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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 rushfan2006 on 7/10/2007 4:53:09 PM , Rating: 4
Good post to the extend that you are speaking what you believe in and it was well written IMHO.

But, it almost is toned in the fashion that this is the first time a system like this will be used in the US. Cameras already are, and have been, in used in many areas and cities in the US for years now. Philadelphia is in the process of starting to use them now as well (I mention that city because its close to me).

This isn't anything new.

I know some folks , political advocates if you will (or whatever you want to call them) live their lives getting really charged up and fighting with a passion over all things to do with the government. More power to them - if that's their thing. I myself chose my battles with that sort of thing because I have more enjoyable things I want to spend my free time on doing.

And life is too short to pop a gasket at every single issue, in my view its just not a good way to live.

With that all said - there is no expectation of privacy in any public place or area - and there is no language in any formal government document that grants such expectation - including the Constitution itself.

I'll further suggest that in a case like this where folks worry about what invasions to privacy lie in our future if this is the foundation --- well maybe if crime decreased the government wouldn't look so aggressively at public monitoring. Maybe if people "played by the rules" more, so to speak, didn't cheat, steal, kill, rape, kidnap, etc...Maybe if the younger kids of this world got their ass kicked once in a while for their outrageous, smartass and disrespectful behaviour these days.....MAYBE just MAYBE if we all did our parts....we wouldn't have to look at incrased security measures in our society at all.

But anyway I digress...

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