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(Washington Post)   The Department of Homeland Security wants to build a national license plate tracking system that will track every driver's movements around the country. What is your destination, citizen?   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 147
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2014-02-19 09:40:51 AM  
I need to patent my infrared laser diode plate "illuminator" that makes cameras useless for this kind of thing, but looks perfectly fine to the naked eye.
 
2014-02-19 09:41:07 AM  
Usually the liquor store or a bar. big farking deal.
 
2014-02-19 09:42:17 AM  
"The Department of Homeland Security wants a private company..."

I'm convinced. The free market has my best interests at heart. What could go wrong?

/Thanks, Bushbama
 
2014-02-19 09:42:24 AM  
I'm sure nothing bad could ever come of this.
 
2014-02-19 09:42:55 AM  
Wait, they don't already?
 
2014-02-19 09:43:16 AM  
"It is important to note that this database would be run by a commercial enterprise, and the data would be collected and stored by the commercial enterprise, not the government,"

I feel so much safer now..
 
2014-02-19 09:43:20 AM  
The cops are going to win this one.
 
2014-02-19 09:43:45 AM  
In junior high school, I 'learned' that Soviet citizens could not just up and take vacations, but had to report their movements to the government. Any divergence from their plan = firing squad.
 
2014-02-19 09:44:00 AM  
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2014-02-19 09:44:27 AM  
Won't that interfere with the tracking devices the dentists planted in our teeth?

/no wonder every bad thing in and out of my mouth keeps winding up on my employment record
 
2014-02-19 09:44:39 AM  
I'm so glad I'm a Good German and this won't bother me.
 
2014-02-19 09:44:46 AM  
Home, the grocery store, the dump, home, the grocery store...

Bring on the tracking device, prepare to be bored.
 
2014-02-19 09:44:53 AM  
Why the fark is my government screwing my country?
 
2014-02-19 09:45:19 AM  
Remember what people were called when they complained about setting up DHS and severely restricting ones ability to travel freely about the country?

Honestly, what the fark did people think was to happen?
 
2014-02-19 09:45:40 AM  
Is it an improvement that they are telling us first instead of just doing it?
 
2014-02-19 09:46:03 AM  
They're just taking necessary action where states have dragged their feet.  Nothing to see here, folks.
 
2014-02-19 09:46:24 AM  
So - bout this ridiculous shiat that we seem to be just taking lying down with our legs up. The answer is.... WTF? NO! Find someone you agree with - talk to other people VOTE THAT MOTHERfarkER INTO AN OFFICE.
 
2014-02-19 09:47:11 AM  
why would they need to do that, just track the locations of cellphones that most people have
 
2014-02-19 09:47:19 AM  
I would imagine that they would start with a database of all the registered government license plates from all 50 states. Does that really require an outside company? Maybe to get it out of Microsoft Access format, but other than that it would just be an image search issue to retrieve the data.
 
2014-02-19 09:47:24 AM  
There already is a national license plate reporting system. It is accessed every time you're pulled over or your plate is "ran" by a law enforcement agency.

I'm not concerned about this.
 
2014-02-19 09:47:36 AM  
If this is implemented keep in mind whose administration was in power.
 
2014-02-19 09:48:05 AM  

Brick-House:


Indeed.
You have an eye for the details.


/slippery slopes are slippery
//wheeeee
 
2014-02-19 09:48:19 AM  

aseras: I need to patent my infrared laser diode plate "illuminator" that makes cameras useless for this kind of thing, but looks perfectly fine to the naked eye.


Hoping to wash out a license plate huh? These cameras are more than capable of exposing a bright-white california plate that is being hit by the full summer sun. Good luck with your little LED's trying to wash that out.
 
2014-02-19 09:50:15 AM  

MBA Whore: Why the fark is my government screwing my country?


We get it, he's black.
 
2014-02-19 09:52:02 AM  

GoldSpider: MBA Whore: Why the fark is my government screwing my country?

We get it, he's black.


Well, at least racism is alive and well at Fark.
 
2014-02-19 09:52:06 AM  
Already being done with our cell phones.
 
2014-02-19 09:53:04 AM  
BunkoSquad


Wait, they don't already?


This ^ Newer cars have it built in, I can't wait till they send you an ordinance to retro-fit cars older than 2010.
 
2014-02-19 09:54:13 AM  
To track illegal immigrants? farking really?
 
2014-02-19 09:54:17 AM  

pkellmey: Well, at least racism is alive and well at Fark.


Truly, these people didn't seem to mind this sort of thing when the white guy was president.
 
2014-02-19 09:54:37 AM  
Terrorism: turning America into a capitalist fascist paradise since September 11, 2001.
 
2014-02-19 09:54:39 AM  

MBA Whore: Why the fark is my government screwing my country?


