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http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id ... _article=1

Big Brother barks? Govt unveils shouting CCTV cameras

Apr 4 04:30 AM US/Eastern

Talking" closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras which allow operators to shout at people behaving badly are to be installed across England, the government announced Wednesday.
The scheme lets local council workers in a control centre monitor pictures from the cameras and talk to them if they feel they are doing something wrong.

The cameras were piloted in Middlesbrough, north-east England, where they have been used to reprimand vandals and litter bugs, but now loudspeakers are being fitted to cameras in another 20 areas.

Britain has some 4.2 million CCTV cameras and the government's privacy watchdog, Information Commissioner Richard Thomas, warned last year that the nation risks "sleep-walking into a surveillance society".

Human rights group Privacy International says Britain is the worst country in the European Union at protecting individuals' privacy, citing "endemic surveillance".

And a powerful group of lawmakers -- the House of Commons home affairs select committee -- is to hold an inquiry into the extent of surveillance in Britain this year.

The "talking CCTV" move comes as Prime Minister Tony Blair's administration attempts to impose a "respect agenda" by cracking down on petty anti-social behaviour.

Home Secretary John Reid defended the scheme, saying it was aimed at "the small minority who think it is acceptable to litter our streets, vandalise our communities and damage our properties."

Reid added that schools in many areas were holding competitions for children to become the "voice" of CCTV cameras.

The scheme is likely to cost around 500,000 pounds (740,000 euros, 988,000 dollars).
This will take a while to digest... lol!
 

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Moved to Off Topic because it is not news "about firearms."

This will be like that Stallone/Wesley Snipes movie where people are fined by nearby machines for misbehaving.
 

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Ah Demolition man or some crap like that!

I remember that now, "Be Well" and the teleprompter that told the "police" how to communicate and talk to the BG!!!

That was too funny....
 

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OMG what potential for abuse!!! I can NOT believe they will be giving people such power!!!! (yes that's 4 exclamation marks.) What will be the criteria for being one of these "watchers"? It will ahve to be exponentially more stringent than for being a cop. I can see it now. Someone drops a gum wrapper on the ground & some crazed "watcher" starts screaming NEE NEE NEE NEE NEEEEEEE.
The body count will be insane.

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Care of Radley Balko we have a graphic for your viewing pleasure.



England....dissent while you still can.
 

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Unfortunately, it gets worse...

Not only have the Brits given up their privacy, but almost all of their other rights as well.

In England and Scotland, people have been prosecuted for attempting to defend themselves and their property. Even homeowners who were in their own houses at the time!

British law says people have the duty to retreat, not to defend. People have gone to prison for defending themselves!

(Formerly) Great Britan values all human life above property.

Some people have pretty much, by their actions, forfeited their membership in the human race. If caught in the act of stealing from, or assulting, others those lowlife scumbags deserve to be shot. Not according to the powers-that-be in England......
 
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