Scam Cams: Time To Declare Our Independence

Land of the Fees, Home of the Slaves

Recent changes have been proposed to your state reps by Redflex that opens the path towards the automation and privatization of the judicial branch of government.

It’s amazing how much time has passed since a loose-knit group of rookies to politics gathered in early August of 2008 to discuss changes that were coming to our state.

The changes that came were more like a freight train in the night: the barking, stray-dog annoyance of a mere traffic-related topic, “photo radar,” was to turn into nothing less than a rabid pack of electronic vultures: the statewide construction of a surveillance network.

…And to think we were worried about choosing a good name for the domain!

…He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries

Almost two years later, the original architects of this system– Janet Napolitano, and Roger Vanderpool, are gone from holding Arizona office.

Yet, despite mounting public pressure and disapproval of such systems, the cameras remain in place, with the occasional post it note / easter egg (a “sophomoric prank,” as Redflex calls it) being the only direct action form of dissent.

And don’t be fooled: your State Representatives and Senators have made a clear, distinct decision to ignore the will of the people by not only permitting Redflex and American Traffic Solutions to continue their theft, but by subsidizing it. (Yes, we’re looking at you, Senator Pearce. )

Still voting?

It’s become increasingly clear to this writer that the surveillance network of cameras that record video constantly and use automatic license plate recognition to track drivers is only the beginning.

Recent changes have been proposed to your state reps by Redflex that opens the path towards the automation and privatization of the judicial branch of government.

Arizona’s SB1443 and SB1018 allows Redflex to use uniformed police officers to act as private employees for the company’s “notices of violation” to be served. The real punchline to this sick joke that’s being played on our liberty is that the “papers” being served have, at this point, never been filed with an actual court of law.

The first thought that comes to mind is the contradictory nature of photo radar supposedly “freeing up officers” only to have those same officers getting paid overtime to hand deliver papers while wearing the full “color of law.”

…He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance…

The second, and more disturbing outcome of this arrangement is Redflex becoming, in essence, a private, foreign court: able to summon and “detain” a citizen with a hinderance of a neatly printed—and false– violation.

But wait—there’s more! Redflex is also pushing to have their “notices of violation” renamed and allowed to carry the title of a “Uniform Traffic Complaint,” without a complaint ever being filed with a court of law unless the “violator” is first served!

Imagine trying to sue your neighbor in small claims court, but instead of filing a proper complaint in a court, you print up a fancy letter that looks like an official complaint and pay your police officer buddy to “serve” it.

You, and your officer buddy, would probably be arrested for forgery, falsification, and harassment. So why does a private corporation get away with it?

Simple. Redflex, American Traffic Solutions, IBM, and Xerox all have a vested interest in automating many “tedious” areas of the criminal justice system, and making a killing in the process. Municipal contracts are always seen as lucrative, and courts are no exception. Due process and “proper courtroom procedures” serve no purpose when the party being hindered becomes the state itself.

…He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws…

ACS, a “government services” contractor that also dabbled in automated ticketing was recently purchased by Xerox Corporation, possibly as a hedge against emerging analytic markets being explored by IBM Corp.

But the “prize in the box” of this purchase wasn’t necessarily the cameras: it’s the back end systems and software ACS developed to automate huge portions of government, from student financial aid disbursements to the Supreme Court of the State of Arizona.

Redflex and ATS (backed by Goldman Sacs and corporate twin to Geico Insurance) are chomping at the bit to force their way into increased positions of power by taking over “law enforcement” and judicial system functions. ATS was recently pleased to announce their plans to photograph homes for code violations and handle “administrative functions” (aka your hearing) instead of the municipality.

…For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent; For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury; For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences…”

Indeed, in many other states these corporations already have powers that rival the courts. Arizona is a rarity in requiring a photograph of the driver, whereas in many states a simple plate photograph of a suspected “violator” is sufficient to demand immediate payment from the owner— regardless of who was actually driving.

Even in Arizona, many times the person prosecuting a photo radar case is the photo radar company representative themselves, even though the case should—by law— be handled by city, county, or state attorney, not a private individual acting on the state’s behalf.

Proponents of automated ticketing would love for everyone to think that this entire subject is just about speeding. The truth is that the damage done to our liberty by these foreign intrusions and corporatism is far greater a threat than the tragic reality of preventative automobile fatalities.

“…We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us… We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends…

It’s time to Declare our Independence from these parasitic corporations, and the politicians who benefit from and support them.

…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

We do not consent.

10 Responses to Scam Cams: Time To Declare Our Independence

  1. Matt says:

    Beautiful. Just BEAUTIFUL. That article brought a tear to my eye for TWO reasons. ONE of which is how sad it truly is what is happening to OUR Country and THE OTHER of which would be because someone realized what a SCAM this whole thing is and actually has the BALLS to stand up like a PATRIOT against “The System”.

    If I physically lived out in Arizona, which *technically* I do (I’m from Florida. Basically Arizona is Florida – Swamps + Mountains and Florida is Arizona – Mountains + Swamps) I would be getting signatures for you all like a bat out of hell. KEEP IT UP CAMERAFRAUD! Maybe you all can come to Florida and help fight the F***ERS in this State Legislature that are trying to finally legalize Red Light SCAMeras. Because once that happens, we ALL know it eventually becomes like a bad girlfriend, you just can’t get rid of it.

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  3. Happy Pants says:

    Can you give more info about on how Geico comes into play in all of this? Nevermind, I found the article:

    Wish I would of seen that a few years ago. I would of dumped Geico. Time to shop for some new insurance.

  4. kandaris says:

    Can someone tell me who the individual was that was grilling these losers on this garbage? I’d like to shake his hand. The lies that these people tell with a straight face are unbelievable!

    • photoradarscam says:

      You mean representative and Transportation committee chair Andy Biggs? He’s on top of things. He knows what’s up.

      • kandaris says:

        Thanks, I didn’t know what he looked like, but I was under the impression that he was older. The guy who was grilling them looked in his 40s a the oldest.

  5. Just Thinking says:

    I wonder what will become of Geico’s customer base when the word comes out about ATS and Geico being in bed together? If I had Geico I would sure get rid of them. I may be wrong, but it sure looks like a conflict of interest here with them plotting and scheming against their own customers.

  6. says:

    in my opinion, your writing is very good and very useful

  7. J. Frank Parnell says:

    What do you mean chomping at the bit. They have already bitten us. I recently received a red light violation from the almighty ATS. They notified me 21 days after the event. By Washington state law they are required to notify the offender within 14 days or less. Did that matter, no they sent the violation anyway. I then have to respond to Arizona, not the city of Spokane. Do you see the problem? I sure do. Since when did we give over our judicial system in Washington to a corporation in Arizona. I fought this matter by contesting by mail, since I live 350 miles from Spokane. I then received a notification from Arizona, saying I was denied. Surprise, Surprise! I then tried to contact the city of Spokane, and they say they have no record of any of the redlight violations in their court system, and that I needed to call Arizona again. Finally, I was able to get to someone in Spokane that had a heart and listened, so that I could send them the envelope showing the postmark. They then sent this information back to Arizona, and guess what? Today in the mail, I got a notification of past due from Arizona, and they increased the amount due by $25 for late fee. This company is screwing with the rights of citizens, and the bureaucracy that they and the local governments have created is handing over the key to our judicial system to a for profit corporation.

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