DHS is behind ‘Smart Meter’ surveillance meters

Saturday, April 11, 2015
By Paul Martin

MassPrivatei.blogspot.com
Friday, April 10, 2015

Police all over the country are using ‘Smart Meter’ data to identify homes that are potentially growing marijuana. Homes that grow marijuana tend to use more electricity than other homes.

In 2011, the Columbus Dispatch reported that at an average of 60 subpoenas are filed each month statewide by law-enforcement agencies seeking energy-use records from various utility companies.
“We’re obligated when we get these requests,” a spokesperson for American Electric Power said to the newspaper at the time. “There’s not an option to say no.”

“It [Smart Meter] collects the data every five minutes, then after midnight, the cellphone that’s built in here comes on, makes one call, and calls it in to the database that we and the customer, through a password security system, have online access to their consumption,” Long Beach Water Department General Manager Kevin Wattier was quoted as saying after using smart meters to bust a local business that “overwatered” its lawn.

“The accuracy is just incredible, because we get the data the next day.” Using data collected by the warrantless-surveillance meters, Wattier said he knew exactly when to send out his employees to gather videotaped “evidence” of the “infraction.” “We are using it specifically for an enforcement tool to go after those customers who we’ve gotten lots of complaints about,” the water boss continued, adding that smart meters would be used to target homes and businesses alike.

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