Big Apple Is Big Brother, Privacy Advocates Warn

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2008 8:58 PM CDT
Proposals from the NYPD call for every vehicle entering the city to be photographed and its details kept on a massive database.   (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
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(Newser) – Anti-terrorism measures planned for New York City have civil liberties groups worried, the Guardian of London reports. Operation Sentinel calls for cameras to be placed at every bridge and tunnel into Manhattan to photograph every vehicle entering and leaving. Details would then be kept on a huge city database.

The proposal, one element of a larger city plan to ramp up security around Ground Zero and the financial district, is "an assault on the country's historical respect for the right to privacy and the freedom to be left alone," says the director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. It's not clear when such a system would be up and running, said a city police spokesman. "This is just a planning document."