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Bloomberg on NYC drone program vs. street cameras: ‘What’s the difference?’

New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in an interview on Friday that the city may turn to the use of a drone program for public safety monitoring. According to CBS New York, the mayor believes that the thousands of surveillance cameras already mounted all around the city are not enough, but that a program of unmanned surveillance drones would not be a significant incursion into resident’s privacy.

“What’s the difference whether the drone is up in the air or on a building?” the mayor asked. “I have trouble making the distinction.”

New York Civil Liberties Union spokesperson Donna Lieberman told CBS that it’s “disappointing” that the mayor would think that the more than 2,400 cameras already in use in the city are inadequate enough to merit the addition of an unmanned drone program.

Lieberman accused Bloomberg of evincing “disdain for the legitimate concerns of New Yorkers about their privacy. None of us expects that we’ll go unseen when we’re out on the street, but we also have a right to expect that the government isn’t making a permanent record” of their daily activities.

Watch the video, which aired on Saturday and is embedded at link.

by Anonymousreply 403/23/2013

Trust me, there have been drones over NYC for years. I've seen them.

by Anonymousreply 103/23/2013

No one HERE gives a crap about the Drone killings in the mid east and US assassinations and torture. They're the last people to protest anything.

by Anonymousreply 203/23/2013

I would definitely support the 2nd amendment if it gave citizens the right to take out surveillance cameras and drones.

by Anonymousreply 303/23/2013

In rural areas, gun owners will shoot these out of the sky. And they should. Bloomberg is a modern nazi. He's just moving slower.

by Anonymousreply 403/23/2013
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