The Right to Privacy or the Land of the Monitored? Well, Which Is It?

Written by Marilyn Assenheim on July 18, 2013

spyThe government monitors us with drones. Everyone’s internet activity, telephone records and credit card transactions are scrutinized. But what about our other financial transactions and our automobiles’ movements? You can add them to the list.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a federal agency you may not be well acquainted with. That’s about to change. The CFPB was authorized by Congress, in 2011, caving to the Lyin’ King’s unscrupulous desire to control everyone and everything. And, with the GOP’s craven complicity, he’s succeeding admirably. The CFPB was created after passage of the heinous Dodd-Frank bill in 2010. Doubling down on that abomination, the CFPB was originally supposed to regulate Wall Street but it has morphed into an even more heinous hydra, even before The Lyin’ King’s nominated director, Richard Cordray, could be confirmed.

As of Wednesday, the official CFPB website has redefined its mission: “Congress established the CFPB to protect consumers by carrying out federal consumer financial laws.” Oh really? Existing law was insufficient? We now learn that this body will:

— Research consumer behavior

Read that item, carefully. At the very bottom of their web page, there is an offhanded reference to its original intention, Wall Street; an afterthought. You are the real target.

Yahoo News quotes Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY):

(the CFPB) is looking to create a “Google Earth” of every financial transaction of every American … the government will be able to see every detail of your finances. Your permission – not needed … You can’t tell ’em to stay out of your records. It’s not possible. If your data is being collected, you do not have the option to opt out. Nor, does the CFPD need any kind of permission from you to gather your personal information.

That would be bank deposits, withdrawals, visits to the ATM, everything. Senator Enzi sounded miffed. But that didn’t prevent the Republicans in the Senate from caving, like wet toilet tissue, to Harry Reid’s demand that The Lyin’ King’s appointees be approved. Kudos, John McCain.

Tracking your money is not nearly enough control. As if drones weren’t enough to keep our entire population in line, Wednesday, confirmed that state and local police departments probably have photographs of every car, license plate number, automobile destinations and how long they’ve been there. Some jurisdictions keep such records for years. Whether or not recorded vehicles and their owners have ever done anything wrong is beside the point.

According to a report from the ACLU released Wednesday: “… law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate.”

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Marilyn Assenheim
Marilyn Assenheim was born and raised in New York City. She spent a career in healthcare management although she probably should have been a casting director. Or a cowboy. A serious devotee of history and politics, Marilyn currently lives in the NYC metropolitan area.