Michael E. Fournier MBA

Big Brother is Here: Safeguarding Our Civil Liberties

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

As a generally right leaning person, I am usually critical of the ACLU and other civil liberty organizations.  But over the last few years, Congress has implemented bills to put a GPS in every automobile, Section 31406 of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21) bill calls for “Mandatory Event Data Recorders” to be installed in new vehicles, starting in the year 2015, essentially putting a black box data recorder in every vehicle.  This has the capability of tracking your movement, how fast you go, whether you perform required maintenance, and pretty much anything a car loaded with electronics can measure.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and related legislation will allow companies to share with the government everything you do on the Internet, what you look at, what you buy, your emails.  Definitely legislation that is designed to spy on individuals in the worst way.  The NSA already has computers that sort through tons of information on the internet looking for keywords that may identify terrorists.

At least in California, the Electric company has been installing new usage meters that monitor and report on usage throughout the day.  Also the DHS has several methods for tracking the movements and financial activity of citizens all in the name of anti-terrorism.  Does anyone feel more secure due to the efforts of DHS?

THE TIME IS NOW TO PUT DOWN OUR COLLECTIVE FOOT!  The government is rapidly taking away, or planning on taking away our rights and our freedoms.  Who is responsible for writing this into the legislation?  I want to know!

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