Ahead of G20 summit, council told to switch off illegal £15m CCTV network – Guardian.co.uk: 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 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.

That’s interesting. CCTV cameras going dark at a time when it has become illegal to film or take photos of the police in England. Somehow I find the timing to be quite convenient, especially with the G20 summit taking place in London. Well, with so many cameras around London, I really don’t think it will make much difference. People planning to protest have already been arrested under terrorism laws.

‘Activists’ arrested under terrorism law – Independent.co.uk:Police used anti-terrorism laws to arrest five people they suspect of planning to disrupt Thursday’s G20 summit, it emerged yesterday.
Three men and two women, who were thought to be political activists, were taken into police custody on Friday after police officers discovered imitation weapons, fireworks and political literature during a search of a flat in Plymouth.

That’s anti-capitalism literature that was found. Businesses around London where protests will take place are boarding up their doors and windows.

  1. GigG says:

    It seems they are being shut off because they don’t have the resolution required to prosecute traffic violations. I see nothing that would make them unusable for tasks that aren’t going to end up in court.

  2. Faxon says:

    New Hampshire ranks #1 in personal freedoms, according to a “study” done by a couple of college guys in the East. Also highly rated were North Dakota, Idaho, Arizona. Naturally, California, fyi, ranks #47 out of 50. Not surprising…. followed by NY, NJ and Mass. So the MOST Liberal states have the worst standings in freedom. Interesting, eh? Lemme outta here.

  3. Mr Diesel says:

    Soon we will be among the last for personal freedoms in the world.

    Funny thing is that it won’t be Bush doing it to us……

  4. s7acker says:

    This is all about subject access rights: when the cameras are rolling, anyone who believes that they might appear on the recorded footage (say for example, someone that has been arrested for an alleged public order offence) is legally entitled to receive a copy of the footage by submitting a SAR (Subject Access Request).

    If however, there is no footage (because the cameras are conveniently turned off) then there’s no video evidence to show whether a person did or did not commit the alleged offence. I guess we’ll just have to rely on the personal testimonies of the Police then?


  5. Sea Lawyer says:

    #5, FISA has been around since the late 70s.

  6. Podgorney says:

    #3 “Bush created FISA. Obama voted for it. Get your own conclusions.”

    Some would call that “Bipartisan” others would call it “Teamwork”

  7. Orangetiki says:

    The council did say the cameras are illegal. That should be enough fire for protesters to get them down. Hopefully. Also I saw coppers filmed on Euronews. Are they exempt or something?

  8. Miss_X2 says:

    If the British are trying real hard to make sure no one ever visits them or lives in their country well, they’re doing a great job of it.

  9. ECA says:

    I hope you know what the G20 does and decides..
    And the people have no say in it.

  10. LDA says:

    Police have been caught in Canada and Greece at these protests acting as provocateurs. I expect this to be the same here. You can see footage of both on the net. Of course in Britain it is a crime to film police, I wonder why.

  11. deowll says:

    Ah yes, Jolly old England where you are arrested because the police think you _might_ disrupt an event. No need to actually do something or even have solid evidence that you were planning on doing something.

  12. soundwash says:

    i bet this has as much to do with not letting
    the public see the size of the protests as it
    does for allowing some sensational headline news terror plot to be foiled all on the words of a
    press release..with followup “calls for tougher anti-terror laws and enforcement”

    alternatively, this may be an attempt to foster violence..and resultant counter-force.. something along the lines of:

    “if otherwise law abiding citizens (due to the cameras being ON, of course) know the cameras are off, they might be more inclined to do “horrible and nasty things” if they know nobody is watching”

    there’s a dozen ways you could spin it and all are probably plausible.. if only because it’s becoming more apparent each day that the “terrorists” who need to be watched the most,
    are the law makers and those behind the cameras.

    wtf is the purpose of all this CCTV crap if your not going to use them during one of THE most important events they should otherwise be tasked for? -complete waste of money.

    20 leaders of state in one place? -sounds like
    a script for a killer “who-dunit” -excuse the pun.

    weren’t some key cameras conveniently not working for the 7/7 bombing as well? *shrug*



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