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US SENATE LEGALIZES BEASTIALITY IN US MILITARY?: Thanks To Lawrence v. Texas, Bestiality Will Soon Be Justified? “What Hath Hell Wraught In America?”

Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military

Pete Winn
December 1, 2011

(CNSNews.com) – (Updated) The Senate on Thursday evening voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military ban on sex with animals–or bestiality.

On Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee had unanimously approved S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans and sex with animals.

It states: “(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense. (b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said the effort to remove sodomy from military law stems from liberal Senate Democrats’ and President Obama’s support for removing the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

“It’s all about using the military to advance this administration’s radical social agenda,” Perkins told CNSNews.com. “Not only did they overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but they had another problem, and that is, under military law sodomy is illegal, just as adultery is illegal, so they had to remove that prohibition against sodomy.”

Perkins said removing the bestiality provision may have been intentional–or just “collateral damage”

“Well, whether it was inadvertent or not, they have also taken out the provision against bestiality,” he said. “So now, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), there’s nothing there to prosecute bestiality.”

Former Army Col. Bob Maginnis said some military lawyers have indicated that bestiality may be prosecutable under another section of the military code of justice – the “catch-all” Article 134 for offenses against “good military order and discipline.”

But don’t count on that, he said.

“If we have a soldier who engages in sodomy with an animal – whether a government animal or a non-government animal – is it, in fact, a chargeable offense under the Uniform Code? I think that’s in question,” Maginnis told CNSNews.com.

“When the reader stops laughing, the reader needs to ask the question whether or not this is in the best interests of the government, in the best interests of the military and the best interests of the country? I think not.”

He added: “Soldiers, unfortunately, like it or not, have engaged in this type of behavior in the past. Will they in the future, if they remove this statute? I don’t know.”

Perkins said there was no attempt to remove the UCMJ repeal provision from the bill, which Perkins had expected the Senate to approve.

Now that it has passed, however, the Senate version will have to go to a conference committee, and Perkins predicts there will be several sticking points with the House.

“The House in their version of the defense authorization, reinforced the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that there is a military DOMA as well, prohibiting same-sex marriage on military bases – something the Department of Defense is pushing for,” he said.

“And now this is an added concern, that sodomy has been removed, and as we have discovered, that bestiality–the prohibition against it–has been removed from the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So yes, the House will have problems with this bill.”

[ SOURCE: cnsnews.com ]
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SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2012

Thanks to Lawrence v. Texas, bestiality will soon be justified

I’ve been warning for years that the acceptance of sodomy would lead inevitably to the acceptance of bestiality as well. For example, back in December of 2010, I noted that according to Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser, just prior to the Reign of Antichrist, “…there will be laxity in divine and human precepts. Discipline will suffer. The Holy Canons will be completely disregarded, and the clergy will not respect the law of the Church. Everyone will be carried away and led to believe and to do what he fancies, according to the manner of the flesh. They will ridicule Christian simplicity ; they will call it folly and nonsense, but they will have the highest regard for advanced knowledge…As a result no principle at all- however holy, authentic, ancient, and certain it may be, will remain free of censure, criticism, false interpretations, modifications, and delimitation by man.

These are evil times a century full of dangers and calamities. Heresy is everywhere, and the followers of heresy are in power, almost everywhere. Bishops, prelates, and priests say that they are doing their duty, that they are vigilant and that they live as befits their state of life. In like manner therefore they all seek excuses. But God will permit a great evil against His Church; Heretics and tyrants will come suddenly and unexpectedly; they will break into the Church while Bishops prelates and priests are asleep. They will enter Italy and lay Rome waste; they will burn down the churches and destroy everything.”

And I asserted that:

The Reign of Antichrist will witness a celebration of sin and perversion the likes of which few can imagine. Pleasure is the new principle par excellence. If pleasure can justify homosexual behavior (and increasingly that is what our sin-sick society is saying), then other deviant forms of sexual activity which are viewed as pleasurable by some will also be logically justified. This will include pedophilia, pederasty, ephebophilia, gerontophilia, necrophilia, sadism, masochism and bestiality.”

Cody Beck, who is sexually attracted to dogs and horses, complains that being a “zoophile” in modern American society is “like being gay in the 1950s. You feel like you have to hide, that if you say it out loud, people will look at you like a freak.”

Beck believes that he and other members of this minority sexual orientation can, and should, follow in the footsteps of the homosexual movement. He hopes that this minority group can begin appealing to the “open-minded” for acceptance. See here. The push for societal acceptance of bestiality will undoubtedly intensify. Some have already tested the waters as it were.

Back in the 1970s, the Archdiocese of Boston knew that one of its priests, Fr. Paul Shanley, spoke in favor of sex between men and boys at a 1979 meeting which led to the founding of NAMBLA, a national group advocating the practice. The Archdiocese was also informed (in 1977), that during a meeting about homosexuality, Shanley said that he could “think of no sexual act that causes psychic damage – ‘not even incest or bestiality.'” See here.

It is only a matter of time before all state laws banning evils such as adultery, prostitution, incest, bigamy, sadomasochism, pedophilia and bestiality are struck down. Why? Because in Lawrence v. Texas, the United States Supreme Court created the legal framework for the complete and utter destruction of those legal constructs of every state which safeguard public morality. Lawrence v. Texas essentially said that there is no morality and that “liberty presumes an autonomy of self.”

By contrast, Pope Leo XIII, in his Encyclical Letter Libertas Humana, said that:

“Liberty, the highest of natural endowments, being the portion only of intellectual or rational natures, confers on man this dignity – that he is ‘in the hand of his counsel’ [see Ecclus 15: 14] and has power over his actions. But the manner in which such dignity is exercised is of the greatest moment, inasmuch as on the use that is made of liberty the highest good and the greatest evil alike depend. Man, indeed, is free to obey his reason, to seek moral good, and to strive unswervingly after his last end. Yet he is free also to turn aside to all other things; and, in pursuing the empty semblance of good, to disturb rightful order and to fall headlong into the destruction which he has voluntarily chosen…

Therefore, the nature of human liberty, however it be considered, whether in individuals or in society, whether in those who command or in those who obey, supposes the necessity of obedience to some supreme and eternal law, which is no other than the authority of God, commanding good and forbidding evil. And, so far from this most just authority of God over men diminishing, or even destroying their liberty, it protects and perfects it, for the real perfection of all creatures is found in the prosecution and attainment of their respective ends, but the supreme end to which human liberty must aspire is God.”

FAMOUS FREEMASONS: Billy Graham, Jesse Jackson, Oral Roberts, Louis Farrakhan, Dalai Lama

Colin Powell, 33rd Degree Freemason, U.S. Secretary of State

King Hussein, King of Jordan, deceased, 33rd Freemason

Billy Graham, 33rd Degree Freemason

Oral Roberts, 33rd Degree Freemason, founder of Oral Roberts University

Jesse Jackson, 33rd Degree Prince Hall Freemason

Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation Of Islam Freemason

Newt Gingrich, 33rd Degree Freemason

Bob Dole, 33rd Degree Freemason

Jack Kemp, 33rd Degree Freemason
As Freemasonry is an occult, i.e., secret society, it is difficult to maintain a current list, as many masons remain ‘in the closet.’ Freemasons redefine the God of the Bible into their own false god. Freemasons claim that they don’t really know who God is, so they simply address Him as The Great Architect. In sharp contrast, the Bible defines God as Jesus Christ, the Godhead incarnate (John 1:1-3,14; John 10:33; 1st Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9).

Political Leaders USA

Bill Clinton, Senior Demolay (Masonic youth group)

Newt Gingrich, 33rd Degree Freemason

Bob Dole, 33rd Degree Freemason

Jack Kemp, 33rd Degree Freemason

Storm Thurmond, 33rd Degree Freemason

Colin Powell, 33rd Degree Freemason, U.S. Secretary of State

Jesse Helms, 33rd Degree Freemason

Barry Goldwater, 33rd Degree Freemason

Al Gore, Freemason

George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Warren Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George Bush were all Masonic Presidents of the U.S.A.

Political Leaders Canada

Canada has had twenty Prime Ministers since Confederation in 1867. Six of them have been Freemasons. 30% percent of all Prime Ministers are Freemasons that we know of.

