Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
London. New York. Oklahoma City. Each was the site of a horrific and violent attack on the public, as were Madrid, Oslo, and many other urban areas. In the wake of every such tragedy has come a dramatic increase in security: not only more closed-circuit cameras, biometric scanning, and specially designed architecture, but also new laws that allow intense surveillance of individuals, organizations, and their activities. Clearly, the public needs protecting—but what are the consequences? Are basic personal freedoms at stake? This program explores 21st-century responses to the threat of terrorism and how they have changed urban life. Focusing on security measures deployed in London as it prepared for the 2012 Olympic Games, the film looks ahead to changes that are bound to come to cities large and small across the globe. An effective departure point for discussing the fragile balance between our need for safety and the civil liberties we hold dear. (52 minutes)
Video surveillance provides key evidence in the arrest and conviction of a murderer. In prison, camera surveillance is essential for control of prison population. (1:14)
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