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Let's NOT put security cameras everywhere

Updated on August 28, 2010
(Source: [] Author: [ Quevaal]
(Source: [] Author: [ Quevaal]

This is from a lengthy comment that I posted, in response to the hub, "Let's Put Security Cameras Everywhere". I soon realized it would be best as a new hub, detailing the other side of the argument...AGAINST security cameras. This is the comment, slightly edited for purposes of becoming a cohesive HUB vs. a comment.

The inalienable rights of man at stake?

I am appalled that anyone would support, let alone LIKE the idea of placing security cameras up and down the streets of the world.The thing that people have got to understand is that corruption always prevails. Look at how history repeats itself, I mean..tyranny always surfaces where there is a power structure, and freedoms slip and slip until we complacently bow our heads and keep letting freedoms be stripped away! That is the whole basis behind democracy-to place power in the hands of the people,to keep the government in check and our liberties sacred- is it not? Allow me to quote the great Benjamin Franklin here: "Those who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither."

The good, the bad, the ugly

There are so many DISADVANTAGES to having security cameras peppering our streets, (in addition to the obvious total violation of privacy), that far outweigh any so-called advantages or useful purposes that such horrific objects may serve.

  • The whole operation just cries corruption, and invites malicious foes and creepers right on over to the party. If everyone had access to what everyone was doing at all times, what a cat and mouse game this would be! And who would divide the line between what "right" anyone had to access your whereabouts, or information, etc.? This would COMPLETELY defeat the purpose of restraining orders, and better equip stalkers and criminals in perverse acts. Who has the right to this information, and why?
  • In some cases, our very dignity is on the line here.
  • Oh,and...the "advantages" don't seem too hot anyway, considering that this would only inevitably result in a disastrous domino effect of everyone watching everyone...mass paranoia and, quite frankly, a waste of time and money!
  • So maybe Grandma would find out who stole her purse that night at bingo, and Fido could be found wandering in a nearby neighborhood and be returned much faster...but to what extent is this even advantageous? Fido could have gotten ran over, did the kids really need to see that? And without a camera, cops may actually be motivated to uphold the law and protect citizens to the best of their abilities, instead of standing idly by and depending on cameras to do all of the work for them while major surveillance corporations raked in on the cash and your tax dollars.
  • In addition to these so-called "helpful" advantages, we end up in a reverse-Utopian society that hands over the role of the omniscient God figure to big corporations and government (Can someone say George Orwell, 1984? Thank you). In this bleak future world, society as a whole becomes slowly yet surely degraded, unable to think or act for themselves, certain that the cameras hold all the answers. All hail the almighty camera gods! (And I say this with the fiercest of sarcasm).

Frightening motives?

Let's now ask the question of, WHY would anyone want to watch others? Okay, so you say...for our safety? For the law to prevail, stop crime, stop traffic violations? Pshh. I highly doubt that. Here's a better further aid corruption within an already corrupt police state?

Some real world examples

Do you even realize, that the safety speed cameras that are in place in U.S. cities are being sold to the consolidated city governments by a private company out of Australia, called REDFLEX? And let's also take into account that by installing these cameras, this only served to pass on the duties of law enforcement officers to regulate streets and uphold the law to safety cameras? Ah, so...Redflex and city government unite, and together create a brilliant means of making major/easy money, while evading their duties to physically protect our streets, as job entitlement would require of them. But hey...what a cash cow. (And I would love to know where that money is going.) Now that's just for traffic cameras, but think about it...all camera usage is ripe for corruption and laziness within government and big corporations.

You give an inch, they take a mile... the next big thing is RFID(Radio Frequency Identification) chips embedded in products in the grocery store, for marketing purposes...which activate once picked up off of the shelf, then track your whereabouts, up to your front doorstep. How do ya like THEM apples? Corporations tracking your moves, studying you, to push their own agendas... this is already hitting stores.

It raises some relevant questions

Does this human monitoring spell "safety" to you? Where do we cross the line? And do you not see how gov/corporate entities could employ surveillance cameras for purposes similar to the RFID chips? I'd like to get some opinions.


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      4 years ago

      Security Cameras only work when someone is behind the camera. You can not catch a shop lifter unless someone maintains surveillance and someone else performs the arrest for example. I laughed when a guy wearing a hooded sweat shirt and cut several hundred tires. The camera caught the action but no one caught the man. I think cameras are a terrible idea. Some private employers watch there employees from home. Could you imagine if he was a pervert. How about your next door neighbor zooming into your home or back yard? Its only a matter of time before some major law suits occur. The police show up at a store to collect footage. They get things wrong and a false arrest occurs. Then someone decides to sue them both. Just as scary are all the people using these devices for other reasons. One day I might dress up like you, even with a perfect mask, can you tell in some grainy footage its not you?

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      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, Truth, GREAT READ! Amazing hub. I voted UP and away. I appreciate your writing style--very spellbinding. Just keep it up. Success may be around the next bend. I am now a fan and follower, if that is okay with you. Sincerely, Kenneth Avery, from a rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama, 1 1/2 hours from Birmingham, but MY town makes you think of Mayberry, the town where Andy and Barney worked.

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      Levi Joshua Kell 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      I agree with every point you have made. I don't trust the government with the responsibility of making moral or tactical decisions in my life. I expect them to start chipping citizens any day now. Thanks for the great hub!

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      I find it rather interesting that the cops are so against regular citizens filming them that they have taken to arresting them on trumped up wiretapping charges.

      Apparently, what's good for us geese is bad for the ganders.

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Your thoughts are worth thinking about :-)

    • TruthAwake profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from The Dirty South


      I look back now and see that I completely misread your comment, sorry bout that. I see what you are saying about how security cameras serve useful purposes in some areas, but are totally unnecessary in others-like monitoring people. More and more examples pop up each day, it's pretty scary. Still a good point you have made.


      Ha ha I know the feeling. It's hard not to get a little on the ticked off side when civil liberties are at stake. We live in a majority rules society, so let's utilize the freedom that we do have and make our votes and voices count.

    • RunAbstract profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      You're right, and I should be more civil. But the ideas of the people who actually want Big Brother are messing with my rights! So I get a little frothy. :)

    • TruthAwake profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from The Dirty South

      Yes Ivorwen, it does seem pretty ridiculous when you consider all of the laziness that these technologies breed, doesn't it....not just in authorities, but in the common man... just another reason for everyone to sit on their cans and veg out instead of taking an active role in society and, well,in life frankly.

      You have expanded on one of the points I try to make and I like've fleshed it out with a great example, so thank you.

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      8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      I hate seeing traffic cameras and web cams popping up everywhere. Sure, let them watch Old Faithful -- so people don't have to travel to see one of the wonders of the world, but do intersections really need to be watched? NO!

      That town in Alaska, with all the cameras, is a scary example of how the technology is used, or should I say, misused. Maybe there are more examples now.

    • TruthAwake profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from The Dirty South

      Thank you, RunAbstract! That's quite a compliment. I do try.

      And as far as idiots go, I will be civil and keep my composure as to not discredit my reputability and legitimacy towards the subject, and simply say each his or her own, since the right thing to do is live and let live...even if there is no obvious logic in the reasoning (or lack of reasoning). Hehe.

      Glad you liked the article. =)

    • RunAbstract profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      I'm so glad you wrote this! I found you by reading your comments on an idiot's page. (I'm sure you know who I'm talking about, since you wrote this article.)

      Thank you for the logic and common sense on this issue. And I will be back to read more of your stuff!


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