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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fast Company reporter Neal Ungerleider talks about the new joint NYPD/Microsoft endeavor to monitor parts of Manhattan.

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Neal Ungerleider

Comments [20]

slomei -- not sure what happened on this segment but you are right, if true, that is obviously the story -- as well as a penalty for allowing Bloomberg to get away with his 04 GOP convention spy shenanigans.

Whichever reporter fixes on this topic will get the traction. but the way the guest tossed it out there seemingly non-chalantly made me guess that he has already tried to make it stick but for some reason his editor shot him down. Which makes me (and possibly Brian) wonder whether where the real truth lies...

reminds me of the 2004-2008 press blackout on fracking in PA, the period during which the hundreds of thousands of mineral leases were signed.

Aug. 14 2012 12:04 PM
carl from queens

the cure is worse then the disease... soon we won't be able to fart without it being the talk of the nation... Nick has it right, WAKE UP..

Aug. 14 2012 11:17 AM

Orwell was only a few years off on his predictions.

I don't understand how this isn't the biggest news story of all. People are being watched non-stop and private companies have access to all this information and the only answer your guest could give as to why was (paraphrasing here) "they may need the info because they may be the target of a terrorist attack."

Based on that assumption shouldn't EVERY American citizen have access to this information? Anyone could be the "target" of a terrorist attack. The whole point of a terrorist attack is to instill fear in a populace.

Oh and best thing is, they say it's for the safety of everyone, but then they turn around and attempt to make a profit on it. If it was for the good of the people (which it's not) shouldn't it be given away freely? Why waste our tax dollars on something we don't want (or at least haven't voted on)?

Soon enough people will be getting black bagged by the Thought Police for just thinking against the norms...

Please wake up!

Aug. 14 2012 11:03 AM
Glork from Glen Ridge, NJ

Temporary isue at best.

Within days of traffic surveillance camers being installed in Newark, they were shot. Apparently, the shooter monitors any attempts at repairs and routinely diables the cameras quite promptly. Believe there may be a current report on this in the weekend's Star Ledger. Mutatas mutandas?

Aug. 14 2012 10:46 AM
Cara Lee from Brooklyn

To answer an earlier caller's question, those orange lights on top of street lights are to signal a nearby emergency callbox. Each time you spot one of those lights you should see a nearby callbox, though it may have been flattened by a truck.

Aug. 14 2012 10:46 AM
John from Williamsburg from Brooklyn

The last caller wondered what the thermos sized orange or red lights were on the top of lamp posts. They are to indicate a corner where there is (or was) a fire alarm box.

Aug. 14 2012 10:45 AM

Joe Corrao -- who's Alex Jones?

Aug. 14 2012 10:43 AM
Nick from UWS

Ladies and gentlemen, you are watching Big Brother being constructed right before your very eyes. Americans had better WAKE THE F((CK UP.

Aug. 14 2012 10:42 AM
Jim

@JoeCorrao

That's because liberals get a thrill from being conquered.

Aug. 14 2012 10:41 AM

Got it now -- another trading edge for Goldman Sachs.

I'll assume that Bloomberg is not among the millions of Americans who consider one or more of the institutions with access to this apparently valuable spy information as the scariest & most persistent terrorists of all.

Aug. 14 2012 10:41 AM
Leo from queens

your guest has no idea why these private businesses are sitting right there at police headquarters.. You need bring Bloomberg or Kelly on the show to answer questions as to why they are spying on us for no legitimate reason.

Aug. 14 2012 10:41 AM
Ryan from Brooklyn

The question is simple: Do we want to live in a society where everyone is watched all the time. This question can and must be considered apart from any issue of inconvenience or crime-fighting usefulness. It is a moral question about how we want to live together and what sort of society is worth protecting.

Aug. 14 2012 10:40 AM
Nick from UWS

Mike Bloomberg and Mike Chertoff should get married.

This is more than disgusting. There is only one answer...everybody should pull their money out of banks and Goldman Sachs etc and make sure these institutions die.

Aug. 14 2012 10:40 AM

Brian you report this story with no outrage...lemme go listen to Alex Jones.

Aug. 14 2012 10:40 AM
Jim

Pay to play for access to terrorism prevention systems? The Bin Ladens have lots of money... nice work Bloomberg. Pathetic.

Aug. 14 2012 10:38 AM
Leo from Queens

DID I JUST HEAR YOUR GUEST CORRECTLY? that Private businesses are there at police headquarters and have access to the same surveillance information that the NYPD has?

It's bad enough that the NYPD is now a political surveillance organization but to have private enterprises with unimpeded access to surveillance data is troublesome!!

Aug. 14 2012 10:38 AM
superf88

"Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Microsoft and other parties have access to this information."

Given that the mayor is "turning this into a revenue stream," can anybody pay for access? Can we pay for access by the hour?

Aug. 14 2012 10:36 AM
Nick from UWS

It's unbelievable how deeply disgusting Mayor Bloomberg is. Making a buck on the expansion of Big Brother. What a completely morally bankrupt creep.

Aug. 14 2012 10:35 AM
Jim

What?!

Private investors have access to this system? Goldman Sachs can spy on citizens?

Aug. 14 2012 10:33 AM

"To shut down, press Start."

Aug. 14 2012 08:57 AM

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