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AxXiom for Liberty Show Notes Friday March 4, 2011

AxXiom for Liberty FRIDAY MARCH 3 2011

GUEST-pORTER dAVIS

The Open Government Project

OK House Fails First Test

SHOW AUDIO A4L_2011-03-04_64k.mp3

Mr. Davis’ blog Free Oklahoma

Topics:

REAL ID extension red herring, 18 benchmarks

Real ID Remerges on House Agenda

March 4, 2011

Despite the fact that twenty-four states have rejected the REAL ID Act of 2005, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) issued Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano a letter warning against any further extension of REAL ID. The letter stated that not implementing REAL ID “threatens the security of the United States.” The letter follows the arrest of Khalid Ali-M Adawsari on charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. According to the House Judiciary Committee, DHS is planning to extend the deadline for implementation to January 15, 2013. The current deadline for states to be materially compliant is May 11, 2011. EPIC previously released a report, testified to Congress, and submitted comments stating that REAL ID included few protections for individual privacy and security in its massive national identification database. For related information see EPIC: National ID and the REAL ID Act, EPIC: Biometric Identifiers, and the Privacy Coalition’s Campaign Against REAL ID.

OK Republicans Implementing “Obama Care”

“O’FALLIN CARE”


This is another shell game being played on us  just like  what is being done with the The Real ID Act.

Listen to America In The Balance with Amanda Teegarden and James Parsons with guest Mark Croucher Date 2/27/11

Find” O’Fallincare” documents at http://www.ok-safe.com/

Oklahoma’s Anti-RFID bill

RFID in YOUR ID!

Tibbs/Martin Block RFID bill – guess they want a national ID card?

Will the Oklahoma Anti-RFID Bill Die? Our Loss is Their Gain

Meet the Chippers!

The IACP Report

The IACP Intelligence Led Policing SARS and Fusion Centers

The IACP-Big Brother Gets Bigger

DHS Reveals FEDERAL Fusion Center

Public Comments Sought on Federal “Fusion Centers”: The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) [1] [2] and the Office of Operations [1] [2] at the Department of Homeland Security are seeking comments on Fusion centers, intelligence databases that have raised substantial privacy concerns. Information in fusion centers comes from many sources, including government agencies, private sector firms and anonymous tipsters. EPIC has urged Congress to improve accountability and oversight of this program. An EPIC FOIA lawsuit also revealed that federal Fusion Centers undermine state privacy and open government laws. Comments are due December 15, 2010. For More Information, see EPIC: Information Fusion Centers and Privacy, EPIC: Total Information Awareness, and EPIC v. Virginia Department of State Police (Fusion Center Secrecy Bill). (Dec. 3, 2010)


Texting Ban

Legislative Lu Lu Alert! Texting Ban Bill goes to Committee Wed March 3rd

Fri, 2008-02-15

Representatives of nearly twenty toll agencies met in Dallas TX February 7 and decided to form an Alliance for Toll Interoperability (ATI).

. . .With the strong move towards cashless tolling camera reads of license plates – ‘video tolling’ – becomes the mode for collecting the tolls of those motorists without a transponder account.

Attending the formative Dallas meeting were senior operations people from toll authorities in the Carolinas, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas. 15 to 20 toll operators were informally represented.

. . . Video data exchange format priority

ATI people are also interested in how they can improve the readabillity of license plates. Eden says some of the members have been talking with 3M, the big Minneapolis based company that supplies much of the surfacing film used on license plates.

http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/3399

Read More

Oklahoma Spy Cam-O-rama Chapter 2-ALPR and the License Plate Interoperability Hub

The Backstory (for those that really want to know)

Oklahoma Spy Cam Pop Quiz


latest news:

ATI formally issues RFP for Hub, May 2 deadline, smart new imaging technologies emerge

Posted on Wed, 2011-03-02 22:07
The Alliance for Toll Interoperability have formally filed their important Hub Request for Proposals. It has a May 2 deadline and the schedule provides for final selection by June 20, and Notice to Proceed by July 8, of an operator (or up to three operators) for three to six months of pilot operations.

Pilot program operations would formally go from August 1 for three months to November 1, with an option to extend to six months (end Jan 2012.)

Deadlines at the ATI have been known to slip.

In the Pilot Hub or Hubs the operators will be expected to handle the images and other data from up to nine ATI toll members and to collect and post tolls on their behalf 24/7.

In a second stage, if the pilot or pilots are deemed successful, participating hub operators would report their pilot results and recommendations and make offers to the ATI for a three year operations contract with two possible three year extensions.

Alliance Toll Interop’y has legal RFP, close to final RFP for license plate hub – meeting Mar 8

Posted on Thu, 2011-02-17 23:56
By summer as many as 40 toll agencies across the US could be having out of state tolls run through hubs in a six month pilot program for a permanent clearinghouse. Over 80 companies are vying for the hub contracts in a program  that should lead to seamless automatic toll collection at highway speeds across the country – potentially the biggest advance in toll collection since the first electronic toll transponders were introduced in the late 1980s.

A final RFP will be available within a week according to JR Fenske, the North Carolina Turnpike staffer most intensely working the project for the Alliance for Toll Interoperability, a cooperative representing over 40 toll authorities.

http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/5158

Oklahoma Spy Cams-Never Say Die!

Kaye Beach

Posted Nov 15, 2010

Edited 12:24 pm

Oct 21, 2010 TOLLSROADSnews reports;

Most of north America’s tollers have agreed to participate in developing a hub to clear license plate tolls – a key step to improving the reach of all-electronic tolling (AET). At least 37 toll operators including the biggest – MTA B&T, NY Thruway, New Jersey Turnpike, Illinois Tollway, 407ETR, Florida’s Turnpike, Pennsylvania Turnpike, Harris County Toll, North Texas Toll, Ohio Turnpike, Oklahoma Turnpike, Bay Area Toll – are cooperating to develop a “License Plate Interoperability Hub”

Oklahoman’s may remember that Gov. Henry tried to implement a plan to place ALPR Automatic License Plate Readers, in 200 fixed locations ostensibly for the purpose of catching motorists driving without insurance and to help fill the gaps in the state budget.

