We’re pretty sure that if you asked the American people, “What’s the Bill of Rights?” more often than not you’d get a look like you just dropped in from Mars. Case in point, these folks in San Diego.
Now that we’ve made that point, here’s this.
The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents.The primary goal of the license-plate tracking program, run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is to seize cars, cash and other assets…
In other words, the government wants your stuff. But you don’t have to worry, it’s not really “your” stuff they want, it’s “bad guy’s” stuff.
…to combat drug trafficking, according to one government document.
There, you feel better now, right?
But the database’s use has expanded…
Today, it’s been expanded to hunt for kidnappers and other sorts of bad people you don’t want on the street. What do you think it could be expanded to hunt for tomorrow? How about putting a camera outside a gun store? Let’s see who’s buying guns and ammunition.
The American people would never, ever stand for that, would they. After all, the 2nd Amendment…
I don’t believe the Second Amendment was ever intended to support the kind of gun craziness we contend with today, but since it’s always used to ward off any common-sense gun reforms, maybe we ought to just fix the Constitution and be done with it.
The author of that sentence is an editorial writer for the Seattle Times. He’ll find wide support from people like Mike Bloomberg and his money.
With respect to the license-plate tracker program, some Senators are concerned.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the government’s use of license-plate readers “raises significant privacy concerns. The fact that this intrusive technology is potentially being used to expand the reach of the government’s asset-forfeiture efforts is of even greater concern.’’
“Significant privacy concerns.” And, the Senator has a solution to the problem of expanding government oversight.
The senator called for “additional accountability’’ and said Americans shouldn’t have to fear ”their locations and movements are constantly being tracked and stored in a massive government database.’’
In other words, tracking and storing the information without a warrant is fine. We just need another government group to watch over the people who are watching you.
Right. That’ll fix it.