posted on Sep, 21 2012 @ 05:30 PM
I've had this argument on ATS before and it goes nowhere.
Some of the things people say really anger me, essentially - it all boils down to some apparent, divine right "not to be filmed". I've never heard
one sensible argument against CCTV...it's always paranoid stuff, face recognition, they're gathering footage of us...they can do evil, terrible
things with it.
Like what? Name one use for footage of faceless nobodies like the majority of us going about daily, mundane, every day tasks like going to work,
shopping...wow - how interesting. Naturally, all CCTV is operated by the same sinister group of people who spend all day sitting there watching the
screens, all pervy and seedy -- they can see you! This, is...of course - a lot worse than being seen by other people in the street using their human
eyes...being potentially looked at by someone you can't see is absolutely horrifying!
Here are some facts I can state, I didn't run to google - I'm basing it on what I've experienced in my personal life - several of the premises
I've worked in over the years had CCTV and NOBODY watched it! This is true in my current workplace (transport - work in a train station) the office
where the CCTV monitors are is pretty much always empty, the lights are always out. It's only ever accessed when something happens and it's usually
the police looking for information on a crime that has taken place - and they do take place I can assure you.
They've caught some really nasty folks over the years following some terrible crimes, some of which I and my colleagues witnessed. I don't hear any
of the victims of various crimes complain about losing their god-given right not to be filmed. I know people who own their own CCTV systems to protect
their homes and businesses, and as I stated, should i ever feel the need to invest in such a thing I will...why shouold I care about some strangers
petty "right not to be filmed"? If a man think such a thing will protect himself, his family and his property, he's not going to care much about
your right not to be filmed. When the big bad men in black start pointing cameras into your house then fair enough...but are they?
A friend of mine has worked in security for years and for a time operated CCTV in edinburgh city centre...his job consisted of mostly sitting around
watching television until he was alerted that something was happening, normally by phone or by radio. I used to visit him on occasion and he and his
colleagues were pretty much always watching television...they were trackers - reactive...because it was pretty much impossible for them to monitor all
cameras all of the time, there are too many...more cameras than screens. They could go split-screen or large-screen and cycle between cameras. To
monitor all cameras all the time would cost a fortune - but they could help track people and assist in their capture, they work closely with the
police although he is employed by a private security firm.
For me, the benefits outweigh the supposed negatives - to be part of any society you need to compromise, we don't all think the same. In my eyes, a
persons right to protect his family, property or even public property or the public themselves is far more important than someones right not to be
filmed - a non-right. It's a petty whine, if you don't like the society you're part of and are unwilling to compromise and play the game then slide
on. Go live in a cave where there is no CCTV, form your own utopia and show us all that we really are slaves in an orwellian hell. As far as I see in
my personal life, I'm one of the majority with regards to this issue. Nobody whines about CCTV to me, nobody seems to care about being filmed. I've
seen CCTV footage being used for nothing bad or sinister, but I've seen it be effective and help get scum off the streets so I know what side I'm
And with regards to the speed cameras - here in the UK when they were first introduced they were hidden, grey and stealthy. People whined, basically -
people feel they weren't being given a sporting chance and what happened? The government caved in, all speed cameras are now highlighted with orange
and yellow reflective banding...well so much for the orwellian hell we live in. Saving lives isn't a game of cat and mouse...they ain't effective
because people see them, slow down...then speed up again when the camera is out of sight. Presumably people like the idea of maniacs on the roads...or
are we really stupid enopugh to assume that all drivers are careful, considerate drivers? Get real...why give potential danger a sporting chance?
Stupid...the people whined and the people won - but not all of us see it as a victory. I think they SHOULD be hidden otherwise what's the point?