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Death and surveillance

Indeed. A nice (or maybe not) confluence of vehicles, snapped by me this afternoon in Rochester Row, London SW1:


Click on that to get it bigger, and to read the words on the small white vehicle.

13 comments to Death and surveillance

  • Alasdair

    Is that the ClosedCoffinTV Enforcer checking up ?

  • Z

    I remember the first time I saw one of those vehicles driving on the streets when I was living in London…at first I could not believe what I had seen was real, it all seemed too incredibly fascist

  • Single Acts of Tyranny

    Just follow them around for a bit, they find it very disconcerting

  • US

    Being a foreigner and all that, I just need to figure out if I’ve gotten this right: You people have government cars with surveillance equipment driving around the streets to monitor the population?

    If I got that one right, so many new questions pop up – don’t even know where to start. That’s just messed up. FUBAR.

  • You people have government cars with surveillance equipment driving around the streets to monitor the population?

    Yes, just like in the USA.

  • MicroBalrog

    In the far distance a helicopter skimmed down between the roofs, hovered for an instant like a bluebottle, and darted away again with a curving flight. It was the police patrol, snooping into people’s windows.

  • the Rook

    The Prisoner is in the Village.

  • Kim du Toit

    “Yes, just like in the USA.”

    Photographic evidence of your statement needed, please, Perry. (Doesn’t count if from places not in the United States like NYC, Boston or Chicago.)

  • Kim, do not all police cars in the USA now have cameras recording everything? Also I recall seeing mobile CCTV vehicles in Washington DC back when I worked near there and that was years ago… I find it hard to believe they have since disappeared 🙂

  • Oh, but Perry, DC is not in the US either:-)

  • Jerry

    ‘do not all police cars in the USA now have cameras recording everything?’
    In three words – no they don’t.

    Also, what do they ‘enforce’ ??
    Clean lenses ???
    And exactly HOW to they back up that enforcement ?
    Harsh language ??

  • Kim du Toit

    Perry, there’s a HUGE difference between the police recording their traffic stops — which actually has the effect of keeping the cops honest — and a government vehicle whose sole function is to record the activities of the population. One records an apparent transgression and the actions of a specific state official in addressing it, the other is universal surveillance.

    The only places where such general surveillance gains any traction at all is in places like Chicago — not part of the U.S. — and similar hell-holes. We recently voted down traffic cameras in our neighborhoods, except where the police could prove that the intersection was a constant scene of accidents — but absent such proof, no cameras allowed, thank you.

    We have a kind of commonsense attitude towards this. We understand why banks and such would want to use CCTV cameras — after all, it’s their own property they’re monitoring. But state-owned roaming vehicles recording everything, “just in case”? Nazzo fast, Guido.

  • bloke in spain

    Not sure, but I think this is one of the methods used to enforce the ‘Congestion Zone’. It reads licence plates.

    Also one of the many reasons I left the UK

    Had to go back there last week. Sheesh! £2.50 to park in at shopping centre for 20 minutes. The sign on the motorway “Don’t drive when tired. take a rest” & the £8 the service area charges if that rest lasts longer than 2 hours.
    This isn’t capitalism & the market meeting needs. It’s pure rent seeking.

    Fled to France, smartish.

    You can keep the dump.