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Monday, January 29, 2007

Big Brother turns Superman

The government reckons it’s got criminal activity licked with the latest breed of CCTV cameras. Apparently, they’re X-ray. Like in superhero movies. As in, they can see through clothes.

Honestly. It says so in the paper. Unless I’ve been reading the Beano again in error (The Sun/The Beano – easy mistake to make):

‘According to a leaked memo seen by The Sun, "detection of weapons and explosives will become easier" if the scheme drawn up by Home Office officials is adopted. However, officials acknowledged that it would be highly controversial as the cameras can "see" through clothing.
"The social acceptability of routine intrusive detection measures and the operational response required in the event of an alarm are likely to be limiting factors," the memo warned.’

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