Yesterday, the ACLU of Illinois released a new report detailing the threats to privacy Chicagoans face under the watchful eyes of that city's growing surveillance camera system. The report is the first large-scale, independent study of the city's integrated surveillance system — a system former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff deemed the most "extensive and integrated" in the nation.
Perhaps most stunning in this age of continuing economic hardship are the report's details about the staggering cost of purchasing, installing, maintaining and manning the Windy City's Big Brother. While the ranks of Chicago police officers drop due to lack of funding, more than $60 million has been spent on the city's surveillance camera network.
And to what end?
To the end of our union, to the end of the Constitution, to the end of the right to privacy.
That is the outcome, there is no other.
As the changes become permanent and as people awaken to the reality of them, some will want answers.
I have no idea what answers will be provided and, more than likely, I will be long gone by then. But I do hope that someone bothers to inform future generations that many of us did oppose the police state and decry it.
But whether they pass that on or not, the reality will be that we all let our nation die and did so out of fear for some while others just could not be bothered with focusing on what the U.S. government was doing -- either due to hero worship of a president or due to the fact that they were obsessed with Egypt.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: