USA - Spying Speed Limit Signs?

Arno Froese

According to recently released US federal contracting data, the Drug Enforcement Administration will be expanding the footprint of its nationwide surveillance network with the purchase of “multiple” trailer-mounted speed displays “to be retrofitted as mobile LPR [License Plate Reader] platforms.” The DEA is buying them from RU2 Systems Inc., a private Mesa, Arizona company. How much it’s spending on the signs has been redacted.

The DEA launched its National License Plate Reader Program in 2008; it was publicly revealed for the first time during a congressional hearing four years after that. The DEA’s most recent budget describes the program as “a federation of independent federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement license plate readers linked into a cooperative system, designed to enhance the ability of law enforcement agencies to interdict drug traffickers, money launderers or other criminal activities on high drug and money trafficking corridors and other public roadways throughout the U.S.,” primarily along the southwest border region, and the country’s northeast and southeast corridors.

“There used to be an old police saying, ‘If you robbed a bank, please drive carefully,’” former NYPD Detective Sergeant and Bronx Cold Case Squad commander Joseph Giacalone told Quartz, explaining that if a getaway driver didn’t do anything to attract the attention of police and get pulled over, they usually had a half-decent chance of fleeing. “But that’s no longer in effect because you can drive slow, you can stop at every red light, but these license plate readers and surveillance cameras track your every movement.”

However, the law enforcement community at large argues that none of this data is being used to spy on everyday Americans.

“We don’t know when somebody’s going to commit a crime, we don’t know when somebody’s going to run over somebody and take off,” said Joe Giacalone. “So that data should be there forever. We never know when we’re going to need it.”

Kabrina Chang, a professor of law and ethics at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business told Quartz, “We as a society have to think long and hard about the consequences. I don’t think anyone would begrudge law enforcement help in doing their jobs; we all want them to do their jobs really, really well. But what are we willing to give up?”, 1 October 2018

Arno's commentary

We are living in the digital age, and it seems that virtually nothing is impossible. Within the article, one reads: “The Atlanta PD captured data from 128.5 million license plates last year.” Will this capturing data make the citizens safer? The answer is: absolutely yes. We recall the Boston Marathon bombing, where a great crowd of people had lined the streets. Yet digital technology made it possible to apprehend the culprits. 

When I rented a car in Germany, I received a letter from the German traffic authorities. Included was the speed, the face of the driver, the license plate, the time and date. Attached was a bill to pay the fine. Speed cameras active in many parts of the world today are more accurate and safer, since no law enforcement is needed to stop the driver. Everything is recorded virtually 100% accurately.

Joe Giacalone rightly states: “So that data should be there forever.” That’s not surprising: a safer, more prosperous, and often fairer system is being implemented for the benefit of all.

Some may object that this will lead to the Antichrist system. True. Thus, the question: how does he come to power? Not by the barrel of a gun, but by friendly, peaceful deception. The prophet Daniel wrote: “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand” (Daniel 8:25). Antichrist will be elected democratically.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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