Originally Posted by johnrehder
... I am clean so I could care lees who takes a picture of my license plate, face or whatever! If you are not guilty of anything then why worry about it?
There can be no doubt that this is a very, very efficient way of scanning lots of license plates and finding the stolen vehicles, vehicles used in crimes, etc.
But I don't like it. This is a slippery slope we are on, and we better get off it before we can't. Unfortunately, once we go down these routes there is rarely any turning back.
I am clean, too, but I don't think that gives government the right to scan me, watch me, surveil me, track me, etc. (Yes, I know: the legal eagles out there will tell me I'm wrong -- government does have the right, etc. I just don't have to like it.)
Yeah, this is one of my hot buttons, and I've been consistent on this topic. Another example is red-light cameras and speeding cameras. I'd rather pay more taxes to put a police officer at every corner than to have a machine catch me violating a traffic law.
Why don't we fast-forward 50 years and just implant a transponder in every baby at birth? That way we could monitor their vital signs... "for their protection"; their location... "to ensure they aren't somewhere they aren't supposed to be", and how long they have been there... "for our protection". This would make the jobs of parents, truant officers, police officers, probation officers, hospitals, civil engineers, and traffic planners so much easier and more efficient.
Bottom line, for me: There will be replies that say "Howard, quit being a paranoid nutjob. This is all for our protection." Others have made the point much more simply and clearly than I can; maybe they will chime in. I seem to be in the minority on this one, and that's OK.