Back in January of 2010 I wrote;

“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  the board of trustees Chairman 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. . .

I asked;

Why ALPR?  Why Now?

NEWS ARTCLE-Florida, E-ZPass exchanging toll camera data to test license plate based tolls
Fri, 2009-08-07

The pilot program to exchange camera based data between toll areas is being conducted under the auspices of the Alliance for Toll Interoperability (ATI) and the I-95 Coalition.

ATI Initiatives

The ATI anticipated a great variety of ID tech for vehicles as being standard issue on vehicles in the near future but they needed a way to be able to identify vehicles so that they could implement their charging scheme NOW!

The answer?

ALPR-Automatic License Plate Readers.  You may be familiar with these devices as “spy cams”

BACKGROUND: All-electronic or cashless tolling depends mainly on transponders (also known as electronic ‘tags’ or ‘passes’) that can be read by an overhead RF (radio frequency) ‘reader’ for motorists enrolled in a local or grouped plan such as E-ZPass, TxTag, SunPass (Florida) or FasTrak (California).

But those vehicles without transponders or with transponders that cannot be read by local radio frequency readers have their license plates photographed.

The challenge is to get accurate names and addresses of the vehicle owners from the license plate images, and to bill, and collect on them – the task to be assigned to the hub operator or operators.

From TOLLROADSnews 2010-10-21

This grand scheme owes a lot to Oklahoma’s own David Machamer, the Director of Toll Operations for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority who has played a leading role in the development of this unbelievable human tracking and charging scheme.

When Governor Henry’s spy cam plan was revealed to the public, I knew that insurance verification was just the tip of the iceberg.  I wrote then;

Why do we need ALPR???

Uninsured motorists?  Sure but here is where the real money is!  This is why these devices are so important to the state. With interoperability and ubiquitous cameras, our government can charge us every time our wheels roll if they want.

The system will also be great for all sorts of fines and fees.  Really anything that can be attached to your motor vehicle records could be collected through the ALPR system.  Rather like the “deadbeat dad” DMV SSN racket.  In some states they already use these things to collect back taxes.  What are you going to do?  Walk?  No.  This is why state motor vehicle agencies never have a problem with debt.  No pay-no drive.  No work, no visits, no R and R.  We have to have our vehicles!

The new organization is called ATI-the Alliance for Toll Interoperability.  David Machamer, the Director of Toll Operations for the Oklahoma Toll Authority is on the board of trustees. The Chairman of the ATI.

Back in August 2010 Oklahoma residents began to breathe a little easier thinking that the spy cam plan had petered out;

Henry’s Highway ‘Spy’ Cam Plan Runs Out Of Gas

But the Spy Cam plan is nowhere near out of gas.  In fact, it hasn’t even taken a detour.

Will our new Governor pick up where Henry left off?  Where do the new “sticker tags” fit in the ATI’s plans?

As with so many other projects (like Real ID) our government has decided to impose upon us, this one too continues on despite the hue and cry of the taxpayers.

ALPR is an amazingly flexible technology.  Besides giving the state many new revenue streams it also allow big brother to keep an eye on us wherever we go, with whomever we travel, doing whatever it is we do.  This data will stream into your local Fusion Center to be combined with all of the other data being collected on you to be shared, errors and all like a bad disease.

“One of the major benefits of ALPR is the collection of data that allows for investigative purposes; this benefit is being seen with equal or even greater interest than the identification of known vehicles of interest.”

Automated License Plate Recognition Investment Justification and Purchasing Guide Federal Signal Corporation Published: August 2008

ATI July 2010 Board Meeting Board of Directors Meeting

Among the items discussed was;

The ATI’s Violation Enforcement Reciprocity initiative, legislation and drafting of legislation for the states to use to create/enforce the ATI’s Violation Enforcement Reciprocity initiative, how Alliance states were going about creating interoperability so that the information of travelers can be shared which will allow the states to charge drivers no matter which state they reside in.  For example North Carolina’s Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner is working on making these changes by way of an MOU.

An MOU is a memorandum of understanding, an informal written agreement and the DMV commissioner is an unelected position, yet this is how decisions and policy that will have an enormous effect on the people is being implemented!

The ATI board explains that “North Carolina and Virginia DMV

Commissioners are legislatively able to enter into these types of agreements without a legislative mandate.”

Isn’t that handy?  The people and their representatives in those two states apparently have no say in the matter.

It is not a new manner of charging for tolls that bothers me so much.  It is the fact that spy cameras are going to be the method of charging and that the data collected for this purpose will be kept and used for a number of other purposes such as intelligence gathering.  Another issue that is clear from reading the ATI documents is that the charging will not likely be limited to simply tolling.  Mileage and usage taxes based on zones and time of day, video enabled ticketing and a vast array of other creative revenue enhancement are part and parcel of the ALPR scamera plan.

Buckle up freedom lovers.  It is going to be a bumpy ride.


My collection of notes (soon to be updated again!) Oklahoma ALPR, Turnpike, Alliance for Toll Interoperability

Automatic License Plate Recognition and the ATI in Oklahoma-a write up from early 2010

Oklahoma’s Getting “Sticker Tags” Sounds Harmless Enough…So What are they?

Kaye Beach

9/06/10

Testing to continue on Oklahoma Pikepass stickers

Published: Sep 4, 2010

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT

New Pikepass windshield sticker tags should be available after the first of the year, with plans to get them distributed to all account holders in two years, a spokesman for Oklahoma’s turnpike agency says.

