Friday, May 27, 2011

Freedoms Lost? - #2935 - U.S. to Propose Mandatory Vehicle 'Black Boxes' - Detroit News (2) VIDEO: A Government War on Cameras? - Hot Air

The U.S. Transportation Department said today it will propose making vehicle "black boxes" mandatory in all vehicles by the end of the year.  The department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has long considered whether to make black boxes, officially called event data recorders, or EDRs, mandatory. They collect data about the seconds leading up to a crash and can help investigators determine the cause.  Last year, Congress considered requiring EDRs in all vehicles. NHTSA Administrator David Strickland told Congress the agency was studying the issue.  The plan was included in a 197-page Transportation Department regulatory reform proposal released by the White House this morning.  "NHTSA plans to propose mandatory EDRs in all passenger vehicles in 2011," the Transportation Department said in the report.  In a separate agency document posted on its website, NHTSA said it is also working on a proposal "for future enhancements to (EDRs) capabilities and applicability."  Read more........  AW: What do you think these 'future enhancements' could be, ways to track miles driven?  It has already been announced the White House wants to track how many miles we drive so we can be taxed by the mile.  How about where we are driving and whether we drive too far, too much,  or another way to destroy liberties and freedoms.  We need to call our congressmen about this proposal.  I don't trust any  197 page plan by the White House that is a Transportation Department Regulatory Reform Proposal.  


A Government War on Cameras? - Hot Air - The rapid reduction in price and increase in quality for handheld video cameras has created a pressure point between government at all levels and citizens, especially those in New Media or political activism. As transparency in public places becomes easier to accomplish, police have reacted by attempting to intimidate people into shutting off their cameras. In some cases, they will claim that the law forbids filming of public buildings (not true) or that the audio violates anti-wiretap legislation (possibly true in some cases). Reason TV and Reason Magazine give a hard look at the reaction and the rights of citizens to operate their cameras in public:  Read more, know your rights.........

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