today marked the third anniversary of the July 7th London bombings that killed
52 people. The city's surveillance cameras helped catch some of the terrorists
responsible for the attack. Many U.S.
cities are now installing more security cameras. But critics warn that increased
surveillance violate individual privacy rights. Leta Hong Fincher has more.
laid wreaths outside the King's Cross station Monday to remember the bus and
subway passengers killed in bomb attacks three years ago.
cameras helped identify the terrorists responsible for the killings. Peter
Clarke led the anti-terror police team.
"We have identified CCTV footage showing the four men," Clarke
find that Britain now has more than four million surveillance cameras and one study
says it is the most monitored of all Western industrialized
in the United States are catching up.
cameras in Phoenix, Arizona recently caught airport workers stealing from
years ago, a surveillance camera in Florida showed a man abducting 11-year-old
Carlie Brucia. The man was later convicted of her murder.
D.C. city officials say they are setting up what will be one of the world's
most comprehensive, centrally controlled visual surveillance systems. More than
5,000 cameras track the movements of citizens in an effort to fight crime.
libertarians say increased surveillance in the society is reminiscent of George
Orwell, who wrote in his novel 1984 that "Big Brother is watching."
Steinhardt of the American Civil Liberties
Union says, "There is no other system in the U.S. that has that
kind of extensive network of cameras."
City Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the cameras improve safety.
can't let the genie back in the bottle, we just have to figure out how to
manage it and control it,” he said.
enforcement officials say that surveillance cameras help catch criminals and
are here to stay.