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One provision in this bill would allow the IRS to take away the passports of US citizens

The U.S. Senate recently passed a new highway bill dubbed the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act", otherwise known as MAP21. The legislation made it through the Senate without much in the way of resistance and is expected to pass the House as well moving to the White House where Obama is likely to sign it into law.
Once the bill becomes law, all new 2015 model year vehicles will have to have complicated black boxes to record vehicle data. The black boxes are formally known as event data recorders and would be able to record information leading up to and shortly after an accident.
The CFR 49 provision of MAP21 would allow the data recorded to be retrieved by the owner of the vehicle or by courts in the event of legal proceeding. Presumably, that information can be gathered to determine if the vehicle or driver was at fault in an accident resulting in a fatality or severe injury and it would seem the data could be called into court in the event that someone attempts to fight a traffic ticket.
“Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part,” states the bill.
CFR 49 reads in full:
(2) PRIVACY- Data recorded or transmitted by such a data recorder may not be retrieved by a person other than the owner or lessee of the motor vehicle in which the recorder is installed unless–
(A) a court authorizes retrieval of the information in furtherance of a legal proceeding;
(B) the owner or lessee consents to the retrieval of the information for any purpose, including the purpose of diagnosing, servicing, or repairing the motor vehicle;

(C) the information is retrieved pursuant to an investigation or inspection authorized under section 1131(a) or 30166 of title 49, United States Code, and the personally identifiable information of the owner, lessee, or driver of the vehicle and the vehicle identification number is not disclosed in connection with the retrieved information; or

(D) the information is retrieved for the purpose of determining the need for, or facilitating, emergency medical response in response to a motor vehicle crash.
Information can also be obtained from vehicles in the event of an investigation or inspection conducted by the Secretary of Transportation. The big push for black boxes in vehicles started when Toyota vehicles were blamed for unintended acceleration. Toyota argued it was driver error and in cases where vehicle operators died in the resulting accident, there was no way to know what happened in the absence of a device to record what was going on with the vehicle.

MAP21 is also notable because there is a provision attached that would allow the IRS to strip Americans of their passports restricting foreign travel if they owe enough tax money. That unpaid tax liability threshold is said to be $50,000. 

Sources: Infowars, The Truth About Cars

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RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By tayb on 4/20/2012 11:49:33 AM , Rating: 1
...except that isn't fascism. Fascism is led by a dictator, violently suppresses protest, and severely regiments social and economic policy.

The passage of a bill in the Senate that can be amended and vetoed in the House and THEN passed to the President to be signed which can then be found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court after months of peaceful and legal public protests is not fascism. It's not even remotely close to fascism. I don't even know where you guys make the jump.

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By Reclaimer77 on 4/20/2012 12:20:35 PM , Rating: 1
That's a Fascist Dictatorship. Not "fascism" as an ideology. There isn't one neat singular definition for the application of fascism.

Liberal Progressive Democrats power-consolidating top-down approach to Governing has far more in common with fascism than Democracy or a Republic. Especially this Administration which, as he pointed out, makes sweeping policies by fiat executive orders without ANY checks on power, because he's bypassing Congress. They're even ignoring the Judicial system, another check on Executive power. President Obama's Administration is being held in contempt of court for ignoring rulings on the drilling memorandum. Their response? Ignore it as if it didn't happen.

I don't even know where you guys make the jump.

It's a lot easier to jump when ones head isn't crammed up his own ass. You should try it sometime.

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By tayb on 4/20/2012 12:19:21 PM , Rating: 1
Fascism does not exist without some sort of totalitarian authority.

Are you counting the 22 Republicans among those Liberal Progressive Democrats? I might partially agree with you on the surface if this requirement was coming from an executive order. It's not. It's coming from elected members of Congress.

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By Reclaimer77 on 4/20/2012 12:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
Fascism does not exist without some sort of totalitarian authority.

Congress IS that totalitarian authority.

Jesus man wake up. Almost yesterday they passed a law stating that they have the power to require, under punishment of law, American's to buy Government ran health care. Hello? You don't think we're over the edge yet!? If they have the power to force by law that we buy certain products, their power is for all intents and purposes UNLIMITED. Do you understand the ramifications here?

When a President can pass sweeping mandates for an entire nation, without ANY Congressional involvement, that's not totalitarian and unilateral action?

It's coming from elected members of Congress.

To the American public that must abide, what's the difference? Saying "oh well it can be overturned later" is philosophically no different than saying "Well a new dictator can overturn this one's law later"

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