A second round of field-testing the stickers is scheduled to begin this week, said Jack Damrill, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority spokesman.

No serious glitches were reported during an initial test of placing the sticker tags on about 500 passenger cars, Damrill said.

“We saw a few things that we needed to look at but nothing major,” he said. “Mostly people getting confused about how to put the sticker tag on.”

People might also be a bit confused by what the heck a “sticker tag” is because there is little indication of what they do or how they work in this article….

Here is just a little bit of information about these new “sticker tags”;

TransCore’s new family of eGo™ radio frequency identification (RFID) products ushers in new opportunities for electronic toll collection (ETC) and makes possible the introduction of electronic vehicle registration (EVR) applications. (Emphasis added)

http://www.transcore.com/pdf/eGo_etc_evr_brochure.pdf

They are quite an upgrade from the old ones. For one thing, these “Sticker Tags” are very versatile.

They can enable Electronic Vehicle Registration and automatic citations for a variety of offenses, among other possibilities.


Easily integrated into your existing computer system, the Electronic Vehicle Registration system captures vehicle status information that can be used for subsequent communications within the DMV and also shared with other agencies

. . . authorities can quickly augment this effort,[Electronic Toll Collection-via the RFID "sticker tags"]streamline an already stressed system, and reclaim lost revenue with electronic compliance monitoring . . .

Status related to insurance compliance, as well as safety and emissions standards, can be included, increasing the efficacy of reporting processes and improving inter-agency cooperation. (maybe this is why InsureNet was canned. They don’t need them)



The information stored on windshield sticker tags can be read and compared in milliseconds to the DMV’s database to determine if the vehicle is stolen, non-compliant with governmental requirements, or if there are unpaid offenses. . . .

. . . tickets can be generated automatically through a violation processing center. (Emphasis mine)

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You might remember last year (Nov. 27, 2009) when we learned;

Oklahoma to Establish Electronic Insurance Verification System

State officials are looking at beefing up the state’s electronic insurance verification system by setting up cameras across the state to randomly record vehicle tags. Cameras set up at about 200 locations along selected highways would focus in on a tag’s bar code — found at the bottom of each tag — and record it. Bar code scanners would match the tag numbers with a national database containing real-time vehicle insurance information.

http://www.newsok.com/oklahoma-could-keep-an-eye-on-uninsured-motorists/article/3420697

Soon after that announcement I began to question Governor Henry regarding the license plate scanning devices. No explanations were forthcoming from the Governor but in doing some searching online I soon found some interesting information that seemed to give more of the “big picture” on why these devices were so important to the state. The ALPR camera’s, were said to be needed for insurance verification purposes.

For more background on this issue, click HERE)

Here is a cost/benefit analysis for EVR and ALPR as stand alone and complementary systems done by Arizona in 2008. It gives a good overview of the many potential uses for these systems.

On January 4, 2010, I wrote;

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. (Now he is the Vice Chair) 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

According to ATI, the Alliance for Toll Interoperability (which includes “More than 40 participating toll agencies representing 24 states & 3 countries”)

License Plate Tolling is the “bridge” interoperability technology

Read more about ATI

HOW EVR WORKS (Electronic Vehicle Registration)

Through the use of a tamper-resistant, paper-thin windshield sticker tag, similar in size to current state registration stickers, vehicle compliance can be electronically monitored as a tagged vehicle passes readers strategically placed throughout the jurisdiction. . . (so not just at tolling stations but anywhere)

The system identifies the vehicle, takes a license plate photograph of non-tagged vehicles, validates the vehicle status, and authenticates the vehicle data (the Automatic License Plate Readers are a necessary part of this system)

. . . when necessary, [the system] issues tickets or citations through a violation processing system. Electronic Vehicle Registration serves as a deterrent as well as an enforcement tool. . .

. . . no partnership is better suited to offer a system that will increase revenue and cash flow for DMV and law enforcement agencies

What do you want to bet the tolling industry will assure us that our information will be kept private?

In this 2009 RFI (Request for Information) issued by ATI, some concern is expressed in finding a solution that protects sensitive information such as, data about the account holder, the vehicle and travel. I am pleased that they seem to acknowledge that this is a concern but wonder if they did, in fact, find a solution.

This is an ongoing issue with every electronic tolling system I know of and it seems the newer ones are even worse. Part of the problem though, may be out of the tolling industry’s hands because of the new policies since 9 11 that allow for more data collection by law enforcement, with less of a requirement for warrant’s or probable cause to get it.

I have emailed the Turnpike Authority and asked them for their privacy policy on the new tags as well as the policy on the video tolling as I didn’t see the documents on the website.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask, go to http://www.pikepass.com/ and click “contact us”.

Here is how it’s going down in Virginia. Privacy advocates noted that;

The toll data is linked to the vehicle owner’s name, address and other personal information.

Privacy advocates object that electronic toll collection means that drivers leave an electronic record, down to the minute, wherever they pay a toll.

The authority’s “customer agreement” with tose who use E-ZPass makes no privacy commitment.

Their inquiries about the use of data collected by the Toll Authority were met with nonsense.

. . .both authority board Chairman David A. Darlington and Executive Director Earl J. “Buddy” Croft III say they won’t release the data until a judge directs them to.

“No information comes out of the authority unless there’s a court subpoena,” Croft said.

It’s not clear what the authority’s written E-ZPass privacy policy is.

Crawford said there is one, but, asked for a copy said, “I’m not going to give it to you.”

. . .Privacy advocates say that as long as the data exists, it will be used, or misused, for purposes other than toll collection.

For example, tag readers can be located at places other than toll plazas. That’s already happening elsewhere, with sensors placed along highways in the San Francisco Bay Area to measure traffic.

Nice.

Read more

What does EVR do?

