Friday, April 19, 2013

The Real Lesson of the Boston Bombing

We don't need government surveillance cameras on every corner of every street. There are plenty of private cameras.

The big difference is that private organizations and individuals will allow officials to look at surveillance tape when something horrific occurs such as the Boston bombing, but not necessarily at the whim of the government.

Government surveillance cameras create a massive collection of surveillance tapes that can be used for all sorts of nefarious purposes that just couldn't occur if the government had to ask the private sector every time they needed to look at tapes. Limiting surveillance tapes to the private sector is a small check on expanding government but an important one, especially as government attempts to intrude in every part of our lives. 

Now is there a member of Congress who has the courage to introduce legislation outlawing government surveillance cameras? Huh. Wake me up when Congress cuts your taxes.


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