Orwellian OnStar

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Back some years ago, on more than one occasion, I was asked to submit my resume for an open position in accounting/finance at OnStar Corporation. I was in the auto industry back then (blah!), and I had no desire to work at a quasi-governmental company making Big Brother products. I flat-out refused. Some of my colleagues went there.

I remember all the hoopla about OnStar back in the early developmental stages of its snoop-and-spy products. American sheeple loved the idea of intrusion as “help,” and they saw it as a step forward, not a step back toward control, slavery, and the gulag. Americans are easily swayed by super-spy technology that’s sold as a benefit to them, when it’s essentially another win-win for the Orwellian State and its favorite, rent-seeking, corporate parasites. Companies are racing each other to provide the cheapest and most invasive technology that will put them in the favor of their government benefactors in the Security State.

In fact, just like the black boxes are moving toward being mandatory on all vehicles, surveillance systems like OnStar will also become, like airbags, a requirement in every car, and that will come with the threat of heavy federal fines for disengaging them. The road agents of the police state won’t stop you for just alcohol tests and seat belt checks — they’ll be checking to see that your onboard surveillance system is intact.

I’ve received quite a few emails from readers telling me about OnStar intrusions involving their friends and family. A good friend of mine, after he read my blog on black boxes and GM rent seeking yesterday, sent this to me:

A co-worker who sat in front of friends’ home for about 45 minutes waiting for them with the engine running and playing a cd abruptly had the music stop and a voice come over Onstar asking if they were okay. What ensued was a several minute conversation about what she was doing. The sad thing is that she thought that was great. Orwell had it right did he not?

Also, here’s a video sent to me by reader Chris Polser of an OnStar intrusion when a Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V pulls some Gs.

5:45 am on March 24, 2010
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