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byron mc

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2003-2007 Fiscal Years from TSA

"passenger screening procedures, and baggage inspection
Monitoring, tracking over-the-road buses
The Transportation Security Administration is coordinating with the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration and Federal Transit Administration in this effort. "
Federal Register: January 17, 2003
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/fr-cont.html
"Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP): Approximately $9.5 million is being provided to eligible owners and operators of fixed route intercity and charter bus services to protect bus systems and the traveling public from terrorism. The FY 2006 IBSGP placed a strong emphasis on prevention and detection of IEDs. In addition, the  program focused on facility security enhancements in defined UASI jurisdictions; driver and vehicle security enhancements; emergency communications technology; coordination with local police and emergency responders; and training and exercises. To date, DHS has provided over $48 million through the Intercity Bus Security Grant Program.
Tier 1 urban areas, which are composed of high passenger density and rail systems with significant infrastructures such as underwater tunnels and underground stations and all ferry systems."
January 17, 2003
https://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1159898754850.shtm
$9,503,000 under the FY 2006 IBSGP.
http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/FY2006IPPPressKit092506Final.pdf

"$3,480,663 FY 2007 INTERCITY BUS SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM TIER II AWARDS
33 bus companies, with breakdowns as
Facility SecurityEnhancements (55%)Vehicle Inventory Control(21%)Training & Exercises(20%)EmergencyCommunicationsEquipment (2%)Public Awareness andPreparednessCampaigns (2%)"
http://www.tsa.gov/assets/pdf/grants_ibsawardsfy07.pdf
(the pdf file has a breakdown of bus companies and the FY2007 Grant)



remember fellow ghosters it is the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) that started
Real-Time Tracking for Mexican and U.S. Trucks Participating in the Cross-Border Trucking Demonstration Project Tracking System  using the black box, the EOBR or Electronic  On-Board Recorder.'September 2007.
and the TSA  that required truck drivers with CDLs who transport Hazmat materials to undergo fingerprinting and background checks.
Don't be fooled. the 2007 FY TierII Vehicle Inventory Control(21%) is $730,940.
"Over one-fifth of the awarded funds, representing 12 of the projects recommended for funding, will be used for vehicle inventory control utilizing GPS, including bus inventory, tracking, locating, and monitoring" as the PDF said.
what's next? RFID readers on the buses/bus station gates that read the fare cards/monthly bus passes so they know exactly who is on what bus?
If the buses have the reader as the passenger boards the bus within 2 feet of the reader they will be scanned for the RFID chip in their pass, the name/date/time and it will be added to the permanent record of the bus travel and the bus line's computer system to be shared with TSA and 'other government agencies'.
Can we see this data being subpoenaed for use as potential evidence in a future trial (divorce?).
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Monitoring, intercity and charter buses
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2008, 12:33:31 pm »

well here is another reason the DHS would have for installing EPOC black boxes with GPS.

"a simpler solution, such as putting sophisticated biological, chemical and radiation sensors on all first-responder vehicles."
http://public.cq.com/docs/hs/hsnews110-000002524221.html

placing these sensors on commuter buses widens the net...
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Monitoring surveillance on school buses - Pennsylvania mulls audio recording
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2008, 11:00:33 am »


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Bus companies and school districts would be allowed to record audio on school buses under legislation that would modify the state's wiretapping and surveillance law


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requiring notification of students and parents and placing signs on buses stating audio taping is taking place.



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Some buses already use silent video cameras, but questions have arisen about whether recording sound violates the law, which requires the consent of the person being recorded.

The issue has cropped up elsewhere, with some prosecutors finding audio recordings illegal.

A suburban Philadelphia district decided against using the audio-recording feature of its school bus cameras because of confusion over its legality.

State Rep. Don Walko, D-Allegheny, said his legislation would allow school boards to authorize audio taping while requiring notification of students and parents and placing signs on buses stating audio taping is taking place.


Supporters, including the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, say audio recordings can help reduce bullying and sexual harassment and give a more complete account of an incident than video alone.

The state School Boards Association supports the legislation's intent, but not Walko's bill, according to written testimony presented Tuesday.

Instead, it supports modifying the existing wiretap law to say that people cannot have an expectation of privacy in places that aren't typically private if plainly visible video and audio recording equipment is in use, along with signs indicating such use.


State mulls audio school bus surveillance
10/01/2008
http://www.phoenixvillenews.com/site/news.cfm?dept_id=17915&newsid=20144909

Audio and video recording on school buses with just a sign informing riders?
Civil lawsuits WILL use this as evidence.
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