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Superbowl Means Time For Spy Cams, Hazmat Squads and Bomb-Sniffing Dogs 75

Posted by timothy
from the it-is-time-to-cheer-citizen dept.
Toe, The writes "The New York Police Department has quietly installed about 200 temporary surveillance cameras in midtown Manhattan to help spot trouble along 'Super Bowl Boulevard,' a 13-block street fair on Broadway that's expected to draw large crowds during the windup to the game. The temporary cameras for the Super Bowl festivities will supplement a system of thousands of permanent cameras covering midtown and Wall Street that the NYPD monitors from a command center in lower Manhattan. The department has pioneered analytical software that allows it to program the cameras to detect suspicious activity, such as a bag or other objects left in one place for a long time. Hazmat and bomb squads will be on standby. Others officers will patrol with bomb-sniffing dogs. Still more will watch from rooftops and from police helicopters. At a recent security briefing at the stadium, police chiefs and other officials said success will be measured in part by how well authorities conceal all the concern over potential threats." Now it's a proven tradition: Superbowl crowds are a good place to test people-watching gear.
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Superbowl Means Time For Spy Cams, Hazmat Squads and Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

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  • "Temporary" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rolfwind (528248) on Saturday January 25, 2014 @07:18AM (#46065711)

    Temporary until they decide they really like them.

  • JUst Curious (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rmdingler (1955220) on Saturday January 25, 2014 @07:25AM (#46065725)
    Since the location of each Superbowl is typically known years in advance,

    why would some terrorist have to set up the big fireworks anywhere near the day of the game?

  • Re:JUst Curious (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 25, 2014 @07:34AM (#46065757)

    They wouldn't, and they haven't, because there are no terrorists. The police are fear mongering scum.

  • by rmdingler (1955220) on Saturday January 25, 2014 @07:37AM (#46065767)
    When that source of evil dries up,

    some other group will pop up to unite our hatred until our eyesight is clouded.

  • by Jamlad (3436419) on Saturday January 25, 2014 @08:27AM (#46065901)
    In their defense they're caught between a rock and a hard place. Damned if they do, damned if they don't. So they're just covering their asses, like any employee. If they don't step up "security" they'll be lampooned for inaction and complacency, if they do install cameras and add extra patrols they get call "fear-mongers" and "fascists". But the professional cost of not adding extra security, particularly in light of an (highly unlikely) attack, is greater than if they don't.
  • by FuzzNugget (2840687) on Saturday January 25, 2014 @08:52AM (#46065987)

    I mean, holy shit, when police are smothering every angle of a peaceful gathering just in case by default, that's when you know it.

    America has had it so good for so long that one act of mass violence happens and they lose their shit (not to mention their rights). There are other countries where such things have historically been the norm, yet haven't resorted to police state tactics.

    Has anyone up there even stopped for a moment to think that, just maybe, this is a self-fulfilling prophecy? That all the rights-abridging, war-mongering, imperialistic atrocities committed by America's for-the-government-by-the-government system in the name of "spreading democracy" (AHAHAHAHAHAHA...) is causing certain people to react in such an extreme manner? Or am I being too naive in thinking that they haven't considered this and decided they want it this way?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 25, 2014 @10:49AM (#46066449)

    In their defense they're caught between a rock and a hard place. Damned if they do, damned if they don't. So they're just covering their asses, like any employee.

    If they don't step up "security" they'll be lampooned for inaction and complacency, if they do install cameras and add extra patrols they get call "fear-mongers" and "fascists". But the professional cost of not adding extra security, particularly in light of an (highly unlikely) attack, is greater than if they don't.

    No, I'd say the crushing weight of an overly oppressive government hell-bent on taxing us to death with FUD (mixed in with a few lies to keep the hype going) is the true greater cost, considering what it feels like to be "free" these days.

    I fear no foreign faceless terrorist directly. I fear named, titled, domesticated ones far more.

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