Sir John A. MacDonald, Prime Minister of Canada 1867-1873 & 1878-1891

Sir John J.C. Abbott, Prime Minister of Canada 1891-1892

Sir Mackenzie Bowell, Prime Minister of Canada 1894-1896

Sir Robert L. Borden, Prime Minister of Canada 1911-1920

Viscount R.B. Bennett, Prime Minister of Canada 1930-1935

John G. Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada 1957-1963

Political Leaders Australia

Sir Edmond Barton, Prime Minister of Australia 1901-1903

Sir George Huston Reid, Prime Minister of Australia 1904-1905

Sir Joseph Cook, Prime Minister of Australia 1913-1914

Vincent Stanley Melbourne Bruce, Prime Minister of Australia 1923-1929

Sir Earle Christmas Grafton Page, Prime Minister of Australia 1930-1939

Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia 1939-1941 & 1949-1966

Sir Arthur William Fadden, Prime Minister of Australia 1941

Sir John Grey Gorton, Prime Minister of Australia 1968-1971

Sir William McMahon, Prime Minister of Australia 1971-1972

Bob Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia

International Political Leaders

King Hussein, King of Jordan, deceased, 33rd Freemason

Yitzak Rabin , assassinated leader of Israel

Yassar Arafat, leader of the PLO

Prince Phillip, British Royalty

Duke of Kent, British Royalty

Winston Churchill, British Leader

Religious Leaders

Billy Graham, World’s most popular ‘Christian’ evangelist is a 33rd Degree Freemason

Norman Vincent Peale, 33rd Degree Freemason, ex Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of New York, Past Grand Prelate of the Knights Templar and Shriner. (now deceased)

Robert Schuller, 33rd Degree Freemason, Pastor of the Crystal Cathedral and host of the popular “Hour of Power” television program

Oral Roberts, 33rd Degree Freemason, founder of Oral Roberts University

Jesse Jackson, 33rd Degree Prince Hall Freemason

Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation Of Islam

Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury 1945-1961

Father Francisco Calvo, Jesuit Catholic priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica

G. Bromley Oxnam, 33rd Degree Freemason, friend of Billy Graham, head of the FCC churches

Mormons, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon cult

Hyrum Smith, brother of Joseph Smith

Brigham Young, 2nd leader of the Mormon cult

Sidney Rigdon, early Mormon

Heber C. Kimball, wished that all men were Freemasons

Spencer Kimball , closet Freemason, grandchild of Herber, friend of Norman Vincent Peale

Economic Leaders

Two of the World’s largest international banking dynasties namely the Rothschilds and the Rockefeller family are both Masonic families. Their combined wealth is incalculable.

Leaders and Founders of Satanic Cults

Aleister Crowley, 33rd and 97th Degree Freemason, self proclaimed 666 Beast, taught human sacrifice, wicked Satan worshipper and master Satanist of the 20th century

Gerald B. Gardner, founder of the modern Wiccan (white witchcraft) revival

Dr. Wynn Westcott, member of the Societas Rosicruciana and founding member of the occult Order of the Golden Dawn

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, female co-freemason, wicked Satanist, occult leader and co-founder of the Theosophical Society. She wrote two occult books titled ‘The Secret Doctrine’ and ‘Isis Unveiled.’ In Blavatsky’s book, The Secret Doctrine, she states…

“Lucifer represents.. Life.. Thought.. Progress.. Civilization.. Liberty.. Independence.. Lucifer is the Logos.. the Serpent, the Savior.” pages 171, 225, 255 (Volume II)

“It is Satan who is the God of our planet and the only God.” pages 215, 216, 220, 245, 255, 533, (VI)

“The Celestial Virgin which thus becomes the Mother of Gods and Devils at one and the same time; for she is the ever-loving beneficent Deity…but in antiquity and reality Lucifer or Luciferius is the name. Lucifer is divine and terrestrial Light, ‘the Holy Ghost’ and ‘Satan’ at one and the same time.” page 539

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky 32°
The Secret Doctrine

Other Famous Freemasons

Rich DeVos, 33 Degree Freemason, founder of the Amway Corporation

Franz Anton Mesmer, practiced Mesmerism which led to Hypnotism

Cowboy singers, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry

Hollywood producer, Cecil B. DeMille

American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert and motivational speaker, Jack Lalanne (32 degree). Lalanne was also a flaming homosexual and had gay-porn photos of himself circulated all around the internet and world.

George Bush, 33rd Degree Freemason, ex-president of the USA, ex-director of the CIA

J. Edgar Hoover, 33rd Degree Freemason, Director of the FBI

Walt Disney, founder of the Disney Corporation

Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian Illuminati leader, friend of Albert Pike, founder of the Mafia

Freemasonry is a Jewish Sex Cult

Freemasonry, Judaism, Communism, Kaballah and Mormonism are all Demonic Sex Perverted Cults! Freemasonry and Mormonism are rooted in Jewish Kaballah, an esoteric religion of black magic. Judaism is based upon Kaballah and the Talmud (which permits Jewish priests to have sex with 3-year old girls). Mormonism is a sex-sicko cult, rooted in Jewish Kaballah. Freemasonry’s primary symbol is the square and compass, representative of the male and female sex organs and shows the act of sexual intercourse. Mormonism founder, Joseph Smith was a 33rd degree Freemasonry.

Washington D.C. has been in the news repeatedly for sex-abuse at the White House. Presidents Reagan, Bush Sr., Bush Jr. .. all busted for bringing male escorts into the White House. Even worse were the tragic reports of pederasty, little boys from Nebraska BOY’S TOWN being flown to Washington D.C. to be sexually molested by Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr. at the White House. All of these men are members of the demonic Bohemian Grove cult in California, a group notorious for homosexuality. Truth is stranger than fiction. The global elite are notorious for pedophilia, child sacrifice and Luciferian worship.

Infamous satanist, Aleister Crowley is the father of First Lady Barbara Bush (wife of President George H. Bush). All of these presidents are also high level Freemasons. Bush Jr. and Sr. are members of the homosexual cult, Skull and Bones. Homosexuality is a common denominator amongst the world elite, as a means of total debasement of all moral consciousness. No one is allowed into the inner group who does not perform acts of homosexuality as rite of initiation. To be born-again into the Order Of Death (official name of Skull and Bones), initiates must lay naked in coffins and performs unspeakable sex acts, selling their souls to Satan.

As bizarre as all this is to learn, it is easier to grasp the truth if you always keep in mind that Satan is the god of this evil world (2nd Corinthians 4:4). Freemasonry is the common denominator in everything evil behind the New World Order (NWO), for they are its architects. Satan is THE GREAT ARCHITECT of the NWO.

Hollywood is owned by the Jewish elite. Hollywood is notorious for sexual immorality, homosexual actors and blasphemy against Jesus Christ. The American mainstream newsmedia is also owned and controlled by the Jewish elite. So also are all of the social networking websites; including: Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, MySpace, eBay and others. These are all Jewish owned, controlled and censored. Search the internet for “The Jewish hand behind internet.” Freemasonry is behind nearly all mainstream religions in America. Zionism is of the Devil. Obama Rothschilds Choice – America’s Jewish President.

You wouldn’t believe the things going on in the world. Bizarre things are nothing new, history is filled with shocking truths. I just learned the other day that the legendary Grecian general, Alexander The Great was a homosexual. The famous philosopher, Socrates was a pederast. Hitler’s military was filled with homosexuals.

ONLINE MUSIC: SYKO BEATS – Road to Redemption

Born and raised in South London, Hyperaptive is not your every day rap artist.

The first reason for this, is due to being an entirely independent artist, in a VERY literal sense. Using his musical abilities to produce all album work he has ever made, he is bringing a fresh take on Hip-Hop. With song subjects ranging from racism, to knife crime, to philosophical questions, to just plain humor.

Secondly, his title stretches further than just that of a rapper, but of a producer, editor, director and even animator.

Now boasting over 6 Million views on YouTube and a fanbase that is constantly growing, you can be sure everything seen so far, is only the beginning….

ONLINE MUSIC: VIOLINS OF VIOLENCE + Great Soundtracks “There’s alot more where this came from, online! Explore!”

Are you tired of the same 20 songs being played on the Radio?

So are we. There is an Alternative!

Open your ears!

Of course, it’s best if you have good speakers hooked up to your computer 🙂


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ONLINE MUSIC: LINDSEY STIRLING – “The Hip Hop Violinist” The Many Faces Of Lindsey ‘Music Is Her Name’

Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, musician, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos, including on her YouTube channel.

In 2007, she introduced her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp, where she has posted many of her music videos. As of October 2012, the channel has over 142 million total views. In 2010, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent, where she was known as the ‘Hip Hop Violinist’.

Since 2010, Stirling has released an EP and several singles. She performs a variety of music styles, from classical to pop and hip-hop to dubstep. Aside from original work, her discography contains covers of songs by other musicians and various soundtracks.

