Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation. James Madison
Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little Temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. Benjamin Franklin
Surveillance technology, and in particular traffic surveillance technology, is increasingly being pushed by technology vendors and device manufacturers to municipalities across the country under the banner of increased public safety, and, as we are entering the Drone Age, this trend is only going to accelerate and intensify.
At its core, though, traffic surveillance has little to do with safety and everything to do with revenue. Worse yet, our liberties, constitutional rights, and this country's founding principles all end up being the collateral damage.
Iowa City has recently joined the trend by adopting ordinance 12-4466 that allows the city to install automated red-light cameras, and you can be sure it's only the beginning of what's to come.
Join us in fighting this threatening development, because freedom can't protect itself!
19 March 2013
Caroline Dieterle and Martha Hampel talk w/ Yale Cohn about our effort to ban traffic cameras & drones in Iowa City:
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