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200 'Temporary' Surveillance Cameras To Scrutinize Super Bowl Fans


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Smile, Super Bowl fans! The New York City Police Department has you under even closer and creepier surveillance than usual. The New York Civil Liberties Union reported finding over 2,000 surveillance cameras on the streets of Manhattan alone, before the stepped up security for the big football game. Now the NYPD is deploying an additional 200 or so "temporary" surveillance cameras in midtown in anticipation of the festivities.

Reports the AP's Tom Hays:

The New York Police Department has quietly installed about 200 temporary surveillance cameras in midtown Manhattan to help spot trouble along "Super Bowl Boulevard," a 13-block street fair on Broadway that's expected to draw large crowds during the windup to the game. Banners promoting the fair compete on the same lampposts with decidedly less festive signs reading, "NYPD Security Camera in Area."

Counting and mapping the cameras that were already in place is a project of the NYCLU. The organization's activists tallied 2,397 cameras watching public places, just in Manhattan. Outer-borough counts are yet to come. But the vast majority of those 2,000+ cameras are privately owned. Only an estimated 300 were installed and maintained by government agencies. So the 200 new additions represent a major upping of the ante, even if they remain temporary.

Private cameras are usually used to protect property and deter or record crime against specific people and businesses. But public cameras can be networked together and monitored by people who have the coercive power of the state at their command.

"Government has the power to investigate, prosecute, and potentially jail people and that's a very different thing from doing what officers did in Boston which is responding to a known crime by reviewing existing footage," Peter Bibring of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California told Reason TV last May.

So, the installation of 200 new police-controlled cameras may not be such a positive thing.

See Reason TV's post-Boston bombing take on the new enthusiasm for surveillance cameras.

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  1. Temporary? Haaa ha ha ha ha!

    1. Well, eventually the buildings they are attached to will either be torn down or fall down on their own. So you can’t call them liars.

  2. It’s OK, this is just a deployment of SCORPION STARE in preparation for CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, which will occur the if the Seahawks lose. So you’d better all be rooting for the Hawks. And Sherm.

    1. Yeah, Seattle is set to show Vancouver how urban rioting by rain-soaked liberals is done, after Peyton hands them their hats.

    2. Dude, this ain’t the UK – get your pop-culture references correct.

      The US has a whole different system set up to manage the chaos and specifically rejected the UK solution because the size and percentage of the population living outside of dense urban centers renders is unworkable here.

      Sheesh, its like you didn’t even *read* The Apocalypse Codex.

  3. Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that new street lights seem to always have a camera on them?

    1. New street lights have an upgraded camera. Technology. What took them so long?

  4. This will be an excellent testbed for large scale real time and offline facial recognition software.

  5. Only 200. Technology is improving. That’s all that figure signifies.

  6. I have to visit my mom soon and see if the local towns around the actual Super Bowl are doing this shit. She lives one town over from East Rutherford. I know they’ve been doing all sorts of prep work in the area, but I haven’t heard much about the security prep.

  7. But, the Tsarnaevs! BostonStrong changed EVERYTHING!!!111!1

  8. Wonder if they caught this guy with a camera:

    “‘Blind’ Man Caught in Disability Fraud After Seen Driving a Speed Boat”…..peed-boat/

    I don’t know why, but this made me laugh.

  9. Cameras are everywhere. Oooh, I’m scared!

  10. One of the teams is staying in the Hyatt next door to my office so of course all the streets are being closed. Helicopters and boats will patrol. Extra cops on top of the already extra cops everywhere. As far as I am concerned, you warm-state people can have the goddamn Super Bowl back.

    1. so of course all the streets are being closed.

      Two words: “Compelling interest”.

  11. Dude sometimes you jsut have to rol lwith it.

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