08 July 2005

Allan Funt's legacy

From an article in The Guardian

An estimated 4.2 million cameras - largely concentrated in London and other major cities - observe Britons as they go about their daily business, whether they're waiting for a bus, riding a train, lining up at a bank or parking a car in a public garage.

The emphasis on the number of cameras was mine. The complete article is here, but what I think of particular insight is the paragraph stating

Critics also contend the system is of limited use to counter terrorism because the monitoring screens at command posts aren't closely watched in real time, meaning the images rarely are used to stop a crime in progress - only help authorities investigate one after the fact.

Reminds me of this quote. Let's hope Americans don't forget those words.

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