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NYC installing covert cameras on subway trains  
July 1, 2022
NYC installing covert cameras on subway trains
          The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is installing covert cameras on subway trains.  Supposedly 65 have already been installed.  The cameras won’t communicate any alert and won’t be monitored. 
          Were you consulted about this project?  Were you hired for this project?  Me neither.
          Let me tell you what’s going on in NYC these days, particularly in the subways.  Maybe I’m not the best source of information because I haven’t been on a subway in NYC in 40 years, at least.  I don’t know anyone who rides the subway in NYC.  I live 15 miles from NYC and I rarely go in.  The only law enforcement that seems to be working is the red light and speed cameras that cause tickets to be issued to vehicle owners if you don’t really dead stop at the red light before making a right turn [prohibited at too may corners] or if you drive more than 25 miles an hour, which means the horse carriages operating around Central Park might pass you, not to mention bikes and runners [which include those chasing and being chased]. 
          Why am I so incensed about the 100 cameras?  Well because they will soon be 1000 or more once the city AHJs figure out the patronage and graft they can get from this useless endeavor.  NYC taxes me because I live near it, which means my tax dollars are being spent on these cameras.  Of course it’s not even a drop in the bucket of waste of money spent by NYC and NYS.
          Covert cameras on the subway trains.  I suppose the idea is that there is no expectation of privacy on the subway.  I suppose not, even though just last week some idiot brought a small rubber pool on the subway and proceeded to bath in it.  Riders who venture into the subway are attacked daily, not just sometimes or occasionally, daily.  Molested and harassed all day long.  People solicit on the subway; they eat on the subway; sleep on the subway; have sex on the subway; listen to their boon-box on the subway; deface the walls, and O-yes, urinate and more on the subway.  Hope someone enjoys watching all that on  camera.
          And what will the MTA do with the recordings?  Well rest assured the District Attorneys and the criminal court judges couldn’t care less.  The camera data won’t lead to a single prosecution, let alone conviction leading to incarceration.  It won’t be too long before some interesting camera footage ends up on the nightly news as entertainment.
          Anyway, don’t install covert cameras unless you have a really great reason [and great contract] and opinion letter from counsel, because that is what the District Attorneys in NYC will be interested in prosecuting, not to mention the civil lawsuits for invasion of privacy, including filming actual crimes.

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