...up to 3,000 surveillance cameras should be installed in the large area comprising Wall Street and the World Trade Center, which is being reconstructed from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. [...]This does not sit well with me. It may have its advantages, but it makes me uncomfortable as hell. Given the liberties (ironic choice of word) that the Busheviks have taken with our privacy rights, I'd feel as exposed as Fred Thompson in a Speedo. (Paints quite a picture, doesn't it? My apologies.)
In addition to anti-terror concerns, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted to use surveillance cameras as license-plate-readers for cars in downtown and lower Manhattan, proposing to charge them 6 dollars per day. [...]
London's ring of steel, with thousands of cameras already monitoring residents and traffic, has been part of the British government's tough programme to fight terrorists, and played a key role in investigating the attempted bombings in London and attack on Glasgow airport late last month.