Women Arrested in Illinois for Refusing Smart Meters
Um… I’m pretty sure the Deeds to both properties have “easement” clauses in them, in which, if you sign them, gives utility companies the legal means to trespass on your land.
However, that being said, it’s a fascist state which allows utility companies to team up with the police in order to arrests home owners who simply don’t want utility companies to install those new Snoop-o-Meters on their property.
After all, if a resident doesn’t want a Snoop-o-Meter, the power company can simply shut off the power to that residence. Then, the homeowner can decide if they want to live on or off the grid.
But, no. Police are now going around arresting people just because the utility companies are on a power trip:
2 meter opponents arrested in Naperville: ‘A society of violating one another’
By Melissa Jenco – Chicago Tribune
Two vocal opponents of Naperville’s initiative to install wireless electric meters on homes were arrested after interfering with the installation process, according to city officials.
Police are accompanying crews this week as they install smart meters at homes that previously sent away installers.
“The previous installation attempts were met with some resistance and we wanted to ensure our employees’ safety,” City Manager Doug Krieger said.
Naperville has installed smart meters on 57,000 homes and is about 99 percent through with the process. Officials have said the project will make the electric system more reliable and efficient and reduce costs.
However, the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group has expressed concerns over whether the wireless meters will affect health, security and privacy. The group has a federal lawsuit pending against the city.
The two women arrested Wednesday are leaders of the group.
Yup, the police and the utility companies are making an example out of them for the rest of the group. That certainly reeks of fascism, if you ask me.
Malia “Kim” Bendis of the 2200 block of Mercer Court was charged with two misdemeanors — attempted eavesdropping and resisting a peace officer.
Jennifer Stahl of the 1400 block of Westglen Drive, received two ordinance violation citations — interfering with a police officer and preventing access to customer premises.
Stahl, who was released from custody about 4:30 p.m., said when she refused the smart meter, installers accompanied by police cut the bicycle lock she had placed on her fence and entered her backyard. She then stood in front of her electric meter and refused to move.
“It was forced on my house today,” she said. “It was really a violation. I violated something, but I’ve been violated too so I guess we’re now in a society of violating one another.”
Krieger defended the city moving forward with installation of the meters despite the objections from some homeowners.
“The city has always had and maintains the right to access our equipment, and today we were simply exercising that right,” he said.
And, the homeowners are simply exercising their CONSTITUTIONAL rights to privacy and protesting. In a sane world, that would normally trump the city. But, we aren’t living in a sane world, are we? We’re now living in an Orwellian police state. Welcome to the USSA, folks.Explore posts in the same categories: Abuse of Power, Obama Sucks, Orwellian, protest, Technology