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  • Accidents up near red-light cameras

    11/11/2009 3:35:33 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies · 823+ views
    LA Observed ^ | November 10 2009 9:53 AM | Kevin Roderick
    instead of fewer accidents, the number of traffic accidents has gone up at most of the Los Angeles intersections where red-light cameras have been installed.
  • Neal Boortz: Kinda wish cameras could shoot bullets

    11/02/2009 10:31:56 AM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies · 1,413+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | October 30, 2009 | Neal Boortz
    ...Today, let’s talk cameras. Cameras on utility polls. Cameras on the corners of buildings. Cameras following you as you walk through town, a college campus, or your own neighborhood. Upset? Seems quite a few Atlantans are...
  • Secret code saves man who spied on flatmates

    10/22/2009 7:09:31 AM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 1,868+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | 19 Oct 2009 | Jeremy Pierce
    A MAN who established a sophisticated network of peepholes and cameras to spy on his flatmates has escaped a jail sentence after police were unable to crack an encryption code on his home computer. Rohan James Wyllie, 39, yesterday pleaded guilty in Southport District Court to charges of attempting to visually record one of his flatmates when she was in a private place without her consent. But police were unable to prove his elaborate surveillance system had actually been used. Wyllie's three flatmates, two women and a man, grew suspicious that he was up to something when they noticed lights...
  • Inoperative Cameras Hinder SEPTA 'Photo' Probe (possible Jihadi in Philly?)

    09/24/2009 6:38:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 745+ views
    CBS3 ^ | 9/24/09 | Walt Hunter
    Twice in the past two days, SEPTA officials have alerted police to men taking pictures on the Broad Street subway line in South Philadelphia. On Wednesday, a SEPTA cashier told officers about a man taking pictures at the Lombard-South station, but the man, after being questioned by the cashier about his activities, left before officers arrived.
  • England village covers Google lens

    09/13/2009 10:09:31 AM PDT · by thecodont · 17 replies · 1,623+ views
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | September 13, 2009 | By Henry Chu
    Reporting from Broughton, England - The good folk of Broughton don't take kindly to being photographed without permission. Just ask Google. When the search-engine giant sent one of its specially equipped cars to take pictures of the village for its Street View feature, residents swung into action. They stopped the car in its tracks, called the police and quizzed the bewildered driver for nearly two hours before letting him go. "I don't think this guy anticipated how angry people would get," said Edward Butler-Ellis, 28. "We didn't stand there with pitchforks or anything and block the road with bales of...
  • 3 Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Exporting Highly Sensitive U.S. Technology to China

    08/05/2009 1:40:48 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 14 replies · 1,019+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | August 4, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Central District of California
    LOS ANGELES—In two separate cases, three men have been sentenced to federal prison for attempting to transport sensitive and advanced U.S. technology to the People's Republic of China (PRC). Two men were sentenced yesterday, and another man linked to one of the schemes was sentenced last week to five years in prison. William Chi-Wai Tsu, 61, a Beijing resident, was sentenced yesterday to 40 months imprisonment for his role in exporting high-tech integrated circuits with military applications to the PRC. In a separate case, Tah Wei Chao, 53, of Beijing, was sentenced yesterday to 20 months imprisonment after pleading guilty...
  • Louisiana: Speed Camera Company Runs Litter Camera Program

    08/04/2009 6:26:01 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 8 replies · 904+ views ^ | 07/23/09 | newspaper
    Speed camera maker sets up program allowing Baton Rouge, Louisiana to issue $167 automated litter tickets. Speed camera vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) next month will use its automated ticketing expertise to run a litter camera program for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Under first-of-its-kind initiative, city workers will drive around photographing neighborhoods with special cameras hooked into a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite tracking device. The workers will be looking to capture homes that might have litter, weeds or trash on their lawn so that a hefty fine can be imposed. "The mayor's office has put together a new enforcement program...
  • Red light cameras may get shut off [company that runs them in debt]

