SMART/the government’s office of sentencing, monitoring, apprehending, registering and tracking, is in the business of tracking registrants.
Registrants are tracked locally, within their hometowns. P.O.’s, police and other law enforcement officials always want to know where they are, where they’re living, working or relaxing.
Registrants are tracked through domestic interjurisdictional informational tracking, law enforcement across jurisdictions sharing information regarding the whereabouts of registrants on the move.
Registrants are tracked by international tracking, the number of countries they are allowed to visit seems to shrink daily. Our country’s “unique identifier” on passports of registrants assures international tracking.
The term “tracking” has a history filled with negative connotations.
Wealthy landowners once “tracked” runaway servants with bloodhounds.
Bounty hunters tracked criminals, dead or alive, (although today I believe it’s pretty much alive, only) for monetary rewards.
Big game hunters track wild animals for sport. (Unfortunately, this still occurs.)
Fox hunters use hounds to track defenseless fox for the pure pleasure of the hunt.
Animal control and game wardens track dangerous animals.
Our government “tracks” registrants, citizens who are not a danger, who have already completed their sentences, for what the government terms “public safety”. The public registry is the modern version of “Wanted” posters.
Isn’t it time the government produces some hard evidence showing their “public safety” initiative has been worth all the money it costs taxpayers?
SMART/ GOVERNMENT. An oxymoron if ever there was one.