Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste OR How We Learned To Love Smart Cars

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Just a few days ago we had the alleged terror attack in Nice, France by someone who drove a truck into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day. This event supposedly rendered over 80 people dead and over twice as many injured. Following this event I dug up a news story from the New York Daily News on July 15 that interviewed Brian Michael Jenkins who is an advisor and security expert for the Rand Corporation. Read the article HERE.

What had caught my attention were the last statements of the article:

“If you ask me how can we prevent anyone from using a vehicle as a weapon against a group of people, the answer is we’re going to have to shut down all vehicular traffic,” Jenkins said.
“That’s it. There are no easy solutions here.”

Now this might seem that it was a somewhat facetious proposal, that is until you realize that the government funded think-tank Rand Corp has propagated research into autonomous vehicular deployment. (See these important documents, reports, and commentary  HERE and HERE) In the former linked article - which is titled "The Police Could Be Controlling Your Self-Driving Car" - Martin C. Libicki writes:

"More intrusive controls may be called for to deal with crime. For instance, high-speed chases could become a thing of the past. The vehicles of drunk/drugged individuals who insist on doing their own driving could be pulled over if their cars' actions could be controlled from the outside. To prevent great mayhem, police may dearly want to override the use of automated vehicles by terrorists or other criminals."

AND MOST NOTABLY

"Rules and protocols would have to be developed to ensure there are no (or very few) non-autonomous vehicles and to ensure that terrorists, criminals, or hackers cannot “jail-break” their cars in order to evade external command override."

Huh. Go figure.

So while it may be a ways on the horizon, autonomous vehicles are going to be working their way into our lives. The only way this is going to work is if we eliminate all the current vehicles on the road. I'm not OK with this. Are you? While nothing new, it remains to be seen if we will witness more of these types of "terrorist" attacks on the evening news. EVERYTHING that you see going on around you has a multi-faceted agenda and this little nugget ties in very nicely with an overreaching military-based political system of control and keeping all the little ants in line - and on the road.




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