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Big Brother Wants to Know Where You’re Going, All the Time

Posted in Bizarre, Car Accessories, Car Tech, Politics by Vito Rispo | September 4th, 2008 | 12 Responses |


A device similar to the one police can put on your car, whenever they want, without a warrant

The Washington Post recently had an article about police using GPS tracking devices on citizens cars without warrants. Apparently, it’s a lot more common than you may think.

Police are saying that it’s the same thing as a policeman tailing and following a suspects car. Other people are saying that’s a load of ridiculous horseshit.
I’m absolutely flabbergasted that this is really happening in the United States. The blame lies squarely with the public. People either don’t have the testicular fortitude to stand up and say this is wrong, or they’re not intelligent enough to realize what a dangerous precedent this sets. It just isn’t the way a free society is supposed to operate.

If you do nothing, then nothing will get done. This sort of thing will continue and it will get worse. Your freedoms will further erode. You have to make a choice now, before it goes too far. You have to decide, where do I draw the line? You have to make up your mind now and figure out what’s “too far” for you. Maybe it’s a national ID card, or national curfews, or maybe its concentration camps; it’s different for each person. But you have to think hard about what kind of society you want to live in, because things are obviously changing.

Go here to find your state legislators, Governors, representatives, and senators and write them. Let them know how you feel about this issue.

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12 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    Good find. I know it’s a slippery slope, but I almost want to at first say that yes–they police can see them on public roads but what’s the big deal. At the same rate, why not just have a judge ok it first, shouldn’t be too big a problem if you have just cause.
    I do know that if my mother, wife or daughter was the person saved in the example the article talks about I would be 100% behind it’s use. Wouldn’t you?

    The obvious end result will be all cars having one installed at the factory and the police monitoring road speeds, along with signal indicators and we’ll just check our mail everyday for new tickets.

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  3. Phil E. Drifter says:

    That’s why they’re putting toll booths all across America’s bridges and state boundaries, so they can track you from state to state.

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  5. teh heckler says:

    I think this is horseshit and goes to further press that proganda that giving up a little liberty for security is ok.

    “Those who surrender a little liberty for a little security forfiet both and gain neither.”

    -One of the founding fathers-

    You may be only marginally unhappy with the US government now… but there will reach a point where it won’t matter and items like this will silence those who speak out. Mark my words. I’m sure the goverment pencil pushers are.

  6. Mario says:

    Why not surreptitiously place a GPS device on individuals police wish to keep tabs on? After all, that would be “no different” than a plain clothes cop tailing a person.

    I think part of the difference is that we assume there is no problem with individual police tailing individuals because of the scarcity of police officers, relative to the population. That scarcity is the reality we deal with and the context in which we evaluate the legitimacy of police actions. With things as they are, we can assume the police must prioritize and surveil only those legitimately under suspicion.

    A GPS tracking device on a vehicle (or person) changes everything. It is completely different than assigning a police officer to track an individual. Mass producing these would mean the reality we would be living with is all of us being tracked.

    Analogies only work when the context is the same. The police’s argument for the gratuitous use of GPS trackers is completely fallacious — and ludicrous.

  7. VINCE says:

    I THINK THAT GOVERMENT AS A WHOLE IS A BUNCH OF SHIT. I LIVE IN THE SOUTHEAST AND THERE IS NO GAS, THAY BLAME IT ON THE PIPELINE GOT DAMAGED DURING THE STORM THAT HIT TEXAS, BUT WHO CONTROLS THE GAS THE FUCKING GOVERMENT! THEY CONTROL EVERTHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH BIG MONEY JUST LIKE WALL STREET THEY ALLREADY CONTROL IT. THEY GET TO LIVE FAT AND TELL US WHAT TO DO AND CONTROL EVERYTHING ASSPECT OF THE HARD WORKING TAXPAYERS LIVES WHILE WE ARE THE ONES WHO PAY THEIR WAGES SO THEY CAN LIVE FAT. AS FAR AS THIS ELECTION GOES THERE IS NOBODY TO VOTE FOR THAT IS WORTH A SHIT!!!!!!! WHAT HAPPEN TO GOD BLESS AMERCIA????????????

  8. Lucas H says:

    “its the same thing as a policeman tailing and following a suspects car.”
    So that makes everyone a suspect? If one of these is put on my car I’m suddenly the suspect of some crime? This isn’t defending and serving the people this is a violation of civil rights. It’s bad enough in Europe, I refuse to let it spread to the land of the free.

    Or perhaps we should get a new name for our nation.

  9. Kevin says:

    If I ever found one….I’d either Keep it…or sell it =) think how many folks would like to get their hands on a police tracker

  10. tennisaddict says:

    that picture is photoshopped. I cant tell by the pixels.

  11. tennisaddict says:

    Seriously though, I think if you want to make an argument against this, you’ll have to go down the wrongness of attaching a piece of equipment to your property and not the wrongness of cops tracking you in public route. I think most of us have at some time been followed by a cop for some period of time while he/she was waiting for us to mess up or to check our plates. So, don’t get all upset about a cop following you with gps. Get mad about a cop using devices on your person or property instead. That is the slippery slope, not whether a cop can use technology to follow your whereabouts more accurately. Of course, personally, I believe that without a warrant, this is an invasion of privacy and a violation of due process rights. I think these tactics should only be used with some probable cause and a warrant, which is not the most difficult thing to get. Of course, its only hard to get a warrant without probable cause; so, if trouble getting a warrant is the cops’ argument, then they obviously don’t have enough reason to want to track you in the first place. This is not complicated, probable cause and warrant necessary for any gps tracking. That is all; make it so.

  12. R Schloemer says:

    *sigh* You’re right. In a country of 300,000,000 people and growing, where a million illegal immigrants flow over the boarders each year, hundreds of billions go into the manufacture and sale of illegal drugs, terrorists trying to insert themselves into the country constantly, serial murderers, arsonists, rapists, child molesters, corrupt CEO’s and fraudulent companies, people who lie on their taxes, corrupt politicians, domestic abuse, gang violence, neo-Nazi paramilitaries, religious nuts and God only knows what else, the police have nothing better to do than stick a tracker on your car so they can watch you go to the work, hit the grocery store and then go home. You aren’t of any meaning anyway! Influential politicians, cultural icons and heads of business might be of interest to a “big brother” style government, but you’re frankly small potatoes. I’ll gladly gain a modicum of freedom for a small plastic dealio on my car.