Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Warrant issued for arrest of driver with $300,000 in unpaid tolls fines

A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a serial tolls dodger who has amassed fines of almost $300,000. 
 
Isabelle Maree Weir was a no-show in court today, where she faced 138 individual warrants understood to relate to unpaid road tolls.

Ms Weir has accumulated a staggering $294,362.40 worth of infringement notices, Dandenong Magistrates’ Court heard, making her one of the state’s biggest fine evaders.

She had been bailed to appear at today’s penalty enforcement hearing, but had her bail revoked when she failed to attend.

Magistrate Pauline Spencer issued a warrant for her arrest. Ms Spencer said she would not reveal the exact nature of the charges facing Ms Weir until the matter returned to court when she was apprehended.

An anonymous tipster claimed on 3AW yesterday that the woman had failed to pay 515 EastLink and 495 CityLink tolls.

At least $4.4 million in road tolls and fines remain unpaid in Victoria, according to a report by the Sentencing Advisory Council released last week.

The council recommended that fine dodgers be barred from travelling overseas and have their passports flagged among a series of sweeping reforms to try to recoup more than $400 million of unpaid fines racked up in Victoria each year.

The bold proposal — one of 49 recommendations to the State Government — came after new figures revealed that about 700,000 police and local government infringements issued each year are ignored and 40 cent of Victorians refuse to pay court fines.

Other suggestions included the halving of infringement costs for concession card holders and children, introducing a HECS-style initiative to have the ATO collect outstanding fines, making directors personally liable for fines incurred by corporations, and making it possible for people to pay fines by completing community work or development courses.

Forty-five people were jailed for not paying fines in 2012-13.

The report found taxi drivers were Victoria’s worst toll dodgers.

CityLink spokeswoman Suzanne Waddell said: “We find the majority of motorists do the right thing, with only around 0.3 per cent of trips made on CityLink referred to the Department of Justice for action for non-payment.”

heraldsun.com.au 3 June 2014

Unfortunately for the authorities, the so called 'warrants' that are issued are issued UNLAWFULLY.

This is a fact that has been confirmed by police 'off the record'.

A warrant cannot be produced upon demand.

Another fraud by the authorities.

The so called 'fines' are also illegal.

This is a grand scale fraud, hidden in plain sight.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Black's Law Dictionary 2nd Edition 1910

A common reference point in Australian law is the Black's Law dictionary.

This is a useful resource when researching Australia's laws, particularly those around the time of Federation (1901).

The dictionary, in its second edition (1910), is now officially in the public domain, and its 1322 pages are available for download (54 MB) at:

'Rightful king of England' dies in Australia

 'Rightful king of England' dies in Australia  

Abney-Hastings, who was 69, was widowed but has several children

Michael Abney-Hastings, or "King Michael", was a British-born self-proclaimed republican who made international headlines in 2004 when a Channel 4 documentary suggested that King Edward IV was conceived illegitimately. It said the crown should have been passed down the Plantagenet line – ending at Abney-Hastings.
The reluctant, would-be king was born in Sussex and went to school at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire but moved as a teenager with his family to the small Australian town of Jerilderie, population 768, about 400 miles from Sydney.
His "claim" to the throne first became apparent after the documentary, Britain's Real Monarch, put forward a thesis by a historian, Dr Michael Jones, who said King Edward, who reigned from 1461 to 1483, was conceived when his parents were 100 miles apart.
At the time, according to a document unearthed by Dr Jones in a library in Rouen, Edward's supposed father, Richard, 3rd Duke of York, was said to be fighting the French near Paris, while his mother, Lady Cecily Neville, was at court in Rouen.
Furthermore, Lady Cecily was said to be spending a great deal of time with a local archer named Blaybourne and the two were rumoured to be having an affair. King Louis XI of France is said to have once claimed about King Edward: "His name is not King Edward – everybody knows his name is Blaybourne."
It was therefore proposed that Abney-Hastings, the direct descendant of George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence and brother of Edward IV, should be the rightful King.

When the claim was raised with Abney-Hastings at his farm in Jerilderie, he said he had been elected to the local shire council and would prefer to focus on his duties as councillor.

"When they told me I was surprised all right," he said. "But I don't think it will worry us too much. Titles don't mean much out here and I have no intention of leaving Jerilderie ... Why would you want to be King anyway? They can't do anything without someone on their back."

Abney-Hastings, who was 69, was widowed but has several children. He once joked that his eldest son would have to wait until he died before pressing a claim to the throne.

"He'll have to wait," he said. "It's not available till I go."

He had been battling a debilitating illness and had been in and out of hospital in the lead-up to his death on Saturday.

Though he did not budge from his support for Australia to become a republic, he did once note that his friends and family stood up and broke into God Save the King at a Christmas dinner shortly after the documentary was broadcast.

