Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, September 23, 2011
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Association is paying drivers to trial an in-vehicle spy system on behalf of a DHS-linked government entity, as the effort to build a surveillance network to constantly monitor Americans’ travel patterns picks up pace.
The system is part of a research project funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a government body that has worked with both Homeland Security and the EPA. The DHS and the NHTSA have also shared administrators at the highest level.
According to a letter sent to one of our readers by the MVA, drivers are being offered $150 to participate in the program, which involves a “speed warning device” being installed inside the driver’s vehicle for a period of 12 weeks.
The study is a collaborative effort with Westat, a Maryland based corporation that provides “services to agencies of the U.S. Government”.
Of course, as we have seen from the transformation of the OnStar system from a safety aid to a tracking device that sells the information of its users to companies and law enforcement, governments and private corporations are working together to create a surveillance grid for all drivers.
OnStar recently announced that from December 1 they will be selling customer data to anyone they choose, even if the customer cancels the service.
“What’s changed [is that if] you want to cancel your OnStar service, we are going to maintain a two-way connection to your vehicle unless the customer says otherwise,” an OnStar representative told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Of course, one of the primary target markets for this data will be law enforcement, with OnStar passing on GPS coordinates of its customers over lengthy periods of time, allowing authorities to build a complete dossier on the individual, representing a total violation of the 4th Amendment.
“Personal GPS location information, speed, safety belt usage, and other information can be sold to third parties, including law enforcement,” writes forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski. “To add insult to a slap in the face, the company insists they will continue collecting and selling this personal information even after you cancel your service, unless you specifically shut down the data connection to the vehicle after canceling.”
Read the letter being sent to Maryland residents by the MVA below (click for enlargement).
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jo