License Plate Readers Finding Stolen Vehicles and Instantly Identifying Criminals Is A Wonderful Thing. Tracking and sharing data on the location of law abiding citizens with state and federal government, possibly storing that data indefinitely BAD…
In the header of this site there is a partial quote from our Tennessee Constitution. It is a reminder of the revolutionary idea which birthed this nation and set us apart from all other nations until now.
ARTICLE I. Declaration of Rights.
Section 1. That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; for the advancement of those ends they have at all times, an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.”
We do well when we keep that in mind. Too often we allow government to extend beyond reasonable limits in the name of safety and security. Those who surrender their liberty for security soon have neither security nor liberty.
We know by history that tyranny never leaves us entirely. That is why the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Every day presents an opportunity to be vigilant.
Police departments across Tennessee have acquired new technology which has the potential to fight crime but also has the potential to limit the individual rights and privacy of law-abiding citizens.
This technology is currently installed on at least four Clarksville TN police vehicles as well as numerous Homeland Security vehicles state wide. According to the American Civil Liberties Union “A little noticed surveillance technology, designed to track the movements of every passing driver, is fast proliferating on America’s streets. Automatic license plate readers, mounted on police cars or on objects like road signs and bridges, use small, high-speed cameras to photograph thousands of plates per minute. The information captured by the readers – including the license plate number, and the date, time, and location of every scan – is being collected and sometimes pooled into regional sharing systems. As a result, enormous databases of innocent motorists’ location information are growing rapidly. This information is often retained for years or even indefinitely, with few or no restrictions to protect privacy rights.”
Link to the article, which includes links to results from the ACLU’s Freedom of Information request from Clarksville Tennessee.. Clarksville citizens may want to address this with our City Council to insure our whereabouts, who is visiting us, who we visit and more is not being collected, forwarded and maintained in violation of our Constitutional rights to privacy.
Remember to pray for those in whom we have lent OUR authority to govern. Please pray for my, your servant, Mike Warner, and KNOW that I am praying for you. God Bless