Another Step Towards Replacing London as Spy Camera Capital of the World
The ACLU-NCA testified against this plan to turn all D.C. government cameras into a Big Brother network, which would use a central war-room to monitor cameras with expanded surveillance capabilities 24/7, because it would be ineffective as well as dangerous, and it would divert funds from real crime-fighting.
Remember the police lieutenant, apartment-mate of the then chief, who used police databases to blackmail married men at gay bars? Just imagine the henchmen for the next Tom Delay (Republican or Democratic) who sends them to track opponents the way Delay used Homeland Security resources to track Democratic state senators.
The Bush Administration has long wanted to impose a Big Brother surveillance system on largely black and Democratic D.C. Why is the Fenty Administration helping them?
View the testimony (PDF).