After having been absurdly arrested for refusing a so-named "smart" electricity meter, Kim Bendis of Naperville, Illinois has been acquitted on a misdemeanor charge labelled as "resisting or obstructing a peace officer" in January 2013. Bendis' other charge, which police called "attempted eavesdropping," was dropped in February when that Illinois law was ruled unconstitutional. The baseless charge against Jen Stahl, the other Naperville mom arrested, was also dropped.
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by Josh del Sol, director & producer of Take Back Your Power
Kim Bendis and Naperville Smart Meter Awareness
Kim Bendis (second from left, pictured with members of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness) was victorious in an Illinois court on Wednesday.

After having been absurdly arrested for refusing a so-named “smart” electricity meter (as seen in Take Back Your Power), Kim Bendis of Naperville, Illinois has been acquitted on a misdemeanor charge labelled as “resisting or obstructing a peace officer” in January 2013.

Bendis’ other charge, which police called “attempted eavesdropping,” was dropped in February when that Illinois law was ruled unconstitutional.  The baseless charge against Jen Stahl, the other Naperville mom arrested, was also dropped.

Hundreds of local governments and an estimated million or more utility customers around the world are opposing utilities’ actions to deploy “smart” meters – for the valid reasons of privacy violations, unjustifiable billing increases, fires, hacking vulnerability and health damage.  “Smart” meters appear to be linked to an agenda of increased centralized control, price-gouging and causing various harms to people in their own homes.  They are being deployed worldwide, often in the name of a necessary “climate action” initiative, although studies fail to show any energy savings.

But in many areas utilities are not even offering their customers a choice to keep themselves from being harmed by “smart” meters.  And in Naperville, the City has appeared hell-bent to force its agenda ahead, going as far as employing police forces to carry out their dirty work.

Overcoming propaganda

With no less than 4 mugshot images of Bendis embedded in a single post, yesterday’s Chicago Tribune article used blatant propaganda to further cement her “poster girl” status, attempting to send a not-so-subtle message of, “this is what happens when you resist us.”  This is a deliberate and blatant attempt at the embedding of fear through biased and repetitive images.

No word yet if Bendis will go on the offensive against the City of Naperville, for compensation for the harms she experienced as part of the ordeal.

“These charges should have never been brought,” Bendis’ attorney Todd Pugh said after the verdict.

That’s the understatement of the year.

What this means for all of us

Bendis’ victory shows that the corporately-run government complex does falter when individuals stand their ground and refuse the fear programs which the complex feeds on, and uses against human beings.

But don’t expect courts to help prevent “smart” meters from being installed.  Unfortunately, the judicial system is not immune to what appears to be corporate bribery and collusion.  Despite the overwhelming evidence of harm caused by “smart” meters, we’ve repeatedly seen legal processes fail, most recently with Citizens for Safe Technology’s class action case dismissal by the BC Human Rights Tribunal, and last week a U.S District judge ruling against Florida utility customers.

So, while jury trials may be somewhat more effective (than an administrative judge ruling) in seeking justice and the preservation of individual rights, success in the movement appears to require other avenues on higher ground.

As we necessarily wake up and move through fear, let us have confidence that, like Kim Bendis, we can stand up for ourselves and win.

I see this movement reaching higher ground as we begin to understand our power to create, to dispel the illusion and to enforce liability upon criminals who are causing harm.  The spirit in us compels us toward victory.

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mug-joshJosh del Sol is the director and producer of Take Back Your Power, a revelatory documentary feature film uncovering the worldwide ‘smart’ metering and grid agenda. Watch the film and subscribe to updates at www.takebackyourpower.net, and follow him via twitter @TBYPfilm.

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Josh del Sol Beaulieu is the creator of Take Back Your Power, a documentary about 'smart' meters which won the AwareGuide Transformational Film of the Year, the Indie Fest Annual Humanitarian Award, and a Leo Award. In 2017, Josh co-founded InPower Movement, pioneering a process using commercial liability to halt harmful technology such as 'smart' meters, 5G and mandatory vaccinations. Josh is passionate about human rights, consciousness, decentralized energy, safe technology and being a dad.

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  • I commend Josh for his groundbreaking documentary and efforts to expose the truth behind smart meter deployment, the complicity of government and industry to deceive the public and harm their health and the duplicious participation of corrupt scientists who have contributed false or misleading industry-funded research on behalf of corporate controlled government. Joining the ranks of Take Back Your Power is the film, “Microwaves, Science & Lies.” Cudos to both films!

  • http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120127005467/en/Naperville-Smart-Meter-Awareness-Calls-City-Naperville#.VDGM717oZj0

    Naperville-Smart-Meter-Awareness-Calls-on City of Naperville to Come Clean

    Despite their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, the City of Naperville has refused to release the entire email exchange. Naperville Smart Meter Awareness believes the people of Naperville have the right to know the extent to which their tax dollars are being misused to squash the Constitutional Rights of regular citizens.

    Naperville Smart Meter Awareness today calls upon the City of Naperville to come clean and release any and all conversations between city officials and/or employees (including the city’s contractor West Monroe Partners) regarding the smart meter advisory referendum.

    West Monroe Partners has so far received over $5.1 million in consulting fees as part of the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative. At least half of West Monroe Partners’ fee is paid for by federal taxpayers.

    Another Freedom of Information Act request uncovered an email exchange between West Monroe Partners and a Department of Energy official discussing a plot to “insert speakers” into city council meetings for the purpose of countering citizens “airing their grievances” about smart meters during public forum of City Council meetings.