PATH "Best Practice" #3 is their hired surveillance of the opposition. This is best exemplified by their little cyber-pet, Cyveillance. Cyveillance provides its client with "intelligence" scoured from the internet all neatly wrapped up in daily reports. Cyveillance accomplishes this by sending robots to suck down entire websites. These guys don't come cheap. However, they are quite easily thwarted by the webmaster. Why would PATH need to waste the ratepayers' money on a cyber-surveillance company when opposition websites are open access? We have nothing to hide. We aren't doing anything illegal. PATH is simply afraid of us and the damage we can cause to their ridicufarce by telling the truth.
I have gotten to know some of my fellow PATH opposition webmasters very well. Imagine our cynicism when comparing notes and finding that we were all being hit by the same Cyveillance bot that would suck up page after page in mere seconds. Who would want to do that to multiple, unrelated websites whose only common thread was opposition to the PATH project? PATH, of course! Randy Palmer denied that they had anything to do with Cyveillance, and if you believe that, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. It will all come out in the wash on June 1st, won't it?
Being a webmaster also has its fun moments. A blog is your own personal bully pulpit and it was a fun afternoon when I conspired with another webmaster and TPL and StopPATH posted these blog entries within minutes of each other. Whoopsy, PATH, your paid spy has been outed!
PATH has an unlimited supply of money subsequently recovered from ratepayers and the resources and power of two huge corporations behind it. The citizens have mere truth and determination on their side. But yet they fear ordinary citizens so much that they feel the need to hire people to spy on us.
A company asking for public utility status and the state-granted power of eminent domain should be a little more circumspect than to pay a third party to perform surveillance and intelligence gathering on their citizen opponents, the same people they will be exercising their "power" over. There's always a money trail and reams of evidence left behind. This "Best Practice" could get PATH into a little bit of trouble. So maybe it's not "Best" after all.