Civil Liberties

OR Lawmakers Try To Head Off Surveillance State

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PORTLAND – It's no wonder people are starting to look over their shoulders a little more to see just how closely 'Big Brother's' arm is reaching.

In Oregon, police are pushing a bill to expand the use of red light camera photos in criminal investigations. In Seattle, residents and civil rights groups are concerned about 30 port security cameras installed along the waterfront and through neighborhoods via a federal grant. And across the country, the coming wave of drone technology and its ability to track and record at levels previously unseen is freaking people out.

Some are even comparing it to George Orwell's novel "1984," which depicts a society that has descended into a frightening, totalitarian state.