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Tasered by Speed Camera

Those who have been following my extended rant on speed cameras know that my objection to them is based on their role in the developing all-surveillance-state-all-the-time as well as their denial of any due process.  I have also noted that their deployment is generally based on potential revenue generation rather than safety.  Chevy Chase (not the actor) in Montgomery County Maryland has made so much money from the cameras that it is pondering what to do with the cash.  It is considering spending $30,000 of the loot on arming all of its police with tasers.  Tasers are controversial to say the least and some consider them to be the closest thing that the police have to legalized torture.  One presumes that the number of drivers complaining about tickets will decline sharply when confronted by a potential jolt of 60,000 volts if one objects too vociferously.   Using money extorted from motorists in a possibly unconstitutional fashion to purchase weapons that could be used on those selfsame motorists and other citizens objecting to police conduct made me briefly consider moving to Canada (until I read an article about a Canadian truck driver being arrested and fined by police for smoking in the cab of his own truck because he had created an unsafe work environment).

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Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Modern History from the University of London. In addition to TAC, where he has been a contributing editor for nine years, he writes regularly for Antiwar.com. He is currently Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and resides with his wife of 32 years in Virginia horse country close to his daughters and grandchildren. He has begun talking far too much to his English bulldog Dudley of late, thinks of himself as a gourmet cook, and will not drink Chardonnay under any circumstances. He does not tweet, and avoids all social media.

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