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D.C. Speed Cameras Will Lead to Rise of the Machines, Warns Columnist

Enjoy the revenue, D.C. Council, because soon we'll be doing the cameras' bidding.  Washington Times columnist Armstrong Williams—yes, that Armstrong Williams—thinks the traffic cameras present something more than just a hassle: They're about the rise of the machines.

Williams is concerned that the cameras will replace human cops, who sometimes give out warnings instead of traffic tickets. "Why would we, as a society, want a robot to indiscriminately determine our guilt or innocence?" asks Williams.

But Williams' worries extend beyond relatively innocuous speed and red light cameras in Washington. One of these traffic cam-spawned machines will see kids playing cops and robbers and consider them a threat, presumably eliminating them with cool efficiency. "Allowing the proliferation of machines to dole out fines robs us not only of our rights, but a piece of our humanity as well," he warns.

Fortunately for Williams, the effects of a resistance movement to oppose the cameras' rise to power are already clear—revenues from the cameras were down by almost $19 million in March.

Photo by dlofink via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 License

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  • noodlez


  • Typical DC BS

    The sheep of DC don't mind getting sheared.

  • Brandt Hardin

    Traffic cameras are just another form of Policing for Profit as Capitalism distorts our Justice System. These companies are bottom-feeders and take a 40% cut of the tickets while creating MORE dangerous intersections by fixing the lengths of yellow lights to entrap drivers. You can read about how private companies and crooked politicians have turned our Police forces on their ear in every attempt to squeeze money out of the general public at

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