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City of the big shoulders -- and 20,000 eyes that never sleep
Titanic
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Surveillance cams help fight crime, city says: Goal is to have them on every corner.

Via A Surveillance Camera On Every Chicago Street Corner?

[The figure of 20,000 is my own SWAG, based on Chicago geography,]

I can understand the civil libertarian objections to this plan. However, having had much too close personal acquaintance with crime on a few of those corners, I suspect Mayor Daley has plenty of local support for implementing it.

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While I find the civil liberties argument compelling, there are other reasons to object to the surveillance society:

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/01/two_security_ca.html

"The question isn't whether they're useful or not, but whether their benefits are worth the costs."

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