The public trust has been betrayed. District Attorney’s (DA) are using CCTV cameras and license plate readers to create public surveillance networks.
According to U.S. Legal, the definition of a DA is “to investigate alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement.” Not a single one of the 22 definitions includes running a public surveillance network.
What is happening in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County is not an aberration, it is fast becoming commonplace.
Last month, Lancaster Online revealed that the DA’s office has created an “advanced public surveillance network.”
“The district attorney for Pennsylvania’s second-most-populous county, Stephen Zappala Jr. has assembled a network of advanced surveillance cameras in and around Pittsburgh and has enlisted colleagues in four surrounding counties to extend its reach into their jurisdictions.”
The video above revealed that the DA’s office has real-time access to CCTV cameras, effectively allowing government officials to track anyone they want without a warrant.
The Appeal, calls it a “Dystopian Reality.”
“He’s created a dystopian reality in the county,” said Andy Hoover, a spokesperson for the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “The residents are being watched at all times and it’s by some anonymous company that he won’t even name.”
Zappala’s office has spent $1.5 million over the past five years, much of it drug forfeiture money, on a network that includes more than 1,000 cameras and 350 license plate readers that capture and store millions of license plates a week.
Turning a DA’s office into a public surveillance center is appalling.
Andrew Ferguson, a law professor at the University of the District of Columbia warns that DA’s in California, Delaware, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, and potentially more jurisdictions have created public surveillance networks.
The South Pittsburgh Reporter reveals that the Feds and judges are helping expand the Allegheny County DA’s, public surveillance network.
“Councilman Anthony Coghill, District Magistrate Richard King, and state Rep. Harry Readshaw worked directly with the DA’s office over several months to expand the cameras to Carrick.”
With their help, they have expanded the DA’s surveillance network,
“The cameras, which were installed at the intersections of Brownsville Road and Maytide Street and Brownsville Road and Nobles Lane, are part of a growing security network consisting of 1,400 cameras county-wide.”
The article also revealed that the DA’s office and law enforcement can use license plate readers to create a bread crumb trail of anyone.
“The license plate cameras have the ability to capture the make, model, color, and plate number of every vehicle that passes through a checkpoint. The data captured by each camera is stored in a centralized database that can be used by law enforcement to create a breadcrumb trail for investigating criminal activity.”
Using license plate readers to “grid entire neighborhoods” or creating a “breadcrumb trail” of anyone, goes against everything this country once stood for.
Last year, Detroit’s mayor and the DA forced businesses to join their public surveillance network called “Project Green Light”:
“Since January 2016, about 230 businesses in Detroit have voluntarily signed up with the city to have Comcast Business install video surveillance systems inside and outside of their businesses that are marked with an exterior green light that’s meant to let would-be criminals know they’re being recorded.”
“Mayor Mike Duggan said the city will start with requiring the camera systems for bars, restaurants, gas stations and other businesses open between midnight and 4 a.m. during the highest risk time for crimes to occur. Then the city will move to businesses open after 10 p.m., he said.”
Their efforts to create a public surveillance network has been so successful that I dubbed Detroit, America’s second Chinese-Style surveillance city.
A recent report by Comparitech revealed that DA’s and law enforcement have been so successful at turning cities into public surveillance networks that America is now tied with China for the world lead.
DA’s creating public surveillance networks is utter madness, so what has happened to our justice system?
The War On Terror has corrupted every aspect of our government and threatens everyone’s privacy.
Originally published by MassPrivateI.