Thursday, 25 August 2011
Testimony to BART's Board of Directors
I testified yesterday at a public meeting of the Bay Area Rapid Transit district (BART) Board of Directors in Oakland. My statement in the video above was constrained by the time limit for public comments. You can read a
longer version with links on the Identity Project blog.
[Update: I also
testified on the same subject the following week before BART's new Citizen Review Board. Details are at PapersPlease.org and Indybay.org.]
Posted by Edward on Thursday, 25 August 2011, 13:35 ( 1:35 PM)
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Shawn Gaynor, San Francisco Bay Guardian:
BART board mulls nation's first cell service disruption policy
Other speakers from the public had similar concerns about BART overreaching its authority.
"The proper place to present the arguments we have just heard is not to this board, but in a court room before a judge considering a motion or injunction. Instead of using those existing legal mechanisms, you have taken matters into your own hands as vigilantes," said Edward Hasbrook representing the Identity Project.
Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times:
Hacker group posts explicit photos it says are of BART spokesman; Transit officials criticize latest Anonymous attack
Edward Hasbrook, spokesman for the Identity Project advocating free travel rights, said BART had no right to shut down cell phone service without approval of the Federal Communications Commission, the state Public Utilities Commission or a judge.
"I can't just close my street" if a threat is feared, Hasbrook said. "I can go to a judge asking them to issue a restraining order."
Fish Rock Road:
Special BART Board Meeting on Mobile Phone Service Interruption of August 11th
One of the best comments came from Edward Hasbrouck of The Identity Project (PapersPlease.org). As he pointed out, the BART staff (and/or board) should not be deciding when to cut service in a case like this - they should go before a judge and get a court order. Instead they made a "vigilante" administrative decision, and that is just not kosher.