Were Stimulus Funds Used To Spy On Americans?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/03/20 19:55:27

The April 2012 issue of Consumer Reports has a section titled: “Stopping car crashes with smarter cars,” which focuses on how “talking cars can protect you.” The systems are several steps up from electronic toll collection or the use of drive-by weigh stations favored by truckers. These V2X systems allow cars in the same area to communicate with each other over a wireless network, exchange data about each vehicle’s speed, location, and direction of travel. Consumer Reports admits that “to some this might seem like a Big Brother approach to monitoring driver behavior,” but says: “such a system has the potential to help drivers avoid” crashes. Sounds “smart.” But, Justin Brookman, director of the Consumer Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, points out: “The concern is that once you set up a mechanism to collect data for one admittedly beneficial use, there are no intrinsic limitations on that data being collected retained, transferred, and used for other purposes.”

We’ve recently seen the collection of data being done without consumer approval as in the case against Google and Apple. On January 23, the US Supreme Court ruled that use of a wireless GPS device attached by law enforcement to monitor a vehicle, without a court order as required for wire taps and other types of monitoring the citizenry is unlawful, a violation of the 4th Amendment. Yet, unauthorized data collection is one of the primary concerns facing consumers in states with mandated “smart” meters.

If you live in a state that is not requiring smart meters, you may not know what they are. Smart meters replace your standard analog electric meter with a digital one that can be read from a central office rather than a meter reader visiting your home—thus eliminating hundreds of jobs. President Obama says they are “devices that will have a direct benefit for consumers who want to save money on their electric bills.” They will “Allow you to actually monitor how much energy your family is using”—“even by the hour.” But these smart meters allow others to “monitor” your electricity use as well. Additionally, the next generation of smart meters will probably have controls that let the electric company turn off your electricity at peak times—or, perhaps, if you use too much. Only then, will they actually save any electricity.

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  • KarenInKenoshaWisconsin 2012/03/20 22:20:33 (edited)
    The title often sets the tone and affects how people read the rest of the article. I find her title incredibly misleading and can spot several interpretation fallacies within her article. This isn't to say there haven't been any instances of warrantless GPS tracking during criminal investigations, which have now been deemed illegal by the United States Supreme Court. There have been and that's why it's ruled illegal. This isn't to say that there isn't some potential for some abuses. It is to say that Noon is explaining too little to the layman and her style of writing lends to nurturing a climate of fear. Some fears are justified, others are the product of manipulative spin masters, and Noon has had more than her foot in that door.
  • KarenInKenoshaWisconsin 2012/03/20 20:44:07
    Additional Note:

    Maurita Littauer Noon is a fossil fuel advocate and director of the lobby organization called Executive Director of Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy. That organization views any opposition to fossil fuel with environmental interests as part of "Team Green" and paints them as seeking to undermine American sovereignty and spread global warming conspiracies, heh.
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/03/20 20:20:54
    I hope so because we have clearly had America terrorists.
  • KarenInKenoshaWisconsin 2012/03/20 20:10:17 (edited)

    WorldNetDaily (a.k.a. World Nut Daily) is a for-profit division of the Western Journalism Center (the organization responsible for www.westernjournalism.com), an organization founded by the highly conservative evangelical Christian, Joseph Farah.

    Conservative and Birther, Farah was among those in positions of power who have promulgated conspiracy theories questioning Barack Obama's status as a natural born citizen of the United States.

    So...do I question the given website as a credible source? Do I question their motivations? Yes and yes!

    Does that mean that no portion of the article can be correct in any aspect? There may or may not be some correct aspects or portions of the story, meaning it doesn't make sense to automatically discount anything a source like this puts forth. It does mean I at least seriously question it, perspective, facts, contexts and all.

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