Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Get Yer Surveillance On

Our fourth hour discussion today: The New York City Police Department is planning to "integrate" multiple technologies so that it will be able to photograph every car/license plate entering Manhattan, track it and scan it for radiation. Now, we know New York is a prime target for any kind of terrorist attack and we certainly don't want to get nuked, but is this really the best way to keep us safe?

Data on each vehicle — its time-stamped image, license plate imprint and radiological signature — would be sent to a command center in Lower Manhattan, where it would be indexed and stored for at least a month as part of a broad security plan that emphasizes protecting the city’s financial district, the spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said. If it were not linked to a suspicious vehicle or a law enforcement investigation, it would be eliminated, he said.
We're skeptical. What do you think?