Boston bombing investigation underscores vast expansion of surveillance by police and public

  • Article by: DAVID CRARY , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 19, 2013 - 9:37 AM
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davehougApr. 19, 1311:52 AM

People remember DNA being stored forever from a simple blood test at birth, newspapers publishing interactive maps of who has applied for a gun permit, massive database of car plate locations purchased by any citizen, sign a petition and get harrased by the opposition, children denied a vacation flight because their name matches a name on a no-fly list. All this and more is remembered when government asks for more record-keeping. YES, useful for original purpose, YES often abused and nobody knows until too late.

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starboy123Apr. 19, 13 1:38 PM

Since the most useful pictures gathered are from a private business security camera, perhaps the ACLU should lead the way to boycott that business for the infringement on the rights of these two disenfranchised youth. It only just.

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edinawaterApr. 19, 13 5:22 PM

starboy123, there is a huge difference between a government network monitoring everyone and random businesses recording activity. A simple recording by itself doesn't do much to affect innocent people. If a crime is committed the police can get a warrant and watch the video. Things are far different when the camera is hooked up to a network and the images are processed electronically. Tools are being developed right now to identify people based on their picture, record their whereabouts, and store it in a database for further analysis. Work is being done to sound alarms anytime the camera sees something out of the ordinary. I recall a case where I was standing on a public sidewalk taking a picture of a public building. Someone watching through a camera notified a nearby security guard who approached me and hassled me for doing so. I wasn't doing anything wrong but law enforcement still threatened me.

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