U.S. cities increase surveillance, increasing privacy concerns


Surveillance on citizens in the U.S. is not a thing done only by the NSA; apparently, cities within the country are gearing up with equipment to track people going about their daily lives. According to the New York Times, the federal government granted East Oakland $7 million to help fight against terror attacks, however; this money is being used to add monitoring tools throughout the city.

With the new system that is scheduled to kick off come summer of 2014, East Oakland will compile and process large amount of information on its citizens known as “big data.” In basic terms, this means the city police are capable of tracking everyone by several methods. Some may argue that is necessary for anti-terrorism purposes, but many more will insist this a huge violation of piracy.

For example, the transportation agency can track commuters via toll payments when drivers use an E-pass. Furthermore, the police can even monitor social media posts to track down criminals or criminal activities. Now, it is clear this kind of authority is capable of allowing the police officers to do some good, but just like the NSA and its creepy employees, someone will abuse the system.

Still, East Oakland isn’t the only city to track its citizens. The New York police department has 3,000 surveillance cameras with license plate readers and radiation sensors around the city. This was made possible with the support of the Federal government.

With the increase in criminal activities, we’re certain other cities will follow along with something similar in nature. In the long run, it will give the government more control over its citizens, and who knows where that will lead to.

[via New York Times, image via wikipedia]]

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  • JonE

    [@Darcy] Bravo!

    However, as long as they don’t start putting surveilance cameras in our homes, I don’t see this as an infingement on our rights. On our freedoms Maybe, but freedom does come with a price. I believe this surveilance is meant for the overall safety of it’s citizens. But, even that is said with tongue in cheek, because as I’ve stated before all the things created for good, have ended up being used for bad. And this is true throughout history from the beginning of time.

    [@DoktorThomas™] I do agree with you Dok, to a point. I’ve never cared for the word politics because among other things (like power) it means compromise. While it seems we still do vote for polititians, more and more it seems what we get is special interest representatives; their own special interest and those of the highest bidder, but not our interest. Don’t get me wrong; there are still some representatives that still represent us and do not compromise their, or our, principles, but not enough of them to make a difference. Only when “We The People” start voting for representatives of integrity and character will we start seeing a change in our government.

    With that said I have to admit I only see things getting worse, no improvement any time soon, if at all; unfortunately, unless we the people do something about it, but I don’t see that happening either. This is me shutting up before I end up writing an essay.

  • DoktorThomas™

    Based on the oppressive nature of “the state” and the continued erosion of God given, guaranteed natural rights, government, especially the fed.gov, has good cause to fear its citizens; and, hence, it wants/it needs to keep an eye on them. However, no amount of cameras, armor vehicles or armies will quell the hatred festering in The People through out The Nation.

    The United States is over; it is now The United Socialist States of America. Citizens all know it.

    Rebellion and insurrection are coming. Probably shortly after the dollar collapses; with the genuine fiscal malversation in Washington, District of Criminals, it has to collapse… Not even the felons at The Federal Reserve can stop it ….

    History teaches us that for any nation to survive the vast majority of inhabitants must be third-world poor and enslaved, physically or financially, to the rich and the national royalty (elected officials). The Jim Crow Party of Disappointment has successfully sold the citizenry’s future to the twins devils of debt and taxes. We are no longer living in Oz.

    If you put aside your misguided apprehensions from your public educations and open your miniature minds (like it or not most people are only averagely intelligent despite their credentials), you can see it happening right before your eyes. Fools and their deserved destiny are easily separated when the power to rule is entrusted to others… particularly, professional politicians.

    The Government Plantation was/is not your true destiny. Why accept it? Your government is entirely a fraud.

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