From next year, new phones and other hand-held devices will be required to be fitted with special chips to receive the alerts, which will also be sent by state and local authorities. Users will be able to opt out of every type of alert except those from the president, said the Federal Communications Commission.
The system will include alerts about missing children and will supersede all other phone traffic to avoid delays.
Ok, so we can opt out of all of this except for messages from the president? Where does the president get this right from? Maybe I have overlooked the constitutional power of the president to text when reading the Constitution.
WE INTERRUPT THIS ARTICLE FOR AN IMPORTANT ALERT FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA: …
Most likely the government will use this new power like it does so much else – incompetently. Alerts will go out after the tornado hit. But there is potential for tremendous abuse. How about on election day a targeted message to registered Democrats in closely contested elections to go to the polls?
You say it can’t happen? Well, probably not on a national level, but in places like Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago where the dead routinely vote, I don’t see such abuse so far fetched.
And who can assure us that these new chips do not also track our location. Apple may be doing this already (although what they really track appears to be cell tower usage), but at least now we have a choice of phones. Starting 2012 the only choice will be the one with the government chip in it.
Ten days ago we rejoiced at President Obama’s correct decision to assassinate Osama bin-Laden. It was nice that he made a decision we could wholeheartedly endorse and that Obama had continued to utilize the tools and information infrastructure created by the Bush administration to fight the war on Islamofascism. It was a little embarrassing to hear the Obama administration’s contradictory statements explaining what happened so that they didn’t have to admit to the lunatic left that they simply wanted to kill bin-Laden and turn him into fish food. But we can’t get too worked up about this given the major achievement of killing the number one terrorist.
But don’t expect Obama’s success to change his agenda of controlling more and more aspect of our lives. Today it is the president’s new power to text. A few days ago it was a tracking device in your car so that you can be taxed on the miles you drive regardless of the fuel consumption. I did not make this up. The White House actually floated such a proposal a few days ago only to distance themselves from it in face of the controversy it raised. Their concern is that gas tax revenue will plummet when government subsidized hybird and battery-operated cars will reduce fuel consumption. And of course knowing our location at any point in time has lots of other potential abuses. Just wait for the mandatory tracking implant that you need to accept in order to be treated under Obamacare. (Note to leftist readers: I realize this is not part of Obamacare now. I just extrapolate from current policies to make my point.)
This blog focuses a lot on the coming financial crisis if we do not address out of control government spending. We should not overlook the dangers of increased tracking by government of our every move and the Obama administration’s desire to subject us to messages from the government regardless of our desire to opt out.
The Tea Party movement has just begun to challenge the decline of freedom in the United States. We have a long way to go.