The new potential heir to the throne, Simon Abney-Hastings, the 15th Earl of Loudon, is a 37-year-old bachelor who works for a fabrics company in the town of Wangaratta, about 140 miles from Melbourne. He said he was aware he was "possibly" the rightful king but would prefer not to take the throne.

"I have always known about this – I have lived it," he said. "It does make you think about how things could be different. I am quite happy with how things have turned out. I have made my own life."

telegraph.co.uk 3 Jul 2012

Queen Elizabeth II is an UNLAWFUL monarch, and should realistically be removed from the throne, and placed under house arrest, from this 'fact' alone.

This shows how governments AND police support the criminal actions of the 'elite'.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Facecrook: NSA storing your facial web images, millions intercepted daily


Reuters / Mario Anzuoni


The National Security Agency is collecting millions of images of people through its international surveillance network to be implemented in a number of other facial recognition programs, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Read Snowden’s comments on 9/11 that NBC didn’t broadcast
 
Thanks to rapid advances being made in the field of facial recognition technology, the NSA is much better equipped to “exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, video conferences and other communications,” according to an article in the New York Times, co-written by Laura Poitras, who, together with Glen Greenwald, are the only two journalists to have received the leaked NSA documents.

The NSA has the capacity to intercept “millions of images per day,” as well as some 55,000 “facial recognition quality images.” This latest milestone in US intelligence gathering, which goes a long way to putting the final touches on the much-feared Orwellian nightmare, gives the US spy agency “tremendous untapped potential,” according to the 2011 documents.

“It’s not just the traditional communications we’re after: It’s taking a full-arsenal approach that digitally exploits the clues a target leaves behind in their regular activities on the net to compile biographic and biometric information” that can help “implement precision targeting,” noted a document dated 2010.


AFP Photo / Angela Weiss
AFP Photo / Angela Weiss

Such comments are bound to spark fears that the harvesting of facial images, much like the collection of oral and written communications, will snag innocent Americans in the vast intelligence net.

The latest revelations to be gleaned from Snowden’s stash of top-secret documents prove the NSA is not just interested in collecting the meta-data from global communications, but also the images that put a face on potential terrorists and other would-be adversaries of the American government.

The NSA is unique in its ability to match images with huge troves of private communications.

“We would not be doing our job if we didn’t seek ways to continuously improve the precision of signals intelligence activities — aiming to counteract the efforts of valid foreign intelligence targets to disguise themselves or conceal plans to harm the United States and its allies,” said Vanee M. Vines, the agency spokeswoman.

ID databases out of the game?

Since most people have a number of photographs taken of themselves for identification purposes, the question arises as to how much reach the NSA has in acquiring peoples’ facial images.

According to Vines, the NSA does not access driver’s licenses or passport photos of Americans, but refused to say whether the agency had access to the State Department’s photo archive of foreign visa applicants. She also declined to say whether the spy agency collected photographs of Americans from social media sources, like Facebook and Instagram, which would not be a difficult task considering that millions of people willingly post ‘selfies’ to the web.

Moreover, the report claimed that one of the agency’s most intense efforts to acquire facial images is through a program dubbed Wellspring, which “strips out images from emails and other communications, and displays those that might contain passport images.”


AFP Photo / Chris Hondros

Because images are considered a form of communicational content, the NSA is required to get court approval for collecting facial images of Americans, just as it is required to read emails or listen in on phone conversations, an NSA spokeswoman was quoted in the Times article as saying.

However, exceptions may be made in the event “an American might be emailing or texting an image to someone targeted by the agency overseas,” it said.

Human rights and civil liberty groups are expressing concern that the power of the technology, in the hands of government and corporate officials, could have a disastrous impact on privacy.

“Facial recognition can be very invasive,” Alessandro Acquisti, a researcher on facial recognition technology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, told the paper. “There are still technical limitations on it, but the computational power keeps growing, and the databases keep growing, and the algorithms keep improving.”

Harvesting on video conferences

The NSA facial recognition program made tremendous headway in 2010 when it successfully matched images from two separate databases, one in the NSA database code-named Pinwale, and another in the government’s primary terrorist watch database, known as Tide, the NSA files revealed.

That technical breakthrough led to an “explosion of analytical uses” for the agency.

The NSA has since brought on board “identity intelligence” analysts whose job it is to match the facial images with other records about individuals to build broad portfolios of intelligence targets.

The full depth of the image-collection program is daunting in that it has developed sophisticated methods of integrating facial recognition programs with numerous other databases.

Reuters / Nacho Doce
Reuters / Nacho Doce

“It intercepts video teleconferences to obtain facial imagery, gathers airline passenger data and collects photographs from national identity card databases created by foreign countries, the documents show,” the files revealed.

They also show that the NSA was attempting to infiltrate such databases in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Aside from its own programs, the NSA partially relies on commercially available facial recognition technology, including from PittPatt, a company owned by Google, the leaked files show.

