The Department of Homeland Security wants a private company to provide a national license-plate tracking system that would give the agency access to vast amounts of information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers, according to a government proposal that does not specify what privacy safeguards would be put in place.
The national license-plate recognition database, which would draw data from readers that scan the tags of every vehicle crossing their paths, would help catch fugitive illegal immigrants, according to a DHS solicitation. But the database could easily contain more than 1 billion records and could be shared with other law enforcement agencies, raising concerns that the movements of ordinary citizens who are under no criminal suspicion could be scrutinized.
In this ever spiraling out of control world we live in we almost have to spend as much time keeping an eye on the good guys as we do the bad guys. Of the many liberty-choking ideas that have come about since the creation of this bureaucratic behemoth, this is easily in the Top Three worst. It is also the kind of thing the GOP could score points with a wide variety of people with if they vocally oppose this horrific idea.
Then again, it was big government Republicans who gave us DHS in the first place so…breath holding is not advised at this time.