Sunday, February 19, 2006

Just Invite Big Brother Into Your Home

Houston's police chief wants to put up surveillance cameras. In some places this is a good idea. But perhaps he goes just a little too far. It may not be a bad idea to put such cameras up in parking gargages, parking lots, or even the hallways of buildings in high crime areas, but he also wants to put them in, or at least very near, the homes of people who call the police too often.

I would agree to put them in public areas as needed, and put them in places such as the hallways of apartment buildings if they have the consent of the people who live in that building as well as the landlord. In or near a person's home should only be done with that person's permission.

The chief's response: I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?

I can think of several reasons. Most of them are quite good ones.


Blogger ABFreedom said...

Certainly don't agree with him on private homes, but we already have cameras here everywhere else. You can't even scratch your butt in a hallway around here ... LOL

Probably because the condo I live in is about 70 percent military ....

7:37 PM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

That's why the police chief's should be elected, like sheriff are.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I think this stinks! Next thing you know, they'll want GPS on your ass so they can keep tabs on you evry minute of the day. Ever notice how most of the people in favor of this are Republicans?

10:19 AM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Can you back that statement up, Tim?

12:52 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

You think this is a Republican thing? First off I cannot find, and I have looked, any indication of this man's political leanings. Why do you make the assumption that he is a Republican? Do you have a reason? The only clue is that the Mayor of Houston, Bill White, appears to be a GOP but that means absolutely nothing, as most politicians have friends in both parties.

Actually I could easily picture the power-hungry Hillary Clinton doing this along with others in both parties.

1:10 PM  
Blogger jgf said...

Sorry, Tim, I'm a Rebublican and very, very against this!

9:48 PM  
Blogger The Catskill Chronicle said...

Too late. Thermal imaging devices can now look through even insulated house walls (drywall plus siding plus 6 inches of fiberglass) and see whatever it is you're doing , thru a zoom lens, and videotape it too.

The only defense against this snooping is metal siding, and stay away from the windows.

By bouncing a laser beam off the glass of a window, every word can be heard in a room. Even ambient noise like jackhammers can be out of phase filtered out.

If the gov. wants to spy on you,
there really is no defense. They don't need to actually put a camera in your house any longer.

I learned most of this infor from a recent Discovery channel program.
They really do see through walls.

And it's perfectly legal as they're doing it from OFF THE PROPERTY. They do NOT need a search warrant.

5:29 PM  

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