Big Brother is Watching (Updated)

big-brother-insetJust a quick post, without a lot of opinion.

You may have heard the story about the Florida gun owner who was pulled over while driving through Maryland:

http://tbo.com/list/columns-tjackson/jackson-gun-owner-unarmed-unwelcome-in-maryland-20140112/

A troubling story on all counts, but disturbingly vague on specifics.

Well, you really need to read the background on how/why it happened:

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/01/16/driving-through-maryland-how-the-lawful-florida-gun-owner-was-targeted-hint-maryland-coordination-and-analysis-center/#more-75456

So, to sum up: legally owning a gun in your home state is considered probable cause for arresting you in other states despite, not breaking any laws in those other states.  Gun ownership = the new scarlet letter.  Another step towards stigmatizing gun owners.

The other lesson to be drawn from this incident (and all of the NSA stories, and the IRS attacking anyone that disagrees with 0bama, etc.) is that the noose of government is getting tighter around all of our necks.

For years, I avoided buying an EZ-Pass (remote toll-deduction widget for your car) due to privacy concerns.  Looks like technology has leapfrogged me.  It is only a matter of time before speeding tickets are issued automatically.

Rather than simply be outraged at this story, I hope you are going to get more involved in the political process to try and reverse the disturbing mission creep of our government.

And, I hope that you start paying attention to the cameras you see attached to municipal vehicles and near roads.  And to the roads where you don’t see them.  And to the gun laws of the states you drive through.

Update 2/15/14

Interesting new development in this story:

The Department of Homeland Security is set to activate a national license plate tracking system that will be shared with law enforcement

“Were the feds using Maryland to establish the protocols ?   It sure seems that is a very strong possibility…… and, if so, the denial of the FOIA would make even more sense.”

 

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