Clearly you're a racist if you disagree with what's going on.
 
2014-02-19 09:55:09 AM  

smoky2010: There already is a national license plate reporting system. It is accessed every time you're pulled over or your plate is "ran" by a law enforcement agency.


Assuming that's true, it's not efficient enough to permit US border guards to discern that a TX plated rental car is the consequence of a one-way rental to BUF being taken on vacation to Toronto, as opposed to being the fugitive in the red Focus they were looking for. Was it implemented by EDS?

/not sure why I'd be driving into to the US
//nor why I wasn't stopped while leaving
///probably lucky not to be shot
 
2014-02-19 09:55:13 AM  
It's just metadata!
 
2014-02-19 09:56:15 AM  
Welcome to the United Kingdom, citizen...
 
2014-02-19 09:57:31 AM  
This is so sad.

What the hell has happened to this country?
 
2014-02-19 09:57:55 AM  

BunkoSquad: Wait, they don't already?


They do.

But it's a patchwork of manufacturer vehicle tracking, all the various interstate/highway/tollbooth/bridge/police squad car cameras....

parts of these are close-to live data collection points, others archived info they have to query, most they have to work through 3rd parties,

basically a giant mess that probably never works quite right when they absolutely need it to.
 
2014-02-19 09:58:03 AM  

GoldSpider: pkellmey: Well, at least racism is alive and well at Fark.

Truly, these people didn't seem to mind this sort of thing when the white guy was president.


Sure, because skin color is the root of all solutions.
 
2014-02-19 09:58:30 AM  
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2014-02-19 09:58:43 AM  

GoldSpider: pkellmey: Well, at least racism is alive and well at Fark.

Truly, these people didn't seem to mind this sort of thing when the white guy was president.


Truly, the rate at which our freedoms and liberties have eroded has greatly accelerated since the white guy was president.

/hated Bush
//Obama is just worse
///next president will be even worse
 
2014-02-19 09:59:07 AM  

GoldSpider: pkellmey: Well, at least racism is alive and well at Fark.

Truly, these people didn't seem to mind this sort of thing when the white guy was president.


I guess the irony of your post is lost on you.
 
2014-02-19 09:59:10 AM  

SlothB77: Is it an improvement that they are telling us first instead of just doing it?


They're doing it already.  Now they're just fighting over who gets the data.
 
2014-02-19 10:00:32 AM  
When Texas started putting annual registration stickers on license plates, sticker theft was a big problem overnight. The sticker is now inside the windshield and self destructs if removed.

You'll need to keep your license plate in the safe when ever you're not driving, because just like a gun, if someone steals it and commits a crime it's your fault.
 
2014-02-19 10:01:30 AM  
Why would they need to do this? Every smartphone has GPS.
 
2014-02-19 10:01:52 AM  
Been driving with a temporary license plate since November. Who knows what kind of terror I could have committed. Besides my horrible driving, of course.

Know terror committed while driving on temporary plates:
Driving in St. Louis
Ordering 'just a soda' from McDonald's Drive thru at lunchtime
Taking two parking spots (accidentally)
Parking so close to the line, no one can park in the next spot (intentionally)
Driving 55 in the left lane
Parking in Handicapped
Parking on Handicapped


Aisle seat to Gitmo, please
 
2014-02-19 10:02:40 AM  
But... no papers?

i60.tinypic.com
 
2014-02-19 10:03:16 AM  

duffblue: I guess the irony of your post is lost on you.


The "Pointing out racism is racist" play?
 
2014-02-19 10:03:17 AM  
They are already doing this. Now they have to come up with a strategy to tell us about it.
 
2014-02-19 10:03:28 AM  

smoky2010: There already is a national license plate reporting system. It is accessed every time you're pulled over or your plate is "ran" by a law enforcement agency.

I'm not concerned about this.


Is it S.C.M.O.D.S.?

/i hate DC Nazis
 
2014-02-19 10:03:54 AM  

CombinedEffort: Welcome to the United Kingdom, citizen...


Not really. The United Kingdom currently has this:

MurphyMurphy:

...a patchwork of ... all the various interstate/highway/tollbooth/bridge/police squad car cameras....

parts of these are close-to live data collection points, others archived info they have to query, most they have to work through 3rd parties,

basically a giant mess that probably never works quite right when they absolutely need it to.
 
2014-02-19 10:03:57 AM  

BitwiseShift: When Texas started putting annual registration stickers on license plates, sticker theft was a big problem overnight. The sticker is now inside the windshield and self destructs if removed.

You'll need to keep your license plate in the safe when ever you're not driving, because just like a gun, if someone steals it and commits a crime it's your fault.


that's funny.  We've used stickers on plates in Iowa for ever.  Those damn things are impossible to remove, they just sort of crack and chip off
 
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