Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet.
The systems are being installed in San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities with funding from the Department of Homeland Security in some cases, according to the Daily, which obtained copies of contracts, procurement requests, specs and other documents.
The systems use cables or WiFi to pair audio conversations with camera images in order to produce synchronous recordings. Audio and video can be monitored in real-time.
Right. Because the greatest threat to the safety the citizens of the United States is some blue-collar, transit-dependent schlub trying to get by in the Obama economy, bitching about his life while riding the bus. As if Mahmoud and Muhammed and all the other good little jihadis are planning the world takeover by islam in their secret planning sessions while riding the Local. Have these bureaucrats even ridden the bus lately? Don’t they know that nobody talks to anybody else on the bus? Sheesh. And if some islamic wackjob IS plotting something, who’s going to translate the recorded conversations from Farsi?
My suggestion? Everyone riding the bus should get on, look up at the camera, flip the bird, and say “Fuck Homeland Security.” Just like George Carlin talked about in the ’70s when he thought the FBI was tapping his phone. He would answer the phone: “Fuck Hoover. Hello?”
(h/t Zero Hedge)