Faux News Network Op-Ed: Anti-Orwell
(This is a special Faux News Network Opinion piece written by one of our reporters who requested anonymity in case some one objects to his opinion and sues him.)
Have you noticed how many stores, banks and malls now have permanently-mounted video cameras? They record everything going on around them. Sounds a bit like Orwell’s 1984, doesn’t it? Except — how many times have you seen a film clip of a crime in progress on the TV news? Using the cameras to identify criminals and protect private property isn’t exactly Orwellian since the store cameras are provided by the owners, not the government.
Unfortunately, many police officers don’t seem to understand that the brutality they are accustomed to use without fear of reprisals is now permanently documented and subjected to public scrutiny. In addition, the Supreme Court has ruled that recording the police is legal as long as the video shooter does’t interfere with the police activity.