The LATimes.com revealed an interesting story about a small remote town in
Here are some quotes from the story:
By mid-February, more than 60 cameras watched over the town, and the Dillingham Police Department plans to install 20 more — all purchased through a $202,000 Homeland Security grant meant primarily to defend against a terrorist attack.
Now the residents of this far-flung village have become, in one sense, among the most watched people in the land, with — as former Mayor Freeman Roberts puts it — "one camera for every 30 residents."
Some don't mind, but many others are furious and have banded together to force the city to take the cameras down.
It is a working town in the middle of what some might call nowhere, which, according to Police Chief Richard Thompson, is why residents must be vigilant. Terrorists intent on attacking the
could, he says, "backdoor it" through a nowhere dot on the tundra just like Dillingham. United States
Thompson, with the blessing of the City Council, applied for the Homeland Security grant last year. He is 51, wiry, with a slightly harried air about him. He has spent 22 years in the Dillingham Police Department, starting as dispatcher and becoming chief a year and a half ago.
It's his department. He and his six officers take the oath to protect very seriously. He bristles at any reference to Big Brother.
This is wrong on so many levels. Unless terrorists are plotting to disrupt our nations Salmon supply, this town doesn't seem to be a high risk target. Thus, even if one can stomach the idea of continuous camera surveillance, why are we throwing away anti-terrorism tax dollars on installing such a system in this city?
Even worse, why are a bunch of peaceable small town residents putting up with this gross invasion of their privacy? I thought this sort of thing was mostly limited to wacky large cities like
This story is proof that no method of encroaching upon your privacy is too asinine to be brought to your home town. Stay vigilant and expel from public office any idiot who tries to spend your tax money on techniques to reduce your privacy and other rights.