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So John Kerry Can Play, They'll Take Your Rights Away! (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 07:37 AM
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In preperation for the Democratic National Convention in Boston, the Federal government will installed 75 surveillance cameras in key public places to monitor the activities of the public.
 



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"For the first time, 75 high-tech video cameras operated by the federal government will be linked into a surveillance network to monitor the Central Artery, City Hall Plaza, the FleetCenter, and other sensitive sites. Their feeds from cameras mounted on various downtown buildings will be piped to monitoring stations in the Boston area and in Washington, D.C., and officials will be able to zoom in from their work stations to gather details of facial descriptions or read license plates.

''What this demonstrates is that '1984' is now technologically possible," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Technology and Liberty Program, referring to George Orwell's vision of an all-seeing totalitarian state. ''This is really a situation where we are really being asked to blindly trust the government. There is no oversight of this. There are no safeguards."

While video surveillance has become a common tool for police and private security personnel, Boston police and federal officials concede that the additional cameras and new technology represent another chapter in Boston. And it's here to stay: Boston police say the 30 or so cameras installed for the convention will be used throughout the city once the event is over.

''We own them now," said police Superintendent Robert Dunford. ''We're certainly not going to put them in a closet."




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Even though many people hate the ACLU, they do have a good point here. Whether we live in a 1984 style world or not, what this whole thing demonstrates is that if the United States' policy changed suddenly they could quickly change from freedom loving to security pushing almost overnight.

It is all very scary, but that is what we must deal with in this new age of terrorism.

What I don't get though, if we have to take away freedom to have freedom, does freedom even exist at all?


Related News Links:
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[edit on 19-7-2004 by lockheed]

[edit on 19-7-2004 by lockheed]

[edit on 19-7-2004 by lockheed]




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