LINDSEY STIRLING: Music Is Her Name

Transcendence Music Video

Party Rock Anthem -Violinists can shuffle too

Shadows

Spontaneous Me

Dubstep Violin- Lindsey Stirling- Crystallize

River Flows In You


Skyrim- Peter Hollens & Lindsey Stirling
Latest Release by Lindsey Stirling 5/3/12

http://youtu.be/GtzGYcTrl_A

Song Of The Caged Bird

ONLINE MUSIC: NUTTIN BUT STRINGZ – Struggle, Broken Sorrows, Winner, Thunder,

Brothers Damien and Tourie Escobar a/k/a Nuttin’ But Stringz are everything the music game’s been missing. Armed with classical sounds of the violin —yes, violins—retro-fitted with Hip-Hop and Rock beats, the South Jamaica, Queens natives bring a sophisticated twist to the musical landscape.

With their music leading the way, the Escobar brothers are simultaneously seeing their brand become a global phenomenon—already Nuttin’ But Stringz (NBS) won a pair of Emmy Awards, scored feature films, released a platinum album; and they’re only just getting started.

http://youtu.be/GNufv8LhonE

“We perform like Rock stars,” explains Damien, 26, the younger sibling by two years. ”We call it Urban because it has that Hip-Hop feel; we have the groove from the street. It has a heavy Classical undertone. The perfect marriage, we call it Urban Rock.” The old adage says you need to crawl before you can walk. Well NBS have paid enough dues that they are now in a full on sprint.

The duo formally formed Nuttin’ But Stringz in 2003 and then took their performances from subway platforms to the Amateur Night at the Apollo Stage in 2005. A lengthy run at the world famous Apollo got them a write up in the New York Daily News, which led to an appearance on The Today Show, which led to appearances on The Ellen Degeneres Show and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Maybe just as amazing is that Nuttin’ But Stringz’ television appearances to that point—as many as 30 in 2005 alone—were all secured while the group was still an unsigned act. NBS managed to perform at the White House (which led to their two Emmy Awards in 2008), and Sony Japan picked up their album ‘Struggle from the Subway to the Charts’. Re-released overseas in 2008, the album would go platinum in Japan and eventually platinum stateside as well. The album’s epic lead single, “Thunder,” was licensed and used in a number of commercials.

NBS was asked to audition for the third season of NBC’s reality/talent series America’s Got Talent. NBS would settle in for a long run on the show, eventually placing third. With even more national visibility from the show, NBS would perform for the 2008 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama and for the Prince of Dubai, aswell as appear on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

[ SOURCE: Scarlett Entertainment ]

[iTunes – NUTTIN BUT STRINGZ ]

EZ-PASS HELL PART 3: EZ-PASS NIGHTMARE “The EZ-Pass Nightmare Continues” Consumer Affairs (Temporarily) Stops/Limits Complaint Information About EZ-Pass!

T.D.P. ADMIN: “The EZ-Pass Nightmare doesn’t just continue…It gets worse!”

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Horacio of Brick , NJ on Feb. 6, 2012

I was charged $90.25 on 1/9/12 and $60.00 on 8/19/11 by NJ EZ Pass. The customer service said I did use my discount plan meaning I did not go over any Staten Island bridges so I was charged. I’m an electrician working at night in different schools in NYC. I got billed for about $400.00 in tolls a month. Last month, I was billed $800.00. Great, the prices went up. I scrolled my account and saw the extra charges. How many complaints have to be filed before anybody cares? I guess EZ Pass is protected by someone high up on the food chain, no one cares about the crumbs.

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Al of Cliffside Park, NJ on Feb. 5, 2012

First, I started getting overcharged by EZ Pass from $50 to $149. The customer service rep says, “Oh, didn’t you read your contract?” I said, “Do you read your contracts?” Anyways, I wasted an hour on the phone with a lot of aggravation and got them to refund me $30. After two weeks, I don’t see the money in my account so I called back. Very rudely, I was told it has been refunded. I checked back with the bank and it was not. So I called back and after hours of going back and forth and giving me wrong numbers for banks that do not exist, I got someone polite and helpful and was told to call back by Wednesday, the 8th of Feb. Let’s see. Then I go on my EZ Pass account and see that they have charged me $10 for some tag fee and $36 for account service charge. The statement does not make any sense.

Why does the government allow such thievery and incompetence? Why can’t they perfect the billing system and bring it on? If they have these charges, they should be underlined and in bold on the contract. Everyone at my work has stopped using EZ Pass because of this and advise me to do it too. Is this a third world country that we can’t get a small thing under control, or is it a third world country situation of corruption? Please help. Do something.

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Keith of Akron, OH on Jan. 30, 2012
Satisfaction Rating
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I got on this site before signing up for EZ Pass, figuring I would check things out before just logging in. After reading the experiences set forth here, I have decided that not only will I not be getting an EZ Pass, but it is about time for a lot of people to view this for what it really is – a systematic corporate shakedown of private citizens . I bet if a widespread protest against these abusive policies and practices began, it might get much more attention than mere complaints to faceless functionaries. What would happen, for example, if every single person using the toll road decided against using the EZ Pass lanes and instead, insisted on getting a written receipt for each and every time they went through a toll booth, because they did not want to be the recipient of a false claim by EZ Pass ? What if each and every EZ Pass lane was used, one car at a time, with the driver taking a cell phone picture of their car lawfully using the EZ Pass lane ? I would bet that in less than a week of massive traffic jams on the toll roads, EZ Pass administrators might reconsider their policies and procedures. By the way, I also posted this site on FaceBook, and you should too, or whatever other social network you might use. Get it viral. Get it noticed. Get some action.

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Maija of PIermont, NY on Jan. 26, 2012

On Sunday, January 15th, 2012, at approximately 6:30 AM, The toll booth (cash lane), at the mouth of the George Washington Bridge NYC bound was unmanned. There is no possible turn around and there were no signs indicating a detour to another open cash lane entrance. The instructions are to pass through and a bill for the toll will be sent.

The toll is $12.00. I anticipated the bill for $12.00. I just received the bill but in addition, they tacked on a $50.00 fine. My son who works in the film industry and has early morning call times has also experienced this unwarranted usurious fines There must be oversight of EZ Pass this is not fair nor just, nor honest. Something needs to be done about this. I am certain that I am not the only one who has been harmed in this way by EZ Pass.

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Neel of Dayton, NJ on Jan. 21, 2012

So I started using EZ pass January 10, 2010. Until that time, my sister was handling everything. I looked at the credit card statement which is on file that the total I’ve been charged is $780 for the past two years. This is totally outrageous since the furthest I go is to Newark airport which is $2.65 one way and $4.30. The total they’ve charged me is $780 for the past two years which is absolutely ridiculous which means that they’re saying that I have been to the airport 181 times in the past two years. Most I’ve been there is maybe 10 times, one way. So 20 times return which amounts to $86 a years and approximately $200 for the past two years. I am demanding to see all the charges. Definitely not worth keeping EZ pass. They are a bunch of crooks and run massive scams.

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Brian of West Babylon, NY on Jan. 19, 2012

With the bridge tolls going up, it seems that EZ Pass is really desperate for money, so they dream up excuses to charge you money with blunders in their faulty EZ Pass system. First of all, if you are not using EZ Pass right now, cancel your account, because if you don’t, they charge you $1 every single month for not using it! I cancelled a credit card and did not think anything of it that EZ Pass would continue to charge me $1 every month for not using it, so even when you do not use EZ Pass, they still try to make money from you.

Sixteen months later, I got a letter stating that my account was in collections because I owed them $16.00. I called EZ Pass and the rep told me that I “only” owed $16 and could pay it on the website. But when I went to the website, it said I owed $45.00, so right away, EZ Pass’ customer service has a system that does not work with their online billing system. The website would not let me change it to $16. I called them back and they told me that I was being charged a $25 revocation fee. Okay, do the math. $41, right? Where is that extra $4 coming from?

To make matters worse, I received the same bill for $45 from their collections agency and was told in the letter that if I mail back the tag, I would get money back. Well, it has been seven weeks and no money back for the tag and when we called EZ Pass to ask where my refund for the tag was, they said, “It is up to the powers that be to decide if you get a refund,” but the collection agency said I would. To add insult to injury, EZ Pass says that the collections agency has reported that I never paid the $45 and I did.

Is EZ Pass really creating fees to generate more revenue from innocent consumers or does their online billing system really have bugs where no handshaking is done? Again, if you have EZ Pass and are not using it, please cancel your account or they will continue to charge you.

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Jeff of Marlboro, NJ on Jan. 12, 2012
I always pay cash for my travel and do not have an E-ZPass. When I went to the lane marked above as a cash lane (which also accepts E-ZPass) on the morning of November 11, 20 11, the booth was unmanned and the sign that normally indicated amount paid said, “Proceed, no toll.” After waiting for a very extended time I proceeded per the sign. I have now been twice rejected for my appeals and have no way to prove the above. I have been hit with the $50 admin fee. I don’t see any reasonable way to prove that the operator of the signage mismarked it, or abandoned, or correctly marked it as a proceed anyway lane.

