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Cory Doctorow at 8:30 am Tue, Feb 5, 2013
The day after Cory visits Seattle, Bruce Harrell of Seattle City Council will introduce a bill regulating two drones the Seattle Police Department purchased with U.S. Department of Homeland Security funding.
Last week, we discovered that our police sneaked in a set of public surveillance cameras (also DHS-funded), with the intention of creating a wireless mesh network including 30 cameras, 160 access points, and miles of fiber optic cable, throughout the city, all in the name of port security. Assistant Chief Paul A. McDonagh #4708, commander of the SPD Special Operations Bureau, was quoted as saying, “I don’t call it a surveillance camera – surveillance to me implies someone is sitting there watching it all the time. These are just cameras watching a general area.” (video). Other agencies with access include the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard, and “the Homeland Security Nexus.”
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