You knew this was coming. Created in the panic after Sept. 11, and even as Muslim “immigrants” flood into the United States, the Dept. of Homeland Security has nothing better to do than to watch the rest of us:
The Department of Homeland Security is seeking bids from companies able to provide law enforcement officials with access to a national license-plate tracking system — a year after canceling a similar solicitation over privacy issues. The reversal comes after officials said they had determined they could address concerns raised by civil liberties advocates and lawmakers about the prospect of the department’s gaining widespread access, without warrants, to a system that holds billions of records that reveal drivers’ whereabouts.
In a privacy impact assessment issued Thursday, the DHS says that it is not seeking to build a national database or contribute data to an existing system.
Of course not! Whatever would give anybody that idea?
Instead, it is seeking bids from companies that already gather the data to say how much they would charge to grant access to law enforcement officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a DHS agency. Officials said they also want to impose limits on ICE personnel’s access to and use of the data.
“These restrictions will provide essential privacy and civil liberty protections, while enhancing our agents’ and officers’ ability to locate and apprehend suspects who could pose a threat to national security and public safety,” DHS spokeswoman Marsha Catron said in a statement. The solicitation was posted publicly Thursday.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha! In case you haven’t noticed, ICE under President Precious has essentially abandoned immigration enforcement, and instead has thrown open the nation’s borders to undocumented invaders from Latin America and the Middle East. But real Americans . . . now we’re a different story:
Privacy advocates who reviewed a copy of the privacy impact assessment said it fell short. “If this goes forward, DHS will have warrantless access to location information going back at least five years about virtually every adult driver in the U.S., and sometimes to their image as well,” said Gregory T. Nojeim, senior counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology.
Read the whole terrifying thing. Sleep well tonight, America. And remember to thank George W. Bush for this monstrosity.