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Elaine of Andover, NJ on Jan. 11, 2012

I got my statement they had been charging my husband $6.50 a day to cross the Delaware water gap . I called and spoke to Katrina, who advised I had to send to the manager on 11/8/11. Nothing came and I called again on 12/5/11 and spoke to David, who said Katrina had others with same problems as well and still working it. I called on 1/11/12 and spoke to Tabitha who said Kelly is off today. I can email her to pull information from the commission.

This has been ongoing for months and they charged $6.50 every day my husband went across to work, lots of my money tied up here. Who can help with all these EZPass problems. There has to be someone looking out for the customer! I want my money back.

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KHill of Englewood, NJ on Jan. 11, 2012

NY EZ Pass is unethical in the way they handle their violations/penalty system. They fail to take responsibility for their own company errors. And they practice unethical and aggressive tactics in profiting from penalty fees that are not always legitimately charged to their consumers. NY EZ Pass placed a suspension on my account without prior notice, resulting in a “call service center” message display on the LCD screen when I passed the toll for several consecutive days. I called NY EZ Pass customer service on multiple occasions to inquire about the messages. I was assured each time that my account was in good standing and that I could keep using my account.

I continued using my EZ Pass every day as advised for nearly 2 weeks, not knowing that my account was suspended at the time and that I was incurring a $50 violation/administrative fee for each toll passage! When I realized the “call service center” messages weren’t going away, I called EZ Pass customer service several times again. I was assured my account was in good standing. But I was finally advised for the 1st time at or around the 6th or 7th call to them that my account was suspended since 2 weeks prior, and that I’ve earned about $500 in violations/administrative fees which could only be disputed in writing.

Since then, I’ve sent multiple letters via certified USPS mail to the EZ Pass Violations Department, and followed up by calling customer service for a status on my violations. Each time I called, I was either told that my appeal was still pending, that my correspondence was not on file, and/or to check back in a few more weeks. I eventually asked to speak with a supervisor, who kindly ensured that my inquiries were acknowledged by the appropriate parties, and who eventually forwarded my inquiry to NY Port Authority (the final decision-makers). And the supervisor has recently advised me that Port Authority still wishes to refuse to waive the full amount of my violations, even though it is clear that they have been incurred through no fault of my own.

I’ve since agreed to pay and have paid all unpaid tolls that resulted from this incident. But I refuse to pay the $500 plus that has been accumulated in administrative/penalty fees, which were unrightfully imposed on me due to the company’s error and improper advice. This is not the first time that I’ve witnessed this kind of practice on the part of NY EZ Pass. And I am led to believe from my experience that the company seeks to profit from all fees imposed on their consumers regardless of fault, and at the expense of our consumer rights. I am now at a crossroads in deciding whether I should pay the fines to spare myself further aggravation and loss of valuable time, or to invest the same amount of money they’re billing me into an attorney. At this point, I think it would be a better investment to hire an attorney to remind and defend my consumer right rather than to make this crooked company any richer off my dime!

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Neninqua of Cape May Court House, NJ on Jan. 6, 2012

I have been paying the Tolls by Cash Lane, instead of using My EZ-Pass unnecessarily. Yet I received 5 toll violations stating I’m still registering and am continuously running the toll plaza. Who would purposely run tolls twice a day knowing you’re on a camera! After disputing these charges with at least three different people, they were not able to waive the administrative fees due to the fact that all of the sudden my payment got lost in the mail (even though I have the proof of my payment) after I have informed them several times.

I wanted conformation that my payments would keep my account open and in good standing. As of Today 1/6/2012, I am in collection and still am responsible for the supposed running of 5 violations. I’m sorry there’s nothing we can do, is all the response I got. So I’m screwed and will have to pay for tolls which I never ran. Thank you NJ EZ-Pass for being such a great help to your customers. Rip Offs! Never again!

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Steven of Brooklyn, NY on Jan. 5, 2012

Because my travel was consistently up for 90 days EZ Pass raised my replenishment fee from $35 to $110 without any warning. They asked me to refer to their terms and conditions. To show they have granted themselves this right to do this. Drivers should not be responsible for paying more upfront as their travel fluctuates. EZ Pass is trying to avoid multiple service fees for credit card transactions by passing the weight on to customers via higher transactions.

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Allison of Brooklyn, NY on Jan. 5, 2012

The EZ Pass department is a ripoff. I didn’t know that others were having the same problems as I am having with them. They put a hold on my account the day before Christmas. I had access to no money for the holiday which left me with issues. I went down to the office in Staten Island. I was told five accounts were opened by me. I am only one person; why would I need five accounts?

They took my money and said that I would receive within one week. When I didn’t receive it, I called back in, and they told me that I would receive it within 7-10 business days. I called back in, looking for my money, and they told me it would take up 30 days. It took them no time to take my money, but it will take them 30 days to give it back to me. They are crooks. I do not want EZ Pass anymore. It sucks

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Karen of Landing, NJ on Jan. 4, 2012

I travel the same length of the turnpike everyday for work. I use the ticket lane because I do not have E-ZPass. I get off at Exit 15X and I go through a lane where I pay a toll collector. I received four violations that say that I did not pay the toll on four separate mornings. I called and disputed this with E-ZPass and they said that there are no toll collectors on the road that I travel and that I ran the E-ZPass lane. I am in the process of disputing with the turnpike authority in regards getting this resolved.

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Andrew of East Brunswick, NJ on Dec. 31, 2011

I received a violation from EZ Pass that stated I ran a toll at the Secaucus Exit (15X). I travel the turnpike everyday and always pay cash. I get a ticket when I get on and pay cash and hand the ticket to the toll collector when I get off. I think I would remember getting off the turnpike and not paying someone.

I called EZ Pass to dispute the violation and spoke to a person. She said I could pay the $2.60 toll now over the phone and she would waive the administrative fee, or I could dispute the violation. Either way, I would have to pay the $2.60 toll. Even if they found in my favor, I would still have to pay the $2.60. Also, I pay $3.90 each way. I don’t know how they came up with $2.60.

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Christine of Arlington, VA on Dec. 21, 2011

I went through a toll booth around 11:30 on a weeknight. There was a sign posted that the booth was out of service and I would be sent a bill in the mail for the toll. When I received the bill for a $2 toll, there was a $3 service charge added to it. I sent in a $2 check for the toll and disputed the claim. I was told that the booth is an electronic payment lane and that I still have to pay the $3. I don’t recall seeing an electronic payment option, but I have to wonder why there was a sign saying I would receive a bill in the mail, if that option was available. I’m being penalized 150% for following the instructions on the sign. This seems like a ploy for EZ Pass to collect more money. Also, if they aren’t going to man the booth or provide a payment option, I question whether I even should’ve had to pay the toll at all. Isn’t it their responsibility to run the booths?

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Jasmyn of Union Beach, NJ on Nov. 29, 2011

I updated my credit card information last year and when my balance ran low, they never debited my card nor contacted me to tell me it was low. Now, they are charging me for running two tolls and two $50 violations.

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Matthew of Staten Island, NY on Nov. 25, 2011

I have 2 EZ Passes in my household. One on my car, and one on my wife’s car. For the last 4 years, EZ Pass had my wife’s car under PASI ‘Commuter Plan’ which was supposed to reduce our overall costs for going over Staten Island’s four bridges. What they failed to mention is that if you do not cross a bridge 20 times every 35 days, there is an automatic $120 charge. My wife’s car usually crosses a bridge only 4 to 5 times every 35 days on average.

I called at the end of October to complain about this issue once I read my statements. I was told I would receive a refund within a few weeks. I called back on November 9, 2011 to ask when I would be receiving the refund and for how much. I was told the refund would be $278 and it could take up to 20-21 business days from the time of complaint. In addition to this issue, my car’s tag had an a an auto replenishment of $30.

E-Z Pass automatically changed this auto replenishment to $100 without my consent. The first payment was made on November 4, 2011, the next payment was taken out on November 25, 2011. I called to see how this was possible because I do not regularly go over any bridges. I was told I had used $100 worth of charges but they could not go over the charges with me. I’d have to wait for my statement.

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Thea of Santa Rosa, CA on Nov. 16, 2011

I was sent a notice of toll violation for a car that I sold three weeks before the date of violation. The Port Authority insists the license plate is still registered to me. Not. The fine is $12 PLUS a $50 fee. They have made me liable even after I’ve signed, under penalty of perjury, a statement of non-ownership. I am now having to spend at least two hours of uncompensated time to get them off my back.

