Skip to comments.O'Malley's spy cameras (Maryland governor uses tax dollars to track your every move)
Posted on 08/08/2010 1:09:00 PM PDT by goldendays
With great fanfare, Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday announced his use of your tax dollars to track every move made by Maryland motorists. The Democratic chief executive will spend $2 million in federal grants to double the number of roadside and mobile spy cameras, with the data centrally collected at a "fusion center" accessible to government bureaucrats.ike speed cameras and red-light cameras, Mr. O'Malley's license-plate recognition cameras photograph the plates of passing motorists. Within a matter of seconds, a computer system looks up the vehicle owner's identity and cross-references it against a "wanted" list after recording the time, date and GPS coordinates of the vehicle. All of this information will be stored at the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center located in Woodlawn, just outside Baltimore. Mr. O'Malley's plan is unique insofar as it allows tracking of persons of interest using cameras located in dozens of local jurisdictions. "We believe it's the first," Maryland State Police spokesman Gregory M. Shipley told The Washington Times. "It's certainly one of the first to network police [agencies] together like this."
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And these same libs complained of monitoring phone calls of TERRORISTS under the evil Bush administration after 911.
The Libertarian ping list has much to point out.
One 308 round per camera.
I hate this state.
Unfortunately, there are very few Republicans in the Maryland state legislature.
Just so I have this straight - you can’t ask people who might be illegal aliens for the ID they’re supposed to carry after they get stopped for a crime but it’s okay to spy on law abiding citizens and track their location when they haven’t done anything wrong.
What happens when they go to satellite like the Brits are going to start using soon? Do you have a bullet big enough to reach it?
Isn’t Maryland the state where they made it a felony to videotape encounters with LE?
Video for me...but not for thee.
The Stasi would have loved something like this.
Dhimmis are fascists as well as cowards.
parasites and worse
I can’t believe the whacked out Lefty’s support stuff like this. Aren’t they supposed to be uber-Civil Libertarians ?
How about tracking every move of the Elitists in government? Watch all the monies handed to them under the table or their dirty deeds in the dark of night?
“I cant believe the whacked out Leftys support stuff like this. Arent they supposed to be uber-Civil Libertarians ?”
You got it back asswards. Lefty’s are like Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini.
Anyone with a decent education would know that. What we weren’t taught was that Hitler was a vegetarian queer, poor Eva Braun complained she would only be having anal sex.
Probably they sold it in gov't circles as a way to gain information on terrorists' movements *after the fact*, to aid in criminal prosecution of the perps. Just look how well the prosecution of the 1st 9-11 attack (car bomb in the underground garage) did to preven the 2nd 9-11 (passenger jets flown into the buildings).
NO cheers, unfortunately. We should be keeping jihadists out of the country altogether.
This is an exaggeration.
They are simply using technology to substitute for a boot on the ground. Surely you dont complain that the Air Force uses a predator drone controlled by an airman in Nevada to take out a bad guy in Afghanistan?
They are not spying. They are enforcing the existing laws with technology instead of people.
What freedom is being lost, other than the freedom to break a law? And you still have that freedom, it just becomes a bit more expensive because you will be caught more often. I understand this is simply a tax increase, but I don't see freedom being lost through better enforcement of existing laws.
Lets change that. This url has info for local, state and federal 2010 candidates accross the state. With links to their campaign sites.
They will store the info, it is guaranteed. They will use it for who knows what.
more money for the Government
Here’s an idea - how about installing spy cameras in government agencies so we know the employees are all really working.
Isn't that some bu!!$h!+? But, as long as there's no audio, it's legal in Maryland.
As do you. Conservatives want to use big government to further their ideals as well (Bush wanted to overrule states' rights to pursue marijuana charges; almost every conservative was for the PATRIOT ACT which allowed big government to trace you, track you, and monitor your finances; McCain tried going after the sports supplement industry with big nanny government; almost all conservatives used the Defense of Marriage Act to federally define marriage and impose the federal definition onto the states; and, the list goes on and on); we haven't had a champion for the Constitution in a long, long time in the White House. The only people to truly stand up for liberty and the Constitution within our grand party is the Republican Liberty Caucus.
This IS spying. Maryland is not using the data only to hunt for criminals. They are also building a database of citizen movement that will be used at a later time for purposes that are not yet evident. This is Maryland, remember.
The freedom that is lost is the freedom from government surveillance.
This is the big IF.
IF they would track all vehicles that went to a mosque known for spreading the terrorist message, I'm all for it. IF they tracked all vehicles going to a known violent gang house - think of the FBI at the Corleone wedding - I'm all for that too. If in the process they track me driving by the Corleone house, I really wouldn't show up in their output.
I'm for giving good cops all the tools they need to catch the bad guys, and make my life safer.
