Boston terror boosts case for cameras everywhere

  • Article by: Farhad Manjoo , Slate
  • Updated: April 20, 2013 - 6:25 PM

We might not have wanted this, but the Boston investigation, not to mention others before it, show that we might not regret it.

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johndontApr. 20, 13 5:51 PM

I like the idea of cameras everywhere. There are those who don't like the idea due to privacy concerns, and part of me understands that concern. But, cameras have helped law enforcement numerous times....including in this bombing case in Boston.

jurburApr. 20, 13 7:17 PM

First,let's make sure that the Boston cameras fingered the right guys. Believe it or not cops do make mistakes from time to time, and the FBI has a pattern of arresting the wrong people. The way the investigation was conduct in Boston resembled a gang mentality that may not be in anyone's best interest if they should happen to be in a frame on a stranger's camera. Opening the door for a return of vigilante justice especially after the recent gun debate and concurrent increase in gun sales probably is not the best way forward.

myob_STApr. 20, 13 7:46 PM

jurbur, you have a valid concern. However, the motorist who was let go after the carjacking said that the Tsarneav brothers self-identified as the bombers. Another concern is that video can be hacked or 'Shopped. But even so - I have no problem with being photographed (even the red-light cameras). It doesn't infringe on my freedom, and it does help keep me safer.

garykhansonApr. 20, 13 8:48 PM

Only the bad guys need to fear surveillance. Norway has had strict laws and surveilance cameras and I believe they are a safer country than we are.

marsbonfireApr. 20, 13 8:48 PM

”Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security.” Ben Franklin

orpheus90Apr. 20, 13 9:23 PM

I'm hardly willing to indulge Orwellian-styled paranoia simply because there are more security cameras in use. Frankly, most people walking down a public street in a major urban area aren't even aware they're under surveillance and probably could care less even if they did know. Moreover, the vast, vast majority of photographic data the authorities collect is that most mundane of things, pedestrians going about their business, which is as dull as a TV network test pattern. I can't imagine the footage has value to anyone outside of the rare instance it captures visual evidence that indicates a crime in process or could help solve a crime. Such a use hardly implies Big Brother is looming. Because if he is, we'll have far bigger worries than too many security cameras.

jarlmnApr. 20, 13 9:50 PM

the question is always ... who watches the watchers?

wickeywackeyApr. 21, 1312:15 AM

will there be cameras in wall street corporate offices, or total surveillance of their communications? how about the oval office where the iraq war was launched? sorry, but who caused much more damage "to the homeland" in the last 12 years?

comment229Apr. 21, 13 5:00 AM

OK then; let's change the scenario to what a few people posting want; no cameras. Take them down, get rid of them, and outlaw them. If that is/was the case would these two have ever been caught? Maybe, but probably not, and then what would you be screaming? Sorry, I have no problem with cameras. Simply, pictures don't lie. Their father is coming and is still in denial. I wonder what he is going to say when they show him the video evidence...... rigged? The same is true for people who run the red lights and are videotaped doing it. It's wrong you say? Until that day when that guy, runs one and t-bones you and the worst happens to whoever is in the car with you. I get a kick out of people who scream "big brother is watching" and then complain about government inaction. Ask any cop about video and try to tell them that they are not necessary. Can I watch?

chuckdancerApr. 21, 13 6:51 AM

People are under the watch of cameras in every place they shop but that doesn't seem to bother them one bit. Cameras located on most business property doesn't attract any notice. Without cameras these guys in Boston would still be unknown and from all accounts had already slipped back into the community without notice.


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