  • Enables government agencies to automatically detect and screen motor vehicles for compliance with federal, state, and municipal vehicle regulations.
  • Enables automated enforcement actions and violation processing for non-compliant vehicles.
  • Enables automation of current government processes that are dependent on manual, visual-based inspection greatly increasing effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Enables automated detection and rapid apprehension of vehicles reported as stolen or involved in other serious crimes

    http://www.transcore.com/I-A/evr/what-is-evr.shtml

The ATI is not the only organization that have been applying themselves to toll interoperability and all of the attractive attendant capabilities that go along with a nationally interoperable tolling system among which are increased revenue which is a great selling point used to create support among federal and state governmental agencies for toll interoperability. But ATI just happens to be the organization working on getting Oklahoma on board and that is why I have focused on them.

This past session there were a couple of bills pertaining to the Oklahoma Turnpike authority (Oklahoma has one of maybe ten completely independent toll authorities)

One of those bills, co-authored by Sen. Randy Brogdon and Rep Jason Murphy would have required that revenue bonds or bonds issued by the Turnpike Authority have a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.  It would have also required a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise the tolls.  That bill died in the Senate

David Machamer, Vice Chair of ATI and Director of Toll Operations for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is also on Board of Directors of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA)

Here is a list of all Current Board Members and Staff of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

I am not so concerned with a new system of road pricing (usage/milage tax as opposed to gas tax) but the plan does not seem to be limited to toll roads (open road tolling means just that). My primary concern is one of giving the government too much control over us. This will migrate to more and more charges for less and less freedom. A Tracking, monitoring and milking system is what it amounts to.

David Machamer, heads up the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Vice Chair of the Alliance for Toll Interoperability and appointed to the Board of the IBTTA.

The IBTTA has a Dream:

– Fully automated occupancy verification supported by appropriate legislation for enforcement

http://www.ibtta.org/files/PDFs/Kohr_Dean.pdf




More about ECT Electronic Toll Collection


About those Oklahoma Spy Cams..There is more to this than meets the eye.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Automatic License Plate Recognition and the Alliance for Toll Interoperability

READ THIS!

About those Oklahoma Spy Cams..

There is more to this than meets the eye.


We will be exposing much more about this story tonight
AxXiom & Maxim for Liberty!
6-8 cst on http://www.ruleoflawradio.com
			

Oklahoma Turnpike Orders New Sticker Tags-Revenue Enhancement, Surveillance Tool for the state

By early August Oklahoma’s turnpikes should all be fully equipped with TransCore’s dual mode E6 readers (Encompass 6) to allow a start on a two to three year transition away from the existing hardcase/battery-equipped Allegro transponders to eGo Plus sticker tags. The reader infrastructure will consist of E6 readers installed in 377 toll lanes (plus 23 spares purchased) on ten turnpikes – 400 readers for $6m, they tell us.

Yesterday the Authority placed their first order for new eGo Plus (ISO 18000 6B) tags – 278k sticker tags @$9.40 apiece and 11k exterior mount tags @ $26ea (mainly for motorbikes). They expect the first deliveries within weeks.

Total cost of the 289k eGo+ tags: $2.92m.

85% done with reader switchover

David Machamer director of toll operations at the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) says that as of this week they’ve switched out about 325 lanes from the old Allegro/ATA dual mode protocol readers to the new E6s which read Allegro and Super eGo protocols (or any two of several other protocols if needed).

Read more

http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/4760


The McCarville Report;


No attention was drawn to the $50 million-in-new-revenue plan until The McCarville Report Online began a series of articles about it last Friday.


No attention in a major way, that is. But months ago, Norman blogger Kaye Beach was asking pointed questions about the plan. She, along with fellow blogger Andrew Griffin, delivered a letter to Governor Henry’s office asking that “sunlight” be allowed to shine on the plan. She never got a response.

McCarville writes;

In retrospect, Henry might today wish he had addressed the subject then because today, the lack of public discussion about the plan figures in the theory by some that Henry and others wanted the plan to “fly under the radar” and they hoped few outside state government would notice it.

Even some in state government didn’t have a clue about the program until TMRO reported on it. Said one House member: “I had never heard of this until I saw your first story.”

Beach’s December 19th letter to Henry, which got no response:

Governor Henry,

I am writing you to express my concern about the proposed automobile license plate scanning cameras to be placed in fixed locations around Oklahoma. This is allegedly a way for the state to automatically verify the insurance status of our vehicles as they pass.

We all agree that the damage caused by uninsured motorists is a big problem, but now, on top of the risk of uncompensated personal loss or damaged property caused by an irresponsible driver we learn that we will also be subjected to unwarranted monitoring by the state of Oklahoma.

My question to you, Gov. Henry, is will you refrain from using the executive powers of the state to decide the matter and allow the people and their representatives an open examination of this issue so that they can properly weigh its merits and cast their votes accordingly?

This is a decision that should not be made without ample sunlight.

I appreciate your consideration.

Sincerely,
Kaye Beach
Norman, Oklahoma

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http://wwwtmrcom.blogspot.com/

Chad will tell us about a new project with Richard Colter, Pres of Motorists Union and narrator of;

“Colter’s Guide to the Police States of America”

Traffic tickets are a taboo subject matter in America, because of the widespread perception that the system is based on fraud and corruption. This is especially true of speeding tickets, which explains why there has never been a documentary film on the subject. Documentary film maker Richard Colter tackles the complex subject of speed limit enforcement in his film trilogy “COLTER’S GUIDE TO THE POLICE STATES OF AMERICA”.

For the first time, Richard takes you step by step through the process of setting and posting a proper speed limit. After you understand how speed limits are properly determined, Richard takes you on a journey to find a properly set speed limit. Along the way, you’ll hear from Government Officials, Traffic Engineers, and Safety Experts, with in-depth legal analysis of the Constitutional issues surrounding speed limit enforcement.

