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smart-lightsTHEY ARE HERE AND THEY ARE WATCHING!

April 17th, 2015 – (TruthstreamMedia.com) Despite appearances, the “smart” society was never based on saving energy, saving money or saving the environment.

The real aim has been to control the population and conduct absolute surveillance on the larger herd and even every individual.

Thanks to smart phones, smart meters, smart grids, smart TVs, smart cars and smart appliances, the places you go, the people you contact and all the things you interact with are logged, tracked and analyzed by advanced computer algorithms. Thanks to search engines, the technocrats even believe they known what you’re thinking and what you’ll do next.

Now, the “smart” street lights that record conversations and broadcast government propaganda are actually being rolled out on city streets across America. <More>

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FLORIDA ROLLS OUT HIGH TECH ‘SMART’ STREET LIGHTS!

smart-lightsApril 17th, 2015 – (TruthstreamMedia.com) Despite appearances, the “smart” society was never based on saving energy, saving money or saving the environment.

The real aim has been to control the population and conduct absolute surveillance on the larger herd and even every individual.

Thanks to smart phones, smart meters, smart grids, smart TVs, smart cars and smart appliances, the places you go, the people you contact and all the things you interact with are logged, tracked and analyzed by advanced computer algorithms. Thanks to search engines, the technocrats even believe they known what you’re thinking and what you’ll do next.

Now, the “smart” street lights that record conversations and broadcast government propaganda are actually being rolled out on city streets across America. <More>

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March 3rd, 2015 – Sterling Heights City Council to Request Legal Opinion from Michigan’s Attorney General.
By unanimous consent of Council, at their February 28th meeting, the city administration has drafted a new smart meter resolution. This one calls for a legal opinion from Michigan’s Attorney General as to whether Sterling Heights, or any home rule city, has the legal power to enact a smart meter ordinance. Councilman Romano made the proposal and gave a full update to Council on the city’s smart meter efforts, beginning with the unenforceable 2012 moratorium. His talk can be viewed in the below video:

Councilman Romano w counter(Click here to bring up the video of entire Council meeting, then fast forward to 2:02:23 to reach beginning of Romano’s statement)

The opinion being requested from the Attorney General asks three questions:

“Whether a Michigan home rule city has the authority to prohibit the installation of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (a/k/a Smart Meters) on residences?”

“Whether a Michigan home rule city has the authority to regulate the installation of Smart Meters to protect residents who prefer to retain their electromechanical meter as an alternative to the non-transmitting Smart Meter available under the utility’s opt-out program?”

“Whether a Michigan home rule city has the authority to prohibit the imposition of a fee for those customers who elect to participate in the Smart Meter op-out program?”

To read the full text of the agenda item and proposed resolution, Sterling Heights – Atty Gen Opinion Requested

This resolution is to be voted on tonight, March 3rd. There is little doubt it will pass since Council was unanimous in requesting that it be drafted and it appears to have full support of the city administration and city attorney.

Apparently a request for such a legal opinion must come from a state legislator, so Rep Henry Yanez, who recently chaired a meeting on smart meters, will be requested to make the formal request to Attorney General Bill Schuette.

If the Attorney General indicates that the city has certain powers to act in this matter, even if those powers are somewhat circumscribed, the city seems ready to pass an ordinance that would afford some protection to residential customers. The opinion will, in all liklihood, determine whether we can get other cities to do the same.

Jackie Ryan, a Sterling Heights resident, has been spearheading the citizen protests in Sterling Heights.

 

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March 22nd, 2013 – What the Naperville Setback Means for Our Michigan Strategy.  Federal judge issues decision, after 14 months of litigation, dismissing all four counts of the Complaint of the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group and individual plaintiffs against the City of Naperville, Illinois.

The plaintiffs had argued that their rights to due process were being denied by the city, that their Fourth Amendment rights to privacy in the home were being violated, and that their Fifth Amendment rights against arbitrary taking of private property without just compensation were violated, and also had argued for a Federal Civil Rights complaint under Section 1983.  They had, over a year ago, argued for a temporary injunction to prevent the City of Naperville from forcing the installation of smart meters on unwilling homeowners.  The injunction, had it been granted, would have prevented the recent ugly incident where two Naperville women were carted off to jail for resisting smart meter installations on their own homes.  This injunction request was held to be moot in view that the entire lawsuit was being dismissed. 

If the Complaint was without merit, as the judge finally ruled, one wonders why it would take him 14 months to reach this conclusion.  It is true the judge dismissed most of the counts “without prejudice”, meaning that the plaintiffs were granted leave to re file their complaint after correcting what the judge held to be deficiencies.  However the judge gave plaintiff’s only 14 days in which to correct the alleged faults in their complaint.  Since the main deficiency alleged was failure to exhaust remedies in state courts, it is very hard to see how such a fault could be corrected in 14 days. 

