The city of Chicago, a bastion of individual liberties and rights protection, feels it is in need of big brother microphones in their police cars. Not just microphones in the back seat to record all of those evil doers. These are real big brother instruments.
Picardi said he's even experimenting with a Big Brother bonus for unmarked police cars: a tiny microphone positioned near the windshield so powerful it can pick up conversations on the street.Now you and I can see the multitude of ways they could be abused. Even the ACLU has started to grumble about them.
"You could pull into a street corner and, if there's a drug deal going on a half-block away, you can hear what's going on. You could have all the windows shut and the air-conditioning on and you could hear everything going on outside the vehicle," Picardi said.
So what words do they use to defend themselves from the outcry over the microphones.
It's all pluses, no minuses," State Police spokesman Lincoln Hampton saidNow this story about the new technology in these mic's may not be as great if I had not read this story from New York and their use of technology in the fight against crime.
CBS 2 has obtained a videotape that the New York City police department doesnt want you to see. It shows cops on surveillance just before last years Republican Convention in Manhattan.I am sure that Chicago and New York, being the nice little police states that they are, will find that the abuses that WILL occur can be labeled simple aberrations in their minds and not worthy of stopping their drive to control the masses in a big brother fashion.
But it is what they were checking out that is a little disturbing.
August 27, 2004, just before the Republican National convention a police helicopter hovers over the East Village covering the critical mass ecological protest supporting more bicycle use. Hundreds are arrested. The police helicopter is equipped with an infra red camera which records images by how much heat is given off, thereby enabling police literally to see in complete darkness.
The police dutifully survey the area, but then they focus on a couple in a passionate embrace kissing and fondling each other on a roof top terrace.
The police infra scope stays on the scene for a while and then pulls away, but then it comes back a second time to watch the couple and then a third time.
However, it must be said that the couple is in complete darkness only an infrared thermal detecting camera could see this scene. The police scope then comes back to follow the woman and the warm footprints of her bare feet.
How did the New York police respond to this high tech, on the clock, voyeurism?
After mulling over its response for 24 hours and all CBS 2 got out of police headquarters was a no comment.The police have lost the desire to answer to the people. Unless there is a riot, or lawsuit they lose, they answer to the powers that be. Screw you and me.