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Derek of Pennsauken, NJ on Nov. 5, 2011

I am not an E-ZPass customer. I am being charged a $25.00 Administration Fee for an unpaid toll, which I have since remitted. The toll was not paid because the booth was unmanned (NJ Trnpk Exit 4). It is the second time that this has occurred this year. E-ZPass says that they only issue one “courtesy dismissal” within a 12 month period. When I called to dispute it, I was told that is was simply agency policy. Am I going to have to continue to pay fees for conditions over which I have no control over?

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Karen of Boise, ID on Oct. 18, 2011

After coming home from a trip across the country, I received a notice of toll violation, which obviously I did pay. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be writing this. I have a complete financial record of the trip, all expenses – gas, tolls, and hotels. There would be no reason for me to not want to pay the toll. All of my expenses were reimbursed. EZ Pay is a for profit business. How can they have so much power, as to take away our rights to defend ourselves? They should not be omnipotent!

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Jennifer of Nottingham, MD on Oct. 12, 2011

I logged into my account yesterday to update my credit card for my EZPass and for the first time, I noticed that the license plate they had for my car was wrong and was also clearly fake, as it was something like 12345B. It’s not the exact number but it was something very close.

I called them to give them my correct license plate number and then found out that I owed money for toll violations from back in 2008, which they apparently only sent one notice out for which I never got. Had my correct license plate been registered with my account, the tolls would have simply been taken from my account.

I paid the tolls due, along with the extra ridiculous fees that they charged, and then realized that I shouldn’t have to pay unless they could explain to me how they got that weird license plate affiliated with my account. So, I called back and basically got nowhere. The guy was rude and refused to let me speak with a supervisor. He told me that there was nothing else they could do for me and if I wanted more information on the vehicle affiliated with 12345B, I’d have to talk to the MVA. I told him what I wanted was to know how they got that license plate for me as I’ve never had any other one except for my current one. He was unable to tell me, except to say that it never went through any tolls. I told him that, of course, it didn’t because it’s clearly a fake number.

I recently left my EZPass at home early last week and haven’t gotten the notice of fines due yet, but I am sure that I’m going to get it and the fines are going to be hefty, all because they had the wrong license plate on file for me and they cannot tell me where they got that information from. They can’t even say for sure that I was half asleep one day and added it to my account online; they just have no information on it and no explanation for it. I asked to speak with a supervisor, three times, but I was refused.

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Lori of West CVhester , PA on Oct. 5, 2011

EZ Pass charged my account a one-time fee of $135.00, without my permission. Secondly, we had a transmitter fail during my husband’s trips through the tri-state. PA and DE, so easy to deal with. The issue was cleared up in one day. New Jersey: I spent over $150.00 in postage, calls and excessive charges to my account and they still have not resolved. They had the nerve to send me to collections, of which they received a certified letter from me stating they cashed my check. There is fraud in NJ and people want Chris Christie to run for President. May God help us all. Their state is the most ineffective state in this area.

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BogusI90 of Schenectady, ny on Sept. 27, 2011

On I-90 in Boston, there is a tollgate avoidance u-turn off-ramp that veers very close to the actual tollgate. It’s so close that if you have a toll-pass transceiver, a toll is registered! This means that if you have credits, you’ll get charged, and if you don’t, you’ll get a ticket! I’ve already contacted the mass pike office, and they rescinded the ticket, so that’s a good thing. However, they need to get it fixed. I’m hoping that others that were hurt by this scam will find this helpful. The u-turn in question is the hairpin off-ramp just South of the gate.

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Catherine of Schenectady, NY on Sept. 9, 2011

I prepaid my E-ZPass as it would automatically charge my account when I traveled. The keypunch operator placed $25 in my account when I had given them $35. I went to NYC and the toll collector at George Washington Bridge confiscated the E-ZPass before I could go through.

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Jeff of Kingston, NY on Sept. 3, 2011

I’ve been a NYS E-Z Pass customer since it’s inception. In April 2011, my American Express card was lost. I called American Express to cancel the old card and issue a new one. The replenishment of my E-Z Pass accounts were tied to the old American Express account that was canceled.

In June 2011, I received multiple violation notices from E-Z Pass for May 2011, due to my E-Z passes having an insufficient balances. I then contacted E-Z Pass to: 1) provide my new cc# and 2) to dispute the violation charges. I was told to submit the violation dispute in writing, which I did on two separate occasions.

Both disputes were returned with the same notation: “Insufficient Account Balance. ” Did they even read the dispute?

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Maria of Berlin, NJ on Sept. 3, 2011

I was issued a summons for an unpaid ezpass toll in Delaware. This would be impossible as I have ezpass in my car and there is direct withdrawal for my account. I sent in an appeal and they sent it back with “not enough information sent” (they need a statement showing good standing). The appeal had to be back a week later or they would fine me again.

I wasn’t able to get my account information online so I had to call NJ ezpass (the state I live in) to send it to me. They would not fax it but only snail mail it. It’s a week later and I still haven’t received it. I am now sending in the money so I don’t have to deal with this anymore. I can see from the other letters that the government is just trying to find another way to take our money.

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We (T.D.P.) are temporarily unable to get anymore complaints, right now.
It seems that Consumer Affairs has stopped giving out Complaint and Review Information on this subject at the moment.

We’ve located 3 other EZ-Pass Complaint Websites, but one was taken down or misplaced within 24 hours. We will try to locate the other 2 again. But these things vanish almost as quick as you can find them.

We’ll try again later 🙂

Remember, there are hundreds or thousands of complaints against EZ-Pass, and only 2 YouTube Video Complaints?
Google and YouTube are Censoring the Hell out of this subject!

This is a Mafia Style Fraud/Scam Cash Cow that they don’t want American’s to be aware of.

EZ-Pass is a Total Scam.

If you are wise, you will stay as far away from anything EZ-Pass, as you can get.

WARN YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS ABOUT THE EZ-PASS SCAM!

Several states already use the E-Z Pass system – New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

They are trying to go Nation Wide. We need to stop them from spreading the EZ-Pass Scam.

Once people know about the EZ-Pass Scam, they stay as far away from them as possible.

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CORRUPT PRIVATE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: Turning Citizens into $lave$

This is a “must Watch” for anyone who wants to learn about the powerful corporate interests involved in prisons for profit. Very informative and well researched. I’ve seen this video 4 times and still pick up something new every

Private Prisons in a Wider Context (part 1 of 2)

Private Prisons in a Wider Context (part 2 of 2)

U.S. Prisons Spend Millions Lobbying to Put More People in Jail

Immigrants For Sale

Privatized Prisons and Prison Labor IS Slavery

WARNING: RAP – Adult Content [ Corporate Amerikkka ]
We would prefer this Material not have cussing. If it didn’t, we would rate this a 10+
No other source, video or other, so completely lays out the Prison Industrial Complex in just 2+ minutes.
You will have a complete and total understanding of the situation by the end.
Corporate Amerikkka – Prison Industrial Complex

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21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor – Rania Khalek / AlterNet

In the eyes of the corporation, inmate labor is a brilliant strategy in the eternal quest to maximize profit.
July 21, 2011 |

There is one group of American workers so disenfranchised that corporations are able to get away with paying them wages that rival those of third-world sweatshops. These laborers have been legally stripped of their political, economic and social rights and ultimately relegated to second-class citizens. They are banned from unionizing, violently silenced from speaking out and forced to work for little to no wages. This marginalization renders them practically invisible, as they are kept hidden from society with no available recourse to improve their circumstances or change their plight.

They are the 2.3 million American prisoners locked behind bars where we cannot see or hear them. And they are modern-day slaves of the 21st century.

Incarceration Nation

It’s no secret that America imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation in history. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, the US currently holds 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. In 2008, over 2.3 million Americans were in prison or jail, with one of every 48 working-age men behind bars. That doesn’t include the tens of thousands of detained undocumented immigrants facing deportation, prisoners awaiting sentencing, or juveniles caught up in the school-to-prison pipeline. Perhaps it’s reassuring to some that the US still holds the number one title in at least one arena, but needless to say the hyper-incarceration plaguing America has had a damaging effect on society at large.

According to a study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), US prison rates are not just excessive in comparison to the rest of the world, they are also substantially higher than our own longstanding history. The study finds that incarceration rates between 1880 and 1970 ranged from about 100 to 200 prisoners per 100,000 people. After 1980, the inmate population began to grow much more rapidly than the overall population and the rate climbed from about 220 in 1980 to 458 in 1990, 683 in 2000, and 753 in 2008.

The costs of this incarceration industry are far from evenly distributed, with the impact of excessive incarceration falling predominantly on African-American communities. Although black people make up just 13 percent of the overall population, they account for 40 percent of US prisoners. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), black males are incarcerated at a rate more than 6.5 times that of white males and 2.5 that of Hispanic males and black females are incarcerated at approximately three times the rate of white females and twice that of Hispanic females.

