Someone’s watching you, Sacramento

If your thoughts of Homeland Security have recently been limited to the ban on liquids at the airport, the Sacramento Bee has two stories that made me stop and think. The first is about peace protesters in Sacramento being monitored by the Pentagon. It’s hard to believe that scarce intelligence resources are being squandered on monitoring small peace groups.

The second seems innocuous, but will likely have more lasting impact–fixed cameras on the K Street Mall. These days K Street isn’t exactly the most desirable place to be, but what happens when cameras are expanded to other areas of the city? What do you think, Sacramento?

1 Comment so far

  1. Ursula (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 4:42 pm

    K Street has been diving into dive-ishness for some time now. When we lived down in that area, we got robbed and ripped off frequently.

    I recall showing a friend K Street about 5 years ago and looking at it through her eyes. While I knew the local homeless guys, she saw each as a threatening heap of rags. Now I’m in the burbs and it just doesn’t seem as fun to walk the mall with small children. Can’t run if you have to–

    I suspect the cameras are “deterrents” against the endless vandalism and grafitti-tagging going on in that area. If you think you have privacy, just run yourself through Google. Pretty soon your current location will show up on the satellite map.

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