Monday, February 20, 2006

Who Watches the Watchers?

Chicago residents strongly support the installation of security cameras that monitor streets, sidewalks and other public places, a survey finds.

A Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll of 700 Chicago registered voters finds eight out of 10 are in favor of surveillance cameras used as a means of combating crime.

Currently, a few thousand surveillance cameras are used by the city,by the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Housing Authority and other local agencies.

However, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has endorsed a plan that would allow more Chicago businesses to use surveillance cameras in spite of opposition from business groups.

Do you think that the respondents would change their answer if they were asked if they minded people like this watching everything that they do?

A former Indiana police officer linked by the FBI to a string of bank robberies in five states has been indicted in three Illinois holdups

The problem with ubiquitous surveillance isn’t when government and government employees are doing what they are supposed to be doing. The problem is when they abuse their position and power.

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