American citizens are being monitored more closely than ever, according to a recent report by The Wall Street Journal. In the latest chapter regarding the government’s systematic assault on our right to privacy, it has been revealed that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been secretly tracking vehicles using cameras that record license plate numbers and information about the movement of vehicles on U.S. highways.

Under authority granted by the Justice Department, the DEA began the secret program in 2008 as part of the questionable and largely ineffective War on Drugs that it has been waging for decades.

Initially, the program was designed to track the movements of vehicles on or near the Mexican border, in an effort to combat drug trafficking. Since then, however, the program has been expanded to include a number of states that are not on the border — just how many and which states are involved is still a well-guarded secret, the excuse being that revealing this information would help criminals escape justice.

At this point, the program is no longer limited to using the information for capturing drug traffickers — the data gathered by the DEA has also been used to catch other types of criminals, according to the report.

DEA tracks movements of millions of Americans using license plate readers, 2/18/15

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