Episode #23: “Big Brother”, from True’s 9 November 2008 issue.
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“This is not about Big Brother spying on law-abiding citizens,” insists Ipswich, Qld., Australia, mayor Paul Pisasale. “This is about telling the morons who cause civic damage and destruction that they are not welcome in our city.” The plan: set up portable surveillance cameras with bullhorns on them. “If operators see some kids hanging around and think they might be up to no good, they can warn them off, saying: ‘Son, I wouldn’t do that’.” The system cost the town A$60,000 (US$40,350), adding to its existing fleet of 160 mute security cameras. (Brisbane Courier-Mail) …This is not about chasing off morons. This is about politicians who don’t think morons will steal expensive portable camera systems.
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