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'Intelligent Transportation' threatens privacy.

The federal government increasingly is taking over more and more aspects of the transportation infrastructure from both private firms and local governments.

Speed-cameras and radio-frequency toll tags just aren't enough for some bureaucrats when it comes to tracking and tracing In logistics, tracking and tracing is the concept of locating property that is being forwarded from an origin to a destination through various hubs and passing along spokes, and determining the location and other status of such object.  Americans on the highways. It seems a little-known agency ensconced en·sconce  
tr.v. en·sconced, en·sconc·ing, en·sconc·es
1. To settle (oneself) securely or comfortably: She ensconced herself in an armchair.

 within the Department of Transportation has a plan to track every car on every road, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program (ITSJ) Office was recently exposed by the weekly Creative Loafing Creative Loafing is the name of four alternative weekly newspapers published by Tampa Bay, Florida-based Creative Loafing, Inc. Creative Loafing has editions published in Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina, Tampa Bay and Sarasota, Florida.  newspaper in Charlotte, North Carolina “Charlotte” redirects here. For other uses, see Charlotte (disambiguation).
Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina and the 20th largest city in the United States.
: "[ITSJ] envisions a future in which massive databases will track the comings and goings of everyone who travels by car or mass transit mass transit, public transportation systems designed to move large numbers of passengers. Types and Advantages

Mass transit refers to municipal or regional public shared transportation, such as buses, streetcars, and ferries, open to all on a
." Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended a couple months ago that every car in the United States be fitted with a "black box" - i.e., a data recorder taking note of "speed, seat belt use, braking and other factors."

Travelers are increasingly trapped inside a federal monopoly.
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Date:Sep 22, 2004
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