The Future Is Now

Daley’s Brave New World:

Mayor Daley on Monday embraced a radical plan to require every licensed Chicago business open more than 12 hours a day to install indoor and outdoor cameras.

“Block clubs, community organizations want cameras. … They can’t walk down the street. … Their kids have to go around a corner away from the gang-bangers. You can’t walk to church. You can’t get on the CTA. … Cameras really prevent much crime. Cameras also solve a lot of crime. The terrorist attacks in London were solved by cameras. The whole incident was solved by cameras,” Daley said.

And to meld the grand tradition of Chicago/Daley politics with this new proposal, he called for the immediate placement of cameras in the offices of his political opposition.

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    yet another jeff says:

    The terror attacks in London were solved by cameras? I seem to recall that “solving” going a bit awry.

    I’m not worried about gang-bangers…I’m worried about the barely legal teens…funny he’d phrase it like that, because it sounds like when everyone has cameras, we all get screwed.

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    LITBMueller says:

    Ay, caramba…. This is so ridiculous….

    On the other hand….bars outside of nightclubs could make for good late night pay-per-view!!!!

    Just thinking out loud….

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    salvage says:

    Um… more cops on the beat a la NYC?

    No, too sane, howabout crime fighting gorillas with throwing stars?

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    yet another jeff says:

    That’s right, salvage. More cops on the beat is a pre-9/11 mindset. If you can put enough cameras out, you don’t even need cops. That’ll teach them to make union demands.

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    Paul Wartenberg says:

    The only thing surveillence cameras increase is the level of voyeurism

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    Tipsy McStagger says:

    Maybe he can team up with Bush and do a two-fer. Not only we you be tapped, but you will be taped.

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    yet another jeff says:

    Tapping and Taping two-fer! I like it…alliteration is very important in the Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism.

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    chefrad says:

    Ah, but if it were Karl Rove he’d be bugging himself and waxing indignanat about the intrusion–something KR actually did during his tenure in Texas.

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