NYC police propose massive public snooping system

NYC police propose massive public snooping system

Stephen C. Webster - Tuesday August 12, 2008

With mass surveillance systems now prevalent in London, the burial place of George Orwell, America's 'Big Apple' is mulling its own 'Big Brother' network.

In a proposal by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, 'Operation Sentinel' would create a technological surveillance veil that scans license plates and photographs vehicles as they cross bridges and enter or exit tunnels. Radiological detectors would also be installed to sniff out potential terrorism threats.

Data collected by the snooping would be stored for one month at a command center in Lower Manhattan. In all, some 3,000 public and private security cameras would be deployed.

"'This is just a planning document,'" said Paul J. Browne, a police spokesman, to the New York Times. "It's a vision of how it will work if all the components come together."