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Smile! We’re on Commie Camera!

byron_brownHere’s an AP story picked up by the Buffalo News, describing the expanchairman_mao1ded use of surveillance cameras in the People’s Republic of China.

“No debate over privacy rights has taken place in China, where the ratio of cameras to people stands at only one to 472,000, and where tight communist political control and broad and intrusive police powers have long been the norm,” the writer observes.

He adds: “Such systems have proved controversial in other countries, especially in Britain, which reportedly has 4.2 million surveillance cameras installed – or about one per 14 people. British police say the system has in fact done little to bring down crime.” Read more here.

Mayor Byron Brown disagrees with the British police, siding with the communists on this issue. His re-election Web site touts the “67 state-of-the-art surveillance cameras in high crime areas and important commercial districts with an additional 53 set to debut this summer” as one of the ways to reduce crime.