Cit­i­zens should ex­pect to be spied on

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD - Bernard H. Meyer, Elkridge

No, the Bal­ti­more Po­lice De­part­ment didn’t pub­li­cize the aerial surveil­lance tech­nol­ogy it was test­ing; that’s be­cause it was an un­der­cover op­er­a­tion (“Bal­ti­more po­lice com­mis­sioner de­fends undis­closed surveil­lance plane on ’Square Off,’” Aug. 26).

The de­part­ment doesn’t pub­lish all as­pects of its Ci­tiWatch sta­tion­ary surveil­lance cam­eras ei­ther, and for the same rea­sons.

More­over, hardly any­one com­plains about the in­va­sion of their pri­vacy in this era of 24/7 Google Earth, NSA eaves­drop­ping, mil­i­tary/CIA/FBI spy satel­lites, GPS tracker apps, cell­phone videos and the ubiq­ui­tous se­cu­rity cam­eras on streets and in busi­nesses, pri­vate homes and neigh­bor­hoods.

But have a small Cessna take a few hun­dred hours of footage over one of the most dan­ger­ous cities in the world, and all hell breaks loose. Give me a break!

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