Public Surveillance in the USA Essay

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1. Introduction All the developed countries (developing countries are also in no way lagging behind) the incidence of the people being monitored under various surveillance systems is high of which closed circuit television system (CCTV) is gaining dominance. For instance, the UK has over 4.2 million of them, giving it a ratio of one for every 14 persons and the USA is reported to have been installing it on a rapid pace in every conceivable location as town centers, schools, public transportation systems etc with a spiraling budget estimated at $100 million. With the terrorists attacks looming large in the wake of 9/11 attacks and despite the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the trends are going towards more and more technology oriented…show more content…
In so far as the issues relating to abuse of the powers in the implementation of such measures, it true that there is going to a certain amount of hardships involved with some innocent people undergoing harassment but the freedom of speech guaranteed, public discussion at large should be able to set right such abuses by bringing out to the notice of political leaders and policy makers who should be able to introduce reasonable restraint on the executive while enforcing such measures. The rest of the paper is organized as follows. It first discusses the public surveillance system as it is obtaining in the selective parts of the developed world especially those which have come into limelight due to actual or attempted attacks with motives to cause deaths, loss to property and endanger peace. After this it takes into account the views of scholars in the field which would be covered under overview section. Thereafter, in the discussion section, it puts forth the stand I have taken with evidences for the need of effective surveillance system and the paper concludes with a broad account what I have accomplished in it. 2. Overview Ever since the 9/11 attacks that shook the Americans of their belief that they are one of most safe and protected nations in the world, it woke up to the reality of treating it
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