The first film covers the engineering aspects of speed limits, while the second film will cover the judicial/legal aspects, followed by a film covering quantitative issues. With all of the economic, political, and Constitutional issues facing America today, there has never been a better time to bring the truth to American’s, especially on a subject which affects the safety, dignity, and constitutional rights of every American!!

http://www.motoristunion.org/SignIn.aspx

Become a member and download the movie!

Also on MotoristsUnion.org

Federal Petition – Class Action Law Suit

When you become a Motorist Union Member, you are automatically enrolled in the Petition which seeks damages against your Government, and all other involved parties such as insurance companies.

The petition filed in each state will request injunctive relief, to stop the issuing of speeding tickets until your government can show compliance with all Constitutional requirements.

http://www.motoristunion.org/Default.aspx


Oklahoma ALPR Tag Scanning Cameras Transportation Tyranny

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.

*See “Woolly Boogers Loose in the Oklahoma State House? Online insurance verification bill”

[. . .] 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.

Read more;

http://wwwtmrcom.blogspot.com/

*See

Oklahoma DPS’s ” Request for Information” Dated Oct 15, 2009 lays out what they are looking for in a system

pertinent  source documents

Gov. Henry and InsureNet, Spying and Denying Heads Up Gun Owners! 2/22/10

Insurenet get sole source contract;


Insurnet No Competition-Bill Would Hand DMV Contract to One

Do we like lobbyists writing the bills?

*See
INSURENET They Always “Fit The Bill” ;)

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?

Read More;

http://www.scribd.com/doc/26145643/Automatic-License-Plate-Recognition-In-Oklahoma

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ALPR-what is the data collected used for?

Read WAR ROOMS

“This is the new intelligent policing. It is one more incremental step in creating this vast matrix of surveillance.” –Micheal Vonn

Glendale CA. 2010

VIDEO ENFORCEMENT & SECURITY PROJECT
Amount Requested: $500,000
Project Summary: Continue present UASI funded Rail and Transportation video project into retail and commercial areas where audio/video surveillance will prove a valuable crime fighting
tool.
Install audio and video capable technologies in high crime and predicted crime sites.
Continue Homeland Security funded teclnologies, such as Automated License Plate Readers, into crime fighting applications by installing ALPR’s at fixed sites accessed by suspected criminals.
REAL TIME CRIME ANALYSIS AND INFORMATION FLOW
Amount Requested: $300,000
Project Summary: Establish crime information “War Room” with state of the art real-time inlonnation gathering, analysis, and dissemination that links with regional applications and programs, such as the JRlC fusion Center and LAPD’s RACR and Compstat information systems on all intelligence concerning crime, regional threats, and terrorist activity. The goal is to identity where a crime will be committed before it happens, enabling police resources to be directed to specific high risk locations with the intent of interrupting and preventing crimes before they even occur.
LAW ENFORC[MENT BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK
Amount Request: $500,000
Project Summary: Establish a regional wireless broadband communications network employing the city's optical fiber backbone and core network to establish and enhance emergency communications and intelligence sharing between field resources, to include support of vehicle based audio/video, dispatch support, intelligence gathering, data communications,
ALPR, visual wanted persons verifications, remote fingerprint identification, community policing enhancement, and real-time crime scene audio/video. This system will interoperate with
other regional data sharing and criminal intelligence networks.

____________________________________

"InsureNet" would protect drivers, generate revenue

1/25/10

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.

Read More;

http://www.cindyneighbor.org/Neighbor-News-Updates/legislative-news-update-2010-01-25.html

From The McCarville Report;

Former Oklahoma Legislator,Sports Heroes Hawk InsureNet in Kansas 2010

http://www.scribd.com/doc/31799906/Oklahoma-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.

Read more;

http://wwwtmrcom.blogspot.com/2010/05/henry-outlined-spy-camera-plan-in.html

 

National Leader In Use Of Highway Camera Data Employs Former Rep. Wayne Pettigrew

The McCarville Report;

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.

Read More;

http://wwwtmrcom.blogspot.com/2010/05/national-leader-in-use-of-highway.html

 

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.
Nevada Views:

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.

Read More; http://www.scribd.com/doc/16349861/ALPRautomatic-license-Plate-Recognition-InsureNet

 

Photo Enforcement Uninsured Motorists is a Red Herring

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, David Machamer and the Alliance for Toll Interoperability plays a role in the push for tag scanning "scameras"

ATI Documents

My Notes; Oklahoma ALPR Alliance for Toll Interoperability Ongoing 5 23 10

Responding to Oklahoma Editorial “Populist candidate tackles tolls”

Oklahoma Capitol Investments responds;

January 31, 2010 at 8:17 am

The Oklahoman Editorial

Jan 30, 2010

WHAT is it about lesser-known candidates for governor who flit in and out of populism?

In 2002, independent Gary Richardson campaigned on eliminating tolls on the Turner Turnpike, ignoring the fact that the people themselves had agreed to cross-pledge revenue from that toll road to pay for less-traveled turnpikes.

State Sen. Randy Brogdon, a Republican running for governor this year, wants turnpike toll increases to be the exclusive domain of the Legislature with the high barrier of two-thirds approval.[. . ]And now Brodgon wants to micromanage the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority because it had the audacity to raise tolls last year.

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You will be thanking that “populist” candidate if it keeps us from getting what the poor people in Texas are getting from the NTTA!   “Raping” seems to be  a common description of the situation.

The OTA is cutting deals with several other states to share our information for toll interoperability and contrary to the story we are being given about about the tag scanning cameras being for uninsured motorists, they really are for us.  Our representatives have no role and there is no oversight to the OTA as best I can tell.   The AG saying no doesn’t bother them, of course our Gov. (ex-offi cio member) was right with them.

