New security system installed at Portland City Hall

New security system installed at Portland City Hall


JIM: TRAFFIC LIGHTS HAVE THEM. THEY’RE MOUNTED ON THE SIDES AND TOP OF BUILDINGS. BANKS HAVE THEM, BUSINESSETOO. SECURITY CAMERAS HAVE BECOME A WAY OF LIFE. BUT INSIDE CITY HALL? AUDIO AND VIDEO SURVEILLAN 24-7? SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT’S GOING TOO FAR.>>WE SEE THIS AS CHILLING PEOPLE’S BASIC FREEDO JIM: THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF INE SAYS THEY FEAR THESE CAMERAS COULD BE USED TO SPY ON EMPLOYEES AND BUSINESS AT CITY H>>WHAT IT DOES IS FORCE THOSE OF US WHO ARE FOLLOWING THE LAW, WHO AREN’T DOING ANYTHING WRONG, TO CURTAIL OUR BASIC FREEMS.>>WE WILL SELF-CHILL WHAT WE MAY SAY OR WHAT WE MAY DO. WHO WE MAY ASSOCIATE WITH, BECAUSE WE KNOW THE GOVERNMENT IS WATCHING. THAT’S NOT THE KIND OF SOCIY WE WANT TO LIVE IN. JIM: THE CITY SAYS IT’S ALL FOR SECURITY REASONS. THEY SAY A MAN WITH A CHETE ENTERED THIS BUILDING AND THEY SAY A SECURITY SYSTEM WOD HAVE HELPED POLICE TRACK TH SUSPECT.>>IF THERE WAS AN ACTIVE INCIDENT IN TERMS OF SOMEBODY IN THE BUILDING, TRYING TO DO HARM TO SOMEBODY OR BLOCK PEOPLE LEAVING OR ENTERING, IT WOULD GIVE POLICE THE TOOL TO BE ABLE TO HEAR WHAT THEIR DEMANDS ARE , SO THAT IS REALLY WHY THE AUDIO IS THERE TO LET THEM HAVE , ACCESS IN A CASE OF EMERGENCY. JIM: BUT THEN THE QUESTION REMAINS WHO’S WATCHING AND WHO’S , LISTENING?>>WE DON’T HAVE RESOURCES OR TIME TO BE ACTIVELY, YOU KNOW SOMEONE MONITORING AND LISTENING TO PEOPLE IS NOT THE INTENT OF THIS SYSTEM, IT’S FOR SECURITY PURPOSES ONLY.>>WE ARE CONCERNED ANYTIME THE GOVERNMENT IS PUTTING PEOPLE UNDER SURVEILLANCE WHO HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG. JIM: THIS SECURITY SEM COST THE CITY $9500.

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