New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Corporation Contracts for $100 Million Surveillance Towers Shrouded in Secrecy
Facial Recognition Towers Installed in NYC – Government
Surveillance ($100m Taxpayer Funded)
These surveillance towers are part of a $100 million New York MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) project that after looking seems to be shrouded in a lot secrecy. Eighteen of these towers are slated for tunnels and bridges in New York. So what are these towers exactly? Most of the reporting being done on these towers only reveals they are part of Homeland Security. What needs to be determined through more transparency since it seems the towers are being paid for through the New York tax base, is what corporation manufacturers them and who inside the MTA or higher approved the contract? By the time the towers were put up very few people in New York even knew they were planned on being installed. Even some MTA board members, like New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, said “she knew too little about these towers – even with half the money already spent and some of the towers already up.” Watch the news video clips posted here. Look how evasive these MTA employees are including MTA Chairman Joe Lhota at explaining what exactly these towers are going to be used for.
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Since very little is known about what exactly these towers have been installed for and are “shrouded in secrecy”, it is a legitimate question to ask. Were these towers contracted out for with one of Michael Chertoff’s connected companies through the Chertoff Group with possible insiders at MTA? Another legitimate question to ask considering that fraud and corruption is a major and expected part of business, are insiders at MTA possibly receiving kickbacks on the $100 million contract to install these towers? If facial recognition software technology is being used in these towers to place surveillance on anyone who walks past them, are people in New York being video taped unknown to them with their facial images being put through recognition software then stored on a data base somewhere without their permission or knowledge?
Even considering New York City’s rapidly deteriorating subway system, MTA huge budget shortfalls and very little state assistance, the MTA went through with funding $100 million for surveillance towers? Doesn’t it bother people living in New York who might be using for example Facebook as their preferred social media site which is now reported to be seeking to hire hundreds of employees with US national security clearance licenses for the alleged purpose of weeding out “fake news” and “foreign meddling” in elections? Now when New Yorker’s go out into the streets they will be recorded with facial recognition software that might be used inside these surveillance cameras?
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What is interesting is that back in 1998, a volunteer group connected to the New York City Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), took up a study of all the cameras located in new York City. Granted, this was back in 1998, their findings are worth considering while looking at these towers being constructed in New York today. The cameras this volunteer group counted were categorized as private or public proprietorship. Public cameras are those on federal, state or city buildings, on street lights or in parks. All other cameras were considered private in this study. Overwhelmingly, the cameras in Manhattan that were installed were staffed by private companies or individuals.
Of the 2,397 cameras counted in 1998, approximately 2,100 were private and less than 300 were public. The situation here is that this is very different from the one George Orwell predicted in his book 1984. Or are the circumstances far different now that these surveillance cameras are being installed? Big Brother in 1998, was doing about 11 percent of the watching. It is more likely that a private company, your employer, your landlord, your coworker or just about anyone who wants to install a camera, was watching you back in 1998. The percentage of cameras now watching and recording New Yorker’s is about to jump dramatically with this technology outperforming any technology that was available back in 1998.