"NO to Public Video Surveillance," ACLU Whines
"The use of sophisticated systems by police and other public security officials is particularly troubling in a democratic society." Yeah, because these cameras might capture someone, I don't know...BREAKING THE LAW?
"When citizens are being watched by the authorities - or aware they might be watched at any time - they are more self-conscious and less free-wheeling."
What, as in thinking twice about stealing or vandalizing? Puh-LEASE!
Think about how these public cameras assisted in tracking terrorist movements in London - including this last arrest of a Somalian wannabe bomber (from the the FAILED follow-on to 7-7). What about assistance police and FBI are getting in child abductions, and the subsequent evidence value from these images?
My take is this - Public video surveillance, in public transit stations and major public gathering places, is (for lack of a better word) PUBLIC! Folks should not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in public...I say do those things you are ashamed of in public at your own peril - or wait until you are behind CLOSED DOORS!
You know what strikes me as funny? One of the ACLU's all-time SHINING MOMENTS was due to public video taping - the police beating of Rodney King! It seems to me the ACLU was singing public video PRAISES back then. Now, we can't use technology to keep our citizenry safe, because it makes people "less free wheeling?"
This formerly legitimate, non-partisan club has lost its focus and its place - that being above all politics. With its latest crushing defeat by the Senate, (trying to prevent Boy Scouts from assembling on government-owned property), the ACLU's time has come and gone. Protecting civil liberties? Great idea, but as it is now, this is a corrupt, radically left self-interest group that picks and chooses its targets according to political agenda and NOT necessarily the lack of civil liberties at a given place or situation.
As for Video Cameras in public? I don't see the downside for folks who aren't breaking the law.