LA Sheriffs Kept Big-Brother-Like Eye in the Sky Technology Secret, for Fears That the Public Wouldn’t Approve
—Ace of Spades
There is an argument against the technology itself. I’m not going to make that argument, because there’s a much more obvious argument to be had here:
What on earth is the government of an alleged democratic republic doing hiding its actions from a supposedly free citizenry for fear that the citizens may object?
“The system was kind of kept confidential from everybody in the public,” (LASD Sgt.) Iketani said. “A lot of people do have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so in order to mitigate any of those kinds of complaints, we basically kept it pretty hush-hush.”
"In order to mitigate any of those kind of complaints."
The logic here is incredible, and yet, at the same time, perhaps inevitable.
We’re going to be doing one thing that’s creepy and scary — watching you 24/7 per day — so the thing we’ll do to “mitigate those kinds of complaints” is also subvert democracy by keeping it secret from the public.
Like I say, perhaps this is inevitable — if you’re doing one scary thing, then logic dictates you “mitigate” it by doing an even scarier thing.
What the hell is going on in this country?
— Ronald Reagan, 1977