Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Technology to track citizens is a Good Thing because cops can find suspects (and also make some nice coin selling license plate data).
Technology to track cops is a Bad Thing because ordinary citizens can find speed traps (and thereby save some nice coin on speeding tickets).
Cops want dash-board cameras to film encounters with citizens, but don’t want citizens to film encounters with cops.
Cops should be allowed to use guns for self-defense, but citizens shouldn’t.
Cops are Government Agents; Government Agents analyze every problem as a power-struggle between Us and Them; and Government Agents always come to the same conclusion: heads they win, tails we lose. That’s one reason the Founders insisted on the right to keep and bear arms – so ordinary citizens could resist the enemies of freedom, foreign AND domestic.
And if our founding fathers had known about ubiquitous video and open source cryptography, then put those in the constitution, as well.