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Thursday, November 11, 2004


Black Box In Your Car

That's right folks. Big Brother may soon be riding shotgun:

Privacy experts warn that once cars are outfitted for the most limited data recording, the government will find a way to argue it’s for drivers’ "own good" to collect more. They point to a push in recent years to install GPS in all cars so that emergency officials can easily find incapacitated accident victims.

"When you are telling someone it is for their own good, then it should be their own choice, they should be able to say ‘no,’" said professor Yale Kamisar of the University of Michigan Law School. "None of these things work out the way they are supposed to. Why should we believe all of these assurances when they haven’t been honored in the past?"
Umm...duh! Anyone who tells you that the government will never get their hands on this and that the types of information collected will be limited to "X" is either stupid or lying through their teeth. It's that simple.

Here's the thing that really killed me:

According to Joe Osterman, director of highway safety at the NTSB, the recommendation was inspired in part by a tragic auto accident involving a 86-year-old man who drove his car into a crowded Santa Monica farmers’ market last summer, killing 10 and injuring 63.

Osterman said a black box in the car might have not saved the people in the crash, but would have allowed investigators to find out how it happened and how cars could be better designed to reduce the likelihood of greater injury in the future.
Let's see, I've got an idea. We could have saved all those people that died on the street by taking away that guy's driver's license! Does this joker honestly want me to believe that a black box is going to help tell us what went wrong? I'll save us all a lot of time, money and freedom...an old guy got confused and drove his car into a crowed street and killed people. I'm really pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. I just figured all that out without resorting to an invasive Black Box.

If you need any more answers just email me and include a PayPal transfer of $100 per inquiry. I'll be waiting for the cash to start rolling in.


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