Tuesday, February 13, 2007

UK police monitoring conversations on streets

Post From Nov 26, 2006:

Here's the source:
POLICE and councils are considering monitoring conversations in the street using high-powered microphones attached to CCTV cameras, write Steven Swinford and Nicola Smith.

The microphones can detect conversations 100 yards away and record aggressive exchanges before they become violent.

The devices are used at 300 sites in Holland and police, councils and transport officials in London have shown an interest in installing them before the 2012 Olympics.

The interest in the equipment comes amid growing concern that Britain is becoming a “surveillance society”. It was recently highlighted that there are more than 4.2m CCTV cameras, with the average person being filmed more than 300 times a day. The addition of microphones would take surveillance into uncharted territory."
Let that soak in a bit. There are 4.2 million surveillence cameras alone on the tiny island of Brittain. And now they are not happy with just WATCHING you, they want to listen in on your private conversations and hunt you down based on what you say on the public street.

If we are not now living in that Orwellian Society, then we are living in Cinderella's storybook. As a people, we must decide what kind of life we are going to live. Are we going to live in a society that constantly thinks that we are criminals and has to surveill us every where we go? Or, are we a society that believes people are innocent before being found guilty in THE COURTS? Are we going to keep accepting the eroding of our liberties and the growing power of federal authoritarian powers?

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