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Minneapolis Airport Gets $20 Million Hi-Tech Security Upgrade 104

New submitter bzzfzz writes "The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is beginning a $20 million upgrade of its surveillance system. The upgrade will include 1800 high-definition cameras, facial recognition systems, and digital archiving to replace the analog tape system in use since the 1980s. The system will serve both security and operational goals. The MAC asserts that improved camera technology yields improved security as though the connection between the two is so strong that no proof is required."
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Minneapolis Airport Gets $20 Million Hi-Tech Security Upgrade

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  • by harvey the nerd ( 582806 ) on Monday May 14, 2012 @01:23PM (#39996719)
    Now we can be better stalked and assaulted by miscellaneous anonymous government bureaucrats.
  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Monday May 14, 2012 @01:27PM (#39996769) Homepage

    "The ability to have more coverage, by definition, is you have the chance to be safer."

    Who needs 'proof' when all you've said is that having more coverage gives you a chance to be safer? Well, yes, "it might help", which simply can't be refuted since it doesn't really say much.

    One more step towards the 100% surveillance society we're moving towards.

  • by SmallFurryCreature ( 593017 ) on Monday May 14, 2012 @02:06PM (#39997235) Journal

    I mean, how dare a Dutch jeweller put up high quality camera's so the two gentlemen who merely came here to seek someone elses fortune be caught on camera red handed AND still the mother of one claims it wasn't one of them and they never did anything because to a certain type of people, getting hold of a weapon in a country were guns are restricted is perfectly normal.

    Can you guess the skin color of these mis understood individuals who are so pitiful for being so scared by an unarmed man they had to shoot him multiple times at close range. And then were so remorseful they rather succesfully managed to flee except that thanks to high-def images everyone knew who they were so the few family members who didn't do anything to stop them getting weapons convinced them to turn them in.

    When profiling certain races doesn't lead to a 99% success rate in finding criminals, racial profiling will stop. I had a rather nice view of some bleeding hearts results at profiling at Weesp train station today, a check for tickets atthe exit. Gosh, whites, asians even a few blacks. And two middle eastern type. Fat, heads shaved at the back... gosh... they didn't have tickets. HOW suprising! But no racial profiling. Everyone has to show tickets, just to catch two. That is efficient, else they might feel picked on... Maybe if just ONCE these types bought a ticket, the only they got one if they got access to a free one.

    Oh, it is not everyone with a brown skin, but with clothing, hairstyles, attitude, it is just to easy to pick them out.

    But oh no, that is racist. No it fucking isn't. It is culturist. It is the simple knowledge that certain cultures lack morals. Mod me down all you want, that is what they done in Belgium, anyone who dared to be anti-PC was ignored... and the resentment just grew and grew. Right now the issue can the still be solved, another decade or two and someone somewhere with charisma and nasty ideas will build a powerbase on that resentment and then every bleeding heart will ask "how could this happen".

  • by cayenne8 ( 626475 ) on Monday May 14, 2012 @02:06PM (#39997243) Homepage Journal
    Why don't they just hire out a bunch of bomb sniffing dogs which would catch most anything of real danger to the plane....and quit irradiating people?

    Oh wait...that would make sense...and not cost the taxpayers an arm and a leg....

  • by dkleinsc ( 563838 ) on Monday May 14, 2012 @02:17PM (#39997371) Homepage

    Because this is something that the Washington establishment, which involves most people in both major parties, have decided is not going to be an election issue, along with Gitmo, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush tax cuts, the imprisonment and killing of American citizens without trial, the noticeable lack of prosecutions of Wall St bankers for fraud, and mass surveillance of Americans by the NSA.

    Basically, it doesn't affect anybody who's rich enough or powerful enough to own a private jet, so nobody with the wealth or power to influence elections cares about it.

  • by rossjudson ( 97786 ) on Monday May 14, 2012 @02:34PM (#39997553) Homepage

    Any idea how many actual terrorists have actually been discovered by TSA personnel doing security inspections? Seems to me that the most likely answer is zero. You can then make the argument that the increased security procedures have scared off potential terrorists, I suppose.

    There just doesn't seem to be any limit to how far ball-free politicians will go to make air travel appear to be "safer", while at the same time completely ignoring other modes of transportation that are equally dangerous (and equally pointless to monitor).

    Seems to me that the main weakness in the system was the lack of lockable cockpit doors. That has been corrected.

  • by Bomazi ( 1875554 ) on Monday May 14, 2012 @02:59PM (#39997891)
    Israeli-type security is not acceptable. I shouldn't be interrogated just because I have the audacity to travel. A pre-911 level of security with some improvements (better intelligence, reinforced cockpit doors) is more than enough. Terrorism is one of the most unlikely cause of death, behind food poisoning or slipping in a bathtub. We could avoid all that shit if we spent a thousandth of what we waste on "security" on teaching statistics.
  • by mr1911 ( 1942298 ) on Monday May 14, 2012 @03:19PM (#39998109)

    Why don't they just hire out a bunch of bomb sniffing dogs which would catch most anything of real danger to the plane....and quit irradiating people?

    It will make a lot more sense once you accept the fact that the vast majority of things the government does for "safety" or "security" has nothing to do with actual safety of security of the citizenry.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 14, 2012 @03:45PM (#39998347)

    Stop with the Israeli myth. Israel has horribly intrusive airport security, and to wish that upon Americans is to wish apartheid, and repeal of all civil rights and lberties. It will be much worse than we have to deal with today.

    Discalimer, detained for 24 hours, by Israeli security. Had property confiscated and never returned, and some very expensive property returned (after 3 months), but destroyed. Copied my entire journal. Also withheld our luggage for several days so had to just hang out at Rome airport for almost a week waiting for Israeli security to release our luggage. Our offense? Trying to check our bags in 4 hours before flight, so we could go get lunch. Our goal with the flight, to get out of the most oppressive, racist, hell-hole I have ever had the displeasure of visiting.

  • by billstewart ( 78916 ) on Monday May 14, 2012 @06:04PM (#39999939) Journal

    The TSA has a history of stealing stuff from people's checked luggage and occasionally even their hand luggage or laptops. Maybe these cameras will be used to catch some of those thieves?

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