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New York police department is working on setting up license plate readers and cameras throughout Lower Manhattan

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.

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By Gul Westfale on 7/10/2007 12:23:48 PM , Rating: 2
how is reading license plates relevant to a nation's economy?

RE: huh?
By zombiexl on 7/10/2007 12:30:57 PM , Rating: 3
So they can catch terrorists ater they blow up wall street and then stick them in a jail where we pay for all of their healthcare, food, etc.

Oh, wait the damage would already be done and we'd have to waste more taxes to house the terrorists.

Maybe this is a first step before to mind readers on the license plate readers?

You know what, i'm confused by this as well...

RE: huh?
By timmiser on 7/10/2007 7:15:03 PM , Rating: 2
You are concerned that putting terrorists in jail is a waste of taxes?

Maybe we shouldn't put a murderer behind bars because the damage is already done and why waste the tax money of having them in jail?

Furthermore, the recent incidents in London are a perfect example of how a survellience system is not only beneficial in fighting crime but helpful in preventing crime.

RE: huh?
By zombiexl on 7/10/2007 8:48:21 PM , Rating: 2
You are concerned that putting terrorists in jail is a waste of taxes?

Last time i checked a bullet in the head would cost a lot less. I'm not saying do nothing, I'm saying do it either before it happens (which license plate scanners won't accomplish) or make the punishment fit the crime.

FWIW I dont believe in life sentences... any crime worth a life sentence is much better served by a few 100k volts, some gas, or a needle in the arm.

RE: huh?
By NT78stonewobble on 7/11/2007 12:52:28 PM , Rating: 2
Well the elderly, the poor, the dumb and so on cost money too. We'd be better off shooting em...

Same with the americans ... we oughta just nuke em and take their ressources...

On a more serious note. Who are you to decide what is wrong and what is right? Do you have the right to take life?

Basically if you believe its ok to kill why wasn't it ok for the murderer to kill? Are you then any better ?

RE: huh?
By Lord 666 on 7/10/2007 1:03:40 PM , Rating: 2
Wall Street and the Financial District are located south of Canal St. He pushing the assumption that license plate readers will protect this financial area.

Don't know how license plate readers would have protected the World Trade Center/Pentagon buildings.

RE: huh?
By Flunk on 7/10/2007 2:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well, they would have read the jets license plates as they entered the airspace over Manhattan and identified them as a threat theyby launching police ground to air interception missles at the jets.

Obviously the above is a joke, this is designed to combat threats like the london transit bombings, not like the world trade centre incident.

RE: huh?
By mdbusa on 7/11/2007 12:05:40 AM , Rating: 2
they have a database of suspected terrorists along with their vehicle plate numbers etc .. if one is spotted in the wrong place--alarms will go off- also stolen vehicles can be identified, blah blah blah

they need to tackle this at the root cause--islamic extremism and hatred of America-

RE: huh?
By tacorly on 7/11/2007 12:44:34 AM , Rating: 2
If I was a terrorist...I would buy a new car.

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