Citizens should expect to be spied on
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!