Somebody drove an SUV up slightly onto a curb in New York City over the weekend, tried to light it on fire, and failed. Maybe the person doing this was trying to scare people (“terrorism” is our modern word for “trying to scare people”). Maybe
There’s a reasonable expectation today that when you go out in public you will be under surveillance most of the time. I think most people understand that, and they support it. — Lewiston, Maine Assistant City Administrator Phil Nadeau With a crime rate well below
“You got to think of Lancaster now being like an open-air prison. Who’s the warden?” — Nick Boots, barber, Lancaster PA. The city of Lancaster has a population of 54,000 people and had just three murders last year. But 165 surveillance cameras have gone up
The spy satellite operations of the National Applications Office place each and every one of us in a panopticon, a virtual prison in which we are treated as criminally suspect, and under constant threat of surveillance, though we’ll never really know whether we’re being spied upon at all. Conditions like this are corrosive to a free society, and so, although it’s created with the of excuse of a need for security, the National Application Office’s panopticon nation is itself the source of a systematic American insecurity.
The government told us shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001 that citizens should “watch what they say, watch what they do.” And now government is going to do that for us. Washington DC, New York City and Chicago are three of this country’s