massprivatei.blogspot.com DHS/Coast Guard want to track EVERY boat to improve "navigational safety". "The Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) enhances maritime domain awareness with a focus on improving security, navigational safety, search and rescue, and environmental protection services." "The NAIS program exceeds the stated purpose of marine safety and constitutes an ongoing risk to the privacy and civil liberties of mariners across the United States." The Coast Guard & DHS have been quietly spying on boats since 2004... According to the Coast Guard, the NAIS Project was initiated and officially chartered in December 2004. "NAIS facilities have now been installed in 51 major U.S. ports and nine coastal areas. Seven other ports and two coastal areas currently have an interim NAIS capability and will have full systems installed by the end of 2015. The NAIS system currently receives 92 million AIS messages per day from approximately 12,700 unique vessels." There are over 200 VHF surveillance sites throughout the country, spying on boats in rivers and along the coast: "The NAIS consists of approximately 200 VHF receiver sites located throughout the coastal continental United States, inland rivers, Alaska, Hawaii and Guam." "The system combines AIS data — such as vessel location, source and speed — with other government information and sensor data to form a holistic view of maritime vessel traffic near the continental U.S. and its territorial waters." According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC): "A ship equipped with AIS broadcasts a regular stream of voiceless data, including the vessel’s name, course, speed, classification, call sign, registration number, and Maritime Mobile Service Identity. Most vessels over 65 feet that operate in U.S. waters are required to carry AIS, and owners of smaller craft can also opt to use it." "Once NAIS transceivers receive AIS data from a vessel, that information is stored, processed, and transmitted to the USCG and other agencies and entities. The system currently receives about 92 million AIS messages a day from 12,700 unique vessels." DHS is planning to transfer detailed location data on boaters to federal and state agencies and toforeign governments! How long before DHS/Coast Guard require EVERY boat to have one?
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