Big Brother: Terrorist Surveillance on Knickerbocker Avenue
The first wireless NYPD surveillance cameras went up on Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn this month. If they are trying to stop terrorism, why are the cameras going up in a poor community of color in Brooklyn? Did anyone know about this project and its $9 million price tag? Who is watching these cameras? Are they hiring personnel to spend their days watching endless footage of subway cars and street corners? Intelligence failure, indeed.
Who is keeping an eye on the NYPD? And will they send you prints of the intimate moments they have recorded? (There are some things I have done on New York City streets that I definitely don't want records of...)
You almost have to respect the NYPD's boldness. If they had wanted to maintain the illusion of fighting terror, they would have placed the cameras in places in New York that are actually at risk of being targets of terrorism. According to the Washington Post article, "a 2002 study concluded that surveillance cameras used in 14 British cities had little or no impact on crime rates." All the footage is good for is helping the police more easily find and punish criminals after they've already committed criminal acts. So the only even remotely plausible place to locate anti-terror surveillance cameras is where the terror strikes might happen, not where the "terrorists" supposedly live.
It's preposterous to think that a single terrorist act will ever occur anywhere on Knickerbocker Avenue. What there are on Knickerbocker Avenue are young, poor black men. Giuliani's war against young black men continues.
Can you see the camera on the Knickerbocker Avenue lamp post? Is it dissuading you from pursuing that terrorist act you were planning?