New York will soon follow in the footsteps of London’s “ring
of steel” by implementing its own Lower
Manhattan Security Initiative, reported CNET.
The security initiative will have more than 100 cameras that will monitor cars
through Lower Manhattan.
London's ring of steel entails a network of cameras and roadblocks that are
designed to track and deter terrorists. The images captured by officials
have aided in the tracking of suspects of previous threats.
New York's police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, stated last week that
department has obtained $25 million toward the project, yet the estimated cost
of the plan reaches a hefty $90 million. Roughly $15 million came from
Homeland Security grants and another $10 million came from the city. At
this point, Kelly states that there are enough funds to install roughly 116
license plate readers in fixed and mobile locations over the next few months.
"This area is very critical to the economic lifeblood of this
nation," said Kelly in an interview last week with CNET. "We want to make it less vulnerable."
If fully financed, the project will include license plate readers and 3,000
public and private cameras below Canal Street. There will also be a
center staffed by police and private security officers, and roadblocks.
As of now, the license plate readers have been ordered, and the program is
still waiting on more funding, hopefully from federal grants. The entire
operation is expected to be in place and running by 2010.
quote: Why do you need 'freedom of privacy' in a public place? These cameras are not being pointed in windows or houses. They're pointed at city streets and sidewalks. The Fourth amendment prohibits searches, arrests, and seizures of property without just cause. Unless you want to consider this 'searching', I don't see how this is unconstitutional.
quote: With monitoring cameras owned privately, the government has the right under subpoena or in due course of a formal investigation to solicit the visual feed of a camera where probable cause exists that evidence pertaining to the crime being investigated may be discovered.
quote: As a great patriot once said:"Any society willing to give up a little liberty in order to obtain a little safety, shall lose both and deserves neither." - Ben Franklin
quote: You are concerned that putting terrorists in jail is a waste of taxes?
quote: "This area is very critical to the economic lifeblood of this nation,"
quote: And use it for other purposes as they see fit.
quote: My concern with such a system is that I don't want it to become a automated validation system for licenses/fines/parking tickets.