Michelle Alexander points out in her book The New Jim Crow that more black men are in jail, on probation, or on parole than were enslaved in 1850. Higher rates of black drug arrests do not reflect higher rates of black drug offenses. In fact, whites and blacks engage in drug offenses, possession and sales at roughly comparable rates.

Incentivizing Incarceration

Clearly, the US prison system is riddled with racism and classism, but it gets worse. As it turns out, private companies have a cheap, easy labor market, and it isn’t in China, Indonesia, Haiti, or Mexico. It’s right here in the land of the free, where large corporations increasingly employ prisoners as a source of cheap and sometimes free labor.

In the eyes of the corporation, inmate labor is a brilliant strategy in the eternal quest to maximize profit. By dipping into the prison labor pool, companies have their pick of workers who are not only cheap but easily controlled. Companies are free to avoid providing benefits like health insurance or sick days, while simultaneously paying little to no wages. They don’t need to worry about unions or demands for vacation time or raises. Inmate workers are full-time and never late or absent because of family problems.
Advertisement If they refuse to work, they are moved to disciplinary housing and lose canteen privileges along with “good time” credit that reduces their sentences. To top it off, the federal government subsidizes the use of inmate labor by private companies through lucrative tax write-offs. Under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), private-sector employers earn a tax credit of $2,400 for every work release inmate they employ as a reward for hiring “risky target groups” and they can earn back up to 40 percent of the wages they pay annually to “target group workers.”

Study after study demonstrates the wastefulness of America’s prison-industrial complex, in both taxpayer dollars and innocent lives, yet rolling back imprisonment rates is proving to be more challenging than ever. Meanwhile, the use of private prisons and now privately contracted inmate labor has created a system that does not exactly incentivize leaner sentencing.

The disturbing implications of such a system mean that skyrocketing imprisonment for the possession of miniscule amounts of marijuana and the the expansion of severe mandatory sentencing laws regardless of the conviction, are policies that have to potential to increase corporate profits. As are the“three strikes laws” that require courts to hand down mandatory and extended sentences to people who have been convicted of felonies on three or more separate occasions. People have literally been sentenced to life for minor crimes like shoplifting.

The Reinvention of Slavery

The exploitation of prison labor is by no means a new phenomenon. Jaron Browne, an organizer with People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), maps out how the exploitation of prison labor in America is rooted in slavery. The abolition of slavery dealt a devastating economic blow to the South following the loss of free labor after the Civil War. So in the late 19th century, an extensive prison system was created in the South in order to maintain the racial and economic relationship of slavery, a mechanism responsible for re-enslaving black workers. Browne describes Louisiana’s famous Angola Prison to illustrate the intentional transformation from slave to inmate:

“In 1880, this 8000-acre family plantation was purchased by the state of Louisiana and converted into a prison. Slave quarters became cell units. Now expanded to 18,000 acres, the Angola plantation is tilled by prisoners working the land—a chilling picture of modern day chattel slavery.”

The abolition of slavery quickly gave rise to the Black Codes and Convict Leasing, which together worked wonders at perpetuating African American servitude by exploiting a loophole in the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, which reads:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

The Black Codes were a set of laws that criminalized legal activity for African Americans and provided a pretext for the arrest and mass imprisonment of newly freed blacks, which caused the percentage of African Americans in prison to surpass whites for the first time. Convict leasing involved leasing out prisoners to private companies that paid the state a certain fee in return. Convicts worked for the companies during the day outside the prison and returned to their cells at night. The system provided revenue for the state and profits for plantation owners and wasn’t abolished until the 1930s.

Unfortunately, convict leasing was quickly replaced with equally despicable state-run chain gangs. Once again, stories of vicious abuse created enough public anger to abolish chain gangs by the 1950s. Nevertheless, the systems of prisoner exploitation never actually disappeared.

Advertisement Today’s corporations can lease factories in prisons, as well as lease prisoners out to their factories. In many cases, private corporations are running prisons-for-profit, further incentivizing their stake in locking people up. The government is profiting as well, by running prison factories that operate as multibillion-dollar industries in every state, and throughout the federal prison system, where prisoners are contracted out to major corporations by the state.

In the most extreme cases, we are even witnessing the reemergence of the chain gang. In Arizona, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America,” Joe Arpaio, requires his Maricopa County inmates to enroll in chain gangs to perform various community services or face lockdown with three other inmates in an 8-by-12-foot cell, for 23 hours a day. In June of this year, Arpaio started a female-only chain gang made up of women convicted of driving under the influence. In a press release he boasted that the inmates would be wearing pink T-shirts emblazoned with messages about drinking and driving.

The modern-day version of convict leasing was recently spotted in Georgia, where Governor Nathan Deal proposed sending unemployed probationers to work in Georgia’s fields as a solution to a perceived labor shortage following the passage of the country’s most draconian anti-immigrant law. But his plan backfired when some of the probationers began walking off their jobs because the fieldwork was too strenuous.

There has also been a disturbing reemergence of the debtors’ prison, which should serve as an ominous sign of our dangerous reliance on prisons to manage any and all of society’s problems. According to the Wall Street Journal more than a third of all U.S. states allow borrowers who can’t or won’t pay to be jailed. They found that judges signed off on more than 5,000 such warrants since the start of 2010 in nine counties. It appears that any act that can be criminalized in the era of private prisons and inmate labor will certainly end in jail time, further increasing the ranks of the captive workforce.

Who Profits?

Prior to the 1970s, private corporations were prohibited from using prison labor as a result of the chain gang and convict leasing scandals. But in 1979, Congress began a process of deregulation to restore private sector involvement in prison industries to its former status, provided certain conditions of the labor market were met. Over the last 30 years, at least 37 states have enacted laws permitting the use of convict labor by private enterprise, with an average pay of $0.93 to $4.73 per day.

Federal prisoners receive more generous wages that range from $0.23 to $1.25 per hour, and are employed by Unicor, a wholly owned government corporation established by Congress in 1934. Its principal customer is the Department of Defense, from which Unicor derives approximately 53 percent of its sales. Some 21,836 inmates work in Unicor programs. Subsequently, the nation’s prison industry – prison labor programs producing goods or services sold to other government agencies or to the private sector — now employs more people than any Fortune 500 company (besides General Motors), and generates about $2.4 billion in revenue annually. Noah Zatz of UCLA law school estimates that:

“Well over 600,000, and probably close to a million, inmates are working full-time in jails and prisons throughout the United States. Perhaps some of them built your desk chair: office furniture, especially in state universities and the federal government, is a major prison labor product. Inmates also take hotel reservations at corporate call centers, make body armor for the U.S. military, and manufacture prison chic fashion accessories, in addition to the iconic task of stamping license plates.”

Some of the largest and most powerful corporations have a stake in the expansion of the prison labor market, including but not limited to IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom’s, Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin, Target Stores, and many more. Between 1980 and 1994 alone, profits went up from $392 million to $1.31 billion. Since the prison labor force has likely grown since then, it is safe to assume that the profits accrued from the use of prison labor have reached even higher levels.

In an article for Mother Jones, Caroline Winter details a number of mega-corporations that have profited off of inmates:

“In the 1990s, subcontractor Third Generation hired 35 female South Carolina inmates to sew lingerie and leisure wear for Victoria’s Secret and JCPenney. In 1997, a California prison put two men in solitary for telling journalists they were ordered to replace ‘Made in Honduras’ labels on garments with ‘Made in the USA.'”

According to Winter, the defense industry is a large part of the equation as well:

“Unicor, says that in addition to soldiers’ uniforms, bedding, shoes, helmets, and flak vests, inmates have ‘produced missile cables (including those used on the Patriot missiles during the Gulf War)’ and ‘wiring harnesses for jets and tanks.’ In 1997, according to Prison Legal News, Boeing subcontractorMicroJet had prisoners cutting airplane components, paying $7 an hour for work that paid union wages of $30 on the outside.”

Oil companies have been known to exploit prison labor as well. Following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and irreparably damaged the Gulf of Mexico for generations to come, BP elected to hire Louisiana prison inmates to clean up its mess. Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate of any state in the nation, 70 percent of which are African-American men. Coastal residents desperate for work, whose livelihoods had been destroyed by BP’s negligence, were outraged at BP’s use of free prison labor.

In the Nation article that exposed BP’s hiring of inmates, Abe Louise Young details how BP tried to cover up its use of prisoners by changing the inmates’ clothing to give the illusion of civilian workers. But nine out of 10 residents of Grand Isle, Louisiana are white, while the cleanup workers were almost exclusively black, so BP’s ruse fooled very few people.

