I’d like to propose a preemptive addition to the Constitution that could prevent future erosion of our freedom. This amendment would prohibit four things from happening to human beings in the future:
Universal marking or tracking of human citizens using implanted devices, mandatory tracking devices on their person or private vehicle, tattoos, branding, and/or any other personal marking or tracking technology to be developed would be prohibited.
Universal mandatory video or audio monitoring within private residences would be prohibited.
Embedding or attaching timed or remotely activated devices to humans that are intended to cause pain, suffering, immobilization, or death would be prohibited.
A universal biometric database containing all human citizens’ DNA profiles, fingerprints, retinal scans, facial recognition, and/or other unique markers later discovered would be prohibited.
This would not prevent maintenance of convicted criminal data by law enforcement, use of externally-worn GPS tracking devices as part of a court-ordered sentence or probation requirement, use of Tasers by police, or DNA databases for military personnel entering combat. It would simply prevent such technology from being used to infringe on the freedom of the population as a whole.
Note: This is a revision to a previous concept. I’ve added the word “human” to hedge against advances in technology. While robots may look human and be given ever more sophisticated programming they will never be “human” and are not entitled to any human rights.