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Article posted Jun 05 2013, 10:16 AM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: Ars Technica Print

Iowa City to ban red-light cameras, drones, and license plate readers too

Red-light camera hatred in Hawkeye State morphed into three-in-one privacy bill.

On Tuesday evening, Iowa City is scheduled to hold the first reading (PDF) of what is likely the first municipal bill anywhere in the country to simultaneously ban the local use of drones, license plate readers, and red-light cameras--three tools increasingly used by law enforcement and often fraught with privacy-related controversy.

The ordinance is the result of a local petition brought forward by a citizen group that originally began as a referendum on red light cameras. Iowa City is the only municipality in the state that allows for local petitions to turn into ordinances that will be brought before the city council. Some states have similar lawmaking procedures at the state-level, but Iowa does not.

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Posted: Jun 06 2013, 2:20 AM

PDF / FDP, the former is for the public, while the latter, "FDP," is for chess players.

Americans don't seem to like big brother. Red-light cameras are common in Germany and in the UK, but, many people in the U.S. (are foolish enough to) believe they live in a free country. Looks like the spooks are going to have to use a more clever con on the "Red-[Light-Runners]."

Off topic, I was listening to "Through the Wormhole," and something was mentioned about age 5, being the age, when people are actually "conscious." I called "bull-shit," but, the information was useful.

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