Private companies have long understood that prison labor can be as profitable as sweatshop workers in third-world countries with the added benefit of staying closer to home. Take Escod Industries, which in the 1990s abandoned plans to open operations in Mexico and instead moved to South Carolina, because the wages of American prisoners undercut those of de-unionized Mexican sweatshop workers. The move was fueled by the state, which gave a $250,000 “equipment subsidy” to Escod along with industrial space at below-market rent. Other examples include Ohio’s Honda supplier, which pays its prison workers $2 an hour for the same work for which the UAW has fought for decades to be paid $20 to $30 an hour; Konica, which has hired prisoners to repair its copiers for less than 50 cents an hour; and Oregon, where private companies can “lease” prisoners at a bargain price of $3 a day.

Even politicians have been known to tap into prison labor for their own personal use. In 1994, a contractor for GOP congressional candidate Jack Metcalf hired Washington state prisoners to call and remind voters he was pro-death penalty. He won his campaign claiming he had no knowledge of the scandal. Perhaps this is why Senator John Ensign (R-NV) introduced a bill earlier this year to require all low-security prisoners to work 50 hours a week. After all, creating a national prison labor force has been a goal of his since he went to Congress in 1995.

Advertisement In an unsettling turn of events lawmakers have begun ditching public employees in favor of free prison labor. The New York Times recently reported that states are enlisting prison labor to close budget gaps to offset cuts in federal financing and dwindling tax revenue. At a time of record unemployment, inmates are being hired to paint vehicles, clean courthouses, sweep campsites and perform many other services done before the recession by private contractors or government employees. In Wisconsin, prisoners are now taking up jobs that were once held by unionized workers, as a result of Governor Scott Walker’s contentious anti-union law.

Why You Should Care

Those who argue in favor of prison labor claim it is a useful tool for rehabilitation and preparation for post-jail employment. But this has only been shown to be true in cases where prisoners are exposed to meaningful employment, where they learn new skills, not the labor-intensive, menial and often dangerous work they are being tasked with. While little if any evidence exists to suggests that the current prison labor system decreases recidivism or leads to better employment prospects outside of prison, there are a number of solutions that have been proven to be useful.

According to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, having a history of incarceration itself impedes subsequent economic success. Pew found that past incarceration reduced subsequent wages by 11 percent, cut annual employment by nine weeks and reduced yearly earnings by 40 percent. The study suggests that the best approach is for state and federal authorities to invest in programs that reconnect inmates to the labor market, as well as provide training and job placement services around the time of release. Most importantly, Pew says that in the long term, America must move toward alternative sentencing programs for low-level and nonviolent offenders, and issuing penalties that are actually proportionate with real public safety concerns.

The exploitation of any workforce is detrimental to all workers. Cheap and free labor pushes down wages for everyone. Just as American workers cannot compete with sweatshop labor, the same goes for prison labor. Many jobs that come into prison are taken from free citizens. The American labor movement must demand that prison labor be allowed the right to unionize, the right to a fair and living wage, and the right to a safe and healthy work environment. That is what prisoners are demanding, but they can only do so much from inside a prison cell.

As unemployment on the outside increases, so too will crime and incarceration rates, and our 21st-century version of corporate slavery will continue to expand unless we do something about it.

Rania Khalek is a progressive activist. Check out her blog Missing Pieces or follow her on Twitter @Rania_ak. You can contact her at raniakhalek@gmail.com

CREATING CRIMINALS: Nutrition and Behavior / School Police: Creating Criminals by Design

Creating Criminals through Nutrition Manipulation. Though not told in the below video, all this information was gained through Nazi Experiments in Concentration Camps. It was then brought to America after World War 2 by the CIA through Operation “Paperclip” where thousands of German Scientists were secretly imported into America and put in charge of various aspects of Medical, Spying and the Rocket Sciences.

It’s also of note that every Doctor mentioned here, are Jewish. This is important because Hitler was funded by, and worked for, the Big Jewish Bankers of the time, who are still running things today. And of course, Hitler was himself Jewish, fact.

This is very important information to have.

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School Police: Creating Criminals by Design

Lately, we are seeing more and more stories of children as young as 6 being ticketed and even arrested at school for what would previously have been considered engaging in normal, if unruly, childhood behaviour. This is the result of a multi-pronged approach, implemented in the name of safety, designed to dumb-down, criminalize, subjugate, and disenfranchise young people, especially those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

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EZ-PASS HELL PART 2: “Time To End The SCAMS! It Is A Racket!”

There are hundreds of complaints against EZ-Pass online, though not real easy to find. Only a couple of websites so far.

And there are about 2 Anti-EZ-Pass Video’s on youtube. Google and Youtube are Censoring this subject heavily.

[ Press Here For News Video About EZ-Pass Hell: Youtube Won’t allow it to embedded on websites ]

This was only going to be a 2 Part series. We just upped it to 4 parts, due to Google and Youtubes Censorship of the subject. Stay tuned, more about EZ-Pass Hell coming!

You know the Drill. Spread the word and make it loud! It’s time to bring EZ-Pass down. Let American’s know that their State Governments are little more than State Mafia’s. Supported by Google, Youtube and the Mainstream Media, of course.

Let them know about the Scam and total fraud that is EZ-Pass Scam – T.D.P. Admin

More EZ-Pass Horror Stories:

I shared my EZ Pass account with a friend of mine, with the fee being deducted from my checking/debit account, until recently, when she opened her own account at my request because her toll use was becoming too expensive for me. She took the old tag off her windshield and tossed it into her briefcase figuring she’d give it back to me at some point, and placed her new tag, from her new account onto her windshield. Apparently, EZ Pass is able to read tags that are hidden in the car, because they continued to charge my account (unknown to me until $55 was surprisingly debited from my checking account), while also billing her for the exact same tolls.

I requested a refund and they said they would investigate, only to be told when I called back (10 working days later) that the charges were legitimate and they would not reimburse me, even though there is proof that these exact same tolls were also being paid for by the owner of the vehicle the tags were in. So EZ Pass has the right to double bill for tolls? The sensors are that strong that a tag somewhere hidden in a vehicle can still be read and therefore legally charged for? If the sensors are that strong, why don’t we just throw our tags in the trunk instead of strategically placing them on the windshield? I don’t see anywhere in their terms of agreement that they are allowed to take money twice for the same toll. I realize she should have removed the old tag from her car ASAP, but once the error was found, don’t you think they would compensate? No, they don’t think they need to. What a scam!

-Kathleen of South Orange , NJ on April 28, 2012

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There is no way to get a copy of our current E-ZPass account history for reimbursement purposes. The screen does not recognize legitimate numbers, passwords and security codes. It is so frustrating. The phone numbers do not answer either. This is very poor service.

-Dorene of Marlton, NJ on April 24, 2012

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Okay, so I had a violation because I have been a user of EZ Pass since 2001 – always having automatic withdrawals from my account. At some point, they stopped that (not sure why) but I was never notified. I used my pass when I had no money in the account. I received the violation for a total of $1.90 plus $50 service fee. I paid it. That was January 2012. In the meantime, I moved to 3 different addresses, was ill and in the hospital, out of work on disability. I was told by EZ Pass that they sent letters, then someone else said “no, it was emailed indicating I was to set up a new payment plan right away” even though I was not using the EZ Pass. I missed any communications from them.

I have gone through all of my mail and did searches on my email. I found old account notifications on my email, but nothing about the newest money owed to them that is now in collections, $46, because I have not sent the transponder in. I didn’t want to send it in, I wanted to get my account updated and continue to use it. But with all else going on in my life, those changes were put on the bottom of my priority list, truly I forgot, I was not using the transponder. Now I was told my account has been revoked and I will never be allowed to sign up again in this state. Like I am some kind of a criminal. I would like to know when this is going to end. As I am reading everybody’s complaints, I actually am glad I am no longer going to have EZ Pass. It is a racket.

-Diane of New Jersey, NJ on April 20, 2012

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EZ Pass is saying I didn’t pay the toll for one toll out of several that I drive through daily. Now, it is in collections and I can’t get anyone on the phone. We have sent our account information several times to EZ Pass and filled out all the forms to no avail. They want me to pay $51.00 for a $1.00 toll that I went through while my account was in good standing, in which it has always been. This has been going on since 2011.

-Wendy of Lawrence, NJ on April 20, 2012

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Several times now, we have properly used an EZ Pass but for no fault of ours, the EZ Pass didn’t work. Pass either sends a violation notice with a $50 penalty and threat of $500 penalty if not resolved within 15 days because the EZ Pass didn’t go off for a $.90 (90 cents) charge. On another occasion, our EZ Pass was confiscated after they tried to bill us using the wrong expiration date on the credit card. It has taken many hours to straighten this out. They have too much power and not enough customer service.

-Jonathan of Westmonnt, NJ on April 6, 2012

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Fictional charge: I was charged $42 for a parking garage when I paid in cash. I was told to get my receipt, and dispute it but it was a month later.

