Smart Meters: Another attack on the 4th Amendment

Marti Oakley, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

The total surveillance system known as “SMART GRID” is meeting steady resistance as the public, wary of yet another assault on their privacy and freedom under the guise of some euphemistically named police state program, fight back against the installations of SMART METERS.  The public isn’t buying the “energy efficiency, green solution, this will save you money” propaganda put out by the manufacturers of the meters and the government. Especially when the reports of electric bills tripling and quadrupling after installation of the meters, has become so prevalent.  

On the face of many of these meters is the word “Echelon”.  The same name used to identify one of the most unconstitutional spying and wiretapping programs ever devised and used in the war on the American public.

From OPM Security:

“ECHELON is a name used in global media and in popular culture to describe a signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection and analysis network operated on behalf of the five signatory states to the UK-USA Security Agreement (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, known as AUSCANZUKUS). It has also been described as the only software system which controls the download and dissemination of the intercept of commercial satellite trunk communications.”

Note: Whether this similarity in names is coincidental or intentional, the name Echelon evokes a queazy, sick feeling in the gut as this notriously unconstitutional program is an outward manifestation of the war against the people of the US by their own government.

ITRON, one of the major players in the SMART METER/SMART GRID scam, claims along with the infamous PG&E that is currently assaulting the citizens in various states, that there are no hazardous health affects from the meters.  They claim there exists, no evidence of such a hazard.  What they are actually telling you is:

  • Either they didn’t study the health effects,
  • They did, but aren’t releasing that information as it would damage their market.
  • They refused to look at any studies done regarding the health hazards. Or,
  • They are fully aware of the hazards and could care less. The most likely option in my estimation.

The evidence used to support the claim that the meters pose no hazard to health is based on the testing of the radiation and radio frequency against a 6’2”, 200 lb. man at 6-20 ft. This test standard is that used and formulated by the FCC.  Unfortunately for this piece of propaganda put out by manufacturers and government alike, the meters are attached to the wall of your house and the distance between you and the meter can be as little as 8”. Any tests done at this distance?  No?  I wonder why not?  Did the FCC question their contorted use of this standard?  No so much, it appears.

The EMF Safety Network reports this:  “The meters are assessed for safety compliance in isolation, not in a mesh network, in which they are designed to operate, or in combination with multiple meters, or other sources of RF such as wi-fi, DECT phones, cell phones, cell towers, baby monitor etc.”

So, while never mentioning that the safety compliance tests were done in isolation, and, that these tests cited were not ever at any time actually conducted on smart meters the FCC, EPA, FDA, USDA and a host of other dysfunctional federal corporations are giving their blessings.  Although, why the FDA and USDA would be involved in anything to do with these meters remains a mystery.

EMF Safety Network continues:

Smart Meters are radio transmitters, sending radiofrequency microwave radiation (RF) signals from both electric and gas meters. The electric meter has two transmitters. One RF signal is sent directly into your home (or business), and the other to a neighborhood data collector, which could be located on a lamppost, telephone pole, building or a home.  Homes will also be used as repeaters for neighborhood RF signals.”

“Sent directly into your home” should have the hair standing up on your head.  This is an invasion of privacy; a system to spy on you inside your home to detect what you are doing and when and how many times. Any change in pattern uses for any reason could elicit a home inspection invasion to discern just what you are doing.

Now look at this from the perspective of this document and reported by

Bio-effects of selected non-lethal weapons

Army report from Ft. Meade  2006 science … RF radio waves are variable … can cause giddiness to nausea, to loss of consciousness …  to “disruption of working memory” and to  cause “sensation of buzzing, ticking, hissing or knocking sounds that originate within or immediately behind the head.”

Page 12  … “It is anticipated that 100% of the population would be susceptible. The mechanism is one that could act on many individual neuronal cells concurrently and hence does not depend on spreading regions of electrical activity as in the disease state.”

Page 13 … “Because this technology is considered to be tunable, the influence on subjects could vary from mild disruption of concentration to muscle spasms and loss of consciousness.”

Page 15 … “the perception of sickness may make a subject susceptible to persuasion”.

SMART GRID/SMART METERS can and do cause hormonal system disruptions, tinnitus, memory problems, dizziness, slurred speech, intentionally induced muscle spasms, heart palpitations, lethargy, unconsciousness, disorientation, memory loss, confusion, and an increase in cancer, among many other symptoms.  A reading of the pdf document above from 2006 indicates that these symptoms are exactly what was intended and now they have found the perfect way to impose this system of electrical incarceration and threat, right in your home or business.  No one will be or would be safe from this electronic surveillance system, much less saving one dime in energy costs or using energy more efficiently.

One carefully avoided point in this is that regardless of how you adjust the time frames in which you perform various household activities, you will be using the very same amount of power!  This is not about energy conservation or efficiency.

Dr. David Carpentar a former head of the New York State Department of Public Health, now the director of theUniversity of Albany’s Institute for Health and the Environment asks:

What is the evidence that smart meters are safe and have no adverse health effects? The answer to that question is that there is no such evidence. 

And in fact, while no one has done human health studies in relation to people living in homes with smart meters, we have evidence from a whole variety of other sources… that demonstrates convincingly and consistently that exposure to radiofrequency radiation at elevated levels for long periods of time increases the risk of cancer, increases the damage to the nervous system, causes electro-sensitivity, has adverse reproductive effects and a variety of other effects on different organ systems. 

So there is no justification for the statement that smart meters have no adverse health effects.  The smart meter is for the benefit of the utility… and at the expense of the consumer, who has to live in the house that has this constant exposure.

If you actually read the Ft.Meade document, you can see that the intent of these meters and the SMART GRID system has nothing to do with energy efficiency or helping you conserve energy.  This is not only a surveillance system, it is a virtual electronic prison which poses a massive threat to your privacy and your health.

The SMART GRID system is meant to cover Canada, the US and Mexico.  This is one of the main tenets of the North American Union, planned and envisioned under the Bush/Cheney cartel.  SMART GRID will make the obliteration of our national border and the subsequent revealing of the North American Union, a reality.

For more information and resources, go to:

Other examples of this economic union plan which has been pursued by Presidents Bush and Obama, can be found in the writings of Dr. Robert Pastor of American University, in releases by the Council on Foreign Relations such as “Building a North American Community,” and in announcements made by heads of state in all three countries supporting the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP).

Bioeffects of selected non-lethal weapons pdf.
True cost of smart meters might include privacy and health
Read more:

The ITRON fluff page
Echelon: spying on us

Marti Oakley is a political activist and former op-ed columnist for the St Cloud Times in Minnesota. She was a member of the Times Writer’s Group until she resigned in September of 07. She is neither Democrat nor Republican, since neither party is representative of the American people. She says what she thinks, means what she says, and is known for being outspoken. She is hopeful that the American public will wake up to what is happening to our beloved country . . . little of it is left.  Her website is The PPJ Gazette        

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