It’s a wonderful thing. The “government” has given away another $2 million of taxpayer money to help Americans buy a new car, after turning in their gas guzzling clunker in the Cash for Clunkers program. See video below.
Glen Beck has logged on to the site and found a warning that is significant, and if you have no plans to visit the CARS website, because you will not use the CARS program – nevertheless, you need to know what your government is doing to everyone who visits and hits the “continue” button.
You’ll see the following on your computer screen at CARS.gov:
Privacy Act & Security Statement
This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is property of the United States government, any or all uses of this system [your computer] and all files on this system [your computer] may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT, law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign.
No notice that once you leave the site, your personal information will magically disappear, no longer be stored in the clutches of “the government.”
My imagination isn’t nearly creative enough to think of all the ways the government can use your information and then track you afterwards. Of course, they will – at least some of you. Otherwise, why would they take charge of everything on your computer? Here’s a couple of things the U.S. government under the Obama administration might consider doing now that they know you a bit better – just guesses, of course:
1) If you have outstanding warrants for about anything, I bet the “law enforcement” mentioned above will come knocking on your door. I think that’s a good idea, because if you have outstanding warrants, you and law enforcement likely need a meet-up. Maybe some dead-beat moms and dads will be brought to justice through the government theft of personal information.
2) If you are a local councilman, or just an ordinary person with a clunker in the garage, and you’ve been copying Governor Mark Sanford’s love letter to his paramour and emailing them to your illegal love, you’ll likely be disgraced and lose your council seat, or whatever.
3) If you have a boss you really, really dislike and are prone to rant on the web under a pseudonym, where you think no one will find your missives…beware. Is there someone out there wanting to blackmail you? Does your company employ a web sleuth to find disloyal workers? If so, the sleuth’s job just got easier. If your company is a government contractor, you may have a target on your back.
4) Have you googled an embarrassing medical situation that you wouldn’t tell a soul about? Oops!
5) Have information about your children’s school activities on your computer, your child’s age, anything about their friends? Would you want anyone to have access to that information?
I’ve omitted financial records. None of us want those exposed. Here’s the thing: you think none of the above could happen? Gird your loins. Your government is willing and able to steal your personal information. I know, I know. You will not participate in the program, but doesn’t it make you incredibly angry that your government will do this? Am I over-reacting? Tell me what you think. Thank you to Glen Beck.