You Can’t Protect Your Private Property From The Surveillance State
January 29, 2013 by Bob Livingston
If you’re looking for police officers who believe their job is to protect and serve, don’t look to Naperville, Ill. There, officers support and help to enforce 4th Amendment violations.
The city, like many across America, is installing “smart” electric meters on homes. “Smart” meters are government surveillance devices designed to accumulate data that includes day-to-day activity in such detail that the “enforcers” are actually using power usage records to obtain search warrants on homeowners.
Naperville homeowner Jennifer Stahl has long opposed the installation of a “smart” meter on her home. She was one of the last holdouts. But a locked gate, fenced yard and standing between power workers and her home did not prevent the totalitarian badge-wearing enforcement class from pushing her aside and installing the meter anyway. After cutting the lock off the gate, police arrested her and charged her with interfering with police officer and preventing access to customer premises. Her interference consisted entirely of standing in her own yard.
Stahl’s friend and partner-in-crime, Malia “Kim” Bendis, who videotaped the whole encounter from a distance, was charged with attempted eavesdropping and resisting a peace officer. This arrest came on the heels of a Federal court’s ruling in an Illinois case that taking video of police officers performing their duties in public was not a crime.
But if Naperville police dismiss the 4th Amendment so easily out of hand, it’s no surprise that a Federal court’s ruling means nothing to them.
By the way, those “smart” meters are open invitations for thieves both out of and in government to steal all sorts of personal information. They transmit data on unencrypted frequencies. They are surveillance devices when installed on the home:
1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.
2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data.
5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain “Smart Meter” data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
The message from Naperville is, “Resistance is futile.”