police

Your car's location is being routinely tracked by the government as you drive

Saturday, August 03, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: license plate scanners, surveillance state, police

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) Do you have an expectation of privacy when you step into your vehicle? Apparently you don't, because in case you didn't know, you're being tracked everywhere you drive. And for that, you can blame the double-edged sword of technology.

The Information Age has made it much more affordable - and far too easy - for authorities and police to track your every move, in blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment's guarantee, which says "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..." Despite the amendment's clear language, however, police departments all over the country "have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong," The Associated Press notes. Continuing, AP reports:

Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Affixed to police cars, bridges or buildings, the scanners capture images of passing or parked vehicles and note their location, uploading that information into police databases. Departments keep the records for weeks or years, sometimes indefinitely.

'We can capture 7,000 plates in a shift'

As we have reported often, the basis for all of this surveillance and recording of movement is the threat of terrorism, despite the fact that terrorism cases in America are extremely rare and that the Constitution's privacy amendment does not contain a qualifier like "...as long as there is no threat to society."

The U.S. Supreme Court has been of some help, for a change, ruling in 2012 that police can't just track your car using GPS - global positioning system - technology without first obtaining a court-ordered warrant. But Congress and federal courts so far have been largely silent or absent regarding emerging technologies like license plate scanners, which "allow police effectively to track a driver's location, sometimes several times every day, with few legal restrictions," AP said.

In its report, "You Are Being Tracked: How License Plate Readers are Being Used to Record Americans' Movements," the ACLU notes:

License plate readers would pose few civil liberties risks if they only checked plates against hot lists and these hot lists were implemented soundly. But these systems are configured to store the photograph, the license plate number, and the date, time, and location where all vehicles are seen - not just the data of vehicles that generate hits. All of this information is being placed into databases, and is sometimes pooled into regional sharing systems. As a result, enormous databases of motorists' location information are being created. All too frequently, these data are retained permanently and shared widely with few or no restrictions on how they can be used.

The scanners are able to capture a "single, high-resolution image of our lives," the civil rights organization says.

It's about the Constitution, stupid

"There's just a fundamental question of whether we're going to live in a society where these dragnet surveillance systems become routine," Catherine Crump, a staff attorney with the ACLU, told the AP. Her organization has proposed that police departments immediately delete any records of cars not linked to any crimes.

Cops say the scanners allow departments to work smarter, not harder. For instance, AP reported. Maryland state officials say troopers there can "maintain a normal patrol stance" and still capture as many as 7,000 license plate images during a single eight-hour shift.

"At a time of fiscal and budget constraints, we need better assistance for law enforcement," Harvey Eisenberg, chief of the national security section and assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland, told the newswire service.

"There's no expectation of privacy" when you're operating a motor vehicle on a public road or if you're parked in a public place, said Lt. Bill Hedgpeth, a Mesquite, Texas Police Department spokesman. "It's just a vehicle. It's just a license plate."

No, Officer Hedgpeth, it's just a constitutional guarantee that you're violating.

His attitude and those of other law enforcement officers and courts of law who agree with him have this bass-ackwards. Americans who are not doing anything wrong and not suspected of doing anything wrong absolutely do have an expectation of privacy, or should. And why not? The basic founding premise of the Fourth Amendment is that Americans innocent of any wrongdoing should not have to be concerned with falling under surveillance, of any sort, at any time. So putting us under surveillance, for "public safety" or for any reason, is simply not constitutionally permissible.

But you have to have authorities who a) understand the Constitution's founding premises, and b) are honest enough to honor and uphold them. Guess that's too much to ask.

Sources:

http://www.myfoxny.com

http://www.aclu.org

http://www.naturalnews.com

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.