The bill as it’s currently written is fiscally disastrous, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and removes what’s left of any vestige of privacy in your own private vehicle.
If the 2021 infrastructure bill passes, which it may due to the help of Republican senators who apparently couldn’t care less about our privacy, it will likely become a rhetorical trope the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the passage of the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001” – otherwise known as the Patriot Act.
It would become a swear word.
I’ll take a moment here to talk to so-called “fact” checkers whose favorite trick is to “check” stories after the story has changed — as in the case of the senators changing the bill after the publication of this article — or more information can be deciphered from the 2,700-page bill, and then call a story “false” or “half true.” Before you attempt to destroy my credibility as you have attempted to do multiple times for which you may be subject to legal action, this story with my copious opinions is based on the state-of-play on the day before Senator Chuck Schumer has called a vote. Hope that clears things up for you forever-befuddled losers.
Now, here’s what the bill would do to you inside and outside your car. They call it a “pilot” program. That’s just government talk for we’re not going to screw all of you yet.
China-Like “Mass Surveillance”
The Intercept interviewed the policy counsel at the Lefty-organization Demand Progress. He characterized a key piece of the legislation as “mass surveillance.”
It’s concerning to see the advancement of a plan that appears to depend on the government’s mass surveillance of vehicles’ location simply to function,” said Sean Vitka, policy counsel at Demand Progress.
Gosh, why would that be a problem?
The Truth About Cars website reports that the bill sets in motion the, ahem, infrastructure to network your car with “automated traffic enforcement hubs, networked with speed and stoplight cameras (similar to what currently exists in China).”
Per Mile Taxes
That “mass surveillance” is part of a system to keep track of where and how much you drive, as if that’s any of their beeswax. But they’ll use it against you eventually. No doubt it would have Fourth Amendment implications.
Breathalyzers for All Private Vehicles
The bill requires that breathalyzers— which detect too much alcohol but not weed or other substances—be installed in all vehicles.
You may think this is a grand idea. It’s for safety after all.
But look at what has to happen for it to “work.”
Cockpit Cameras and Facial Recognition?
Cockpit cameras check to make sure your sober buddy isn’t blowing into the contraption for you, and facial recognition software will “track face and eye movements in case you’re planning to get drunk while driving.”
You might think that, well, come on now, Tesla already has cameras in the cockpit and my new fancy car comes with a luxury add-on package that includes a camera.
Good for you. But you chose that. This bill requires it.
The auto industry is all-in on the new safety mechanisms, which, of course, you’ll pay extra for.
From The Truth About Cars:
“The auto industry has long been committed to supporting public and private efforts to address this tragic threat to road safety,” John Bozzella, CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, stated. “This legislation furthers the possibility for advanced technologies to help address the risk of impaired driving.”
In addition to the breath machines and cameras, Time magazine reports that the bill contains “infrared touch tests on ignition buttons” to keep people from starting th….