May 19, 2011
Kudos to Dan Feidt, independent researcher and activist, for helping sleuth this one out!
TCIMC Exclusive: Contracts for IntelliDrive MnDOT Military-Industrial/U of M plan to GPS-track all cars Submitted by TCIMC on Thu, 05/19/2011
By Dan Feidt for Twin Cities Indymedia – Key info about Minnesota’s elusive “GPS Mileage Tax” test program has finally turned up.
It’s actually part of a federal program called “IntelliDrive”, as shown by new documents obtained on Wednesday. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has entered into a pilot program called the “Mileage Based User Fee Policy Examination” which includes a contract with the huge low-profile military-industrial intelligence contractor SAIC of McLean Virginia, a system intended to pass all GPS data from everyday travel into centralized vehicle databases.
The University of Minnesota has a main leading role, along with the Battelle Institute, URS Corporation, Mixon-Hill in Kansas and the local Pierce Pini & Associates. The MnDOT data practices “handler” at headquarters in St Paul didn’t like it when these documents were photographed, and they denied a request to simply copy the mileage tax project contracts onto a USB flash drive, which is the only reason we don’t have the complete material at hand right now.
Also see Attorney Nathan M Hansen’s write up on his effort to get the documents from MN DOT.
He says, “I was only allowed to take pictures of some of the documents with my phone. Negotiations relating to obtaining all of the documents asked for continue.”