Soviet Planner Behind California's Pay-Per-Mile Scanner and Tax

“This really is a must for our nation. It is not a matter of something we might choose to do.”

Ikhrata-2008 "We will bury you.... in taxes"

Instead of California Über Alles, maybe the Dead Kennedys should have gone with Soyuz California. Ex-Nazis may have helped with the arms race, but Ex-Commies are building California's bright Communist future.

The California bureaucrat behind a big brother plan to track vehicles and “tax by the mile” worked as a government transportation planner in the former USSR.

Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), who told the Los Angeles Times  “This really is a must for our nation. It is not a matter of something we might choose to do,” worked for the Moscow Metro Corporation, according to his official SCAG biography.

Ikhrata’s former employer Moscow Metro announced plans in July to track the movements of individual passengers on subways by tracking the SIM cards in their mobile phones, even if the phones are powered off, according to RT.  Police operations chief of the Moscow metro, Andrey Mokhov argues that the tactic is legal because “By law, we are not allowed to trace a person without appropriate sanctions…but we can keep track of the property of companies, which is exactly what SIM cards are.”

Although Ikhrata no longer spends his days working as a Moscow planner, he appears to have imported into California’s sprawling bureaucracy an instinct which runs unchecked inside the iron machinery of the world’s most authoritarian governments:  track, surveil, and ultimately control everything citizens do.

According to his SCAG biography, “Mr. Ikhrata holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union”.

It's not entirely clearly if Hasan Ikhrata was a Soviet Muslim or one of the many people from Arab countries friendly with the Soviet Union who went to study there. His profile lists him as speaking Russian, Arabic and English and he appears to be related to a Jordanian family.

But either way he seems to have made a smooth transition from Soviet technocracy to California technocracy with equal amounts of planning.