Thursday, September 10, 2009

Big brother is powerless

Anyone that has visited the UK in the last few years has probably seen signs around warning that they are being monitored by a camera. There are over 1 million of them in the country. Well, it looks like that massively invasive idea has proved pretty much useless.

The BBC reports that cameras helped solve only one crime per 1,000 cameras.

That doesn't reflect the number of crimes prevented, and the feeling of extra security. Of course, putting the military in charge of a country would also do both of those things, but the value of social freedom and privacy are high as well.

I say to Gordon Brown: tear down those cameras!