2 Illinois Women Arrested for Refusing Smart Meters

Most of these smart meters are at least partially funded.  That gives the feds a toe-in-the-door to our local utility companies.  I can imagine that someday (maybe soon) our utility use will be controlled/rationed.  All in the name of Climate Change, of course.

Chicago Tribune News

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.

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.”

The city, which has repeatedly declared the wireless meters to be safe, offers a non-wireless alternative meter to residents with concerns. There is a $68.35 initial fee for a non-wireless meter plus a $24.75 monthly fee for manually reading it. Stahl said residents who want a non-wireless meter should not have to pay for it, and said she represents other homeowners who were not able to continue to refuse the wireless meter installation.

“I have not done the work of attempting to educate the community and advocating for the right of anybody in Naperville to refuse the smart meter just to stand off to the side,” she said.

Bendis exited the Naperville Police Department about an hour later to handful of smart meter opponents who cheered for her release.  She declined comment, citing the advice of her attorney.

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.

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Comment by Robin on January 25, 2013 at 8:09pm

Thanks for posting this Deb. Even though I wasn't happy to see this, I have been expecting them to start pushing this smart meter now since the election! Tweeting it out. 

Comment by NativeCollector on January 26, 2013 at 5:27pm

It sounds like there was an unlawful entry to this woman's property.  My understanding of these 'smart meters' is that they will record the energy usage amounts, and what time it is used.  Personally, if I am paying the bill, what business is it of the government's as to how much I use, and when?  Is this so they can bill a higher rate if one keeps the house warmer or cooler than Al Gore recommends (mandates?)  Is it so they can regulate your usage remotely?  Both?  I applaud these women and their pro-freedom activism!

Comment by Jerseygal on January 27, 2013 at 12:46pm

Good story.  Few have such courage to oppose something like this.  I hope their actions give others the strength to act in favor of our rights, and oppose things like this.  Tweeting it out.

Comment by Duke on January 30, 2013 at 11:10am

I came back from CA from a short trip last summer and my clocks were flashing "12:00". I saw that a "smart meter" had been installed. I called the electric company and told them I did not authorize that install and told them to put my analog meter back on. They came out in two days and put the old meter back on. I guess I dodged a bullet on that one. 

Comment by Robyn Taylor on February 19, 2013 at 3:52pm

I heard about this on the blaze tv. Glenn talked about it when it first came out.

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