Oklahoma-Oversight council approves restructuring of Turnpike Authority bond

Gov. Brad Henry signed SB 1057 April 10.  In December, Att. Gen. Drew Edmondson issued an opinion that OTA did not have authority to enter into interest rate swap contractshttp://www.icapitol.net/topic_01OF0MMAHX/readstory.oki?storyid=0SF1225H0

NTTA  and the OTA are working hand in glove on their new schemes charge state residents.

Read More;

http://okcapitolinvestments.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/populist-candidate-tackles-tolls/

Podcast- Automatic License Plate Recognition in Oklahoma

America in the Balance is a weekly Truth in Focus Internet Radio show presented by Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise (OK-SAFE.) and Hosted by Ken Sellers and Amanda Teegarden.

OK-SAFE is a non-profit 501(c)4 Oklahoma Corporation made up of individuals and coalition groups dedicated to the principles of American Free Enterprise and the Constitutional Sovereignty of Oklahoma and the United States of America. Hosted by Ken Sellers and Amanda Teegarten

On this show,  Ken and Amanda also discuss with guest Kaye Beach the effort by DPS to install automatic license plate recognition cameras on OK highways.

Listen online

http://www.truthinfocus.org/radio/america_in_the_balance.html

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Recently it was announced that Oklahoma official were going to add 200 license plate scanning cameras, ostensibly to catch uninsured motorists.

Oklahoma to Establish Electronic Insurance Verification System

State officials are looking at beefing up the state’s electronic insurance verification system by setting up cameras across the state to randomly record vehicle tags. Cameras set up at about 200 locations along selected highways would focus in on a tag’s bar code — found at the bottom of each tag — and record it. Bar code scanners would match the tag numbers with a national database containing real-time vehicle insurance information.

http://www.newsok.com/oklahoma-could-keep-an-eye-on-uninsured-motorists/article/3420697

Background

What is ALPR?

Automatic License Plate Recognition is a means of mass surveillance that uses character recognition programming to read the letters and numbers on license plates.

Other Names;

  • NPR (Number plate recognition )
  • ANPR Automatic Number Plate Recognition
  • Automatic vehicle identification (AVI)
  • Car plate recognition (CPR)
  • License plate recognition (LPR)

ANPR can be used to store the images captured by the cameras as well as the text from the license plate, with some configurable to store a photograph of the driver

The device itself has little value unless it is linked to a database (or many databases).

The software or programming that tells the device what to do with the data it has captured (your license plate identification number) it will be handled in one of two ways.  The tag number will be compared on the spot, in real time against a predetermined set of information such as the insurance policy database or possibly against known stolen vehicle tag numbers.  If the search produces a match then likely you will be stopped or mailed a ticket.

The second way the captured information could be handled is by sending it to a remote location and stored for future use.

Why ALPR?

“ALPR is effectively the foundation of all electronic free-flow charging, because it is the only common point of reference for all vehicles passing through a toll checkpoint or zone boundary.”

From Technologies that enable congestion pricing A Federal Highway Administration document

Typical ALPR Enabling Technologies
There are, not surprisingly, many technologies that could support different functions in a VMT fee system.

ANPR (Automated Number Plate Recognition). Combining digital cameras with optical character recognition software, this technology makes it possible to identify vehicles that pass a particular location based on their license plate numbers.

READ MORE

https://axiomamuse.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/transportation-surveillance-getting-the-bad-guys-and-you-too/

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In 2008 -HB 3115-the Compulsory Insurance Verification Bill was passed allowing law enforcement to instantly verify insurance coverage from the field.

Tulsa Talks (blogsite) reports on March 29, 2006

Law enforcement officials may soon be able to immediately verify if drivers have insurance coverage thanks to legislation unanimously approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
House Bill 3115, by state Rep. Ron Peterson (R-Broken Arrow), would create an online insurance verification pilot program in Oklahoma. The program would allow police to verify insurance coverage from the field.

House Bill 3115 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a 99-0 vote

http://www.tulsatalks.com/2006/03/oklahoma-house-begins-work-on-senate.html

HB 3115 was ultimately signed into law in 2008.  Implementation date was originally scheduled for July 1, 2008 then moved to Dec 31st 2008.

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2008 SB 2122 amends HB 3115

A noteworthy portion of the amendment-

Paragraph 11: Makes all information exchanged or generated in relation to the verification system not subject to the Open Records Act, that is, confidential.

The Oklahoma Public Records Act says that;

“The purpose of this act is to ensure and facilitate the public’s right of access to and review of government records so they may efficiently and intelligently exercise their inherent political power.”

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Why ALPR?  Why Now?

The next couple of article tells us one reason-Toll Interoperability.

NEWS ARTCLE-Florida, E-ZPass exchanging toll camera data to test license plate based tolls
Fri, 2009-08-07

Several toll agencies in Florida and the E-ZPass have begun exchange of camera based data to test the feasibility of levying tolls on one another’s license plates in a pilot program.

In most states when the transponder readers don’t recognize a local transponder, or any transponder, a camera is triggered that takes pictures of the rear and sometimes also the front of the vehicle. Each state or tolling area (E-ZPass IAG, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas etc) will generate a toll bill or violation notice based on their ability to access ‘foreign’ state motor registry databases.

The pilot program to exchange camera based data between toll areas is being conducted under the auspices of the Alliance for Toll Interoperability (ATI) and the I-95 Coalition.

read more

http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/4297

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NEWS ARTICLE

Alliance for Toll Interoperability formed in south – video data standard priority

Fri, 2008-02-15

Representatives of nearly twenty toll agencies met in Dallas TX February 7 and decided to form an Alliance for Toll Interoperability (ATI).

. . .With the strong move towards cashless tolling camera reads of license plates – ‘video tolling’ – becomes the mode for collecting the tolls of those motorists without a transponder account.