Geo-positioning does matter

But the power of facial recognition technology apparently goes beyond the collection of faces, and includes geographic points photographed from satellites.

One leaked file shows photographs of several men standing near a waterfront dock in 2011. Through the use of the recognition technology, the NSA was able to match their surroundings to a satellite image of the same dock taken about the same time.

The document said the photograph showed a militant training facility in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, US law remains surprisingly flimsy in terms of the protections it offers Americans when it comes to their images.

“Unfortunately, our privacy laws provide no express protections for facial recognition data,” said Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, in a letter in December to the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

News of the NSA’s ‘facial-mining’ techniques echo earlier leaked information, reported in February, that Britain's spy agency GCHQ, in direct cooperation with the NSA, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of terrorism or other criminal behavior.

GCHQ records between 2008 and 2010 reveal a surveillance program, codenamed Optic Nerve, harvested still images of Yahoo webcam chats and stored them on databases, the Guardian reported.

“In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally,” the paper reported.

rt.com  1 June 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Tony Abbott's secret $710,000 home loan

Victorian government misses out in $400 million in illegal fines

The Lie:

There is NO doubt whatsoever that the corporate media is a subservient government tool spreading government propaganda akin to 'communist' eastern Europe.

To make it PERFECTLY clear:



12. Grants of forfeiture

That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of
particular persons before conviction are illegal and void.

as defined by law in Victoria, Australia, within S.12 of the Bill of Rights, which is a current law in Victoria.

Some so called well versed lawyers / barristers / judges / magistrates (who should be up for treason) may state that the Bill of Rights (1688) does not apply, which is blatantly FALSE information.

A letter from the Attourney General's office, states that the 1688 Bill of Rights 1 Will and Mary SESS 2, is VALID.

See document within post:

 This information is 'bad for business', and is a 'legal secret' that is kept away from the masses by lawyers, solicitors, etc who work for a foreign entity, the City of London', which again is unlawful.

The so called 'warrants' generated in Victoria are also UNLAWFUL, and this FACT can be proven very easily.

Australia the new Alcatraz:

In an (illegal) move the, unlawfully elected Australian authorities are going to imprison Australians, by forbidding free travel. which every Australian is entitled to, for the non payment of their ILLEGAL fines.

According to the Constitution, EVERY single 'Australian' has the right to freedom of travel.

If Australians think they live in a democracy (rule by majority), they may be correct, but when one looks at the term fascist or Martial Law, then this is the more accurate description of Australia's governance.

The corporate media lie:

This is the article that appeared in the Herald Sun publication on Friday, 30th of May 2014 under the headline:

 Crackdown urged on those who avoid paying fines, including a ban on foreign travel



Suggested reform would ban fine dodgers from travelling overseas. 
 
Suggested reform would ban fine dodgers from travelling overseas. Source: ThinkStock
 
FINE dodgers would be barred from travelling overseas and have their passports flagged under suggested reforms to try to recoup more than $400 million in unpaid fines a year. 

The plans come as new figures reveal that 700,000 police and local government infringements issued every year are unpaid, while 40 per cent of Victorians refuse to pay court fines.

Under the plans, fine evaders would be blocked from overseas travel until they have paid any outstanding warrants.

The idea has been previously backed by the Napthine Government after Victoria's worst fine evader was believed to have fled the country in November with 807 unpaid fines worth $222,000.

A report by the Sentencing Advisory Council makes 49 recommendations to the government that also include: slashing infringements by 50 per cent for concession card holders and children; a HECS-style initiative to have the ATO collect outstanding fines; making directors personally liable for payment of infringements and fines incurred by corporations; and improving options for people to pay fines by completing community work or development courses.

Council chair Arie Freiberg said restricting overseas travel for people with outstanding warrants had seen a drastic increase in the amount of outstanding fines paid on the spot in other countries, including New Zealand.

He said the current system was tying up precious court resources by trying to prosecute habitual evaders.

They include prosecuting a husband and wife with almost $500,000 in fines and a man arrested for amassing almost 500 sheriff's warrants for toll road fees totalling $132,000.

“We don’t really want the courts wasting their time on these cases,” he said.

“The whole system was designed to keep these cases out of court. “If a court fine of infringement penalty is not paid, then no sanction has been imposed and the purposes of the sentence of penalty are not fulfilled,” he said.

The report found taxi drivers are among the worse dodgers for refusing to pay tolls, while 45 people were jailed for not paying fines between 2012 and 2013.

Attorney General Robert Clark said the Coalition had already moved to introduce sweeping reforms to the fines system with the Fines Reform Bill currently before Parliament.

The reforms include a single integrated system to track and collect fines, shorter timelines for enforcement, targeting repeat offenders with high levels of unpaid fines and tougher use of sanctions such as suspension or cancellation of vehicle registration.