    07/24/2009 7:00:19 PM PDT · by lainie · 21 replies · 996+ views
    KABC ^ | 7-24-2009 | Carlos Granda
    NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Most public officials like red light cameras, but many motorists do not. The city of Los Angeles is concerned it could lose these high-tech "speed catchers" because of one company's financial woes. The red light cameras are scattered at intersections all over Southern California, but the company that runs them is also in the red. "For this particular company, our information is they're $33 million in debt. That's a major problem," said L.A. Councilman Dennis Zine. The company, Nestor Traffic Systems out of Rhode Island, filed for receivership in June.
  • Devices that warn drivers of traffic cameras draw police ire (DC Area)

    07/07/2009 7:01:26 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 34 replies · 1,191+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 7, 2009 | Washington Examiner Staff Writer
    Area drivers looking to outwit police speed cameras are using an iPhone application and other global positioning system devices that pinpoint the location of the cameras. That has irked D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier, who promised her officers would pick up their game to counteract the devices, which can also help drivers dodge sobriety checkpoints. "I think that's the whole point of this program," she told The Examiner. "It's designed to circumvent law enforcement -- law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives." (snip) Photo radar tickets generated nearly $1 billion in revenues for D.C. during fiscal years 2005...
  • Red light cameras now check for insurance, too

    07/02/2009 6:23:39 PM PDT · by optiguy · 103 replies · 1,938+ views
    AOL ^ | Jun 29th 2009 | Tom Barlow
    Red light cameras now check for insurance, tooDrive without insurance? Then you'd better stay out of Ohio, where the state is considering a program that uses red-light cameras and insurance company databases to check passing traffic for uninsured motorists. The system would use license plate numbers to verify driver insurance. According to the Columbus Dispatch, officials in Chicago, who are considering the same system, from InsureNet of Novi, Michigan, think that such a program could generate $200 million in additional revenue for the Windy City. When the system identifies an uninsured motorist, the driver would be sent a letter instructing...
  • Photographic Fraud (Thomas Sowell)

    05/18/2009 9:03:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 1,641+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 19, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    The media have an obvious vested interest in constantly urging that cameras be allowed in more places where governmental decisions are being made, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Like so many things that are said to be good for the public, this is something that would be good only for its advocates — and harmful to the process of making decisions in the public interest, as distinguished from providing a forum for grandstanding. The adage that "seeing is believing" should be a warning. What you see in politics is what politicians want you to see. You believe...
  • Obama’s Potemkin Military Reception=No Scandal-..were pre-screened,asked ...“Who voted for Obama?”

    04/12/2009 10:07:03 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 169 replies · 8,932+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 4-11-09
    “Cheered wildly by U.S. troops,” begins Jennifer Democratic Operative Loven’s AP report on Obama’s surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday. Quite a contrast to the silent treatment Marines gave Obama at his Camp LeJeune speech in late February. Just how did Obama manage to fix that little problem? According to a sergeant in Iraq : *****We were pre-screened, asked by officials “Who voted for Obama?”, and then those who raised their hands were shuffled to the front of the receiving line. They even handed out digital cameras and asked them to hold them up. [Via Macsmind.]**** As supporting evidence for...
  • Schools put 'Big Brother' CCTV cameras in classrooms to monitor teachers' performance[UK]

    03/04/2009 12:51:28 PM PST · by BGHater · 11 replies · 366+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 04 Mar 2009 | Laura Clark
    Schools are installing CCTV cameras and microphones in classrooms to spy on teachers. The surveillance technology is being used to check that pupils are being taught well and to expose poor teachers. But the approach has provoked fury among teaching unions, who say the tactics smack of Big Brother. Under the system, special training classrooms have been equipped with 360-degree cameras and five microphones. Some cameras are so powerful they can pick up what pupils are writing in their exercise books or what's on their computer screens. Teachers can be given live feedback from senior staff through a concealed earpiece....
  • Ohio: Anti-Camera Voter Referendum Push Expands

    11/13/2008 7:55:03 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 16 replies · 549+ views ^ | 11/13/08 |
    Voters in Toledo and Chillicothe, Ohio now want the chance to ban red light cameras. Following this week's successful voter referendum banning photo enforcement in Cincinnati, residents in two more Ohio cities are looking to oust red light cameras and speed cameras. The sponsors of the Cincinnati initiativeare now exploring the possibility of putting ticket cameras on the ballot in Toledo. In Chillicothe, more than 17 percent of the city's 13,000 registered voters has already signed a growing online petition demanding camera removal (view petition). "The undersigned will take action to elect new city council members therefore removing all those...
  • German police seek speeding British Muppet