Attending the formative Dallas meeting were senior operations people from toll authorities in the Carolinas, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas. 15 to 20 toll operators were informally represented.

. . . Video data exchange format priority

ATI people are also interested in how they can improve the readabillity of license plates. Eden says some of the members have been talking with 3M, the big Minneapolis based company that supplies much of the surfacing film used on license plates.

http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/3399

Information on the Alliance for Toll Interoperability taken from their own documents available at their website;

https://www.tollinterop.org/Common/Downloads.aspx

WHAT IS ATI

Current Organization:

– Members:

• More than 40 participating toll agencies representing 24 states & 3 countries

ATI’S GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

• Extend tolling interoperability beyond today’s boundaries

Develop specification for license plate violation and video tolling data exchange, get DMV’s and other key stakeholders involved

Determine state legislation of ETC/DMV and sharing information

• Investigate RFID toll interoperability

• Consider future technology including 5.9 GHz DSRC(WiMax), GPS/Cellular, and other

ATI Today

Phase 1 & Phase 2

Future vehicle ID technology in all vehicles:

•– 5.9 GHz RFID in various devices, or

•– Satellite / GPS Tolling.

• TODAY, vehicles have a common, if imperfect, identification technology –the license plate.

Why ALPR?  ATI says;

License Plate Tolling is the “bridge” interoperability technology”

Mission: Improve ability of toll agencies to identify vehicles traveling on toll facilities

– Allow customers the seamless use of toll facilities across state lines

– Maximize state toll revenues and reduce toll collection and operations costs to States and agencies

– Guide the toll industry towards technical interoperability utilizing future technology opportunities

Facilitating talks with multiState organizations to secure access to motor vehicle records

Will allow toll agencies and states to identify vehicles without the use of transponders through Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR)

American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators fully engaged

Will allow enforcement across state lines, not just for tolling

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August 4, 2009

Agenda & Meeting Details

•Oklahoma/Texas Pilot Program:

•Committee Members: Rick Herrington (lead)

David Machamer (lead)

•Clayton Howe

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) is waiting for action from NTTA on responding to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Mr. David Machamer suggested completing a ‘file swap’ rather than going through the Tax Commission.

Alliance for Toll Interoperability-Trustee, David Machamer* Oklahoma Transportation Authority.

Texas/Oklahoma Pilot

Project Contacts: David Machamer*, Rick Herrington* Clayton Howe

Project Overview:

Establish interoperability between NTTA (North Texas Tollway Authority) and OTA utilizing license plate data exchange. Discussions are ongoing between NTTA and OTA to establish protocol for exchanging plate and driver information.

Time frame: Expected to be complete by 1st Quarter 2010.

The economic crisis has worked its magic.  People are driving less.  That’s good and green right?

It’s not very green where it really counts.

Money.

VMT-vehicle mileage tax

Implementable Strategies for Shifting to Direct Usage-Based Charges for Transportation Funding

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Web-Only Document 143: Implementable Strategies for Shifting to Direct Usage-Based Charges for Transportation Funding explores ways that direct charges to road users, based on vehicle-miles of travel (VMT), could be implemented within approximately the next 5 years.

Enabling Technologies
There are, not surprisingly, many technologies that could support different functions in a VMT fee system.
ANPR (Automated Number Plate Recognition). Combining digital cameras with optical character recognition software, this technology makes it possible to identify vehicles that pass a particular location based on their license plate numbers.

https://axiomamuse.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/transportation-surveillance-getting-the-bad-guys-and-you-too/

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Meeting of 2009-9-8 Regular Meeting
LAWTON CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 –  6:00 P.M.
WAYNE GILLEY CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER

1.    Consider approving the submittal of an application to the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police for a grant to fund the purchase of a Federal Signal Automated License Plate Recognition system (A.L.P.R.).

. . .Deputy Chief James Apple, Lawton Police Department, stated they were contacted by the Oklahoma Chief’ s Association last Thursday and they are receiving a federal grant for an automated license plate recognition system and Lawton is one of the selected agencies in the state to participate in this program.  He stated this is a camera system which is mounted on the police units that will automatically read the license plate as the car travels down the roadway.

This system will read up to 160 mph.  The other agencies selected are Claremore Police, Woodward Police, Broken Arrow Police, Midwest City Police and Stillwater Police.  This also includes Comanche Nation, Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation tribal agencies.  He stated there will be no cost to the City of Lawton including the training to run the system.

. . .Apple stated we would receive three systems.  He stated these systems would cost thousands of dollars and there is no way we could afford it.

. . .Apple stated this will be tied in to the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs system and they will cover everything.

MOVED by Haywood, SECOND by Zarle, to approve the submittal of an application to the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police for a grant to fund the purchase of a Federal Signal Automated License Plate Recognition system (A.L.P.R.).  AYE: Burk, Shanklin, Zarle, Haywood, Wells, Shoemate, Hanna, Drewry. NAY: None.  MOTION CARRIED

see minutes here;

http://www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/CityCode/City_Council_Meeting_Minutes/Year_2009/9/8.html

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‘One of the major benefits of ALPR is the collection of data that allows for investigative purposes; this benefit is being seen with equal or even greater interest than the identification of known vehicles of interest.’

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) is likely the most talked about technology today in law enforcement, public safety, and the transportation sectors. Endorsed by the IACP as an “effective tool for law enforcement” in a resolution at the 2007 IACP Annual Conference, the technology has proven itself time and again as a force multiplier that can bring about incredible results for agencies at every level

White Paper-Automated License Plate Recognition Investment Justification and Purchasing Guide

Federal Signal Corporation Published: August 2008

Federal Signal (and the International Association of Chiefs of Police) are talking about the New Paradigm of Policing-Intelligence Led Policing and Fusion Centers.

But those are subjects for another day.

Our Governor apparently plans to implement this system by executive order-today Dec 23, 2009.  This technology carries huge implications with it that reach far beyond our wallets.

