July 12, 2007
Manhattan To Get Massive Camera Surveillance System
What, me worry? Just think of Manhattan as a massive reality TV show.
New York - The speed with which London's ubiquitous surveillance cameras helped identify would-be bombers has prompted calls for extensive closed-circuit television networks in the US.
In the first such public effort in the US, New York is planning to begin the installation of a similar, permanent system for lower Manhattan by year's end.
In the struggle against terrorism at home, its backers say CCTV is both a forensic tool and a deterrent to all but the most dedicated suicide bombers. Sophisticated imaging technology allows cameras to alert police to unattended packages, zoom in on objects hundreds of feet away, identify license plates, and "mine" archived footage for specific data.
Opponents contend that this very technology is overly intrusive and open to abuse, raising serious constitutional questions. They also note that surveillance cameras not only are helpless against suicide bombings, but also that perpetrators may use video records to try to glorify their acts.
Science fiction writer David Brin argued in his book The Transparent Society that we do not have the option of protecting privacy. We only have a choice over who gets to watch the cameras. Do only employees of government agencies get to watch the video feeds? Or do all people get to watch each other through neighborhood surveillance cameras?
Extremely miniaturized cameras will some day let people plant bugs in offices, cars, houses, and on clothing. People will be able to find out what others say and do when they think no one else is around to observe them. As Mick Jagger put it "These days its all secrecy, no privacy".
In the future, AFTER the coming massive terrorist attacks using weapons of mass destruction, not only will there be the above-mentioned cameras all over North America and E.U., but also there will be new legislation for very intrusive interrogation. The new legislation will make it possible to interrogate any citizen or immigrant at any moment, and the new polygraph tests will include brain scans such as positron emission tomography. And even drug assisted interrogation will be legalized for all citizens at any moment.
But again, as mentioned in the blog, from now on it is not the intrusive files on every citizen, but who gets to read these files that is the issue.
It's not just that people will plant bugs. People will, quite innocently, use always-on audio-video recording as a sort of journal. Quite possibly a public one. Even if you're camera free, chances are you'll be in the field of view of enough other public cameras for a "virtual" camera to combine images according to GPS data and follow you around.
The REAL question is will citizens be allowed to use advanced Lie Detectors and Interogation Methods on their elected officials?
If so then maybe they'll think twice before staging another "false flag" terror attack.
Wolf-Dog - don't be so quick to lap up the propoganda of the coming police state - it is neither inevitable, nor desirable, for us to allow ourselves to become the inmates of an ultra high tech panoptic prison.
Rather let us have sensible debate about domestic and foreign policy - and treat specific acts of lawlessness or "terror" as an isolated, punishable crime.
As long as we begin holding the Govt. accountable to the people - then we need not live in fear of our own shadow.
No one has more to gain from random terrorism than those who gain power and financial benefit to fight against it.
There is little doubt that eventually privacy will be a thing of the past - but there is no reason for us to surrender it so easily - and eventually this transparency will allow for better governance of man.
No one fears the future more than the status quo, and it is their insecurity that drives them to try and control citizens through violence and intimidation.
All we need do is keep our courage and stand up for the marginalized before they come for us.
I heard Brin's argument about this a while back and found it quite inspiring. It takes the whole "zomg! Terrrists!" argument and ups the implementation to a version declawed as far as big brother use, into something not only more effective but which the people in power really can't argue against. It's basically digital social networking reapplied into the real world.
However, I don't see it happening without a 'lot' of public support. There's been a fair number of stories recently about people arrested for simply taking pictures of state officials on and from public property. The people creating and implementing laws tend to be less happy when they find it actually applies to them as well.
As internet bandwidth costs and server costs continue to fall more and more people will put cameras at the windows of their houses and apartments and put the video feeds on the internet. What I wonder: Will neighbors go to court seeking injunctions against having their front yards and front windows constantly on the internet at some web site?
Check out justin.tv
I think it is very relevant
ATTN Purchasing manager
Ever world view electric co.,ltd was established in 2000 to produce security products , as one of manufacturer & distributor of surveillance products in china,we produces many kinds of security products .and exported our products to more than 50 countries.pls learn more about us as below:
Our products include: CCTV CCD Cameras, Wireless CCTV cameras, stand alone DVRs, DVR cards, high speed domes, IP cameras, Video servers, CCTV lenses, CCTV housings, CCTV brackets.
Tech support and quality control;
About our tech support , our company have our research term and Optoelectronic lab ,we also cooperation with the famous univeritsty in china,and with japan , South Korea researching centers. About the QC: Methodical quality management that begins with a 48-hour burn in of components we source from Japan. Camera calibration, functionality tests, visual inspections and a random pre-shiment check complete our rigid five-step QC system.
We have a 500m2 sample room ，which enable us to have your samples ready within 3days
We have Yamaha SMT machines, along with a 10000 unit of cameras,monthly capacity. OEM orders are accepted and welcomed. Delivery time will be guranteed within 7 business days .
Our factories are ISO9001: 2000 –certified and all our products meet CE & RoHS.
Thanks & Regards,
Ever world view electric co.,ltd