Big Brother

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking into developing models for “road-user fees,” the idea being that those who drive the most should pay the most for roads. How do they plan on figuring out who’s driving most? Why, by installing a bug in your car, of course. The states of Washington and Oregon have already signed up to receive grant funding for GPS-tracking pilot projects.

In other, surely unrelated news, it turns out that the Department of Homeland Security can open and read your private mail. Grant Goodman, an 81-year-old retired University of Kansas history professor received a letter from a longtime correspondent, a fellow academic from the Philippines. The letter had been opened and “resealed with a strip of dark green tape bearing the words “by Border Protection” and carrying the official Homeland Security seal.”

Meanwhile, the NSA is spying on American citizens, with Bush’s approval, but without court orders. And the FBI is “monitoring” Muslim homes, mosques, and other buildings.

So, tell me, do you feel safe?

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