My question is “why an executive order?”

Oklahoma Watchdog, Andrew Griffin, Reports;

Norman activist inquires whether Gov. Henry will use executive order to implement license-plate scanners

Posted By Andrew Griffin On December 16, 2009 

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Watchdog accompanied Norman activist and blogger Kaye Beach to Gov. Brad Henry’s office on Tuesday afternoon. It was there that Beach handed Henry’s receptionist her letter [1] inquiring whether or not Henry would sign an executive order to approve the implementation of license-plate scanners.

Paul Sund, Henry’s press secretary, was not available Tuesday afternoon and as of Wednesday Beach had not heard from the governor’s office. Still, her pursuit for answers has garnered some attention. She was interviewed by KTOK’s Jerry Bohnen on Wednesday and was able to get her questions aired.

“I haven’t heard anything from (Gov. Henry’s office) but then my biggest goal was to get the media on it,” Beach said. “There is some concern that the governor will sign an executive order on the 23rd of December.”

People are objecting to the scanners, as evidenced in this recent Muskogee Phoenix editorial [2]. And Sen. Randy Brogdon, who is also running for governor, reportedly inquired this week about the placement of bar codes on the new license plates that have been issued to Oklahoma motorists this year.

Beach, who is also a co-host on “Radio Free Oklahoma,” which airs Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m. on RuleOfLawRadio.com, will be discussing the issue at great length this evening. She also discusses a lot of these issues at her blog, Axxiom for Liberty [3].

Oklahoma Watchdog is following this story and hopes to have a full story by the end of the week. Stay tuned.

Andrew made some inquiries of his own as well;

State officials not responding to license-plate scanner inquiry

Posted By Andrew Griffin On December 18, 2009 @ 3:57 pm In Blog | No Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY — Still no word on whether Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry will be signing an executive order next week to implement license-plate scanning technology on Oklahoma roads.

As we reported earlier this week, Norman-based activist and blogger Kaye Beach hand-delivered a letter to the office of Gov. Henry at the State Capitol inquiring whether or not the rumor that Henry’s planned executive order was to take place on Dec. 23. Here is her account [1] at her informative blog Axxiom for Liberty. She also discussed it in depth on “Radio Free Oklahoma,” an Oklahoma City-based radio program she co-hosts with Chris Emery, James Lane and Holland Van den Nieuwenhof.  The show is heard every Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. on RuleOfLawRadio.com.

Beach and several other sources have reportedly heard this date bandied about and Oklahoma Watchdog has been making calls and sending emails seeking more information.

Phil Bachrach, the governor’s spokesman, has not returned calls or an email message from Oklahoma Watchdog that was sent to him requesting more information. Calls have also been placed to the office of Rep. Ken Miller (R-Edmond). Miller was on the 2008 “Oklahoma License Plate Design Task Force” and has allegedly been vocal about this support of this technology, although several attempts to confirm this via phone were unsuccessful.

Additionally, Sen. Randy Brogdon has reportedly been inquiring into the issue, asking questions about the small bar codes on the new, standard-issue, flat, digital Oklahoma license plates that have been issued during 2009, replacing the 16-year old green and white design.

It is unclear if the difficulty in reaching anyone is connected to the upcoming holiday break.

These stories are being cross-posted at Oklahoma Watchdog’s sister site RedDirtReport.com.

Read more at Oklahoma Capitol Investments [2].

I don’t think we will be getting any answers to these questions from the Governor or his staff anytime soon.

What is a VMT? The Gift that keeps on giving

VMT-vehicle mileage tax.

Something the new administration is very interested in.

But. . .

1) license plate reading cameras for those vehicles without an operational in-vehicle device – needed all over as backstop, whatever else is deployed

Get the” picture”?

This has everything to do with the “plate scanning” ALPR cameras proposed in Oklahoma.

Alliance for Toll Interoperability video data standard priority

http://okcapitolinvestments.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/alliance-for-toll-interoperability-video-data-standard-priority/

And they would have us believe that all this is for catching the uninsured motorists.  In fact, this will be a fine system to track and charge us as they see fit.

No wonder the Governor wants to quickly and quietly implement these scameras while we are tuned out and trying to focus on our families during the Christmas holidays.

Oklahoma Officials Still Not Responding to Inquiries

Merry Christmas Oklahoma

and

Bah Humbug!  to Governor Henry and his buddies in DC

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US officials very interested in VMT/road use charges

Wed, 2009-06-03 22:19

“Ultimately, the technical backbone that will underpin a VMT finance structure will likely be a solution composed of integrated technologies. No single technology is sufficiently flexible or cost-effective to be the ubiquitous solution at this time.”

Early on he said: “America need not wait a decade for the vehicle fleet to turnover and be equipped by the OEMs (automakers) with new technology before deploying VMT. Many existing active technology RFID systems at the roadside can be quickly and easily converted to accommodate VMT.”

The RFID solution (short and medium range wireless reader-transponder systems), he said have “the potential to take the ‘technology issue’ off the table” so that elected officials can focus on the policy they want to implement rather than fretting about how to do it.

The Mark IV technology chief in his statement on Capitol Hill said: “Our new RFID technology called JANUS(™), a progeny of the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system, is one example of a low-cost, high-performance, field-proven RFID system and offers a seamless migration with uninterrupted interoperability and seamless reciprocity to a ubiquitous 5.9 GHz DSRC federal standard; if and when it is approved.”

That description of Janus only makes sense as a reader with 915MHz and 5.9GHz antennas able to handle the existing population of some 20m 915MHz E-ZPass IAG Group transponders along with new OmniAir standard 5.9GHz boxes.

1) license plate reading cameras for those vehicles without an operational in-vehicle device – needed all over as backstop, whatever else is deployed

Read the entire article here;

http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/4193