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    article documenting DC-metro surveillance. At the time, there were some 4,775 cameras operating in the city alone, with then-Mayor Fenty looking to add another thousand or so. What's it like now? This recent article reveals concern over cutbacks in Department of Homeland Security grants that might curtail future investment/expansion in such surveillance systems. The count of cameras mentioned in this piece was over 7,000 on the DC Metro transit system, with over 5,500 on buses alone. This does not count street cameras, building cameras, and other public space surveillance systems. I haven't done the research but believe it would be a stretch to claim that these cameras do anything to prevent criminal or "terrorist" activities, which is the justification for their increased use. I do know that there is some return on investment for speed-trap cameras, so in that sense, I guess one could say that investment of taxpayer money to increase surveillance of (mostly) themselves does "give back," to their government and the contractors who install and maintain these systems. I guess others would point to how cameras capture criminal activities and aid law enforcement in "solving" crimes. I don't know if I feel safer being filmed pretty much everywhere. It does feel creepy though.

    I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

    by dannyboy1 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 06:07:40 AM PDT

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