In time of war, we become accustomed to the loss of some of our rights. We assume that they will be restored to us at the end of hostilities, but the war on terror may not end in our lifetimes. What shall we accept in the meantime and what shall we protest against?
Law enforcement here is southern Utah is waging a war against drugs imported into our area from the south via Interstate 15. They are proposing the installation of license plate scanners in both directions to help them spot and apprehend drug smugglers. While the end may be justified, I oppose the means, the plate scanners.
The usual argument is that if you are not a smuggler, then you have nothing to worry about. I disagree. With drones in the skies and license plate scanners on the ground and government surveillance of all electronic communication, I believe that it will be possible for government to keep records of all we do. That is too much of an intrusion into our right to privacy and opens the gates wide to a 1984-style government in the US. Do you agree?
- Feds want license plate scanners in Utah (abc4.com)
- Border Control Measures Move Inland With Utah License Plate Tracking Program (activistpost.com)