According to “The McCarville Report”
New License Plate Part Of ‘Spy Cam’ Plan
May 23, 2010
Governor Henry’s plan to install more than 200 highway “spy” cameras to record vehicle license plates has been flying below the radar in state government for more than a year and despite a few news stories about it, the full extent of the system, and those involved in implementing it, has not been revealed until now.
[. . .]The new plate and barcode inclusion movement began more than a year ago when Republican Rep. Ken Miller discussed his House Bill 2013, and what he said was the need for a new plate design, on the House floor.
[. . .] The barcode is necessary in the system because the InsureNet technology assigns a “UC”, (Unique Code), to each combination of policy and VIN, (Vehicle Identification Number), which becomes the ‘bridge’ between insurers and government entities and records. In other words, the barcode allows instant access to information about the vehicle and its owner.
Gov. Henry and InsureNet, Spying and Denying Heads Up Gun Owners! 2/22/10
Automatic License Plate Recognition In Oklahoma
January 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Soon after queries were made to Governor Henry regarding license plate scanning devices some
very interesting information came to light that seems to give more of the “big picture” on why
these devices are so important to the state.
The Alliance for Toll Interoperability is a fairly new organization comprised of representatives
of the transportation industry from several states. David Machamer, the Director of Toll
Operations for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is on the board of trustees of ATI. This
organization has come up with an interoperable toll charging plan that requires the use of ALPR
(Automatic License Plate Readers) in order to be workable.
The plan also includes other schemes for tracking motorists and charging for various roadway
usage fees through electronic registration tags (RFID) as well as cellular and satellite technology
which begs the question;
Does the push to make texting illegal while driving and law enforcement’s apparent desire to
access to our cell phones at will and without having to get a warrant in order to access them as
part of the texting ban have anything to do with ATI’s charging/tracking scheme?
“InsureNet” would protect drivers, generate revenue
Kansas Legislator, Cindy Neighbor writes;
On Wednesday, the House Transportation Committee heard testimony in support of a new, statewide system for tracking uninsured vehicles. The system, InsureNet, has already been installed in a variety of states, including Nebraska and Pennsylvania.
The intelligent tracking systems (Intellisections) would take pictures of the rear of vehicles and process the license information through a national intranet system within one minute. If the identified vehicle is uninsured, the owner will receive a citation in the mail.
There is no cost for implementation. The service, maintenance, and equipment are paid for by a portion of the new revenue InsureNet generates. It is estimated that $150 million in uninsured motorist fees will be generated for the state of Kansas in the first year.
In a year of unprecedented economic crisis, we absolutely must put all revenue-enhancing ideas on the table. InsureNet appears to be a creative way to both generate revenue and protect Kansas citizens on the road.
From The McCarville Report;
Former Oklahoma Legislator,Sports Heros Hawk InsureNet in Kansas 2010
Henry Outlined ‘Spy Cam’ Plan In Executive Budget
From “The McCarville Report”
May 21, 10
Governor Brad Henry proposed the use of highway cameras (“spy cameras” to many) in his budget earlier this year. Note that the word “camera” is not mentioned.
National Leader In Use Of Highway Camera Data Employs Former Rep. Wayne Pettigrew
From a business website reporting on the firm’s efforts in Arkansas: Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry is interested in InsureNet technology, too.
The company wants to put up 220 cameras at sites picked by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. The company would keep 30 percent of each $250 fine.
“After getting about your second ticket, you’d keep your insurance current,”
said InsureNet spokesman Wayne Pettigrew, a former Oklahoma legislator.
Wayne Pettigrew, former Oklahoma House member, is the National Marketing & Government Relations director for the nation’s leading firm in administering data on vehicle insurance data gathered using controversial highway cameras, the firm’s website discloses.
A Surveillance State Is Not A Budget Solution
Gov. Jim Gibbons recently announced that he is reconsidering a plan — already rejected by the 2009 Legislature — to install a surveillance net of cameras throughout Nevada’s roadways to catch “insurance scofflaws.” The plan’s efficacy is questionable at best. All we know for sure is that it would be a big step forward to making Nevada a surveillance state.
By Maggie McLetchie
Under this particular surveillance network, every license plate would be scanned, captured and analyzed by a private company. There is an astonishing lack of control over how private businesses use or disseminate all the data they collect about us. But what we do know is that in every case where massive amounts of data are stored by private companies — Internet providers, Web site operators, phone companies, cell phone GPS systems, for example — the government has later attempted to obtain that information without oversight, accountability or, most importantly, a warrant.
The government could, for example, seek the camera records of every car attending a particular political rally; could track the daily traffic patterns of individuals; could even request that InsureNet provide them with real-time location of a particular car — without any court oversight or warrant.
And no one should understand the privacy risks like residents of Las Vegas. In 2004, the FBI requested and received hundreds of thousands of customer records from private car rental, air and hotel companies — and all of this data, which many tourists probably hoped would stay in Vegas, remains somewhere in an FBI centralized data bank to be mined, compared and analyzed by the government. Las Vegas is already a surveillance city; why turn Nevada into a surveillance state?
The continuingly increasing presence of cameras in Nevada symbolizes the potential for a dark future, where our every move, our every location and our every communication, is recorded, compiled and stored away, ready to be examined and used against us by the authorities whenever they want.