I actually have more faith in statistical analysis of data than an opinion.
So what do you believe "Big Maryland" is going to do with this data?
Maryland is a freak state. Maryland is so full of LIBs/DIMs/Commies/Lefties and other intellectual trash that this is nothing. Maryland also is a “sanctuary” state for illegals. Maryland also curbs your 2nd amendment rights. Maryland (mainly the WDC suburbs and Baltimore is Cretin Control. Takoma Park (a nuke-free zone) has allowed illegal aliens to vote in their elections for years. FREAK STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“Maryland” is one of the states on my “No way in hell would I ever live there” list. Unfortunately, that list is growing.
How many ways could YOU use the data if it were in YOUR hands Daddio?
‘A government big enough to collect all the data possible, is big enough to use that data any damn way it wishes’.
Think about it.
That is the $29 question. Given who controls this state, they will find a way. One possible use is billing people for travel through heavy traffic areas. There have already been proposals for that in Baltimore, but everyone thought that was crazy. Now here is a way to manage the billing.
I have now thought of a number of ways to use the database for espionage, to compromise operational security of any number of Govt. agencies. Since I am security for my company, I think I'll report this possibility tomorrow.
Maryland was 50th on my list of top 50 states to move to when I lost my job. Unfortunately, the only company that wanted to hire me was located here, so I had to move to the socialist paradise. I work in Baltimore but live 30 miles northeast where more sanity seems to reign.
Some western state installed cameras and shortened the yellow signal time to increase revenues. It created more accidents and didn’t generate enough revenue to pay for itself.
I do a lot of business in Dallas. They have a toll highway that runs parallel to a road with many stoplights. I gladly pay this use tax. It saves me time and money.
But if Maryland is going to simply charge people more with no benefit, that is just another tax.
Still dont see a threat to my liberty.
Id just move to Texas.
It would almost be worth your while to consider commuting down I-83 from Stewartstown, Shrewsbury, or even Glen Rock Pennsylvania, I know people who did that for years.
We considered it but we home school our kids and believe it or not, home school laws in PA a pathetically draconian, rahter than just intrusinve in MD. (They were completely non-existent in MI)
The Coming American Police State
The Coming American Police State
Wow, I was not aware of that home schooling environment IRT Pennsylvania, it wasn’t always like that to the best of my knowledge.
At least you can enjoy those famous Maryland Crab Cakes, I’ve not had any in many years! LOL
The Democratic chief executive will spend $2 million in federal grants to double the number of roadside and mobile spy camerasThe next great idea for an internet video website!
I suspect the primary purpose of the system is to monitor the movements of, and facilitate the surveillance of, people who are disliked for "political" reasons.
Me neither. Can’t afford ‘em
Remember, Bush and many other republicans created the DHS in 2001/2002. This agency doled out grants for cameras left and right and this was while the GOP held both houses and the Presidency. They gave a grant to some town in the middle of no where AK to put 80 cameras. Don't think that electing a republican will stop the surveillance society from growing. At the very least it needs to be a non-establishment person.
If I were running for office part of my platform would be "privacy and civil liberties" (not including illegals) and I guarantee that would attract swing voters.
When people learn about this stuff they start hating it.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Are you saying that Eva Braun was just a beard and a sexual boy-substitute for Hitler? And if so, from where did you get this information?
Hell, we had guys commuting to Towson from York, our department was originally in that location.
I moved to MD with the intention of moving to SE York county, I would’ve ended up leaving home at 6:30AM and getting back after sports at maybe 9:00PM. Now the traffic is worse.
If you work in Hunt Valley it makes a big difference, even the trip from HV to Towson can be a painful trek.
I don’t envy the trip down I-95 every morning. MD drivers from the north side of Baltimore are lousy, cell phones has made their inattention and spreading out all over the highway worse. Forget the fast lane there’s probably someone parked in it, possibly reading a book or paper while driving.
95 turns into a parking lot above the split at Rosedale every morning. I tried going north once on 95 at 4AM and the southbound lanes were packed and looked like rush hour years ago.
Ehrlich or Murphy, whichever one wins the primary, should take the contents of this editorial and pount them home to the voters of Maryland every chance they get. They can conclude their commercials with “Martin O’Malley IS the surveillance state!”
“Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center located in Woodlawn, just outside Baltimore.”
Interesting, because Woodlawn is a pillar of moral and civil superiority.
“Isnt Maryland the state where they made it a felony to videotape encounters with LE?
“Video for me...but not for thee.”
They’ll just say you’re in public so you have no expectation of privacy. Just like the cop...oh, er...not.
They only care about sex-related freedom. Everything else - it’s “what’s good for you”.
I mean, these are the same people who started the safety-belt stops and child-helmet laws, because it’s “for your safety”.