Monday, March 30, 2009
CCTV Cameras Turned Off For G-20
The security operation at this week's G20 summit was thrown into chaos last night when it emerged that the entire network of central London's wireless CCTV cameras will have to be turned off because of a legal ruling.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has ruled that Westminster council's mobile road cameras - a third of the authority's CCTV network - "do not fully meet the resolution standards required" and must be switched off by midnight tomorrow.
Britain CCTV Cameras Return to Dark Ages
The blackout begins on the eve of the summit, when world leaders arrive in the capital and protesters take to the streets.
This is a joke right? We are sending The President of The United States to Britain to attend what is already going to be a security hotmess and their cameras, the very back-bone of their security systems in Britain are to be turned off!
It adds: "We are seeking authorization from DfT as a matter of urgency to enable Westminster to continue using its digital CCTV network." They will get it. I am betting. Somehow I think someone just lost their job over there. Ironic.
The 60 cameras in question use the latest digital technology and transmit images using Wi-Fi. While they are primarily for traffic enforcement, according to the council the cameras are "an essential additional tool" to tackle crime and disorder, and have been fixed to strategic locations across the capital ahead of the summit.
DISORDER IS WHAT IS ON THE MENU
Which includes a suggested dress code for Londoners.
1. Don't look like a banker. (Big One Here)
2. Don't carry any gadgets, like cell phones, Blackberries etc...
3. Don't take a bath or brush your teeth. (This shouldn't be too hard.)
4. Leave the Mercedes at home. (Scary, they will have to walk with the plebes)
Will they have to pull out their spyglasses and binoculars and quit depending on their monstrous technology? Not for a moment. This is one important summit and with the recent rise in violence in N.E., I don't think those cameras will be off for a second.