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Fascism! On! The! March!

02 May 2012 @ 18:10

-From Tere, Mistress of Teresamerica, we learn [tip of the fedora to William Teach]:

Assault on Free Speech: New Law Makes It illegal to Protest Near President or Any Person Who has Secret Service Protection

…Under this law the secret service members are able to discriminate against those people who carry signs which may offend, challenge, or dissent from the person’s political views of whom they’re protecting. It is one thing to make sure that the President or any person who has secret service protection isn’t harmed in any way, shape, or form but to give the secret service agents carte blanche authority on what they perceive to be acceptable speech is absurd, an example of government overreach gone wild in the name of so-called safety, and clearly a violation of our civil liberty, namely our God-given right to free speech that isn’t supposed to be able to be taken away by our government officials….

Please get the word out about this travesty.

-From Eric Peters [one of freedom’s most intrepid watchdogs], we learn that soon, though we own our cars, we will not be in control of them [worth quoting in full]:

After a certain point, it’s not paranoia.

The latest brick in the wall is the predictably named “Moving Ahead For Progress in the 21st Century Act,” also known as Senate Bill 1813. (See here for the full text of the bill itself; the relevant section is 31406.) This legislation — already passed by the Senate and likely to be passed by the House — will impose a legal requirement that all new cars made beginning with the 2015 models be fitted with so-called Event Data Recorders (EDRs). These are the “black boxes” you may have read about that store data about how you drive — including whether you wear a seat belt and how fast you drive — ostensibly for purposes of post-accident investigation.

These EDRs are not new. GM and other automakers have been installing them in new cars for years — in GM’s case, since the late 1990s. What’s new is the proposed federal mandate, which would make it illegal to not have one — or (in all likelihood) to remove or disable one in a car required to have the device.

The question arises: why?

Several possibilities come to mind:

First, the EDRs could be — and almost certainly will be — tied into your vehicle’s GPS. (Most new and late model cars, conveniently, already have this, too.) Then data about your driving can be transmitted — as well as recorded. To whom? Your insurance company, of course. Progressive Insurance already has such a system in place — voluntary, for the moment.

When EDRs are mandated, you will no longer have a choice.

We’ll be told it’s all for the sake of (groan) “safety” — just like the old 55 MPH highway speed limit and every radar trap in the country. Of course, it’s really for the sake of revenue — the government’s and the insurance company’s. Your rates will be “adjusted” in real time, for every incident of “speeding” or not buckling up. It’ll be so much more efficient than using cops to issue tickets. After all, so many fishes escape! With an EDR in every car, no one will escape. Your “adjusted” premium will be waiting for you when you get home.

You’ve got mail!

And naturally, they — the government, insurance companies — will be able to track your every move, noting (and recording) where you’ve been and when. This will create a surveillance net beyond anything that ever existed previously. Some will not sweat this: After all, if you’ve got nothing to hide, why worry? Except for the fact that, courtesy of almost everything we do being either “illegal” or at least “suspicious,” we all have a great deal to hide. The naivety of the Don’t Worry, it’s No Big Deal crowd is breathtaking.

But the last possibility is probably the creepiest: EDRs tied into your car’s GPS will give them — the government and/or corporations — literal physical control over (hack) “your” vehicle. This is not conspiracy theorizing. It is technological fact. Current GM vehicles equipped with the same technology about to be mandated for every vehicle can be disabled remotely. Just turned off. All the OnStar operator has to do is send the appropriate command over the GPS to your car’s computer, which controls the engine. It is one of the features touted by OnStar — of course, as a “safety” feature.

In the future, it will be used to limit your driving — for the sake of “energy conservation” or, perhaps, “the environment.” It will be the perfect, er, vehicle, for implementing U.N. Agenda 21 — the plan to herd all of us formerly free-range tax cattle into urban feedlots. So much easier to control us this way. No more bailing out to the country or living off the grid — unless you get there (and to your work) by walking.

The pieces are all coming together.

First, computer-controlled cars. Next, widespread adoption of GPS in cars. Then, EDRs tied into them.

