Criminal Conspiracy: Redflex, ATS, and Anytown USA

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." George Washington

OPINION  – You own a car. One evening, while enjoying your private property, a series of sensors and cameras detect your movement and computationally decide that you are exceeding the speed limit. A for-profit corporation receives high-resolution images of the alleged “violation,” which then forwards the allegations to another series of for-profit corporations.

Municipal corporations have a budget and, lets face it, payroll is a bitch for any corporation. Instead of a co-op where residents are viewed as equal shareholders in their community, they are instead viewed as revenue machines ready for milking. The true shareholders in these muni corporations are the usual suspects: investment banks like Goldman Sachs (which also owns American Traffic Solutions and Geico) and Macquarie which just gobbled up Redflex.

Yes, big banks, the photo firms, and Anytown U.S.A. have a lot of things in common: They care about money, power, and control. 

Lets not forget that a “traffic ticket” in any form goes well beyond the scope of a tax. It is a lawsuit directed at you on behalf of a carefully-vested collective of public and private entities that survive only on their ability to take by force the property of others. This collective includes the very elected officials that are supposed to represent the people and protect their private property: city and town judges, the town prosecutor, police officers etc.

In grade school, this is called stealing. In muni law, it’s considered “revenue enhancement” and your immediate, unquestioning compliance is not requested but demanded. The endgame to this bastardization of law is obvious: corpgov sanctioned theft:

If you’ve got one of the 15,000 traffic camera tickets the city says remain unpaid, you might want to keep an eye on your car. Police will begin seizing or putting boots on vehicles whose owners have unpaid tickets from the five Redflex Traffic Systems cameras around town, the Las Cruces Police Department announced Tuesday. LCPD Police Chief Richard Williams wasn’t available to comment on the new enforcement action, but LCPD spokesman Dan Trujillo pointed out that nothing about the ordinance itself was new.

“Fighting” photo enforcement by trying to change out the politicians who allowed it to happen is like voting for a new board of directors at McDonalds because of a lousy drive-thru cheeseburger. A better solution is to immediately stop patronizing the corporations (City of Scottsdale, City of Mesa, City of Phoenix) and their hired thugs (corrupt police officers, judges, prosecutors).

In Arizona, the advice used to be “careful driving down to Mexico, the corrupt police there will seize your car on a whim.”

In 2011, we can revise the sentiment: “careful driving across town, the corrupt police will seize your car at the command of a private corporation.


Editor’s Note: Received via email, 5/4/2011.

11 Responses to Criminal Conspiracy: Redflex, ATS, and Anytown USA

  1. reason says:

    “We have a system of corporatism now where business and governments are partners and they rip us off…” (5:30)

  2. Sure says:

    More abuse from Phoenix cops:

    • Mark S says:

      I hope this cop gets his A $$ handed to him on a platter. That just is not right. He could have fatally injured the girl, then what?

    • They really need to tone down the steroid use in PPD. I hope he gets what’s coming to him.

    • B says:

      I was talking with a Phx cop yesterday about this incident and he was trying to make sense of it all. Cops don’t get up in the morning and say, “Today, I’m going to shoot someone,” or hurt someone like that, he says. That cop most likely is well-trained and makes good decisions 99.9% of the time and act professionally.

      Then when they finally screw up when dealing with totally drunken aholes like that girl was acting like, they get swekered by videos like this. Does that mean he was right to do what he did? No. Should he be sternly reprimanded and/or punished? Yes. She he be fired or villified by the press (which is primarily ratings-driven, not facts or perspective driven, these day)? Hell no.

      How many of us could put up with what they do and keep as cool of heads as cops? (And I don’t care about the “training” – cops are human too.)

      Look at the Rodney King case, a microcosm of police abuse. Those LA cops saw stupid shit everyday and had to tolerate it as consummate professionals (98% of officers – there are ahole cops, but for the most part they’re professionals). Then one day they snap after chasing a drug-crased moron (King) on the freeway, who violently resisted after being stopped. The cops FINALLY snap, and beat the guy too much. The media doesn’t show the resistance – they just show the white cops around a black man, (wrongfully) beating a black man.

      Here’s the point of the RK story – when minorities around the city saw the beating, they snapped at the first major chance the got, and turned LA into a war zone… They turned on the cops with violence – because the cops were… violent.

      Bottom line: We need to keep rational heads about these things and have faith in the justice system and let it play out. If we don’t, we’re no better than the pro-camera clowns who scream and yell for surveillance tech as part of an emotional reaction to some a-hole speeder that cut them off last week.

      • You make good points but based on his reaction, that cop’s head was not in the right place, nor were his actions. He should probably be drug tested because you know his victim was.

        Take it on a case by case basis and this was easily punishable with termination and excessive force charges.

  3. Mark S says:

    Violation of Federal and State Laws. Private property cannot be taken without due process. Even collection companies are supposed to go through the courts, aka due process, before they can garnish your wages, take your property or put liens on it.

  4. Stacey says:

    I haven’t spent a dime in Scottsdale since the first time I saw a camera there.

  5. Stacey says:

    Update on star valley cases

    Phoenix, AZ
    1,122 Volunteers

    Welcome to CameraFRAUD. We are united in our effort to get rid of every speed camera, red light camera, and photo radar van here in Arizona and across the country. We were suc…

    Check out this Meetup Group →

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