I really hate the words “I told you so”.
Yesterday I wrote an article about some proposals in the State of Utah to increase the gas tax, and some “alternatives” to tax by the mile rather than by the gallon – and why doing so is a really bad idea.
One of the points I brought up was that through microchips being used in today’s HOV and toll lanes, and with “clear air vehicles” to “allow” them to use the lane. Since we already have cameras at every major intersection, there’s already a power line and network cable in those locations. Adding the “chip tracker” would be a simple add-on. Combine that with optical character recognition software through the images captured with the traffic cameras, and it becomes easy to see that a car-tracking system could easily be created.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department has acknowledged creating such a system with the intent of tracking the movements of millions of vehicles across the country – in real time.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) wants this to combat drug trafficking near the U.S.-Mexico border. However, emails indicate that the government has been working to expand the system across the entire U.S. – not just at the border. Is the real reason behind all those Federally-funded traffic cameras starting to become clear to you now?
The Justice Department says that the system is “compliant” with federal regulations because it “includes protocols that limit who can access the database and all of the license plate information is deleted after 90 days”.
So when someone tells you that they want to tax you “by the mile”, don’t get sucked into their propaganda! The real reason is to build a real-time tracking system to know where you are and infer where you’re going.
Sound like 1984 to anyone else?