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Thomas of Toms River, NJ on March 27, 2012

I never really wanted EZ Pass until they made it inconvenient and slow to pay with cash. So I broke down and ordered it. That said, I’ve been a customer for years. I pay $515.00 per week in child support, and I do pay so. Sometimes I fall behind with things like EZ Pass now and then but always catch it up. I pay the tolls, and the fines normally get waived. And I normally add $100.00 on the account.

Recently, I had a rough time financially, rougher than normal, and I did get behind for a while. This time, when I called in like always, I was told that they wish I called yesterday because they sent my account to collections yesterday. I didn’t grasp the meaning of that right away and told EZ Pass that I’d call collections if they gave me the number then I’d call them back to reload my account.

To make a long story more boring, I was told by collections I’d have to pay the $25 and $50 fines. I have a daughter in college who kept driving through, racking up 26 violations. EZ Pass said since I was sent to collections, I’m no longer an EZ Pass customer and that I have to pay all those fines ($1,000.00 worth). They also said that if I don’t, they will take my driver’s license. Worse, I can never have EZ Pass again in the state of NJ for the rest of my life, even after the fines are paid. But I could go get it in another state.

I naively asked again, “You mean, I have to go to PA or NY to get EZ Pass to ride the parkway again?” They said, “Oh no, you can’t use that in NJ either.” So If I want to use EZ Pass, I have to leave the state. They claim they sent me warning letters, but I never got one. They have all my phone numbers, but I never got a call nor did I get an email of all things they want. Not to mention, the fact that I got EZ Pass in the first place, because it was inconvenient not to have it.

Now, it is downright dangerous to not have it. The tolls are unmanned, and instead of a quarter or a token, you have to dig around for 6 quarters a dime and a nickel while looking for the one or two lanes that take money. Who’s idea was the life sentence? I understand I orchestrated this by falling behind, but come on, have mercy on the working man. If I don’t pay support, I go to jail; but when I catch it up, they let you out! You don’t pay the electric, they turn out the lights; but you pay it and they turn them back on! Only NJ would punish a guy for life for not getting their money on time!

But it gets even better. If my daughter or wife go through EZ Pass ever again, they too will receive fines for the rest of their lives, even if they apply for their own. I have to send in a copy of their registration, driver’s licenses, and car title along with a letter from me requesting that EZ Pass to consider releasing their vehicles from my account and hold them harmless, as it was I alone that had the infraction and to plead that EZ Pass consider removing them from my account, so they can get their own accounts.

So to recount because I was 1 day beyond a point that EZ Pass decided to begin sending accounts to collections: My account was terminated for life, no exceptions. I had to pay over $1,000.00 in fines; if I don’t pay, I’ll lose my NJ driver’s license. The family members on my account can never have EZ Pass again, unless I can plead a good enough case to remove the family members from my account. I received no letters, phone calls, or emails. I give up.

I love NJ; I grew up here. But they are making it hard for people to live here. I was told mechanically that “There is nothing I can do; you should have thought of that sooner.” 91 days; if I called them in 90 days, everything’s fine. 91 days, and it’s a life sentence.

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Julio of 25 B, CT on March 10, 2012

On 1/29/12 at around 1:05AM or so, I got on the NJT through the 15E entrance. I got the ticket from the machine. When I got to the toll plaza to pay the toll, it looked like the cash booths were unmanned. As I was getting closer to the booths, I didn’t have options but to proceed slowly through the toll. I contacted via email the NJ EZ Pass dept. I explained the situation and I was told that I would be getting a letter in 2 weeks from EZ Pass and if I disputed the charges, most likely I wouldn’t be charged a penalty fee as a courtesy for being a first time offender. When I got the letter almost a month after, I disputed the $50.00 administrative charge and sent a check for the toll charge only for $4.75. On 3/9/12, I received a letter saying that I will have to pay the full $50.00 charge plus the $4.75 toll charge. My dispute does not qualify for the cancellation of the administrative fees. However, while checking my bank account, it looks like NJ EZ Pass has already cashed my check for $4.75. How often have people encountered this situation of unmanned toll booths?

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Maria of Flr. 2, PA on March 4, 2012

When traveling from Pennsylvania to Baltimore, I used $95. My children were both with me, and each time, I paid the toll as I went through the booth. My children can testify that I always stopped at the tool booth to pay because I had to borrow money from my daughter to pay the toll. She had to get it out of her purse.

A week or two later, I received a notice from DE saying that I didn’t pay the toll and now, I have to pay the toll and a $29 processing fee–not once, but twice. This makes me really angry, and I don’t know how to fight this. Online, I see so many complaints about E-Z Pass and people stating that they sent their payments in but E-Z Pass refuses to acknowledge that they got them. I feel completely unprotected and ripped off.

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Marivel of Paterson, NJ on Feb. 28, 2012

On 11/24/2011, I went through the NJ Garden State Parkway once and the NJ Turnpike twice. The toll booth didn’t register one of the NJ Turnpike passes. On 02/27/2012, I received a collection notice for $51.90. This wasn’t even a violation notice. They actually sent me to collections, with threats of judgements, etc. When I called EZ Pass, their excuse was, “Well, sometimes the transponder doesn’t register. Your violations were returned to us. You are in collections. There is nothing we can do.” I have no problem receiving any of my mail. I find it strange that I didn’t receive any violations or notices from 11/24/2011 to 02/27/2012, but I did receive a collections notice with no problem.

When I called the collections bureau, I was told EZ Pass has the ability to search for violations and that it is my responsibility to check for them. Okay, that is a lie. You can’t search for the violations on the EZ Pass website without the violation number which I never received. How am I supposed to defend myself (not sure why I have to since I am a valid and up-to-date EZ Pass account holder) if I am not made aware of any violations against me? My rights were clearly violated. I feel EZ Pass just committed major fraud. Regardless, I should be able to pay the original toll as an EZ Pass customer without any consequences, especially since they acknowledge that their system may not work 100%.

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Lars of Cranford, NJ on Feb. 26, 2012

On 01/11/2012 I was traveling south on the GSP in Raritan and proceeded to the cash only lane. The only money I had on me was a $50 bill. When I attempted to pay I was informed by the collector that she did not have change for a $50 and refused payment. She then handed me a pay envelope and flashed the payment sign as paid. I recently received a toll violation notice in which EZ Pass wants the $1.50 toll and a $50 administrative fee. I feel that this fee is extreme and causes undo hardship on my part as I make $9.50 an hour and a full 1/3 of my weekly pay goes towards gas and tolls. I am willing to pay the toll but not the fee but I feel I have no recourse.

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Jervis of Highlands, nj on Feb. 21, 2012

I work nights. There are no toll booth workers working. It’s E-ZPass’ exact change or nothing. They used to have sign that says, “Use envelopes and send in money if you didn’t have correct change.” I received 10 violations in one week for this at $50 a pop. I filled out the dispute form and they did not accept my excuse. This is complete robbery! Not having correct change is not an excuse now. They should put a sign up that says, “If you don’t have exact change, stay off our road or pay the fines.” I need help with this!

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Ariel of Newark, NJ on Feb. 17, 2012

E-Z Pass sent me a fine for not paying a toll. I sent them a check for the toll, and explained the reason. This is the letter I sent to E-Z Pass, stapled to the violation notice:

I was unable to pay for the toll on that day, because there was a guy standing there, asking for money. Because I was concerned for my safety, and did not know if this guy had a gun or knife, I did not open my window, and proceeded slowly past him, so I would not hit him. The Parkway knows this is true, because a containment was installed, with bars in front, to place the coins in between, to prevent these types of desperate people from taking the coins. This occurred on 4 occasions, between November and December of 2011, where a guy was standing by the toll, where you have to open the window, in order to dispense the coins into the basket.

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Irving of Jamaica, NY on Feb. 15, 2012

I looked at my statement and saw a charge of $17.00 charged on my EZ Pass. I called and questioned the amount and was told that in order for them to investigate, they need to know what two exits I entered and exited on.

Being that I did not know the exact points of entry and exit there was nothing they could do. Questioning further I was told that ‘sometimes their automated machines malfunction’. My comeback was if they malfunctioned it should also record the exits. This does not sit well with me that such a money making system does not monitor itself for ‘mistakes’ and the customer has to prove it. In a word unbelievable!

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Joe of Carteret, NJ on Feb. 10, 2012

Why does EZ-Pass make believe that they don’t receive your completed dispute form to their fake toll violations? You send it to them in the mail, they send out another notice, you send it again, they still say you didn’t send it in.

The only way is to waste more money and time and send it certified to prevent them from lying an scamming you out of your money. Just like the state does in every way way imaginable…scam us out of our hard earned money with nonsense like this. To hell with them all.