Florida taxpayer: Another unhappy one

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Susan Chandler is a well known activist who is concerned about wrongfully convicted people in prison.   She became aware of the illegal and unauthorized intrusions into the personal data of unsuspecting citizens by watching a television news report featuring information obtained and disclosed by “Archangels” and others.

Fearing that she may have been a victim of law enforcement abuse she requested information concerning improper entry into her personal information.  That information, and each person who accessed it, is stored on state Drivers and Vehicles Information Databank.  She also requested information about the Stingray System which is specifically designed to eavesdrop on private cell phone conversations.  The Department of Transportation does not possess those records.

These emails to the Florida Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles were sent by Susan Chandler and sought the identity of anyone accessing her personal information through Florida State Databanks.

“Archangels” has received permission to publish them.  Just look at the runaround she received.  The State has gained the reputation of never fully answering the public’s questions and will provide only partial answers to public records requests if they can get away with it.  If governmental employees did the right thing there would be no need to withhold and cover-up the facts.  That is why “Archangels” assists the public on methods to ferret out the information they request in order to obtain the truth.  BY THE WAY – Until just recently the records Susan Chandler requested were available for many years back and not just the past four.  It appears that the State of Florida may have been destroying its databank records to avoid, or reduce, any potential liability it may have incurred for its failure to protect the public’s private information.  Newly discovered evidence, even if collected many years ago and just uncovered, is admissible in court. Willful destruction of that evidence is a crime!

 

—–Original Message—–

From: Susan Chandler

Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:40 AM
To: Johnson, Maureen
Subject: Fwd: Request for records

Dear Ms. Johnson,

I would like copies of anyone and everyone accessing DAVID to check up on me from January of 2001 onward (or DAVID’s implementation, if it was later than January of 2001).

I understand, from WPTV5 news coverage, that I may be billed up to $20, depending on the time involved.

If there are copies available of Stringray access of my personal identification, please provide the information I’ll need to make an email request for them.

Thank you.

Susan Adeline Chandler

Fort Pierce, FL 34946

 

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Date: April 25, 2014 5:58:10 PM GMT
Subject: RE: Request for records
Hello Susan,

This will acknowledge receipt of your request of 4/24/2014 for public records from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Driver And Vehicle Information Database (DAVID).

PLEASE NOTE: There is a fee for this public record request. The first 30 minutes are free, but after that, it is $19.08 per hour of research. Since the news article was published concerning DAVID misuse, we have been inundated with requests. We currently have a backlog of approximately 50 public record requests. Your request will be worked in the order if was received. Also please note, we are only able to search back four years from the current date.

We will promptly locate the DAVID inquiries sought and notify you when they are available, along with any applicable copying fees and estimated labor costs, if any, authorized by law. If results are found, we will require a partial payment for the work. We will provide you with an estimate, once we can estimate how long your request will take.

In lieu of copies, we can arrange for you to inspect the records, subject to proper supervision.
If you have any questions, you may contact us at 850-617-3126/TeriCrews@flhsmv.gov

Patrick Lineberry
Government Analyst-D.A.V.I.D. Liaison
Division of Motorist Services-Data Listing Unit
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway, A236, MS 78
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0500
Phone: 850-617-2660
Fax: 850-617-3926
patricklineberry@flhsmv.gov

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Patrick Lineberry
Government Analyst-D.A.V.I.D. Liaison
Division of Motorist Services-Data Listing Unit
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway, A236, MS 78
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0500
Dear Mr. Lineberry,

Thank you for your prompt, puzzling, partial response, which apparently was of interest to an inordinate number of your coworkers, to whom I’m simultaneously sending this email.

Please note that I additionally inquired about Stingray public records. Please note, too, that none of the information that WPTV5 provided to the public – from the email address to use to request DAVID records to the cost of those records – was correct.

Logically – given that records only go back four years – the only way that a mere 50 requests for computerized DAVID records could be deemed as inundation of your office is if DAVID was hopelessly outdated when implemented – further evidenced by your indicating that a search of a mere four years of data could take more than a half hour to search when most computer programs can search decades in seconds. This calls into question all contracts for DAVID’s implementation and maintenance.

Costs of abusing DAVID should not be borne by Floridians, but by the abusers themselves … and I do not mean by the state or local agencies that employ the individual abusers (which taxpayers fund); I mean the actual, individual abusers, who identify themselves to log in.

For these reasons, I have copied the governor’s office, the senate president, the house speaker and my legislative representatives, as it is their responsibility to ensure that legislation is fair rather than oppressive and enforced rather than ignored, their responsibility to ensure that citizens do not become unwitting targets of unwarranted domestic surveillance, their responsibility to ensure that taxpayers do not foot the bill for any computerized system that is outdated when implemented and increasingly dysfunctional, their responsibility to ensure that taxpayers don’t pay for public servants to use state equipment for spurious personal reasons. It is not only Florida’s Constitution that they are obliged to uphold, it is the U.S. Constitution, as well.

In addition to soliciting their firm and immediate support for having individual DAVID and/or Stringray abusers “pay to play” from their very own pockets as well as face reprimand or termination (depending on the extent of the abuse), I am seeking an investigation of DAVID’s apparently-present-upon-implementation shortcomings, and forthright disclosure of whether any federal funds were used to implement and/or maintain DAVID and Stringray.

I am a law-abiding citizen, and have not had so much as a traffic ticket since the early 1970’s. Obviously, failure to come to a complete stop a stop sign decades ago did not give any Florida public servant with access to DAVID or Stingray just cause to waste my tax dollars to look me up on either system.

Attorney General’s Pam Bondi’s contrary position is another example of her protecting lawless public servants ahead of the public they abuse, preceded by her broken campaign promise to investigate convictions achieved via the perjuries of DNA (and otherwise) discredited dog handler John Preston, of which there are scores. Investigations of Preston convictions would have relieved me of related public corruption I’ve endured since 2001 … and freed incarcerated innocents, including Gary Bennett.

As I have already received a request for $19.08 from Ms. Taylor, I ask that the Florida legislators and governor’s office immediately get their ducks in a row on DAVID and Stringray and respond rapidly. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler

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