Re­mind you of any­thing?

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Iread in the VP that the city of Lan­caster is to con­sider the use of a cam­era sys­tem to “look at public space.” So they why would this com­pany con­tinue to ex­plain the sys­tem can read two-inch li­cense plate num­bers at 150 feet.”

My question is how is that not con­sid­ered spy­ing? Isn’t that the same as vi­o­lat­ing a per­son’s “fed­eral right to pri­vacy?”

Wasn’t red light cam­eras tried and was even­tu­ally de­feated in a law case in Cal­i­for­nia. Would the ACLU in­ves­ti­gate the use of such cam­era de­vices?

Would an at­tor­ney take th­ese photos to court, taken with­out a war­rant, to spy on some­one and ex­pect them to be al­lowed as ev­i­dence? How would that go

This com­pany states they are do­ing this to make money, so how much do they ex­pect to make from the tax pay­ers, since the sys­tem would be work­ing 24/7? I would like to know the ex­act fig­ures, not some per­cent­age fig­ure on how much the city can derive from im­plan­ta­tion of the de­vice.

If this uses mil­i­tary grade en­cryp­tion, they are not as se­cure as they so state be­cause even that may be an in­fringe­ment of U.S. mil­i­tary rights. Any­thing se­cret mil­i­tary is closely guarded. Hav­ing worked on mil­i­tary con­tracts re­quir­ing such clear­ances, there is one rule in re­gard to that type se­cu­rity, called need to know. Some­thing of that nature would not be al­lowed into civil­ian hands to I am sus­pi­cious of a com­pany start­ing such a brag.

Lan­caster, does this sound like a good by Ge­orge Or­well, some­thing about 1984? Do we need this? I vote no! If this gets im­ple­mented, we need to vote Mayor Paris and his hand picked city coun­cil out of of­fice in the next elec­tions. They would no longer rep­re­sent the cit­i­zens of Lan­caster, would they?

Robert Teller


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