Readers are invited to read the judge’s 24 page decision.

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What is apparent on reading this decision is the Alice in Wonderland world of federal law that has been created by Congress in passing statutes that grant vast powers to administrative agencies and simultaneously deny jurisdiction to federal courts to hear the most fundamental complaints of injustice, except in narrow areas that Congress carves out where it wants the courts to take an active role.

We earlier indicated that our strategy would be the initiation of a lawsuit against Detroit Edison and the Michigan Public Service Commission in a state trial court.  We believe that this still offers the best hope in light of what happened in Naperville, and also in light of what happened in Maine.

The plaintiffs in Maine had more success than those in Naperville in that they did get the Maine Supreme Court to order their PUC to reopen the smart meter case for a full consideration of privacy, health and safety issues.  However their supreme court also noted that they could not reach the Constitutional issues on an appeal from a PUC decision.  Plaintiffs there were instructed that, to raise such issues, they must initiate a lawsuit in a trial court in that state. Their victory may prove to be only temporary in that the Maine PUC is very likely to reach the same conclusion supporting smart meter deployment and requiring opt-out fees.  Only this time they will be sure to cross their t’s and do everything by the book.

What happened in the Maine Supreme Court may give us some indication of what we can expect when we appeal the decision of the MPSC granting opt-out fees to Detroit Edison and denying the right to keep an analog meter.  We encourage all our readers to watch the video of the Maine Supreme Court oral arguments here.

Sterling Heights Moratorium

January 3, 2012 – The City Council of Sterling Heights by a vote of 7-0, approved the first actual moratorium on installation of ‘smart’ meters in the State ofMichigan.  The moratorium is to remain in place until such time as DTE communicates to Council that they have an opt-out program for those residents who are not willing to accept the meters.

Update:  A video of the Sterling Heights Council meeting, including the DTE presentation, comments by 23 concerned citizens, and a vote by Council to impose a temporary moratorium may be seen at this link:

This moratorium was enacted at the end of a meeting in which two DTE utility representatives had made a presentation arguing for the benefits of the meters and asserting that they posed no health risk and that the utility would be taking every precaution to protect customer’s privacy.  The DTE reps also said, however, that the company had no plan to allow anyone to opt out.

Several members of Council indicated that DTE’s plan for no opt-outs was “not acceptable”.

At least one member of Council had advocated a complete and permanent ban on smart meters by any gas or electric utility within Sterling Heights.  The intent was to protect not only the individual right to opt-out but also to protect the community as a whole from an undesirable technology.  There was not sufficient support for this strong resolution, and a weaker one was finally adopted which addressed only the question of an individual’s right to opt out.

The effectiveness of this moratorium may not be tested for some time as DTE apparently has no plan to install inSterling Heightsfor a few years yet.  However it does put the utility on notice that they may need to ultimately satisfy the Council before they can begin their deployment there.

City of Southfield Becomes 4th Michigan City

October 17th, 2011 – The Southfield City Council unanimously approved a resolution to the Michigan Public Services Commission (MPSC) “to initiate a careful review and analysis of the expressed public concerns

relative to potential health effects of smart meters, privacy issues, and the lack of consumer/homeowner options to either opt-out of the installation in the first place or to have the smart meter removed after installation, as a result of consumer/homeowner concerns that may have arisen after said installation.

Council also asked for the MPSC to set up “open public forum” for discussion of these issues.

Here is link to the resolution:

City of Southfield Resolution on \’Smart\’ Meters

Warren Wants to Drop ‘Smart’ Meters

October 11th, 2011 – The Warren City Council voted unanimously on this day to petition the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to go slow on ‘smart’ meter deployment.  Warren is the latest public body to adopt a resolution “asking the Michigan Public Service Commission to investigate whether the meters are dangerous to the public’s health and invade privacy.”

The company plans to begin installations in the city in 2013.  “City Council wants to be assured that the installation of smart meters will not adversely affect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Warren,” the resolution states.

Opposition to smart meters by residents has centered on the possible health effects caused by the radio transmissions of the new meters, and also on the assault by the new meters on resident’s Fourth Amendment rights to privacy.  The new meters measure electrical consumption in great detail and report usage every few minutes.  The new meters are also equipped to listen to individual appliances within the home that are equipped with the new smart chips, and ultimately to be able to control those appliances.

This resolution is non binding.  Some Council members expressed a desire to take stronger action up to or including an outright ban on the new meters, or a requirement that DTE obtain a license from the city prior to installing these meters.

Here are links to the resolution itself, and to a story which appeared in the Macomb Daily concerning this action:

Warren City Council Resolution

Warren Wants to Drop Smart Meters