Skip to comments.Good news: Government’s recording your conversations on the bus too
Posted on 06/06/2013 4:32:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A timely video from Reason TV on the surveillance states newest venture: Cameras and microphones on city buses, just in case Al Qaeda decides to plan its next attack on municipal transportation within earshot of other passengers. Not every city does this, but the practice is spreading early adapters include San Francisco, Baltimore, and Hartford with funding from, you guessed it, DHS. Its darkly amusing to think of someone on the bus in one of those cities, reading the news today about the NSA/Verizon warrant on their cell phone, and worrying that the state has their phone records. Who wants to tell that person that if they make a call while theyre on the bus, the government can also hear everything they say?
I dont think this trend will turn around. I dont think the public cares much about it, even if a video like this provokes an occasional shiver. Most people agree with Lindsey Graham, I suspect, that if youre not up to no good, you have nothing much to worry about. They see how the Tsarnaevs were nailed in a few days thanks in part to surveillance video, they read stories about terrorists being tripped up by data-mining, they log onto Facebook/Twitter/Foursquare and volunteer personal information about themselves, and they conclude that if were already this close to a panopticon, why not go a bit further in the name of stopping criminals and saving lives? Maybe therell eventually be an abuse so egregious that it reverses the trend, or maybe some charismatic libertarian pol will change voters minds. I doubt it. Technology always wins.
I know someone who makes buses, and this is certainly NOT going on in his company
It’s probably a post sale mod.
Maybe they install hidden microphones after the buses leave the manufacturing plant and get rolling.
Makes perfect sense, catch those terrorists riding these buses and plotting their next tea party rallies or 501c activities.
It’s being installed after market
Comment from site: from Cygnusx70 7 hours ago NSA can you hear me now?????
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Go ahead and put this up 2ndDivision....it’s news that makes a difference.
A year ago if someone had suggested a government agency forcing us to install cameras and microphones in our homes, I would have called them a nut case.
Today, I’m seeing that its really about the only thing left.
Everyone has wifi, smart phones and smart appliances are replacing the regular kind. They won’t have to force anything. We’ll gladly pay thousands to have the latest and greatest tech.
I’m more peaceful. I say just pick one of the companies involved and do everything you can to deny them your money. If enough people comply they’ll have problems.
Punish them for complying with Mussolinobama.
Forcing people to? Most people have done it voluntarily. Every iPhone and other smart phone is a 24/7 camera in your home. Ditto most laptops. Many new game systems and cable boxes also have cameras. I would be that the fedgov can turn them on remotely any time.
Be = bet...