LETTER TO EDITOR: Party opposes camera technology
The Effingham County Libertarian Party would like to voice concerns about the current camera technology used in school zones.
Blue Line Solutions has just settled a class action suit for $ 175,000 in which more than 7,700 motorists were wrongly cited for speeding. Other concerns include the commercialization of law enforcement, mass surveillance, and the ability of companies like Blue Line Solutions to collect data and eventually distribute it one day, possibly even to the federal government. The party believes that the cameras are unconstitutional because their use does not respect the rules of the art.
The Bill of Rights guarantees us the right to face our accuser. In reality, the only way to defend yourself against this unconstitutional act would be to attend a biased trial where you are found guilty before you are cleared. The state of Georgia allows a lien on your vehicle – even if you weren’t driving – and you could still end up paying the fines or losing it.
We think sleeping with a private company that doesn’t have to respect the Constitution is a big concern. Which entity is going to take responsibility whenever things go wrong? Is this something that is going to be blamed over and over again because our officials lack accountability?
Blue Line solutions will not have to respond to taxpayers. These systems have been shown to be a means of corruption, lowering speed limits, raising the price of tickets, some of which cost people up to $ 400 in some states, and a host of other things.
The application of photos is already banned in several states and some cities have also banned them in some cases, being declared unconstitutional. We believe this is just the start and once local governments see the benefits, we could potentially end up with cameras everywhere.
If we wanted to live with these policies, we would move to California. These values ââdo not correspond to our constitutional principles. American companies are providing this same technology and driving these systems to China to spy on oppressed citizens. When decisions are made behind closed doors, it undermines our democracy.
We are very disappointed that our sheriff is making such a big decision without our county commissioners voting on it. The Effingham County Libertarian Party does not in any way support the installation of government cameras on our roads to monitor or generate income. We believe in a small government and it does not reflect it. It is nothing less than the police for profit.
Our founding fathers warned us against giving up freedoms for security. The currently implemented camera systems are equivalent to a modern day Trojan horse. We have recognized that these contemporary law enforcement tools are used to incriminate and deprive people of freedoms, unconstitutionally monitor and continually heckle voters to achieve their personal and monetary goals in order to maintain a budget.
Effingham County Libertarian Party