to occur. A stolen license plate at a crime scene could result in a SWAT team knocking an innocent person's door down. It happens.

There are so many of these 'toys' in the pipeline that we can only guess what will come next. The effect is cumulative. Each technology builds on another and soon we will see drones added to the mix. I don't think I read in the constitution that "you are a suspect until you prove yourself innocent" but not everyone cares about an old piece of paper.

For the time being, in most places we still have the right to turn the other camera so to speak. A local man was likely saved from going to jail because of a recording of his close encounter with a bad lying cop. The cop was even charged with a crime in this case. Sometimes it happens.

"A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible."
"The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies 'something not desirable'.... Since you don't know what Fascism is, how can you struggle against Fascism?"
"In our age there is no such thing as "keeping out of politics." All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia."
"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."
"We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of
intelligent men."
"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."  


  1. great.
    except "you are a suspect until you prove yourself innocent"
    is not quite correct. more like
    "you are still a suspect even after you prove yourself innocent"
    because they never stop monitoring no matter how innocent the victim

  2. The warrant alleged by the ADL/ATF at Waco was not a valid warrant, how many innocent people do you see in this photo ?


    Remember this is a Church on Sunday Morning....with women and CHILDREN inside.

    Years later a book is published - http://hardylaw.net/BOOK.HTM - that relates how the ADL/ATF had a real SNAFU...in communications..?

    Carlos G. was retained to review the FLIR tape..http://hardylaw.net/Carlos.html ..and his report ?

    {Remember the Economic Terrorists printing the currency, OWNING the Media, and operating a CRACK HOUSE called CONGRESS are in fact self identified as being "JEWISH"...!!!}


    And Al Quida helped the ADL/ATF & ADL/FBI remove the unexploded BOMBS from the Murrah Building...!!


    Make Mine TRUTH , Honesty...and JUSTICE !!


  3. The French got some change they can believe in. Hollande voted for the Euro currency, the Euro constitution, was an aide to the 33rd degree pres Mitterand, former spokesman for Jospin a Bilderberger and his wife cousin of Sarko's wife. Change you can believe in.


  4. all brought to you by entrepreneurs wanting $$$$

  5. Great observations. I did ask Chertoff directly at a lecture at my university. He dismissed it with the verbal technique of hand waving and changed the subject.

    For the record, I asked him how we as Americans could trust that the recent story of so many false positive of the no-fly watch list is not a serious concern (it’s up to like a bazillion names so clearly the only people in the country not terrorist are me and you…and I’m not so sure about you) ‘Ello Elle!

    He said (pretty close to an exact quote) That it doesn’t happen that often, the information is not misused, false positives can be corrected so they don’t recur, our people have integrity, I can assure you, and when they don’t the area they are lacking in integrity isn’t relevant to those with priviledged information.

    He then changed the subject by adding that they’ve got some cool spy toys/aids/tools/software on the horizon that meant that trivial concerns we had that were of no real concern would soon be of even less concern, though that would be based on them getting the budget needed to keep that well-oiled machine humming.

    As South Park Al Gore said when warning of man-bear-pig…I’m serial. (meaning my summation is pretty darn accurate)

    1. I would have been tempted to puke in Chertoffs face. How amazing would that have been? Its exactly what scum like him deserves while he profits off of Americans misplaced fears. Not to mention his role in protecting the Israeli 9/11 terrorists from arrest and prosecution.

    2. That would have been an entirely appropriate response. I'll always had visions of meeting Anthony Scalia and dramatically spitting on his shoes in disgust.