From the October 2004 Idaho Observer:
Feds plan to track every car
WorldNet Daily reports that, "A little-known federal agency is planning a new monitoring program by which the government would track every car on the road by using onboard transceivers."
The agency to which WND refers is called the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, which can be found online at www.its.dot.gov and is part of the Department of Transportation. The agency’s website says its purpose is to "use advanced technology to improve the efficiency and safety of our nation’s surface transportation system."
According to an extensive report in the Charlotte, N.C., publication "Creative Loafing," the agency does not respond to inquiries from the public regarding the true extent of its activities.
The report described how government transportation management officials will coordinate the use of high-tech surveillance equipment housed in locations throughout the country to monitor every aspect of transportation. "Under the plan, not only will movement be monitored but it also will be archived in massive databases for future use," WND explained.
The paper reports a group of car manufacturers, technology companies and government interests have been working toward implementing the project for 13 years.
"The only way for people to evade the national transportation tracking system they’re creating will be to travel on foot. Drive your car, and your every movement could be recorded and archived. The federal government will know the exact route you drove to work, how many times you braked along the way, the precise moment you arrived – and that every other Tuesday you opt to ride the bus.
"They’ll know you’re due for a transmission repair and that you’ve neglected to fix the ever-widening crack that resulted from a pebble dinging your windshield."
"The report states that more than $4 billion in federal tax dollars has already been spent to lay the foundation for the system, which will use GPS technology and other methods to monitor Americans’ movements," WND reported.
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