Police use ‘Pay-By-Plate’ to “Hotlist” motorists across the country


Police State America has devised a new way to track dissidents or person’s of interest, they’re calling it Pay-By-Plate. Raytheon’s Pay-By-Plate system will allow police to “Hotlist” motorists across the country.

According to the Boston Globe, officials are working with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to draft a list of all situations that warrant “Hotlist” use.   

What are “Hotlists”?

The Cincinnati Police Dept.’s, “Success in Automated License Plate Recognition Technology” report reveals on Page 6 what “Hotlists” actually mean.

License plate readers create DETAILED, PRECISE, TARGETED info., on motorists

The nature of the LPR collected from private sources tends to be stationary vehicles and/or vehicles entering into parking and/or other access controlled locations…providing law enforcement with detailed precise and targeted historical location information for vehicles of interest.

The Feds are storing innocent motorist’s personal data indefinitely

According to a Boston Globe article, ‘detailed precise’ toll transactions are being stored indefinitely by the MassDOT. The MassDOT claims, they don’t have any plans to use the information to ticket speeding motorists yet!

“My main concern is the long-term storage and the bulk collection gathering of data, 99.99 percent of the people whose information is being collected are totally innocent and have done nothing wrong. So why keep a dossier on them?” Congressman Michael Capuano said.

Earlier this year, I warned everyone that Pay-By-Plate is really a nationwide tracking system created by DHS and private corporations.

AECOM Technology Corporation’s mission, is to direct or oversee AECOM national tolls projects and development efforts, and support the toll industry in its continual efforts to modernize, economize and increase public acceptance as tolls grow dramatically in North America

To increase public acceptance of “national toll projects”?  It doesn’t get any plainer than that!

Feds claim they’re only taking pictures of our license plates
image credit: Boston Globe

If you look closely at the above picture, you can see two surveillance cameras, one that takes a picture of the front of the vehicle, and one that’s aimed at the rear of the vehicle. Raytheon’s Vigilant Solutions, ‘ National Vehicle Location Service‘ cameras can identify drivers and passengers faces in “near real time”, flagging any ‘person of interest’.

Raytheon, admits they’re cameras use facial recognition

Founder Shawn Smith assembled an industry-leading team of almost one hundred video analytic experts to develop and bring to market what would quickly become the most comprehensive and advanced suite of LPR, facial recognition and public records data fusion and analytic products available.  (Click here to find out more about Raytheon’s facial recognition program)

It should be noted that Raytheon, denies they’re pay-by-plate cameras use facial recognition and claim motorists are protected under the “Federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act” (FDPPA).

Can Raytheon be trusted?

The Electronic Privacy Foundation warns motorists that DMV’s have created 55 categories of invasive information on motorists, effectively nullifying the FDPPA.

Reasons, to doubt Raytheon’s story.

Three years ago, the Virginia Dept. of Motor Vehicles allowed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to secretly record vehicle identification number (VIN), age and sex information from the records of passing motorists.

IIHS compared this personal information against the facial photograph captured by the industry’s speed cameras to conclude that vehicles “packing more horsepower” drive faster than the posted speed limit.

And earlier this year, I warned everyone that San Francisco’s public transit agency was installing facial recognition cameras that can identify drivers and passengers through fog.

Though primarily intended for fixed security camera installations, the software could allow police to identify the occupants of vehicles when the system is supplied with a clear photograph of a car’s interior. In states such as California and Arizona where red light cameras and speed cameras photograph the front of a car, the video stream can be analyzed in “near real time” to catalog and identify the driver and anyone in the passenger seat of passing vehicles, flagging any “person of interest.

Another reason to doubt Raytheon, they have a close relationship with DHS. (Click here, here & here to find out more.)

Raytheon is spying on billions of motorists

The largest pool of data is that harvested by Vigilant from commercial sources, most notably, Vigilant’s subsidiary, DRN (Digital Recognition Network).  This pool of LPR data totals over 2 billion detections and grows at a rate of over 70 million per month.

Raytheon’s cameras are creating a ring of surveillance that’s unprecedented in America.

DHS’s cameras, sorry I mean Raytheon’s surveillance cameras can be found everywhere, from traffic intersections to store fronts and inside businesses across the country.

Remember, the DEA, IRS and the Forest Service are all using license plate readers that track our every movement.

Would you trust Raytheon to tell the truth?

Pay-By-Plate cameras are being used in city parking lots
 (click herehere to find out more about Pay-By-Plate parking)
Private corporations are creating “Hotlists” of Americans

Below, are two excerpts from Raytheon’s National Vehicle Location Service page:

Investigative Leads are provided by Raytheon via LEARN at a level that would otherwise be impossible for an agency to achieve under their own resources and finances.

“Our agency does not have any license plate recognition of its own, but I have many users accessing Vigilant\’s private LPR data…and it is the next best thing. While we hope to invest in LPR in the near future, access to the Vigilant LPR data is helping us locate vehicles of interest.”

Raytheon and numerous other companies are tracking every minutiae of our lives.

What could possibly go wrong?

Highway ‘Bluetooth’ detectors are being used to identifying drivers and passengers

According to Michael Robertson, “sensors that re-identify vehicles specifically. Some examples given are “electronic toll tag transponders, cell-phone tracking, license plate reading, Bluetooth sniffing, magnetic signatures, (and) video tracking.”

By combining a license plate or a phone number with a Bluetooth serial number, it’s possible to track citizens via their phone. Mr. Robertson said.

Jeff Hayes, Alachua County’s transportation planning manager, said the system is smart enough that if two people with Bluetooth devices are traveling in the same car, they will be recorded together at the first transponder. But if both devices cross the path of a transponder down the road again in the same car, the system figures out they belong to passengers traveling together, and will cancel out one of the ID numbers.

Fyi, the Forest Service also uses ‘Bluetooth’ detectors to spy on visitors.

How long before police and corporations, use Pay-By-Plate cameras to target activists, reporters or anyone else they don’t like?


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