    10/28/2008 6:41:32 AM PDT · by Maurice Tift · 40 replies · 1,068+ views
    Daily Star News ^ | Sunday, October 26, 2008 | Andy Lea
    German traffic police have been left looking like proper muppets by a British prankster. An Audi TT with British registration plates has been repeatedly caught speeding on roads in the Bavarian city of Bayreuth. But because continental speed cameras are set up for left-hand drive vehicles, the cameras keep missing the driver’s face. Instead, they keep capturing clear views of a manic Muppet-like toy which the cheeky Brit has propped up on his passenger seat. But police admit they are even baffled about the identity of the muppet.
  • Paris to quadruple number of CCTV cameras

    10/20/2008 11:28:10 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 280+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 16 Oct 2008 | Henry Samuel
    Paris will quadruple the number of closed-circuit police cameras in its streets by the end of next year, after President Nicolas Sarkozy's promise to emulate London in an attempt to track crime and terrorism threats. While the Paris metro and rail networks already operate around 9,500 CCTV devices, police have only 330 at their disposal to survey outside public areas. The new plan, dubbed "A Thousand Cameras for Paris", will raise that number to more than 1,200 – with most installed in high-risk areas and outside railway and underground stations. The figure is still small compared with London, where each...
  • We could all be tracked-Cops test license-plate cameras that store, trace data[OR]

    10/11/2008 9:14:12 AM PDT · by BGHater · 26 replies · 751+ views
    Portland Tribune ^ | 09 Oct 2008 | Jim Redden
    Portland police are testing a high-tech camera system that rivals anything in a science fiction movie. It can reach back in time and track your movements across the city — and even produce photos of your previous locations. But — while some are raising Big Brother civil liberties questions about the concept — the police promise they will only use it to solve crimes, like finding stolen cars or locating wanted criminals. The system features a series of cameras that mount on patrol cars that automatically read and photograph the license plates of all passing vehicles — including those parked...
  • More than 60 percent of red-light camera violations tossed out

    09/30/2008 9:02:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 978+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 30, 2008 | Daniel J. Chacon
    Denver's red-light cameras were anything but picture perfect in their first month of operation. More than 60 percent of the 2,545 suspected red-light violations caught on camera ...have been tossed out. The reasons vary, but police said that most of the citations were rejected because the "threshold speed" that helps trigger the cameras was set too low, generating hundreds of false readings. "The cameras fired, but the picture clearly showed all of the vehicles in compliance," ... Since then, the threshold speed was reset ... In Denver, police officials expect the city's $838,800 red-light camera system to perform more smoothly...
  • Revealed: The CCTV cameras spying on hundreds of classrooms[UK]

    08/19/2008 11:16:35 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 145+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 Aug 2008 | Olinka Koster
    CCTV monitors classrooms at one in 14 schools, according to a survey. The poll of teachers also found that almost a quarter feared there might be more cameras hidden around the campus that they did not know about. Most said their schools were fitted with surveillance cameras. Almost 80 per cent said there were cameras at the entrance and more than 7 per cent said there were some in classrooms. Nearly 10 per cent of teachers polled by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers said there were cameras in the lavatories.  Big brother is watching you: One in 14 schools...
  • Speed Trap And Red Light Camera Locations Have Nowhere To Hide

    07/24/2008 9:48:31 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 40 replies · 172+ views
    GPS Daily ^ | Jul 24, 2008 | Staff Writers has added several new features allowing visitors to view where Red Light Cameras, Speed Detection Cameras and Speed Traps are located anywhere in the world. uses Microsoft Virtual Earth Map Controls to display the location of Speed Traps and Red Light Cameras worldwide. Users with an Internet connection can view, contribute and rate where these speed traps are located. In addition, a heat map can be displayed showing what time of day those areas are monitored and will display them visually on the map when those areas are monitored. The map displays a color-coded system for better readability....