News Item:
Security cameras raise rights concerns in NY

The New York Civil Liberties Union [local version of the ACLU] is concerned about all the security cameras going up in New York City.  Their claim is that the cameras have become so pervasive that they threaten rights of privacy, speech, and association.  They also claim that the cameras have not shown to be a deterrant to crime in the city.  So let’s take a look at that argument.

1 – Privacy:  Common sense would tell you, that if you wanted to do something in private, you should first be in a private place.  A public street is not a private place.

2 – Speech:  I have yet to find a camera that stopped me from saying anything I wanted to.  I’ve tried it.  Saw a camera on a pole the other day, and went up and talked to it.  Even called it nasty names.  Nothing happened.

3 – Association:  If you are associating with known criminals, people most likely will assume that you are a criminal too.  The cops should know about that.  If you’re associating with your mother-in-law, well, that’s your problem.

4 – Deterrant:  Since the NYCLU didn’t cite any stats about crime in New York, I went and looked them up.  The truth is, even though New York is putting fewer people in jail, crime in the city is down, way down.  Which means the claim by the NYCLU is an out and out lie, period.  Read the Washington Post article below.

The ACLU, and its branches, anymore, don’t seem to have a whole lot to do with real life.  Their crusades to protect our rights are increasingly becoming non-issues, and about as effective as the UN preserving world peace.

Full Story: Reuters

Crime Stats: Washington Post

Cartoon from Sid in the City

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