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Police Wear Body Cameras To Record Your Actions

Body cameras: The new eyes of the law.  Star Tribune.

Get ready for the wave of the future with police checking out your every move with an encounter with them.  It’s already happening in Burnsville, Minnesota. 

have been using portable video recording devices attached to their headgear to record just about every traffic stop, vehicle search, domestic dispute and arrest.

the camera employs a 30-second buffer, which allows an officer to press a button and begin recording a scene, with the start of the recording starting 30 seconds previous. The data is stored on a digital recorder and later saved on equipment at the department.

They are working out so well, police there are getting rid of in-dash video cams.  Nothing like a little personal and up-close touch.  Smile, you’re on Candid Camera!

Ironically, you will not be asked for permission for police to video record the encounter since the law gives them the right irrespective of what the you want.  However, if you have your own camera, police likely will stop you from recording them.  That becomes an individual permission, and if declined, your camera gets shut off.   

Orwellian.  1984.   

Big Brother is Watching You.

The words of John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, aka, Lord Acton.  From Dalberg-Acton, John Emerich Edward (1949), Essays on Freedom and Power, Boston: Beacon Press, p. 364 via Wikipedia.

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or certainty of corruption by full authority. There is no worse heresy than the fact that the office sanctifies the holder of it.”

Something to think about.  Monitor every encounter?  Could be used to quell problems that stem from the encounter.  Either further castigate the offender, or exonerate.  Your encounter will be saved.  With the security afforded in government, one might expect leaks, if not outright release at Freedom of Information requests.  Indeed, “Big Brother is Watching You.”

“Big Brother is watching you.”
Image courtesy of http://blogs.sundaymercury.net/lorne-jackson/2008/07/big-brother-is-watching-me.html.