Monday, April 29, 2002

Big Brother Is Watching V
A more appropriate headline might be "Big Brother Is Washing," because now a handful of Southern Californian beaches -- including Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, El Segundo, Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo -- will soon be monitored by 24-hour, 360-degree-view video cameras. "Using a new federal grant of $557,000, Los Angeles County has announced it will install 27 panoramic, wide-angle cameras along 72 miles of coastline over the next year," reports Shannon Waxman in the Washington Post. Private areas such as restrooms and private homes will not fall under the watchful eyes of the cameras.

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