In Washington D.C., the Metro Transit system’s trains, buses, and subway stations are now being equipped with surveillance cameras. The Metro system is receiving $28 million from the Department of Homeland Security to fund this project, most of this amount will be used for installing the cameras on mass transit vehicles.
Metro Transit Police Deputy Chief Jeff said that the cameras would mostly be used for crowd control purposes. However, the cameras are also there to help get forensic evidence for police if the need should arise. DHS spokeswoman Sara Kuban told the Post that the cameras will also allow operators to watch for suspicious behavior that may indicate pre-operational terrorist planning or worse. Greg Hull, director of security and operations for the industry group, American Public Transportation Association, said cameras were vital to piecing together what transpired after the 2004 Madrid train bombing and the 2005 London attacks against its metro system.
There are those who are opposed to the idea of having surveillance cameras installed in public transportation systems. However Delinksi does not agree, he has counter-argued by saying that when traveling via public transportation people cannot have reasonable expectations of privacy. Either way, it will take several years until the cameras are installed and each installation is tested.
(Via Security News)