Wouldn't this be covered under a public records statute (stayed up late watching, not enough coffee in me to bother looking them up), or at the very least under a 'this is a taxpayer funded building so there isn't a copyright' thing?
OF COURSE TechDirt has an agenda. Many of them, actually. One of them being to document a continued campaign of misuse, untruth and outright lies by the people charged with enforcing the law. This officer swore an oath to obey the law and couldn't even be bothered to do that (so says the court, not me). The solution is simple, law enforcement must follow the law - even when it is inconvenient to do so or when they feel it impairs their ability to make an arrest (achieve some quota). And guess what, if he had followed the law he probably could have waited until the driver actually violated the law, and then Hey Presto, the drugs can be used as evidence.
Random example, the cop driving 65 in a 45 without 'blues & twos' yesterday morning. If he had to be somewhere in a hurry then turn on the lights, if not also the siren, because nobody expects freeway speeds on that road.
Lady, I clearly get the sense that you enjoy making up random titles (because you are entitled? ha ha) but founding a bogus organization to make yourself the president (and chief cook and bottle washer methinks) isn't the way to engage with either techs or lawmakers. Perhaps put some time in learning the topics and becoming a recognized expert in the field before purporting to speak for the community. Who knows, it might keep you from looking so stupid... twice.
Look at the timestamps. Regular users of TechDirt know very well that the interface makes it super easy to accidentally post multiple time, especially if you aren't that familiar with the 'novel' way the user is notified of the post.
Of course, you could also make the argument that the FBI should be devoting investigative resources in to people identified as risks (like the Orlando guy) instead of Creating and Orchestrating these trumped-up charges against people that barely seem to be capable of operating as autonomous humans.
This is why I don't buy more ebook recommendations. The cost to transfer the bits of an ebook is negligible compared to creating paper and ink, printing, shipping, storing and shipping a physical copy (which doesn't even touch upon the environmental impact of all these books). I'd pay ...less than $3US for this book in electronic form.
Again, don't these people in charge of the ME's office take an oath to uphold the law? Their actions seem to be support apparent goals of increasing successful prosecution percentages, but that is in contrast to upholding the law.
I often want to mention this idea but it seems particularly germane here. One presumes the city workers involved in the traffic cam process (from those approving the plan all the way to those charged with sending the letters) all took an oath of office or signed some sort of employment agreement. Those oaths and contracts usually contain some sort of language stating that that person will obey all city ordinances. Sooo.... let's look at jail time, fines and termination (for cause!) for all of these fine, upstanding city workers. That'll shake some tailfeathers around the country, I bet.
There is a difference between 'a fix was issued' and 'a fix was applied by every home owner' pal, not to mention the gap between 'a fix was issued' and 'a fix works properly, isn't buggy, doesn't break some other core security component, and there aren't any other massive security flaws in this no-privacy-by-design product.'
So no, not fear mongering, but instead educational content warning people of the actual/real/physical dangers these devices pose for the people that are on the inside of a house that is 'protected' by this device.