Viola. “Your” car is suddenly under the control of others. Just as “your” other (cough, hack) property — “your” home, for example — is under the control of others. It does not matter that you paid for it. Or even that you have the legal fiction of ownership. You do not control “your” property — hence it is really the property of others. You are merely allowed to use said property — under certain conditions — by the leave of the true owners.

And once SB 1813 is passed and signed into law, there will no longer be an opt-out. In fact, sure as the rooster crows in the morning, you can bet the next step will a law requiring older cars not originally fitted with the technology be fitted with it — or else decommissioned. It is inconceivable that they — the government and its insurance company cronies — will allow anyone to drive a vehicle not subject to this monitoring and control. They will insist it’s not “safe” — and of course, “unfair” that owners of older cars not equipped with EDRs are able to “get away” with “speeding” and not wearing their seat belts.

Our cars were once a tangible expression of the freedom ideal. They are fast becoming mobile cages. And the really devilish thing is they’re making us pay the costs of our own imprisonment, too.

As I have written here before:

For a system to be accurately labeled ‘Fascist’, the public and the private sectors must work together at the expense of the sovereign people. They must exist within a Circle Of Corruption, a ‘Pool Of Putrescence’, if you will.

The national government and many private professionals and businesses have jumped into that Circle.

Another requirement is that the government exercises control over Free Speech, that it gives itself the power to regulate it.

When they kick out your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head?
Or on the trigger of your gun?

  1. flyingtigercomics permalink
    02 May 2012 @ 21:06 21:06

    Freedom of speech. Freedom of assembly. Right against self incrimination (Fifth Amendment).

  2. Adobe_Walls permalink
    02 May 2012 @ 22:02 22:02

    The new power to infringe on free speech given to the SS (I keep forgetting if treasury employees are Waffen, Allgemeine or Totenkopfverbände ) was done several weeks (months?) ago. This black box thingy will be in direct communication with the black helicopters. And lets not forget the new executive order signed on March 16, one of it’s provisions empowers the administration to “Be prepared to ensure the availability of critical resources in time of national threat;”. Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness is meant to update Defense Production Act of 1950 and as such should be relatively innocuous. However given this administration’s penchant for determining that the Constitution, laws and the English language in general mean whatever they need it to mean at any given moment plus their rather broad definition of emergency or war ( the republicans are waging war on women don’cha know) I don’t like Obamsky having the powers he has now.

    • M. Thompson permalink
      02 May 2012 @ 22:30 22:30

      They’d be Allgemine (general). The Death’s head type would not be necessary until it was realized they requirements for running a totalitarian oligarchy.

      • Adobe_Walls permalink
        02 May 2012 @ 23:06 23:06

        While generally speaking you’re probably correct, however since many government departments have swat teams even EPA and education I submit the Waffen cadres are already formed.

  3. FeFe permalink
    03 May 2012 @ 13:22 13:22

    Big Brother builds his dream car to be sure, however, have you noticed the themepark that is Europe is going online? and “EU-inspired plans” link quotes:
    __sweeping expansion in the power of the police and other public bodies to trawl through private communications, including visits to Facebook and eBay.
    __Internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the government’s electronic “listening” agency – to examine “on demand” any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website accessed in “real time”.

    And does not Dr. North describe the TSA, Homeland Security, et al so well?
    __When “everybody” is in charge, no one is in charge. Responsibility shared is responsibility diluted, and while the finger of blame is pointed in one direction, others equally culpable get away with it.

    Vet the politico-media is our only hope to reach those who eat the TV pablum:
    __Most often though, unlike this case where the EU is taking the rap, the “colleagues” are able to screw up the system, and walk away without blame – no least thanks to the media which no longer understands how we are governed.
    __Big Brother is here, wearing the ring of stars – and the MSM doesn’t even notice.

  4. 07 May 2012 @ 10:07 10:07

    The rebels will be on horseback. Except me, because I am allergic to horses, so I’ll be riding into battle on a pissed off armored elephant.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      07 May 2012 @ 11:10 11:10

      It worked for Hannibal.


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